There are three basic ways to use essential oils: inhalation, topical application, and internal consumption. Read the Safety Guidelines and Tips prior to the use of any essential oil.
The inhalation of essential oils heightens the senses and can trigger numerous desired responses in the body. Below are several techniques used to inhale essential oils:
♦ Direct inhalation—simply smell them.
♦ Diffuse the oils using a Young Living diffuser which disperses the oil in a micro-fine vapor into the air. The Young Living diffuser will not heat the oils, thus ensuring full benefits, as extreme heat can damage important constituents in the oil.
♦ Fill a humidifier with water. Put a tissue or small cloth, sprinkled with a few drops of oil, in front of the escaping steam. (Do not put oil in your humidifier. It will float on top of the water instead of rising with the water vapor and may cause damage to your humidifier.)
♦ Carefully pour hot water into a bowl and add a few drops of oil. Cover your head and bowl in a tent-like fashion with a towel. Breathe deeply and slowly.
Apply essential oils directly onto the skin where indicated. Dilute with V-6™ Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex or a pure vegetable oil ( e.g., olive or almond ) before applying if dilution is indicated in the Application Chart. Dilution may protect against possible skin sensitivities. Key points of application on the body are :
♦ Crown of head
♦ Behind ears
♦ Upper back
♦ Over vital organs
♦ Soles and top of feet
To apply topically on any of these areas, follow these simple steps:
1. Carefully tip the oil bottle and drop 2–3 drops in the palm of the hand or directly on the desired application area.
2. If dropping oil in your hand, rub palms together in a circular motion and then massage oil onto the desired point of application. If applying directly to the desired area, use your hand to massage the oil in a circular motion into the skin. Repeat if desired.
Attention: Essential oils are very potent, and some may be irritating to the skin. If irritation occurs, immediately apply V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex or pure vegetable oil to the area to dilute. Please read label directions for each individual oil before using.
You can also create your own massage oil blends by mixing your favorite essential oils with V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex or by using Young Living’s premixed massage oil blends (e.g., Relaxation™, Ortho Ease™) to relax, uplift, soothe, and relieve.
Research indicates that some oils are more effective when taken orally. Only pure essential oils, proven safe and labeled as dietary supplements, should be used internally. Dilution and dosage is dependent on the age, size, and the health constitution of the individual. Follow the recommended dosage on individual product labels to ensure safety or seek the advice of a health professional before administering oils internally.
Suggested internal consumption methods:
♦ Put several drops of oil into an empty capsule and swallow with water.
♦ Add 1–2 drops to a glass of water or rice milk.
♦ Put 1–2 drops onto a piece of bread or add to your meals when cooking.
♦ Add 1–2 drops onto a teaspoon of Blue Agave and swallow.
♦ Drop directly onto the tongue and swallow. Exercise extreme caution when using this
method. Many oils are very strong and should be tested by pouring a single drop onto
a spoon and tasting a small portion to determine the amount of oil to be used.