Saturday, July 13, 2013

15 Things to Know When You First Begin Using Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils…

These are 15  helpful facts to keep in mind in using Young Living essential oils. I recommend you read over this list to equip yourself with the knowledge in how best to use your oils for you and your family.

1. YL oils labeled as “supplements” are able to be used internally. Peppermint is probably the most useful oil on the planet. Always make sure you have enough.

2. If you ever need to dilute an essential oil because of sensitive skin, and you don’t have a carrier oil available, do not use water! Use anything that contains fat, such as full fat yogurt, butter, full fat milk or cream. It’s the ‘fat’ that dilutes your essential oils.

3.  Reach every cell in your body within 21 minutes when applied topically to the body

4. Never use essential oils in plastic cups or items. The essential oils attack the toxins in plastics and cause it to erode. Use glass or stainless steel when using essential oils in your drinks.

5. Essential oils that may require a carrier oil for topical use: PanAway, Peppermint, Basil, any of the Eucalyptus, any of the citrus (Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Tangerine, Bergamot*), Myrrh, Myrtle, and Melissa.  
 Essential oils that should (almost) always be diluted with a carrier oil for topical use: Clove, Cinnamon Bark, Wintergreen, Oregano, Thyme, Lemongrass, Black Pepper, Patchouli, Mountain Savory, Nutmeg, Marjoram, Balsam Fir, Coriander, Cypress, Galbanum, Pine, Ravensara, Ocotea. Again, key word is almost.

6. “Neat” means undiluted

7. Diffusing essential oils (with a cold-air diffuser) alleviates stress, cleanses and purifies the air from airborne bacteria, and creates a pleasant atmosphere in the home.

8. The Essential Rewards program is THE most cost effective way to earn points for free oils and build your medicine cabinet.

9. Good “carrier oils” are: sweet almond oil, coconut oil, olive oil, or jojoba oil.

10. Peace and Calming blend is the very best oil blend for little ones (as well as adults) for a good night’s sleep. Diffuse and apply topically!

11. How to afford essential oils – (Balance your budget by transfer buying, give the gift of health, earn free products & get discount shipping, make your own Personal Care Products and Household cleaners, Refer a Friend – message me to learn more)

12. When using Essential Oils in a spray bottle adding a pinch of Epsom salt. Essential oils have a tendency to clog up the mechanism in spray bottles because they don’t mix well with water and will float on top, failing to disperse. Putting the oil on the Epsom salt will cause the oil to adhere to the salt and disperse as the oil dissolves. This will help prevent your spray bottle from becoming clogged. So the next time you are making air freshener, "perfume" spray, or bug repellant, give this tip a try. In addition, the same goes for those who want to use essential oils in a bath. Use Epsom Salt or Dead Sea Salts to disperse the oils beforehand.

13. There are approximately 250 drops in a 15 ml bottle of essential oil

14. Never get essential oils directly in your eyes. If you do, use olive oil on the bone around the eye to dissipate the oil. Flushing the eye with water will just spread the oil and not bring relief.

15.  Phototoxicity is a chemically induced skin irritation from UV ray-exposed areas of the skin after using essential oils containing furans (furanoids). The skins response resembles exaggerated sunburn and in some people, it can leave permanent marks of darkened skin. Furanoids are compounds that act like prisms that amplify UV light. In nature they are found in leaves, seeds of plants, and most commonly the rinds of fruit to help them ripen. When you apply an essential oil containing furanoids to your skin and then go out into direct sunlight, use a tanning bed, or receive radiation treatments, your skin can burn which sometimes leaves permanent patches of dark color on your skin’s pigmentation called phototoxicity.

• Only oils containing enough furanoid compounds are considered phototoxic
• You will not burn if you ingest essential oil or take orally, so go ahead and add them to your drink on a hot summer day
• Using a carrier oil to dilute phototoxic oils does not protect against phototoxicity
• You cannot wash them off to avoid phototoxicity; they are already absorbed into the skin.
• Cover all areas of skin where you have applied phototoxic oils before going into the sun, only UV exposed areas will burn.
• Wait up to 12 HOURS after applying phototoxic oils to the skin before exposing to sunlight, UV radiation from tanning beds, or receiving radiation treatments. It is recommended to apply phototoxic oils topically in the evening before going to bed to allow adequate time before UV exposure.

Oils to avoid in UV Rays
• Angelica (Angelica archangelica)
• Bergamot (Citrus bergamia)
• Fennel (Foeniculum flugare)
• Grapefruit (Citrus paradise)
• Lemon (Citrus limon)
• Lime (Citrus aurantifolia)
• Orange (Citrus sinensis)

• Citrus Fresh
• Gentle Baby
• Joy
• RutaVala
• White Angelica

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