ESSENTIAL OILS SAFETY

I think it is always important to come back to the basics and review how to stay safe with our essential oils!  Undoubtedly, over the past week, a post has been circulating on FB showing someone who applied a certain brand essential oil and then jumped in a tanning bed and was severely burned.

The component of citrus oils that can cause this (furanocoumarins) specifically react with UVA light. This is the primary type of light most tanning beds emit since it’s also the dominant tanning ray.

From skincancer.org: “Tanning booths primarily emit UVA. The high-pressure sunlamps used in tanning salons emit doses of UVA as much as 12 times that of the sun.”

So her reaction may very well be much worse because of the tanning bed than it would have been in the sun. Even so, accidents like these make really good teachable moments for the rest of us.

1) Tanning beds are seriously dangerous for anyone’s health.
2) Tanning beds + oil of ANY kind = asking for a burn
3) Improper/Uneducated use of essential oils = poor outcomes
4) Not adhering to labeled usage and cautions = poor outcomes
5) Even if not in a tanning bed, some essential oils cause photosensitivity for a period of time after use, and sunlight should be avoided.

Education is very important when it comes to essential oils.

Essential oils have been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties. Young Living has always been at the forefront of bringing this ancient tradition to modern users, introducing millions to a total mind/body wellness they may never have dreamed possible.

Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted. Any time you hold a bottle of our powerful essential oils, you are holding nature’s pure essence.

Essential oils are potent gifts from nature that can often be more powerful than expected. In order to prevent misuse of these precious oils and to ensure that you enjoy their maximum benefit, Young Living Founder D. Gary Young, working with Director of Global Education and Health Sciences Dr. Lindsey Elmore and other product experts on her team, has created this helpful safety guide. Refer to it to learn the basics of essential oil use, how to handle skin sensitivity, and other valuable information.

I’M NEW TO ESSENTIAL OILS. HOW ARE THEY USED?

Young Living labels each bottle of Young Living essential oil with directions for how to use it; these directions vary based on your region. Please consult the product label for appropriate usage directions.

I SEE THE TERM “CARRIER OIL” USED IN SEVERAL PLACES. WHAT IS A CARRIER OIL, WHAT DOES IT DO, AND WHY SHOULD I USE IT?

A carrier oil is a vegetable oil—such as coconut oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil—that can be used to dilute essential oils. Young Living’s V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications.

Carrier oils ensure that essential oils applied topically are comfortable to the skin. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil. In fact, it prevents waste due to excessive application. Look for dilution ratios on Young Living essential oil bottles.

Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or petroleum derivatives (such as mineral oil, baby oil, and petroleum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils.

WHAT IS A HOT OIL?

“Hot oils” are oils that can cause a hot or warming sensation when applied to the skin. Examples of hot oils and blends include Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme, Exodus II™, and Thieves®. For some people, Peppermint’s cooling sensation can be too intense.

Young Living recommends using a patch test procedure prior to first use. To perform a patch test, apply 1–2 drops of essential oil to a patch of skin such as the forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1–2 hours for any noticeable reaction; however, reactions occur usually within 5–10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or develop a rash, add V-6 or another carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed.

WHAT IF I EXPERIENCE SKIN DISCOMFORT OR IRRITATION?

If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using the essential oil and apply V-6 or another carrier oil to the affected area. If a rash occurs, this may be a sign of detoxification. Drink adequate water to encourage the release and removal of toxins in your body. Toxins present in petrochemical-based soaps and skin care products, detergents, and perfumes may trigger some of the detoxification reactions. Consider discontinuing these agents if a reaction occurs. Before using the essential oil again, perform a patch test (see above under “What is a “hot oil?”) and dilute with a carrier oil as needed.

Be aware that some documents suggest diluting the oil with water, but water actually drives oil into the skin and eyes. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off of the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If essential oil gets in your eye, flush with V-6 or another carrier oil as quickly as possible to alleviate any discomfort. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, seek medical attention.

CAN ESSENTIAL OILS BE APPLIED TO SENSITIVE AREAS?

    Avoid contacting sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, genitals, and mucous membranes with essential oils. If you choose to use the oil in any sensitive area, dilute 1 drop of the essential oil with 5–10 drops of V-6 or another carrier oil.

HOW OFTEN CAN ESSENTIAL OILS BE APPLIED? HOW MUCH DO I USE?

