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Young Living Essential Oils Safety
Young Living essential oils are wonderfully aromatic and made from all-natural plant matter, such as petals, leaves, and grasses. You should be concerned with what is used around your family and pets, or added to yourenvironment, foods and beverages – that includes the use of essential oils. We agree, as well.
The great thing about Young Living essential oils is the Seed to Seal® validation program that promotes Young Living’s assurance that best practices are used in harvest, production, and processing of its therapeutic grade essential oils for the highest quality. This verification is overseen through Young Living’s Seed to Seal® program.
Natural Essential Oils
Essential oils are highly aromatic and all-natural products derived from plant matter like petals and grasses. But, keep in mind that essential oils are also highly concentrated extracts from plants. So, it is critical that you remember that correct dosage, usage, and application are necessary to receive the valuable benefits each essential oil offers.
Young Living oils are produced using our proprietary Seed to Seal method to ensure our users get only the highest quality, purest oils in the world. There are thousands of uses for essential oils. However, to make the most of your essential oils, there are some basics you should know as you begin your essential oil journey.
Young Living’s Vitality Essential Oils
In January 2019, Young Living was proud to announce that its Vitality™ line of dietary therapeutic essential oils have been awarded the Non-GMO Project verification in the United States and Canada. This means that the Vitality line can be officially ingested.
Although Young Living’s research believes that most essential oils are safe for human consumption at therapeutic levels, the specific packaging of Young Living’s Vitality line-up are specifically packaged to give assurance to you that these essential oils have been given the FDA’s GRAS approval. Young Living has conveniently placed its Vitality™ essential oils into four convenient categories: Herb Vitality; Spice Vitality; Citrus Vitality; and Supplement Vitality.
Each Young Living Vitality™ essential oil contains directions for use on its label. Following label directions will maximize safety and minimize any potential adverse reaction, to further assure you will receive the natural benefit of the essential oil.
There is no difference in the purity and quality standards between the Young Living pure essential oils and the Vitality™ essential oils. The differentiated labels just make it clear that the essential oil has been FDA approved for internal use.
What Essential Oils Should
I Avoid Ingesting?
Most essential oils are safe. However, there are a very few essential oils that should not be ingested at any level due to their toxicity. The specific amounts for each toxic essential oil do vary.
When you use these otherwise toxic essential oils externally or topically (even undiluted) it is unlikely that there will be any adverse effect. However, we want to bring to your attention what our research has revealed are essential oils absolutely to be avoided through ingestion, without a doctor’s oversight. The following listing should be used cautiously and under the supervision of a naturopathic physician, certified herbalist, or qualified aromatherapist.
Calamus (Acorus Calamus):
also known as sweet flag. There is an American calamus and a European calamus. Essential oil from the European calamus plant has been researched to determine a high level of the terpene chemical thujone. Thujone is believed to be toxic to the nervous system and possibly cancer-causing. Although the American calamus is determined safe from thujone, the untrained should taking all calamus oil internally.
Camphor (Cinnamomum Camphora):
The FDA recommends camphor oil be used topically, only. It is one of the strongest essential oils available. Much research into camphor’s toxicity if ingested in high dosages, especially to children, is well-documented. It can cause toxicity to the nervous system and result in nausea, vomiting, confusion, stupor and convulsions. Topical application is considered generally safe by the FDA.
Pennyroyal (Mentha Pulegium):
Pennyroyal is used as a mosquito repellant and insecticide. When the leaves are broken, an aroma close to spearmint is released. A tea infusion with the leaves is considered safe. However, the essential oil from Pennyroyal is considered highly toxic to the liver, lungs, and kidneys and can result in death if ingested.
Tansy (Tanacetum Vulgare):
Tansy is also known as ragwort. Tansy contains a toxic chemical called thujone. Tansy, if ingested, can cause abortion of fetus, kidney and liver damage, confusion, vomiting, dizziness, seizures, and death.
Wintergreen (Gaultheria Procumbens L):
The fragrant essential oil of Wintergreen contains a highly potent level of methyl salicylate (98%), in the same chemical class as aspirin. Although the FDA has approved a specific level for food grade use, extremely high levels of ingestion can be toxic to the liver and kidney. For this reason, ingestion of Wintergreen essential oil should be avoided.
Wormseed (Chenopodium Ambrosioides):
Wormseed was historically used to flush out roundworm, hookworm and tapeworm. Although its effect is well-noted, its toxicity to the kidneys, liver, nervous system and heart resulted in its medical use in even small doses.
Wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium):
Wormwood is also known as absinthe. Based on disputed research over the years, its essential oil for ingestion has been banned. The Wormwood essential oil is considered highly toxic if ingested due to its chemical component of thujone. High doses of Wormwood essential oil have been associated with seizures, impulsivity, and death. It is also considered addictive.
Essential Oils Dos and Don’ts
Young Living oils are the highest quality on the market, and as such they are quite potent and powerful. There are some key things to understand as you begin using essential oils in your daily life. Here are a few guidelines:
Essential Oil Dos
Do practice using your essential oils aromatically, topically, and internally (by ingesting them).
Do test 1 drop of pure essential oil on a small patch of skin first (such as the inside wrist). Skin sensitivity is variable with everyone. If the skin feels sensitive or turns red, apply a vegetable oil (V-6™ or olive) to the area to dilute.
Do use only 1 new essential oil at a time at first. This will help you to determine any sensitivity and your body’s response. Wait at least 30 minutes before trying another new oil.
Do use precautions with pure citrus oils, as they may compound the effects of sun exposure.
Do review individual label directions or check with your health professional before using essential oils if you have a serious medical condition or are pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant.
Do consult a health professional about any serious disease or injury before beginning essential oil use.
Do mix 5 to 10 drops of essential oil first to 1/4 cup of Young Living Bath & Shower Gel Base or Epsom salt before adding to running water for bathing.
Do give animals access to ventilation or an exit when diffusing essential oils in a room they are present.
Do always use 100% therapeutic grade essential oils.
Do use Young Living Vitality™ essential oils for internal use.
Do use Young Living Vitality™ essential oils in the kitchen and in your recipes! Check out our blog to learn some great essential oil recipes to cure what ails you.
Do use essential oils packaged in an amber or cobalt glass container.
Do store pure essential oils in a cool, dry and dark place to avoid degradation from heat, sun and light.
Essential Oil Don’ts
Don’t apply an essential oil to children without first seeking the advice of a health care professional.
Don’t apply an essential oil to the eyes, nose, ears, or mucous membrane. If sensitivity occurs, rinse with pure vegetable oil.
Don’t dilute essential oils with water, as it is not effective.
Don’t use essential oils on skin that has been injured, damaged or affected by chemical burns.
Don’t use essential oils around open flames, candles, stove tops, etc., as they are flammable.
Don’t use essential oils if you are a heart patient, or suffer from asthma, epilepsy, hypertension, or other chronic health conditions without first seeking the advice of your physician or medical practitioner.
Don’t use essential oils of Tansy, Clary Sage, Sage, Fennel, Wintergreen, Penny Wort or Hyssop if pregnant or you suspect you may be pregnant.
Don’t self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances for conditions that require professional attention, severe side effects can occur.
Essential oils eat up plastic so do not store them in plastic containers. You may store essential oil blends (that are diluted with carrier oils or other ingredients) in plastic containers. But for the pure undiluted oils, keep them in glass and amber/cobalt blue containers.
Essential Oil Safety
Essential oils are infused with vast health benefits. Centuries of use have confirmed their tremendous effect on the body. When essential oils are used correctly, vast health benefits are realized.
However, it is important to always understand that essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. That means a little essential oil goes a long way in providing these vital benefits. And more is not better. So, when essential oils are used incorrectly, certain health risks can occur.
Side effects of improper essential oil use can manifest in a few ways. These health risks can include allergic reactions, burns, sun sensitivity and skin irritation.
Quality essential oils come with safety information on its label. Understanding the safety guidelines are the first step in safe and beneficial use of essential oils. The following is intended to help you understand safetyduring application and use of essential oils to avoid adverse reactions.
Essential Oils During Pregnancy
Pregnant women can be hypersensitive to some essential oils. Some essential oils should be avoided completely during pregnancy due to their effect on the uterus. This possibility does pose increased risk to contractions and possible aborting of the fetus and affect blood pressure. Always read product labels on essential oils before using if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
Safe essential oils during pregnancy determined by medical practitioners include:
Essential Oils for Babies, Toddlers & Children
There are many essential oils that are beneficial for use on children. However, Infants, toddlers, and young children can be hypersensitive to some essential oils. This can be due to their inability to process the highly concentrated constituents formed during the distillation process.
Prior to use on children, dilute essential oils. A great way to apply essential oils to children is on the bottom of their feet.
Always read product labels on essential oils beforegiving or applying to babies, toddlers, or young children. Women who are breast-feeding should avoid oils that are sensitive to children, as well.
Note: Young Living™ has created some gentle blends especially for children that can be directly applied neat.