Are Essential Oils Safe?

There is a lot of confusing information around regarding essential oils and their safety. I’m going to try to make it a bit simpler for you. I have enjoyed a lot of benefits from using Young Living Essential Oils and I want you to have the same opportunity. If you just want to tweak your wellness up a notch or if you’re desperately searching for some kind of hope in your life settle in and have a read.

First of all, I’m going to encourage you not to make this your only source of information. Continue to  research until you have peace that you are making the best choice for you and your family. https://scholar.google.com/ weeds out opinion articles and shows you research that is peer reviewed. My research led me to Young Living and my continued research made me fall in love and make a decision to use Young Living products exclusively.

My decision to use Young Living was finalized in two ways – I watched the Seed to Seal video and I did some research on a different oil company that I had been using. The other company that I was using only offered some oils that were organic. Many of their oils were not organic, which meant the products were doused in chemicals that I didn’t want floating around in my bloodstream. Additionally, this company did testing to make sure the oil was “pure” – so Lavender was Lavender (not all companies do this), but they did absolutely no scientific testing to ensure the oil was therapeutic. This is critical! Just like you can get different qualities of denim, leather and fresh vegetables, so too can an oil have different qualities. Only the healthiest plants, grown in the best conditions, planted from the healthiest seeds can produce an oil that is of a high enough quality to reach therapeutic levels. So if you tell me you used oils and they didn’t work my first question to you would be – did the brand you were using only have therapeutic grade oils?

Basic Safety

  • Some oils are photosensitive. That means if you have them on your skin and go in the sun you could burn. A lot of citrus oils are photosensitive. Just read the label before applying to skin that will be exposed to sunlight.
  • Don’t apply oils in or near your eyes, in your nose or in your ears.
  • Dilute, Dilute, Dilute! Young Living single oils are pure and potent. Most important when first starting and until you know how your body reacts to each oil. Generally you’d dilute one drop of Essential Oil with 1ml of Carrier oil. A carrier oil can be any vegetable based fatty oil, like fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, almond oil, etc. Young Living carries a V6 vegetable oil. If you’re a parent and wondering about using oils for your children do specific research first! If you choose to use oils on your child consider starting with a dilution ratio of 1 drop of oil per 30ml of carrier oil.
  • An excellent place to apply oils the bottom your feet. Generally the skin is tougher there. The oil will still get into your bloodstream and get to work where it’s needed.
  • Oil and water don’t mix. If you’ve accidentally gotten an oil where you did not want it do not use water to try to dilute it, this will in fact intensify the effects. Instead, use a carrier oil to dilute and wipe away.

Allergies

Can you be allergic to essential oils? No. And yes.

You cannot be allergic to a Young Living single oil that is a true essential oil and used correctly. So what the heck does that mean?

  • Some of Young Living’s Essential Oils are already made into a blend with a carrier oil. You may be allergic to the carrier oil. Before ordering, read the list of ingredients.
  • Citrus oils are not distilled like most essential oils. They are cold pressed, which means they still have the ingredients that can cause a true allergic reaction. If you are allergic to a citrus, you will be allergic to that citrus oil.
  • While you may not experience a true allergic reaction to an oil, you could still be sensitive and experience a negative reaction to an oil. This could your body’s response to stress and extreme change or if your body is currently unwell it could be more sensitive. Should you experience sensitivity stop using that oil for a few days, increase your water intake and if you try using the oil again dilute it more than you did initially. Sometimes our body just needs a little time to gain wellness and adapt to the changes. If your body still reacts negatively to that oil stop using that oil. There’s lots of others to choose from to reach your goals.

Using Your Essential Oils

There are three ways to use an essential oil. All three will result in the oil being absorbed by your body and moving into your bloodstream, within seconds. It is then found all throughout your body in generally less than half an hour.

Inhalation – This is a great method as the oils don’t have to be processed by your digestive system. This can be done by using a diffuser, there’s a variety of jewelry available you can add the oils to or even a simple cotton pad stuffed in a pillow case away from your eyes works great. Sniffing it directly from the bottle isn’t usually as effective, as, like a nice wine, you will not get the full notes of the oil.

Topically – Once diluted you simply rub the oil onto your skin. You can apply it to your feet, over an area of concern or over pulse points – places your veins run close to the skin, like the wrists or behind the ears.

Ingestion – This method is highly contested. Most of the objections have risen out of flawed testing by the British where they had subjects ingest an entire bottle of oil. A lot of oil companies will use chemical extenders, non-organic oils or low grade oils or floral water. You would not want to ingest these. Health Canada has recently approved some of Young Living’s oils for internal use as a flavoring. You can easily identify them by their “plus” labels (ie. Lemon +). In the US they are recognized as the Vitality line. Most importantly would be to only use according to label instructions.

Finally, I highly recommend a reputable resource guide. This can be in the form of a book or an app. Personally, I chose the Reference Guide for Essential Oils app. It is based on the Essential Oils Desk Reference. The guide made it easy to transition to using oils instead of other toxin filled products in my day to day routine. You can search a topic and it will show you oils that could help along with ways to use them. Please note, this particular resource, while Young Living specific, is not Young Living endorsed. This is because some of the recommendations are non-compliant with FDA or Health Canada standards. If you choose to use a resource ensure you know where the science behind it comes from and which information is supported by Health Canada and/or the FDA.

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