    Follow the proper usage instructions printed on each essential oil label. Essential oils are very powerful, so start low and go slow. Excessive use of essential oils may increase the risk for adverse reactions. In most cases, 1–2 drops are adequate, and using more may waste product. Depending on the essential oil, you can gradually build up to 3–4 uses per day, if desired.

CAN ESSENTIAL OILS BE USED DURING PREGNANCY OR WHILE NURSING?

    As with any medical condition, we strongly recommended that prior to using essential oils, you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care advisor who is experienced in essential oil usage. Some people choose to avoid overuse and excessive use of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Idaho Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), as well as the blends and supplements that contain these oils.

CAN ESSENTIAL OILS BE USED ON CHILDREN?

    Many essential oils are appropriate for use on children but should be diluted with a carrier oil prior to use. Some Young Living products come prediluted with carrier oil, as indicated on product labels, and are intended for direct application on children. You can dilute 1–2 drops of essential oil such as SleepyIze™, RutaVaLa™, Gentle Baby™, and Peace & Calming® with a carrier oil and apply to the bottoms of the feet.

HOW DOES EXPOSURE TO SUN AFFECT ESSENTIAL OIL USE?

    Some essential oils, especially citrus oils, contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity reaction. Young Living labels the essential oils and oil blends that contain these compounds with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12–48 hours after applying. Always use caution when starting to use a new oil. To reduce the risk of sensitivity, use patch testing (see above under “What is a “hot oil?”), dilute, and apply the oil to skin that will not be exposed to sun/UV light. Young Living formulates its beauty and cosmetic products to remove sun-sensitizing agents to reduce the risk of sun sensitivity.

WHAT ABOUT THE USE OF ESSENTIAL OILS IF I HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION? CAN ESSENTIAL OILS INTERACT WITH PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS?

    If you have a disease or medical condition or are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that prior to using an essential oil, you consult with a health care advisor who has experience with essential oils. Seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between any medication and essential oils.

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What comes in our Premium Starter Kits? 

Confused about the starter kit options? Hope this helps!
Each premium starter kit comes with a diffuser of your choice, and the price of the kit depends on which diffuser you choose.   They are all amazing! All YL diffusers are warrantied for a year if anything isn’t working right. 

All kits come with the same set of 11 oils, some Ningxia samples, a metal roller top that can be attached to any bottle, and some tiny glass bottles to share with friends or for traveling. 
KIT OILS:

LAVENDER
Love this oil! So versatile. If I had to choose only one this would be it.

Use it with frankincense as a facial serum

Add to mascara and conditioner to promote healthy hair growth

Helps to relax you at night and help quiet your mind, promotes sleep

Great for minor injuries, bumps and scrapes

Make bath salts to help with the normal detoxification system of your body

Nice for calming and relaxing children

LEMON
Cleaning, great oil to keep around the house, stain remover, sticky residue remover

Helps lymphatic system, nice to have around if you are sick

Excellent source of d-limonene, believed to support a healthy immune system

Supports a healthy immune, lymphatic, circulatory and digestive system

Great flavoring oil. Use only in glass as citrus oils can break down plastics.

Caution about photosensitivity, avoid sun exposure after using
PEPPERMINT

Young Living’s peppermint is so fresh and pure smelling, really delicious.

Supports healthy digestion

Breath spray-pinch of salt, water and one drop oil

Cooling spray—great for hot days

Topically after workouts for sore muscles

Diluted topically for occasional headaches, temples, base of scalp

Clears your mind, helps increase focus. Combines well with lemon for a natural energy boost.

Repels ants and other bugs, gardeners love peppermint

Great in brownies or other desserts
FRANKINCENSE 

Facial serum—lavender and frankincense mixed with carrier oil of your choice (argan is nice!)

Supports the normal aging process/supports normal aging skin

Centering, calming oil

Helps with occasional anxiety

Diffuse or use topically for yoga, meditation or your spiritual practice

Diffuse at night with lavender for a restful night’s sleep
COPAIBA

Chest rub–frank, RC and copaiba

Young Living uses the resin whereas other companies use the bark of the tree, which has less therapeutic properties

Key ingredient in Deep relief and Breathe again because it helps magnify the intensity of other oils

Supports respiratory system

Nice to mix with Panaway and Lavender for an after workout rub, and occasional headaches

Very soothing for occasional aches and after workouts for sore muscles or joints
THIEVES

One of my favorites! I think this smells like Christmas, but I love it all year round.

