Essential Oil Usage and Safety

Below are a few tips for essential oil usage & safety. If you’re ever in doubt, please contact a member of the Essential Oilistas team. Also, remember we are not medical professionals and cannot diagnose any ailments or prescribe treatment. We may only recommend what has worked personally for us or others we know.

  • Never ingest an oil that does not have “Dietary Supplement” listed on the bottle.
  • Never put an essential oil in your eyes or ears.
  • If you accidentally get an essential oil in your eye, flush immediately with a carrier oil (vegetable, grape seed, olive, jojoba or coconut oil). Do NOT flush with water, as water will not dilute oil.
  • When applying a new oil, test 1 drop on a small patch of skin first. If you have a reaction to an oil dilute with a carrier oil.
  • For children we recommend using an essential oil diluted with a carrier oil.
  • Seek the advice of a health professional before topically applying an oil to children that includes dilution directions on the product label.
  • We do not recommend using essential oils on babies under 6 months of age.
  • Follow the recommended instructions on the essential oil bottle.
  • Use only one new oil at a time to determine how your body responds. Wait 30 minutes before applying another new oil.
  • Pure citrus oils may compound the effects of sun exposure. Limit prolonged exposure to direct sunlight for up to 12 hours (up to 24hrs for angelica and lime; up to 48hrs for bergamot) after applying these undiluted essential oils to the skin.
  • Avoid using essential oils on skin that has been damaged or affected by chemical burns.
  • See individual label directions or check with a health professional before using essential oils if you have a serious medical condition, are pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant. DO NOT use wild tansy, clary sage, sage, fennel, wintergreen, or hyssop during pregnancy.
  • Consult a health professional about any serious disease or injury. DO NOT attempt self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances for conditions that require professional attention.
  • Citrus oils should only be used in glass or stainless steel as they will deteriorate and permeate plastic containers. Diffusers are the exception due to the water dilution.
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*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Young Living products are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease.