Essential Oils 101

what are essential oils?

Essential oils are liquids that are distilled from plant elements, such as: leaves, stems, flowers, bark or roots. These oils contain the true essence of the plant it was derived from and can provide psychological and physical therapeutic benefits.

For thousands of years, essential oils have been used for their cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritual and emotionally uplifting properties.

A few of the key benefits of incorporating essential oils into your daily routine are:

  • Increased Positive Thinking & Emotional Balance
  • Enhanced Physical Wellness
  • Purified Home
  • Refined Skin, Hair & Nails
  • Deep Spiritual Awareness


Essential oil grades:

Essential oils are classified into four different ‘grades:’

  • Therapeutic-Grade essential oils*: Pure, medicinal, steam-distilled essential oils containing all desired therapeutic compounds
  • Natural Oils, Organic Oils & Certified Oils: Pass oil-standard tests but may not contain all desired therapeutic compounds
  • Extended or Altered Oils: Fragrance oils
  • Synthetic or Nature-identical Oils: Oils created in a laboratory

* Young Living produces pure Therapeutic-Grade essential oils.  Other companies may also claim to produce therapeutic-grade oils, but the only way to know for sure is by learning how the company processes their oils.  Young Living has a Seed-to-Seal guarantee which we will learn more about later.


safety first:

Essential oils sure are powerful and because of that, you need to learn how to properly use them if you haven’t before. Take a look at this great overview about essential oil safety and remember that the content of this blog post is intended to be used with Young Living Essential Oils only.


Learn to love your labels: Each bottle of Young Living essential oil is wrapped in a colorful label full of important information. On the front of each bottle, you’ll find the oil name and grade. All Young Living oils are 100% pure, therapeutic-grade, which is the highest quality essential oil on the market. You will also see the bottle size printed under this information (most come in either a 5ml or 15ml size). The back of the label will give you directions on how the oil can be used – aromatically, topically, and/or as a dietary supplement. 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! Young Living just released its Vitality line of oils meant for ingestion and will eventually transition all of the non-Vitality oils to be topical/aromatic only.


Within these directions will be suggested dilution ratios. This simply means that it is recommended to mix the essential oil with a carrier oil (your choice of vegetable oil, for example: coconut, jojoba, almond or grape seed) before applying or ingesting it. You will also see a batch number stamped on the back of every bottle – that’s right, every single bottle! As part of Young Living’s commitment to quality, they are able to track each bottle back to the batch it was produced from should there ever be a concern.

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 want 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:
Breathe Again™ roll-on
Deep Relief™ roll-on
RutaVaLa™ roll-on
Stress Away™ roll-on
Tranquil™ roll-on
Valor roll-on
YL Oola Grow™

Products containing almond oil:
3 Wise Men™
Cel-Lite Massage Oil™
Cinnamint Lip Balm™
Dragon Time™ Massage Oil
Genesis™ Hand and Body Lotion
Grapefruit Lip Balm
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.

Safety with children: Many of us have children and are excited at the possibility of using essential oils with our beloved little ones! Most essential oils are perfectly safe to use with children 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 are kept out of children’s reach (they can stain and you don’t want them in eyes, little mouths, etc.). There are also a few oils with special child safety caps because they can be dangerous if swallowed such as PanAway due to the wintergreen it contains.

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.

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.

Start slowly: As I said, 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!

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: It is always advised to consult a 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!


why choose young living

Let’s start with Young Living’s Seed to Seal guarantee! What is it you may ask? Well… It is a strict quality-control process that ensures authenticity in every bottle or package. Essential oils can inspire you to a life of wellness, purpose, and abundance because from the moment the first seed is sown until the oil is sealed in the bottle, the Seed to Seal process ensures YL oils meet the highest possible standard. In other words, YL controls every aspect of production. Read more about the individual steps below:



what about other companies?

Dr. David Stewart, founder of The Center for Aromatherapy Research and Education (CARE) cites 12 questions to ask yourself before choosing an essential oil brand.  Nine of those questions are listed below with the corresponding answers for 7 of the biggest oil brands available on the market today.  Questions with the answer of “N/A,” indicated that the company declined to answer.Slide4

Just in case that isn’t enough of a reason for you here are some other qualities that set Young Living apart from the rest:

  • Young Living owns their own farms where they grow and plant their own (non GMO) seeds, they grow and harvest their own crops with no chemical fertilizers or pesticides (they use essential oils for pest control!), they distill, bottle and rigorously test their oils.
  • Young Living has been producing the finest quality oils for 20+ years and has the largest selection of single oils and oil blends of any essential oil company.
  • Most essential oils have an expiration data, but not Young Living oils (except citrus oils)! Since they are 100% pure, they will last indefinitely if sealed and stored away from sunlight and heat.
  • Only 2% of essential oils sold in North America are suitable for medicinal & therapeutic purposes; Young Living makes up 98% of that market.
  • Essential oils sold in health food stores are generally ‘aroma grade’ oils, and while they do smell good, they don’t offer the same therapeutic benefits because most of them contain less than 5% pure essential oil.



How to use essential oils:

There are three ways that you can use Young Living 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.


carrier oils:

A carrier oil is an oil that can be used to dilute essential oils. Carrier oils include coconut oil, jojoba oil, grape seed oil, Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, hemp seed and olive oil. A carrier oil does NOT lessen the potency of the essential oil, it acts as a buffer to allow the essential oil to absorb more slowly. Refer to each bottle for minimum dilution ratios for adults.

Know the ‘lingo’: You may see some recipes call for the application of an oil “neat.” To apply an oil “neat” means to apply it without a carrier oil!



Choosing a diffuser:

You’re going to fall in love with your diffuser!

A diffuser has a well for water that you add a few drops of essential oil to. We
recommend starting with 2-3 drops of your desired essential oil. The water molecules and essential oil molecules are then diffused into the air in the room–cleaning and purifying the air. They act like a humidifier by adding moisture into the air. I love my Aria in my living room and my Dewdrop in the bedroom!

Be sure to only use Young Living diffusers with Young Living essential oils. Young Living sources their own diffusers ensuring that their proprietary plastic is used so that the essential oils do not break down the plastic

Where to buy oils!

If you are ready to fully immerse yourself in the world of oils, become a member by purchasing your Premium Starter Kit, here. Member benefits include wholesale pricing on oils (that’s 24% off!), monthly promo offers (yay free stuff!) and the choice to enroll in an Essential Rewards program that allows you to earn points on each purchase and use the points for even more free stuff!

You’ll also get a special package directly from ME! Tons of extra support, and access to a private Young Living oils page that will basically change your life!

start kit

If you want to take it slow and just test out a couple single oils, click here. You won’t get the discounts or the free stuff, but you can always become a member at a later date!


As always, feel free to email me with any questions you may have at I would love to chat with you about how essential oils can benefit YOU!

Positive Vibes,





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