Supports the immune system and respiratory system

Throat spray or breath spray

Contains powerful essential oils to defend and protect the bodily systems

Dilute–gargle (salt, thieves, water) to support oral health

Purifies the air

Promotes wellness and good health thru out the year

Helps to maintain healthy blood sugar levels

Rich, earthy, warm and spicy aroma which can be very comforting
DIGIZE

Helps to support the respiratory and digestive processes

Soothes stomach discomforts

Take a drop before or after a meal to help with promote healthy digestion, or dilute and use topically
RC

Chest rub—dilute with carrier oil and apply on chest or diffuse to help open up airways

Invigorating and comforting when applied to the chest and throat

Preworkout enhancer—apply topically or inhale

Shower bomb or a drop in the shower
PANAWAY

Soothes sore muscles after workout

Normal aches and pains

Chest rub
PURIFICATION

Supports healthy, clear skin. Useful for blemishes.

Can help keep the outdoors “annoyance free” from insects, contains citronella which is known to be an insect deterrent

Promotes wellness and good health thru out the year

Neutralizes the air—great spray for the bathroom or stinky areas of the house

Homemade deodorant

Use it in your pet’s collar and add to YL pet’s shampoo

Scalp treatment
STRESS AWAY

Apply topically to wrists, temples, and back of neck to also receive its stress releasing properties

Add a couple drops to a glass of water at work to reduce tension

Helpful for occasional anxiety or for flying

Add a couple drops to your favorite natural body care products for a delicious, relaxing scent boost that promotes relaxation

Apply topically to assist with muscle tension from every day stressors

Useful for children when experiencing separation anxiety or a tantrum

Are You Aware Just How POWERFUL Frankincense Essential Oil Can Be?

FrankI’ve been doing some research on Frankincense today and this oil is MIND BLOWING, you guys! First of all, it’s one of Young Living’s most expensive oils, but it comes in the Premium Starter Kit, which is an incredible deal and the most cost-effective way to get this oil! (I have one $20 off voucher) – Frankincense was given to baby Jesus as a gift, so you know it has to be good.

The word Frankincense appears 17 times in the King James Bible. It’s considered a holy oil in the Middle East and has been used in religious ceremonies for thousands of years.

Frankincense has an earthy, uplifting aroma that’s perfect for grounding and spiritual connectedness, so it’s perfect to diffuse during meditation or prayer!

It is so good for promoting healthy skin and helping with those fine lines and wrinkles.

Frankincense Vitality oil can be taken internally to support well-being and normal cell health!

Young Living distills its Frankincense oil from Boswellia carterii trees located in northern Africa near the Arabian peninsula. I LOVE learning about these oils and everything they can do for us! Knowledge is power and power is in Prayer!!

Let’s take a closer look at what the components of frankincense mean for our daily lives:

5 Amazing Uses for Frankincense Essential Oil

1. Beautiful Skin: Frankincense essential oil is great for your skin.

2. Healthy Respiration: Support your respiratory system with Frankincense. Inhale directly from the bottle, diffuse, or rub into hands and inhale. You can also rub some Frankincense essential oil on your toes or directly under the toes. Apply to chest and/or spine.

3. Calming: I use Frankincense to calm my family young children when they are sick, worried, or overwhelmed. I rub a few drops, diluted with a carrier oil, on their chest and they always seem so peaceful afterward.

4. Help Support Emotional Well-Being and Hormones: Frankincense has been use as an uplifting mood booster. Diffuse it and notice the difference.

5. Help with Clarity and Focus: Used topically on the base of the neck or used aromatically can help with mental clarity and improve focus. You can also place three drops in the palm of your hand, rub hands together to warm the oil, and then hold hands around your hose and mouth while taking 3 deep breaths.

Below you will find these 17 references listed in King James Bible.

Exodus 30:34

Leviticus 2:1,2,14,15,16

Leviticus 5:11

Leviticus 6:15,

Leviticus 24:7

Numbers 5:15

1 Chronicles 9:29

Nehemiah 13:5,9

Song of Solomon 3:6

Song of Solomon 4:6,14

Matthew 2:11

Revelation 18:13

The How and Why Essential Oils Work? 

Looking for the hard science about how and why essential oils work?
Feeling skeptical about all of these oily stories?
Are you a big nerd like me and do you love scientific research?
Check out the link below for a comprehensive list of 85 studies published in top medical journals all about using essential oils for various conditions. CLICK HERE

What’s toxic ingredients are your Products?

