Young Living’s Safety Guidelines

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Safety Guidelines

Young Living essential oils are cultivated to be as pure and potent as possible. We strongly recommend you read individual label instructions and the following guidelines to ensure safe use of essential oils:
  • The orifice located in the oil bottle opening helps you follow correct dosages. It also helps prevent small children from accidentally swallowing large amounts of essential oil. If you suspect that a child has consumed a large quantity of oil, give them milk and seek medical advice.
  • Seek the advice of a health professional before topically applying any oil to children that includes dilution directions on the product label.
  • When applying a new oil, test 1 drop on a small patch of skin first (e.g., on the underside of the forearm). Skin sensitivity is highly individual. If the skin feels hot or turns red, apply a vegetable oil (V-6™ or olive) to the area to dilute. Washing the area with water is less effective.
    • Use only 1 new oil at a time to determine how your body responds. Wait 30 minutes before applying another new oil.
  • Certain oils may sting the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oil residue on the fingers may damage contact lenses or cause eye discomfort. If accidental stinging does occur, put 1–2 drops of pure vegetable oil into the eye.
  • Avoid putting essential oils directly into the ears.
  • Pure citrus oils may compound the effects of sun exposure. Limit prolonged exposure to direct sunlight for up to 12 hours (up to 24 hours for angelica and lime; up to 48 hours for bergamot) after applying these undiluted essential oils to the skin.
  • Cosmetics, personal-care products, or cleansers with synthetic ingredients penetrate the dermal layers of the skin. Avoid applying essential oils to areas you use these products, as it may take these chemicals deeper into skin, fatty tissue, or the bloodstream.
  • Avoid using essential oils on skin that has been damaged or affected by chemical burns.
  • When adding essential oils to a bath, first mix 5–10 drops of essential oil to 1/4 cup of Young Living Bath & Shower Gel Base or Epsom salt and then add to running water.
  • Limit the diffusion of unfamiliar essential oils to 10 minutes/day, increasing the time after determining their effects. The length of time should depend on the size of the room and potency of the oils (see application chart).
* See individual label directions or check with a health professional before using essential oils if you have a serious medical condition or 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 to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances for conditions that require professional attention.
* This information comes directly from Young Living, it can be found here.

Which Eucalyptus Should You Use?

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Eucalyptus is well-known for its uplifting, invigorating scent.  It is often used in spas to refresh and revitalize the body through inhalation, and to support respiratory wellness. Australian Aborigines knew the benefits of using Eucalyptus and used the leaves of the plant to soothe physical and emotional discomfort. (Bonus! Try using Eucalyptus on sore muscles post-gym.) If you’ve looked for Eucalyptus in your Young Living Virtual Office or in the Product Catalog, you may have been surprised to learn there are more than one kind of Eucalyptus! In fact, there are over 700 different species of Eucalyptus.

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Young Living features three- Eucalyptus Blue, Eucalyptus Globulus, and Eucalyptus Radiata. Which one should you use? Let’s discuss!

 Eucalyptus Blue – Eucalyptus bicostata

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Eucalyptus Blue

Grown and distilled on Young Living’s farm in Ecuador, Eucalyptus Blue has well-balanced chemical constituents that make this species great for respiratory support. (Look at the ingredients in chest rub!) The native people of Ecuador use the disinfecting leaves of the plant to cover their wounds and keep bugs away. Because of its high Eucalyptol percentage, Eucalyptus Blue has a calming and invigorating effect when inhaled.

Try adding a few drops to your diffuser for a refreshing and relaxing experience, or inhale straight from the bottle for a quick pick-me-up.

Eucalyptus Globulus – Eucalyptus globulus

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Eucalyptus Globulus

 

This species has a more earthy aroma than its counterparts. Young Living’s Eucalyptus Globulus is grown in China and also contains a high percentage of eucalyptol. (FYI- eucalyptol has long been used as an antimicrobial agent. A quick internet search will give you more information on this!) Eucalyptus Globulus is a great air purifier if you’re trying to stay above the wellness line during winter months. Its cleansing properties make it perfect to use in certain skincare products, too. Eucalyptus Globulus is one of the oils in Young Living’s  R.C. blend.

I love to add Eucalyptus Globulus to my diffuser when I’m feeling a little under the weather. It definitely helps me feel like getting above my wellness line!

Eucalyptus Radiata – Eucalyptus radiata

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Eucalyptus Radiata

 

Grown in Australia, Eucalyptus Radiata is a must-have for your self-care routine. It soothes muscles, and is the perfect oil for a quick post-workout massage. Its cool, fresh aroma is also perfect for post-workout routines. Whenever I diffuse Eucalyptus Radiata, it gives me a sense of wellbeing and I feel like I’ve spent a day at the spa. Eucalyptus Radiata is one of the oils in Young Living’s R.C. blend.

Eucalyptus Radiata is considered the most “mild” of the three, and is often preferred by oilers for their kiddos. However, be especially cautious around infants. Always dilute and follow safety guidelines! Consult with your trusted healthcare professional if you have any questions about using your oils on your children and infants. 

In The Words of Young Living

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Which species of Eucalyptus have you tried?

Which one is your favorite? I love my Eucalyptus Radiata, the best part of working out is having the excuse to rub some Eucalyptus Radiata and V6 on my muscles. How do you use your eucalyptus oil? Let me know below!

How Many Drops Per Bottle?

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How Many Drops?

Two of the questions I get asked a lot: How many drops will I get out of my bottles? How long will the bottles last?

The answer to the former question is easy: One 15ml bottle contains an average of 250 drops of essential oil. Start off with one drop, and you will find that one drop is often all that you need. So, 250 drops really is a lot! The 5ml bottles have around 75-80 drops of oil.

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The latter question is more complicated, and there really is no answer! Depending on what you are using the individual oils for will determine how long they will last you. Using Lavender every night means that you will use that oil more quickly than something like DiGize that you are “saving for tummy troubles.” (Which- bonus tip- have you tried diffusing DiGize? Not just for “bad bellies” anymore!)

Price Per Drop

If you’re like me, you will want to know the price per drop of all your oils. Once you join the Oiling in New England Team, I will share with you this document- yes, I went through and priced out all the Young Living oils! (If you can handle basic math and a spreadsheet, this is an easy task.) I was shocked to find what an incredible deal they are. Because they are so concentrated, essential oils are a great value, especially when you stick to the “start-with-one-drop” rule. You can rest assured that not only are essential oils a great value for your health and wellness, but they are also an amazing value for your wallet and budget!

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How Do You Use Your Bottles?

I use three drops of Lavender in my diffuser each night. Since there are 250 drops in each bottle, one 15ml bottle of Lavender will last me about 83 days, if this were the only way I was using it! EIGHTY THREE DAYS. That’s a pretty darn good deal, if you ask me. I use my Lavender for a million other things, but I do have a designated “bedroom bottle” that will be lasting me this long. Check out these other uses, shared by Young Living:

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How about you? How do you use your bottles?

Share below- I’d love to hear your favorite uses for your oils!