If you are the first user of therapeutic essential oils, you might want to start with 1 drop OR less by diluting essential oils with carrier oils or using counting method. Do a patch test on small part of the body to see whether the skin is sensitive to essential oils.
You can start using neat (i.e. without dilution) for some gentle essential oils, such as Copaiba or Helichrysum, as long as you are comfortable. Do remember to start slow by using 1 drop at first and monitor the reactions of the recipients after using oils.
Dilution with carrier oils
Few carrier oils which are recommended are Young Living’s V6 oil, extra virgin organic coconut oil, sweet almond oil, organic grapeseed oil, emu oil or extra virgin organic olive oil.
Gentle Babies book recommends dilution for baby under 6 months at 1 to 10 or 20 ratios. Below are table of dilution in general.
- Put 1 drop of Young Living Essential Oil on your palm
- Rub clockwise while counting to 10
- Apply on location
Below are general guidelines for using oils based on age
0 to 6 months old – 1 drop on palms, use counting method or dilution, then apply on soles.
7 to 12 months old – 1 drop on palms, use counting method or dilution, then apply on where ailment is OR on soles.
1 – 2 years old – can use method for younger babies OR 1 drop neat on locations for NON-hot oils (explanation of hot oils will be covered below) or on soles.
3 years and above – same as previous OR 1-2 drops neat on locations (for NON hot oils) or on soles.
Adults – 1 – 4 drops neat. DILUTE if uncomfortable or confine to soles only.
HOT oils and high Phenol oils
HOT oils are essential oils which upon contact with skin or mucus membrane will cause burning sensation. These oils should be used with caution especially around young children to prevent discomfort. Dilute, if necessary. Example of hot oils are Oregano, Thyme, Wintergreen, Thieves, Clove essential oils.
Oils which have Thymol, Eugenol. Caracrol, Cineole/ Eucalyptol etc are all under “Phenols”. Phenols & Phenylpropaniods. One of the functions of phenols is to clean the receptor sites of cells – hence allowing cells to communicate. When cells do not communicate, the body malfunctions, resulting in sickness.
Oils which have high phenols are Wintergreen (97%), Clove (77%), Basil(76%), Thyme (48%), Oregano (70%) – source: Essential Oils Desk Reference Sixth Edition. Other high phenolic oils are Thieves and R.C., often used to support respiratory system.
IF you have rash after using high phenol oils, it’s probably your body lacks something to handle high phenols.
WHAT TO DO WHEN EXPERIENCING RASHES / BURNING SENSATION
- STOP the application immediately, and drink more water to flush out though body wastes (sweat, pee, poo).
- APPLY carrier oil copiously. DON’T wash with water. Water will drive the oil further and cause more discomfort.
- WAIT until the rashes / burning sensation to subside before next application (and dilute the oils prior to application).
- You can confine the application to soles after the rashes subsides.
- PLEASE USE with caution for areas with thin membrane such as genital, near eyes, side of the mouth, and underarm areas.
WHERE TO APPLY
- APPLY where the ailment is with proper dilution if necessary
- Respiratory support– inhale and apply on chest, throat and back
- Digestive support – inhale for calming and apply on tummy and back
- Relaxation, clarity, etc. – brain stem, temples, behind ears (take note of skin sensitivity)
- When in doubt, apply on soles, focus on vita flex points. Another good area is SPINE.
DO NOT drip oils directly into EYES, NOSTRILS, and EARS. There would not be permanent damage but it would really be uncomfortable. IF the oils happens to drip into eyes, use MILK OR CARRIER OILS to flush. DO NOT use water to flush.
How to use / apply essential oils
Inhalation is the fastest method to get oils into the system. It through the nose to the emotional brain in seconds impacting moods and many physiological functions of our body.
Method of inhalation:
- Put 1-2 drops of essential oil on your palm. Rub in circular motion. Cup your hands to your nose and take deep breath (short breath if it’s first time). Repeat 5 – 8 x or until the smell fades.
- Using diffuser (Young Living diffusers are recommended) for 10 – 60 minutes.
- Carefully pour hot water into a bowl and add few drops of essential oils. Cover your head and bowl in a tent-like fashion with a towel. Breathe deeply and slowly.
- Sublingual (under tongue)
This is the second fastest method to get the oils into the bloodstream. There are many blood capillaries under tongue.
Use with caution by testing by pouring a single drop onto a spoon and tasting small portion to determine the amount of oils to be used. Allow the oil to slowly absorb under the tongue. Do not immediately drink water.
Use milk to wash out in case of emergency. Avoid HOT oils.
Ingestion is via digestive system and intestinal walls then absorbed into the cells. Use this method after consultation with medical practitioner.