WARNING: This can be a scary and painful to do!!!! You will soon discover how harmful some of your favorite skin care products are. 
I just discovered this cool app. So if you see me this week at the store scanning items don’t laugh because you will soon want to see what’s out there.

Go ahead and get this Think Dirty App. It’s free and it will ruin your skincare products for good. The Think Dirty app is “the easiest way to learn about the potentially toxic ingredients in your cosmetics and personal care products. Just scan the product barcode and Think Dirty will give you easy-to-understand info on the product, its ingredients, and shop cleaner options!” 

Yes that can be terrifying. Luckily I have purged many of these harmful products but now I can use this app help me finish the process. Your skin is the largest organ and needs to be cared for as such, the Think Dirty app can helped me do it. Thankfully, I can make my own skincare products with my own collection Young Living Essential Oils.  

Young Living University

Check out YL University to empower you with more knowledge about essential oils!

Young Living wants you to learn more about what essential oils are all about & has created some educational videos to help:

What ARE Essential oils?

How do you use Essential oils?

How are Essential Oils extracted?

 

Wondering how to order these amazing oils at wholesale prices? Order below or message me for more details.

Why I broke up with scented candles.

I used to be a complete candle-scenty addict but I have done away with all of them since fall of 2013. Once my oil journey begin I started to turn to more natural remedies and  began detoxifying our home.

Diffusing essential oils became a very important routine in my household.  It not only makes my home smell nice, but the essential oils can provide many wellness benefits. I want mention how many diffusers we have in the house, I might have lost count :).

I never use candle warmers or anything of that nature to heat my essential oils up. Doing so will breaks down the chemical make up of the oils, which basically takes away the healing properties. Now, with that said, you can find recipes to make your own homemade wax with essential oils added to them but you will just be enjoying the scent.  Same goes with using essential oils while you cook, it is strictly for flavor, not any therapeutic value.

If you are new to essential oils, there’s no better way to get to know them than through your diffuser. That is how I started.

So you ask “Why completely give up scented candles? ” I have never been one to complain about any scents giving me headaches but soon after “my lifestyle change” I noticed I began to react to scents. So I began to dig around and discovered these candles have nasty secrets.

What is really in a candle?

Though they seem safe, regular scented candles are a huge source of indoor air pollution and they put off chemicals that are considered just as dangerous as second-hand smoke. Paraffin is a petroleum waste product and has to be deodorized and chemically bleached before it can be made in to wax. (Source)

Most candles are made of paraffin wax, which creates highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue). In fact, the toxins released from paraffin candles are the same as those found in diesel fuel fumes. SCARY I KNOW!

On top of that, many scented candles also have wicks that contain heavy metals like lead and even a few hours of burning them can create levels of airborne heavy metals that are much higher than the acceptable limits. In the US, candle wicks are supposed to be made of cotton or paper, but studies have found that as much as 30% of candles contain heavy metals in the wicks.

“A candle with a lead-core wick releases five times the amount of lead considered hazardous for children and exceeds EPA pollution standards for outdoor air, says the CPSC, which is why they banned lead wicks in 2003. Exposure to high amounts of lead has been linked to hormone disruption, behavioral problems, learning disabilities, and numerous health problems.” (source)

Let’s not forget about the artificial scents and dyes, which release additional chemicals when burned in candles.

Oh and what about the soot from a candle…..Petro-soot from paraffin candles gives off the same soot as the exhaust of a diesel engine, and is considered just as dangerous as second hand smoke, causing problems from headaches to lung cancer. Paraffin fumes have been found to cause tumors in the kidneys and liver of lab animals.  14-Air-Fresheners-and-Scented-Candles-1024x576

It is reading facts like above that make me so thankful to have Young Living Essential Oils in my families life.  Thankfully, I found some great alternatives…

~Brandi

 

 

 

 

Carrier Oils

Getting to Know Your Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are usually overlooked because they don’t contain the therapeutic constituents of other essential oils, but they can play an indispensable companion of topically applied oils. Let’s take a closer look at these carriers and why they deserve a place on the shelf of anyone who uses and loves essential oils.

What are carrier oils?

Carrier oils are naturally derived from vegetarian sources and have a neutral smell. They aren’t volatile like essential oils, which makes them an excellent medium for dilution and application.

What aren’t carrier oils?

Vegetable shortening, butter, and margarine are best left in the kitchen—they’re not intended for topical use. Mineral oil and other petroleum derivatives like petroleum jelly should also not be used as carrier oils.

How are carrier oils used?

Essential oils are volatile, which means they evaporate rapidly and contain the natural smell and characteristics of the plant. This can make them too strong to apply undiluted. Carrier oils do not evaporate or have a strong aroma, making them the perfect pair for diluting especially strong essential oils—reducing the concentration of the essential oil without altering its therapeutic qualities. When you dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil, you can also control its concentration before applying.

Like other substances that are high in fat, carrier oils have a limited shelf life, meaning that eventually they can go bad. Depending on the type, oils with a short shelf life should typically be used within six months, while oils with a longer shelf life may stay good for up to a year. It’s important to store oils in their original air-tight containers in a cool, dark place, such as the pantry, to maximize shelf life.

Carrier oils can vary widely in their consistency, absorption, aroma, shelf life, and other characteristics. Carrier oils can be blended to change or combine their properties, so you can mix and match until you find the blend that’s just right for you!


Get to know some of the more popular carrier oils! 

Grapeseed Oil

  • Light and thin consistency
  • Well suited for massages; leaves a light glossy film over the skin
  • Moisturizing
  • High in linoleic acid
  • Relatively short shelf life

Sweet Almond Oil*

  • Slightly sweet, nutty aroma
  • Medium consistency
  • Absorbs relatively quickly; leaves a slight hint of oil on the skin
  • Rich in vitamin E and oleic acid
  • Moisturizing
  • Good all-purpose carrier oil

*Caution: May cause a reaction to those with nut allergies.

V-6**

  • A proprietary Young Living formula combining fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil (contains a lot of vitamin E and acts as a natural preservative), sunflower oil, and olive oil
  • Moisturizes and nourishes the skin
  • An excellent carrier oil for all your best essential oils and applications

**Caution: May cause a reaction to those with nut allergies.

Jojoba Oil

  • Slightly nutty aroma
  • Medium consistency
  • Superior, non-greasy absorption, similar to the skin’s natural oils
  • Moisturizing for skin and hair
  • Long shelf life

Olive Oil

  • Popular, easy-to-find oil used in both topical and culinary applications
  • Thicker consistency; leaves an oily feel on the skin
  • Stronger aroma
  • Good source of oleic acid (omega fatty acid)
  • Relatively short shelf life

Fractionated Coconut Oil

  • Unlike coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil is liquid at room temperature
  • No noticeable aroma
  • Absorbs well; leaves skin feeling silky and moisturized; non-greasy
  • High in essential fatty acids
  • Long shelf life

Coconut Oil

  • Solid at room temperature
  • Distinct coconut aroma
  • Solid white color
  • Leaves a moisturizing, oily feeling layer on top of the skin
  • Long shelf life

Cocoa Butter

  • Solid and difficult to work with at room temperature
  • Best used when melted and blended with other carrier oils
  • Sweet, chocolate aroma

Shea Butter

  • Solid at room temperature
  • Nutty aroma
  • Cream colored
  • Moisturizing to skin and hair; leaves behind a moisturizing, waxy-feeling layer

 


This is great for helping you choose the correct carrier oil for your skincare routine.

Carrier Oils for the Face


Shopping for carrier oils

How To Use Essential Oils

HOW TO USE ESSENTIAL OILS

Since Young Living’s oils are 100% pure therapeutic grade, they are safe to use in the following three ways:

 

  • Aromatically: Use an essential oils diffuser, inhale directly from the bottle, or place a drop in the palms of your hands and cup over your nose.
  • Topically:  Dilute with a carrier oil or apply ‘neat’ to your skin either directly at the source of concern or on the corresponding Vita Flex point on your feet. *Always start off using a carrier oil*
  • Internally:  Mix with water or use a clear vegetable capsule to ingest, add oils to water (always use a glass cup) or drop on tongue. Some oils can also be used in cooking and baking. NOTE: This can only be done with therapeutic grade essential oils! 

 

Are all of Young Living’s oils compatible with all three methods of use?  No! There are oils that are not recommended for ingestion. Each individual oil is labeled with the recommended uses and dilution ratio for adults.  Be sure to read this information carefully before using the oils! If you are new to using essential oils, always start SLOWLY. Less is better and will ensure your body adjusts well to the oils.

 

***  Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.