Essential Oil Storage: The Basics

38 August 2, 2015 - At Home, Essential Oils, Young Living Resources

Young Living Peppermint Oil, Lavender Oil, and Lime OilWith access to hundreds of pure, authentic essential oils and blends through Young Living, you’re bound to keep your favorites on hand throughout your house, car, gym bag, and elsewhere. When you take your oils everywhere, though, protecting them may not be your first thought. But, thankfully, the rules for storing your favorite oils are simple! Here are a few easy-to-follow tips to ensure that your essential oils stay at their peak potency.

 

Don’t Bring the Heat!

Prolonged exposure to sunlight and extreme heat can change the chemical composition and evaporation rate—and, therefore, the efficacy—of even the purest essential oils. Avoid keeping your oils in the car, near windows, or next to any heat source for extended periods of time.

 

Of course, it’s never a bad idea to spice up your cooking with essential oils for a delicious, twist—just be sure to mix in the drops with your drink or meal instead of dropping them directly onto a hot saucepan or other heat source.

 

Essential oil storage bottlesBottling Your Own Blend?

If you make your own blends, we recommend following our practice of storing all oils in amber-glass bottles. Amber-colored bottles protect the oils from damaging ultraviolet light, while the glass is strong enough for certain oils and blends like citrus oils that may dissolve plastic.

 

Gear to Protect Your Oils

Forget your purse and Ziploc baggies—the best gear to protect and easily transport your essential oils are Young Living’s carrying and storage cases. They keep your bottles neatly organized and accessible while protecting them from impacts that could crack or shatter the glass.

 

For those on the go, our compact 10-Oil Case is a convenient choice that comes in blue, fuchsia, or green. If you want a little more space, check out our 16-bottle Essential Oil Carrying Case or the 30-Oil Case. And for those times when you need your entire collection, try the Aroma Kit Soft Case, which holds up to 130 5-ml bottles of your best essential oils and blends.

Essential Oil Storage | Young Living Carrying Cases

What’s your favorite storage solution for your essential oils? Let us know in the comments!

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  • Brittinni Bailey

    Hello. I currently have my oils in a pantry, but for ease of use grabbing ones I need and having the selection more organized I was considering storing them on a shelf on a wall in my home away from a window. Is that safe and okay for the oils? Some natural light reaches them but the wood surrounds them a good bit. Thanks for your feedback in advance!

    • Young Living

      Hi Brittinni, Essential oils should be sealed tightly and stored upright in a cool, dark, dry location. Cool temperatures should be considered near room temperature at 72 degrees Fahrenheit. You will also want to make sure that the oils are stored in a location where they will be kept safe from fluctuations in temperature.

  • Peg

    I have read that some brands of oils can be stored in the refrigerator. Can Young ​Living oils also be stored in the refrigerator?

    • Young Living

      Hello Peg, Thanks for stopping by. We would recommend a dark, cool, dry place over refrigeration as moisture would then become an issue, but it is ultimately up to your own discretion.

  • Melissa

    DO your oils come as roll ons where I can just apply or does it have to be done through a diffuser?

  • Adelyn

    I am staying in hot climate country. Can I store young living essential oils in refrigerator?

    • Young Living

      Hi Adelyn, We would recommend a dark, cool, dry place over refrigeration as moisture would then become an issue, but it is ultimately up to your own discretion. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Avery D

    Hi
    I’m wondering if it is okay to store diluted essential oils (like in lotions, liquid soaps, etc) in plastic bottles.

    • Young Living

      Hi Avery, It is advised that you store essential oils in their original containers. However, if you decide to mix oils or store them in different containers, we recommend using dark colored glass. We do not recommend storing undiluted essential oils in plastic containers. Many essential oils are incompatible with plastic material. Using a PETE or PP plastic bottle can help, but we recommend switching to glass or stainless steel if you would like to use the same bottle for extended periods of time.

