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Getting Started Using Essential Oils www.OilsABC.com gives you the basics on what they are, how to use them, and best practices.
 

I just got my Starter Kit, now what? 

The first thing you need to do is get a reference guide! It will cover the history of, chemistry of, safety issues, a complete list of all oils, techniques for application and personal usage suggestions. This will be your guide for everything oil! The Essential Oils Desk Reference or Pocket Reference guides are excellent. Are you looking for capsules, containers, and other EO accessories? You can find recommendations here.

Learn about how to use the Essential Oils that come with your Premium Starter Kit. (need to order a kit? click here...)

Below are some common FAQ's:

  1. I see the term “carrier oil” used in several places. What is a carrier oil, what does it do, and why should I use it?– A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute EO. YL V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications. Carrier oils ensure that EOs applied topically are comfortable. My favorites are Coconut Oil and Almond oil. But I also use Jojoba, Avocado and Olive oil. When you read about diluting an oil, THIS is what they’re talking about. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the oil, but actually extends benefit and helps to prevent waste due to excessive application. Dilution also makes applying oils to small wiggly children a whole lot easier. Here are some carrier oils we use...

  2. What is a hot oil?– “Hot oils” are oils that, when applied to the skin, can cause a hot or burning sensation. YL recommends using a patch test procedure prior to first use. To perform a patch test, apply 1-2 drops of EO to a patch of skin such as the forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1-2 hours for any noticeable reaction; usually reactions occur within 5-10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or if you develop a rash, add V-6 carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed. Examples of “hot” oils include cinnamon, clove, lemongrass, peppermint, oregano, thyme, Exodus II, and Thieves.

  3. What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation? – If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using the EO, and apply V-6 or other carrier oil to the affected area. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If a rash occurs this may be a sign of detoxification; drink adequate water to encourage the release and removal of body toxins. Toxins present in petrochemical based soaps and skin care products, detergents and perfumes may trigger some of the detoxification reactions. Consider discontinuation of these agents if a reaction occurs. Before using the EO again, perform a patch test (see above) and dilute with carrier oil as needed. Water drives oil into the skin and the eyes. If EO gets in your eye, flush with a carrier oil to alleviate any discomfort. Discomfort should be alleviated within minutes. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, please seek medical attention.

  1. Can essential oils be applied to sensitive areas? – YL recommends that you avoid contact with EOs and sensitive areas such as eyes, ears and genitals. If you choose to use the oil in any sensitive area, dilute 1 drop of the essential oil to 5-10 drops of V-6 carrier oil.

  2. How often can essential oils be applied? How much do I use? – Proper usage is indicated on each EO label. Please follow label instructions. The idea of “if a little is good, a lot is better” is not always correct. Essential oils are very potent and powerful– start low and go slow. In most cases 1-2 drops are adequate and using more may waste product. Depending on the EO you can gradually build up to 3-4 uses per day if desired. As your knowledge and experience in your oil use grows you know by now that EO’s are VERY powerful and they work well. But they are not magic. You can’t expect (well most of the time) to apply one time and your issue is solved. You may need to reapply often, or even try a regimen for a while before seeing results. They work differently for everybody, and you’ll need to find something that works for you and your family. Sometimes it just takes trial and error to figure out what really works. Seeing what works for others is VERY helpful though, which is why there is so much value in being part of our Oil Sistas family as well as sites as oil-testimonials.com! What I’ve learned though, is that early and often are key with the oils, especially with acute illness!

  3. Can essential oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing or with children? – As with any medical condition it is strongly recommended that, prior to use of essential oils, you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care advisor who is experienced in EO usage. We highly recommend Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern. She is a master herbalist and a certified aromatherapist and has decades of experience and testimonies that she uses in her book to answer your questions about pregnancy, labor & delivery, newborns and children.

  4. How does exposure to sun affect essential oil use? – 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.

  5. What about the use of essential oils if I have a medical condition? Can essential oils interact with prescription medications? – 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).

  6. Can I have an allergic reaction to an Essential Oil? Allergens are almost always composed of proteins or polypeptides, which are relatively large molecules. There are no proteins or polypeptides in 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 be neither volatile or 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. Therefore, we can state unequivocally that essential oils are not and cannot be allergens. Sometimes people do have allergy-like reactions but these are not allergenic in nature. They are detox reactions.

  7. When making my own oily concoctions or adding oils to my drinking water, what kind of container should I use? EO's and plastic DO NOT MIX. They are strong, and will ruin plastic things but also slough of petro chemicals into whatever you're using it for. (drinking glass etc) - use GLASS ONLY for ANYTHING you're putting EO's in for ingestion. Your diffuser is fine, as it’s made of a high grade, high quality plastic that is safe for oil use. We use glass whenever we can, stainless steel comes in at a close second, and if plastic is our only option we reserve it for highly diluted recipes and never for internal consumption.

Suggested Oils to Get Started With (these are all included in the recommended Starter Kit)
Learn more about Lemon Essential Oil at www.OilsABC.com Information about Young Living Peppermint Oil, its uses, and how to order at www.OilsABC.com How to use Lavender Essential Oils - learn all about the hows, whys, and history of essential oils at OilsABC.com
What is Purification Essential Oil and how do I use it? Find out at www.OilsABC.com Learn more about Frankincense Essential Oil and how to use it - OilsABC.com PanAway Essential Oil. What is it? How is it used? Get all the facts at www.OilsABC.com
What is Thieves Essential Oil? What is the history, and how do I use it? Find out at www.OilsABC.com Learn more about Young Living's Stress Away Essential Oil RC- where to get it, and how to use it. Learn more about Essential Oils at www.OilsABC.com
Citrus Fresh Essential Oil Blend by Young Living: How to use it, and what it is. Learn more about Essential Oils at www.OilsABC.com Joy Essential Oils Are you ready to order Essential Oils? Here are some things you should know, and suggestions on how to get started. www.OilsABC.com
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