Add 1-2 drops to a glass of water or with rice milk
Put several drops in an empty capsule and swallow with water
Note: Use glass or ceramic cups. Never use plastic or Styrofoam. Citrus oils especially is known to melt plastic or Styrofoam. Most essential oils consist of monoterpenes. Monoterpenes are not just good at dissolving petrochemicals, they dissolve MANY organic chemicals from many different sources. Citrus oils in general are just very good organic solvents.
- Topical application
Use directly on where the ailment is by dilution or neat (no dilution). Use caution when dealing with hot oils.
- Soles and/or spine
Use caution when apply on spine, especially on hot oils. Apply carrier oil first or dilute if necessary. Spine application may help to support skeletal, muscular, immune, nervous and other body systems.
Soles has large skin pores to many parts of the body. It’s the safest route to apply essential oils for the first time. As usual, dilute if uncomfortable.
Other safety guidelines
- Avoid overuse and excessive use of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), Jasmine (Jasminum officinale), Aniseed, Basil, Birch, Blue Cypress, Cassia, Camphor, Ho leaf aka Ravintsara, Mugwort, Myrtle, Nutmeg, Parsley leaf or seed, Pennyroyal, Spanish Lavender (Lavandula stoechas), Tarragon, Thuja, Wormwood and Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) as well as the blends and supplements that contain these oils during pregnancy. Additional oils as advised by Dr. Peter Minke are Hong Kuai and Palo Santo.
- Avoid hormonal oils during breastfeeding, such as Clary Sage and its blends.
- Do seek professional advices prior using essential oils during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
- Some EOs, especially citrus oils, contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity reaction. All YL EOs and oil blends that contain these compounds are labeled with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12 to 48 hours after applying. Caution should always be used when starting to use a new oil: use patch testing (see above), dilute and apply the oil to skin that is protected from sun/UV exposure to reduce the risk of sensitivity. YL beauty and cosmetic products are formulated to remove sun-sensitizing agents to reduce the risk of sun sensitivity.
- If you have a disease or medical condition, or if you are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that you consult with a health advisor who has experience with EOs prior to using an EO. Seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between the medication(s) and the essential oil(s).
- If you are prone to seizures, avoid excessive usage of oils with Fennel, Rosemary, and Clove. You can choose not to use those oils also as there are many alternatives offering similar properties. Please take note of the blends with those oils inside.
- If you experience discomfort upon using YLEOs, you need to stop using, drink lots of water and rest. Seek advice from professional medical practitioners if you are unsure.
People react differently to different oils. ALWAYS do patch test or apply on soles if you are unsure. ASK for guidance from person who introduced Young Living Essential Oils to you. This article is general guidelines. It doesn’t include the guidelines for sensitive or specific conditions. Please CONSULT your professional medical practitioner if you want to use YLEOs.
Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th edition.
- Am I allergic to oils?
In Dr. Stewart’s book entitled “The chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple”, he answers the above questions, consider the following facts:
- People can be allergic to fatty oils. This is because fatty oils are not steam-distilled. They are cold pressed – to preserve their properties – from the fruit and seed and contain many molecules that would not survive distillation but do come through a pressing (citrus essential oils, for example) Among these molecules are traces of proteins, amino acids, and polypeptides – all potential allergens. It’s also possible to be allergy to carrier oils inside the blends.
- Allergens are almost composed of proteins or polypeptides, which are relatively large molecules. There are no protein or polypeptides in steam-distilled essential oils. In fact, nitrogen containing compounds are virtually non-existent in essential oils except in occasional trace amounts.
- Allergens are composed of large molecules. There are no large molecules in volatile or aromatic oils, otherwise they would neither volatile nor aromatic.
- There has never been a documented instance of an anti-body response (i.e. sensitization) to an essential oil. Essential oil antibodies have never been found or detected in anyone. Unless sensitization occurs and antibodies are produced and stored in the body, there can be NO allergic reaction. Sometimes people do have allergy-like reactions but this are no allergenic in nature. THEY ARE DETOX REACTIONS.
- If a person has a reaction to an essential oil the first time they receive it, it cannot be an allergy, because there was no prior exposure whereby sensitization and development of antibodies could have taken place. Such a reaction is non-allergenic.
- It’s also possible to be sensitive to the oils topically, such as rash. However, internally is normally fine. When starting to use Young Living Essential Oil, it’s best to start slow, dilute and do a small test patch on the skin.
- Can there be an overdose?
If you take more than what your body requires, there can be unpleasant side effect, such as rash, because the body tries to expel toxins. Common guideline: for every 10kg body weight = 1 drop of essential oils used.
Drink plenty of water.
- If it melts plastic, doesn’t it harm me?
The mucuous membranes might be sensitive to essential oils. Hence, care should be exercised when the essential oils will be in contact with them. Small amount of essential oils (less than 5 drops for adults – see guideline above) normally do not cause much discomfort.
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