  • Liz

    Hello. I have essential a bottle of Myrrh that has basically become super thick and sticky much like a honey that’s starting to get crystallized. I don’t know if this is coming with Myrrh in particular because not 1 of my other oils have done this even oils that are older than my Myrrh. It has has been stored with all my other oils and non of my other pils appear to be drying out or evaporating. Also is there a way I could mix it with a carrier oil as a blend to lighten it to use or is it a lost cause?

    • Young Living

      Hi Liz, Myrrh is considered a thick oil and will congeal or appear empty when the oil is cool. Shaking the bottle, rubbing the bottle between hands, placing the bottle in warm water, and/or using a toothpick to stir it up will allow it to liquefy. This is a normal characteristic and the oil will continue to retain its full therapeutic properties!

  • Shannon

    I have a 6 month old that’s been struggling with virus after virus from starting daycare. Is it safe to diffuse oils in his bedroom? If so, are there oils that are recommended for this?

    • Young Living

      Hi Shannon, To safeguard the health of your children, the essential oils should not be diffused in their immediate proximity or for long periods of time without the prior consent of a pediatric physician. Because Young Living’s products are not labeled to be used as drugs, they are not intended for use in the treatment or cure of disease or any abnormal function of the body, including ailments or injuries. Therefore, Young Living cannot provide advice or recommendation for products to address any type of disease, ailment, or injury. We advise that you consult with a pediatrician about your child.

  • Eman

    Hi i wanted to ask whether if we color glass bottles (amber color) using glass paint, would it have the same effect as amber glass bottles? Would it be any better than storing in transparent bottles?

    • Young Living

      Hi Eman, Great question! True amber glass is preferred when storing essential oils over long periods of time as the amber protects the bottle’s contents from UV rays. UV rays can alter the chemical constituents of the essential oil, limiting its beneficial value. We are unable to guarantee that using glass paint to color transparent bottles would deflect UV rays the same as an amber glass bottle.

  • Cally Anne LaJeunesse

    I have your 30 oil kit and carrying case. I always keep them in there, sealed tightly, away from sunlight, and my home is around 68degrees on average. However, it seems my oils are disappearing! Evertime I look, more and more of them seem to have evaporated for some reason. I got them within this past year too, so it’s not like they’re old. Even ones that I’ve only used once or twice I’m shocked to see are now very low in their bottle! It’s weird because I’m a stickler for making sure they’re in a hospitabl environment, so I don’t understand what’s happening. I can’t say enough about how much I love your oils though! I’ve seen them perform miracles before. I’m repeatedly floored by their healing abilities. Thank you in advance for your response! 💗

    • Young Living

      Hi Cally, We are happy to hear about your love for the oils! All essential oils will migrate or oxidize over time, however proper storage can help control this occurrence. Keep up the great work of having your oils sealed tightly and stored upright in a cool, dark, dry location that is free from temperature fluctuation!

  • Heather

    Does the 10 bottle carrying case hold both 5ml and 15ml bottles? The other cases state that they are best used for, or only used for 5ml. Thanks!

    • Young Living

      Hi Heather, The 10 Oil Case can hold both 5-ml and 15-ml bottles! Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Qamar

    Hi. How long does a 5ml bottle last if I use 2-3 drops every day? Thanks.

    • Young Living

      Hi Qamar, There are approximately 85 drops in a 5-ml bottle. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Gail Mullally

    I have someone challenging me on expiration of Young Living Essential Oils. It was my understanding that they don’t expire but they have shown me a bottle with an expiration date. Can you please clarify for me.
    Thank you

    • Young Living

      Hi Gail, Young Living’s essential oils do not expire and will maintain their integrity, efficacy, and beneficial properties virtually indefinitely, provided they are stored properly in a dark-glass bottle, upright and tightly sealed, out of sunlight, and in cool temperatures. Thanks for stopping by!

