Frequently Asked Questions
In Canada, no. It is not required. However, the starter kits are the fastest and cheapest way to get started. Requirements vary globally.
2. Are essential oils safe for kids?
Yes. These products come straight from plants, you can't get any purer than that. However, there are general precautions to take. Best practice is to use essential oils diluted, and on the feet only of children 6 and under. Use gentle oils like lavender, lemon, frankincense, tea tree. Always follow label instructions. Keep essential oils out of the reach of children. Do not overuse essential oils. More is not more: 1 drop at a time is sufficient. Speak to a physician trained in aromatherapy before using essential oils. Do your research and be an empowered parent.
3. Can I use essential oils when I'm pregnant?
Yes. However, some essential oils are considered best avoided: Sage or Clary Sage, Hyssop, Tansy, Wintergreen, Fennel, Basil, blends that contain these essential oils. Consult your physician before use.
4. What is a hot oil?
A hot oil is an essential oil that feels warm (or sometimes cooling) to the skin. This may cause skin irritation or discomfort. Always do a patch test on a small area of the skin, like the bend of the arm, and leave for 24-48 hours. Dilute hot oils with carrier oils such as high quality olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, or Young Living's V6 oil. Use butter if you're in a pinch. Do NOT use water. This will magnify the effect.
5. Someone says you can take oils internally. Is that true?
Yes! Young Living Canada has a line of dietary essential oils in Canada called the Plus line. Add 1 to 2 drops of essential to your drinks, marinades, dressings, recipes, and dishes for flavour. Essential oils have a brighter flavour than dried herbs and are more convenient to have on hand rather than fresh herbs. Plus (+) essential oils have white labels and are the same essential oil as in the other-wise labelled bottles. The white labels give specific usage instructions for safe dietary use.
You may have heard that essential oils should not be used internally, but even the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy has come out in support of safe internal use of essential oils. That being said, do not drink teaspoons or bottles of essential oils. More is not more. 1 to 2 drops is sufficient. Always consult with your physician prior to use of essential oils.
Citrus essential oils of bergamot, lemon, jade lemon, orange, tangerine, lime, and essential oil angelica can cause phototoxicity. These essential oils have constituents calls furanocoumarins in them which cause the skin to burn more easily when in sunlight or UV light. Do not put them on skin that will be in direct contact with sunlight for 72 hours. *Young Living skin care products with these essential oils have had these components removed from them so they will not affect the skin.
7. How much essential oil should I use?
These are very powerful wellness products. More is not more. Start low and go slow. One to two drops is plenty.
8. Can I be allergic to essential oils?
Yes. Essential oils do not have proteins that cause immune response, but they do have haptens or pre-haptens, which can bind to a protein in your body and illicit production of antibodies, which is an immune response. Generally takes the form of skin rashes. This doesn't always show up immediately, but may show up over repeated use of the oil. Do a skin patch test first and dilute with a carrier oil (not water) if you react. Dilution is recommended for general essential oil use, and doesn't change the efficacy of the oil. Use high quality carrier oils, and non-chemical products with your essential oils. You may react to the chemical in your lotion etc. Some of the studies that say they cause reactions were done using products with petrolatum etc. Consider the QUALITY of the oils you're using.
Chronic Stress sets your body up for immune response, so reduce stress to reduce immune response. Weather and diet can also affect the skin sensitivity.
Best advice is to drink plenty of water, back off the essential oil and follow the recommendations above. Consult your physician before use.
9. Can I burn my essential oils?
No. Essential oils are very sensitive to heat, light, and oxygen. These three factors can change the chemistry of the essential oil and make it unsafe for therapeutic use. Use in a cold-air diffuser/humidifier.
10. How long will my essential oils last?
Again, essential oils are sensitive to heat, light, and oxygen. Essential oils do not go bad or rancid necessarily. They will last for years and years as they are not fatty like vegetable oils, however, they can oxidize. Everything subject to oxygen oxidizes. For example, an apple left on the table will turn brown as it is subject to oxygen. The chemistry of essential oils will change as it is subject to heat, light, and oxygen. When an oil is oxidized, it will no longer be as effective, or may cause skin irritation. Never leave your essential oils uncapped; store in cool, dry place with lids screwed on tightly. Store the following essential oils with care:
Angelica, Anise, Caraway, Celery, Cistus, Citrus oils, Dill oils, Elemi, Fennel, Fir oils, Fleabane, Frankincense, Galbanum, Juniper, Lemon balm, Myrtle, Pepper, Pine, Sage, Spruce, Star Anise, Tea Tree, Verbena.
*Do not throw oxidized essential oils out. They can still be used in the diffuser or in cleaning product