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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Safety First

Essential oils sure are powerful and I want to make sure you learn how to properly use them if you haven’t before.

Learn to love your labels: Each bottle of Young Living essential oil is full of important information. On the front, you’ll find the oil name and grade. All YL oils are 100% pure, therapeutic-grade, which is the highest quality essential oil on the market. Bottle size printed under this information (5ml or 15ml size). The backside, will give you directions on how the oil can be used – aromatically, topically, and/or as a dietary supplement, and suggested dilution ratios. Not all essential oils are recommended for all three types of use, so reading and adhering to the information printed on the bottle is important! YL just released it’s Vitality line of oils meant for ingestion and will eventually transition all of the non-Vitality oils to be topical/aromatic only.

The dilutions simply mean a recommended mix with a carrier oil (your choice of fractionated coconut, jojoba or grapeseed, or vegetable) before applying or ingesting it. A batch number stamped on the back of every single bottle, as part of Young Living’s commitment to quality, so they can back to the batch it was produced from should there ever be a concern.


Start slowly: Young Living’s essential oils are extremely potent and powerful substances. It is recommended to start slowly when you first begin using oils. Choose one oil to try and then build from there. Listen to your body and watch for signs of detoxing.You can usually apply essential oils as needed, but do not overload your system!


Actions and reactions: If you know you are allergic to lavender, it probably isn’t a wise decision to use lavender oil – make sense? Now this doesn’t necessarily hold true for everyone and every oil. Due to the distillation process, proteins (what usually causes an allergic reaction) are generally absent from the essential oil minimizing the chance of allergic reactions. The essential oil of a plant may come from a different portion than what triggers an allergic reaction for a specific individual. For example, lemon oil is obtained from the rind and not the flesh of the fruit. Some people may be allergic to lemon no matter what, but others may have no reaction to the essential oil because it comes from a different part of the plant. If you know you have an allergy to a certain plant but are wanting to try the essential oil, consult with your doctor before testing a small amount on a non-sensitive part of your body (like the back of your hand).


Nut allergy information: Be aware that several of Young Living’s blends and products contain nut oils. You can always contact Young Living directly for an up-to-date ingredients list of any product, but if you have a nut allergy, take caution when considering use of the following products:

Products containing coconut oil:
Awaken™, Breathe Again™ roll-on, Deep Relief™ roll-on, RutaVaLa™ roll-on
Stress Away™ roll-on, Tranquil™ roll-on, Valor®, Valor roll-on, YL Oola Grow™

Products containing almond oil:
3 Wise Men™, Acceptance™, Awaken™, Cel-Lite Massage Oil™, Cinnamint Lip Balm™, Dragon Time™ Massage Oil, Genesis™ Hand and Body Lotion, Grapefruit Lip Balm, Hope™, Into the Future™, KidScents® Lotion & KidScents® Tender Tush, Lavender Lip Balm


Oils and medications: Most of the time, essential oils are perfectly safe to use even if you are taking another medication. However, there are some instances in which essential oils like grapefruit may interfere with prescribed medication. If you are taking any prescription medication, it is strongly recommended to consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of any essential oils to check for possible contraindications. Grapefruit oil is not the same as grapefruit juice.


Citrus oil precautions: It is important to take some extra precautions when using citrus oils because of their ability to dissolve certain plastics. This is great if you want to get a sticky label off of a glass jar, but not so great if the lemon oil you put in your water dissolves your cup! The general rule is that citrus oils should only be used in glass or stainless steel containers – no plastics.


Photosensitivity: Certain essential oils are photosensitive. This means they absorb sunlight or radiant energy more intensely than your skin naturally would. You’ll want to check the label of the oil you’re using to see if it contains this warning and avoid the sun for up to 12 hours after application.


Safety w/ children: Many of us have children and are excited at the possibility of using essential oils them! Safe to use as long as they are diluted appropriately. Two of our favorite resources on the topic of oils and kids are the books Aromatherapy for the Healthy Child by Valerie Worwood and Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern. You do want to make sure that your essential oils out of children’s reach (they can stain and you don’t want them in eyes, little mouths, etc.). A few oils have child safety caps because they can be dangerous if swallowed: Cassia, Cool Auzul, Exodus II, GLF, Immune Power, PanAway, Raven  Wintergreen


Oils & pregnancy: Many essential oils are completely safe to use while pregnant and can provide much-needed relief for a variety of pregnancy symptoms. There are some oils that should be avoided during pregnancy, however. The Gentle Babies book mentioned above is a fabulous resource for information about using essential oils while pregnant.


 

Storing your oils: Young Living’s essential oils do not expire, but you do need to take care when storing them. You’ll notice that the bottles are a dark, amber color. This is to keep light from reaching the oils. Even though the bottles are dark, you’ll still want to store your oils in a cool environment away from direct sunlight to preserve the therapeutic properties.


Medical conditions: Always advised to consult  medical professional before starting any essential oils routine, especially if you have been diagnosed with a medical condition, are taking any prescription medications, or have concerns about your health. The information provided on our site is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or diagnose any medical condition. Treat essential oils with the care and respect they deserve and exercise your best judgment when using them for a safe, effective experience!

 

***  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.