    • BLee

      Hi Gail,
      Essential oils do expire over time. Please do research to find out why. YL oils are not exempt from expiry unless they are putting in some kind of weird preservative that is a secret to the rest of the aromatherapy world. Proper storage is key, but every time the bottle is opened the contents are exposed to oxygen and as the contents are used it also leaves more room for oxygen. When oxidized or degraded an essential oil can cause irritation, toxicity and the valuable properties will not be effective. Depending on the chemical compounds of the oil will also determine their longevity. This is a fact and it is science. Keeping oils refrigerated in their own container will certainly keep them longer that possibly expected. I hope this truthful explanation helps. 🙂

  • Heather Wylie

    I have a couple of bottles (lemon and orange) that the cap has cracked. Do you know why this happened? Some of the other bottles I have also seem to be “bowing” out like they are also going to crack.

    • Young Living

      Hi Heather, Great question. The cracks in essential oil bottle lids can be caused by turning the lid too much and repeated flexing from opening and closing the lids. Some oils may also cause the plastic in the lids to soften, which over time may result in cracking. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Jessica

    How long are the oils good for? I bought some almost 3 years ago, but don’t use them very often.
    Also I had some in my purse in my truck and the lids split open. I assumed they got to hot and tossed them in the trash. Is it bad to use oil that is old or got to hot?

    • Young Living

      Hi Jessica, Young Living’s essential oils do not expire and will maintain their integrity, efficacy, and beneficial properties virtually indefinitely, provided they are stored properly in a dark-glass bottle, upright and tightly sealed, out of sunlight, and in cool temperatures. Cool temperatures should be considered near room temperature at 72 degrees Fahrenheit. You will also want to make sure that the oils are stored in a location where they will be kept safe from fluctuations in temperature. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

  • Devi Poe

    Hello. I’m considering storing some YL essential oils in my travel trailer for a few months over the winter. It is in Oregon where the temperature rarely gets below freezing, but in case it would, would this adversely affect the oils (or any specific blend…i have several)?
    Thank you for your response.
    Devi

    • Young Living

      Hi Devi, Great question. Low temperatures will not damage or freeze your essential oils, but they may change their appearance. For example, citrus oils may become cloudy when cold but this occurs naturally and you may continue to use them as usual. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Mateo

    Hi,

    I leave my essential oils on a special open shelving unit by the wood blinds. The sun only hits in the morning and even then the bottles are all dark and don’t get hit directly. Are they okay?

    • Young Living

      Hi Mateo, UV exposure will cause the greatest damage to the constituents of the oils, and heat and light combined will affect them even more quickly. If the oil has been sitting in a hot car for a few hours, but the oil has not been directly exposed to UV light, the efficacy will not be compromised. Essential oils should be sealed tightly and stored upright in a cool, dark, dry location. Cool temperatures should be considered near room temperature at 72 degrees Fahrenheit. You will also want to make sure that the oils are stored in a location where they will be kept safe from fluctuations in temperature. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Cballard631

    Hi. I have a bottle of YL Rose and the oil keeps turning to gel, why? It must be heated to turn liquid, but it will solidify again once completely cooled. It is kept in a room that is 70 degrees F. Any advice on what it was exposed to that caused this? Thank you!

    • Young Living

      Hi Cballard631, Our rose is a white pure rose oil that has a high congealing point, meaning it will congeal when cool. Shaking it or placing it in warm water will allow it to liquefy. This is considered a normal characteristic and the oil will continue to retain it’s full therapeutic properties. Thanks for stopping by with your question!

    • Ray IV

      I was searching the internet looking for a response to this very same question. The Essential Oil of Rose that I purchased was from a French Company, who has been certified by both of the European Bodies who Govern Essential Oils, so I knew the oil was Real Therapeutic Grade. I not only paid a fortune for the oil itself, but I also had to pay a fortune on shipping and Import fees from Fed-Ex.

      I’ve been using Essential oils for years, and haven’t seen any do this before, so I am happy to learn that this is quite normal for Rose.

      I don’t trust many companies, but I do feel as if Young Living has quality oils. And apparently, having the support of Young Living Experts to help answer any questions you may have, is very nice as well.

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