Myth Busting Monday – “Young Living essential oils are unsafe”
First, let me start by saying – there are some brands of essential oils that are NOT safe. What we are discussing here is strictly Young Living essential oils. Young Living oils are the only oils I feel completely safe using.
Don’t get me wrong – I am not suggesting that all YL oils are safe for all people. I will explain that in a minute.
But first, let’s look at what sets Young Living apart from the others.
Most importantly, YL has their proprietary Seed To Seal process. Visit the all-new Seed To Seal Site to learn all about the steps that YL takes to ensure that you are getting the purest, safest oils available.
Additionally, Young Living does not use synthetic additives, nor do they dilute their oils to make them more“affordable”. You will remember that we talked a little bit about this in the previous post in this series. Those other brands who add or subtract from the extracted plant oil are in fact altering the natural essence of the oil, thereby reducing its safety.
Lastly, Young Living oils are therapeutic grade oils, meaning that most of them are safe to take internally.
Now, back to my earlier statement.
Many people can use any Young Living essential oil without any issues. But there are certain groups of people who need to exercise caution, or in some cases, avoid certain oils.
For instance, a child’s skin is much more sensitive than an adult’s skin. So most oils used on children are used in conjunction with organic vegetable or coconut oil. These “carrier”oils help make the essential oils gentler to a child’s skin.
Pregnant women and nursing moms are also cautioned about using some oils. This is because some essential oils are too potent for children under the age of two. If you are a pregnant or nursing mom, you may want to check out Debra Raybern’s book, Gentle Babies. This book gives recommendations on which oils are best for use on babies and small children.
Also, in some cases, people who have certain medical conditions may want to avoid any oils that could cause adverse reactions to their condition.
A few other things to consider:
1. “Hot” oils such as Thieves, peppermint, oregano, and thyme should be used with carrier oils because they are so potent.
2. Many citrus oils are photosensitive, meaning if they are applied to an exposed area of skin, you should avoid direct sunlight on that part of your body for several hours.This will prevent rashes or burning sensations on the skin.
3. Essential oils are not meant to be put into your eyes or ears.
So how do you know which ones are safe for you and your family?
First, read the bottle label. It will give instructions for use, and any cautions you need to be aware of.
And second, you have me. I can answer any questions you may have regarding the safety and usage of an oil. And whatever I don’t know, I will find out for you. All you have to do is contact me.
Now, you may have heard or seen people talking about how essential oils should never be taken internally, or how they are not as safe as they are made out to be. And that may be true of other brands of oils. I can only speak for Young Living essential oils. What I always want to tell those “naysayers” is “do your research”. Generalizations cannot be made for all essential oil companies when there are vast differences between them. A person who says that “all” essential oils are unsafe (internally or otherwise) is simply uneducated on this topic.
Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of Young Living Essential Oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, consult your physician.