How to use essential oils

With so many essential oils at your fingertips that have so many possible uses, you’re bound to wonder how to use them all. No worries—with a little help, you’ll be a pro in no time!

Put a few drops into the palms of your hands, cup your hands around your mouth and nose and inhale, breathing deeply for as long as you need. You can also use an essential oil diffuser to fill your home or office with your favorite scents or add drops of your favorite essential oils to a cotton ball and place it wherever you want to disperse the scent

Using essential oils topically is very popular. Some people move from casual oil users to devotees after learning how to use oils on the skin. Oils can help improve the appearance of healthy skin, improve a relaxing massage, or add zing to an invigorating one. You can enjoy a range of benefits by applying oils to the crown of your head, behind your ears, to your neck, temples, and bottoms of your feet. Also, if the aroma of an oil is too strong or your skin is sensitive, you can dilute it with a carrier oil such as Young Living’s V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex.

Did you know you can obtain the benefits of certain essential oils by ingesting them?* Young Living’s Vitality™ line was specifically developed for internal use! Use these tips with Young Living’s Vitality essential oils:

  • Add to water. Add a drop or two of your favorite Vitality essential oil to water throughout the day.

  • Take in a capsule. Put a couple drops of Vitality oil into a vegetable capsule and swallow with water.

  • Spice up your favorite recipes. Add Vitality essential oils to infuse your favorite recipes with rich, unique flavors.

  • Apply directly to your tongue. Place a drop of Vitality oil directly onto your tongue.

  • Take them in a capsule. NOTE: *Always consult individual product labels for usage directions.

Young Living essential oils are cultivated to be as pure and potent as possible. We strongly recommend that you read individual label instructions and the following guidelines to ensure safe use of essential oils:

  • The orifice located in the oil bottle opening helps you follow correct dosages. It also helps prevent small children from accidentally swallowing large amounts of essential oil. If you suspect that a child has consumed a large quantity of oil, give them milk and seek medical advice.

  • Seek the advice of a health professional before topically applying any oil to children that includes dilution directions on the product label. When applying a new oil, test one drop on a small patch of skin first (e.g., on the underside of the forearm). Skin sensitivity is highly individual. If the skin feels hot or turns red, apply a vegetable oil (V-6™ Vegetable Oil complex or olive oil) to the area to dilute. Washing the area with water is less effective.

  • Use only one new oil at a time to determine how your body responds. Wait 30 minutes before applying another new oil.

  • Certain oils may sting the eyes and other sensitive areas. Essential oil residue on the fingers may damage contact lenses or cause eye discomfort. If accidental stinging does occur, put 1–2 drops of pure vegetable oil into the eye. Avoid putting essential oils directly into the ears.

  • Pure citrus oils may compound the effects of sun exposure. Limit prolonged exposure to direct sunlight for up to 12 hours (up to 24 hours for Angelica and Lime; up to 48 hours for Bergamot) after applying these undiluted essential oils to the skin. Cosmetics, personal care products, or cleansers with synthetic ingredients penetrate the dermal layers of the skin. Avoid applying essential oils to areas where you use these products, as it may take these chemicals deeper into skin, fatty tissue, or the bloodstream.

  • Avoid using essential oils on skin that has been damaged or affected by chemical burns. When adding essential oils to a bath, first mix 5–10 drops of essential oil to ¼ cup of Young Living Bath and Shower Gel Base or Epsom salt and then add to running water. Limit the diffusion of unfamiliar essential oils to 10 minutes a day, increasing the time after determining their effects. The length of time should depend on the size of the room and potency of the oils.

  • See individual label directions or check with a health professional before using essential oils if you have a serious medical condition or are pregnant, nursing, or planning to become pregnant. Do not use Tansy, Clary Sage, Sage, Fennel, Wintergreen, or Hyssop during pregnancy.

  • Consult a health professional about any serious disease or injury. Do not attempt to self-diagnose or prescribe any natural substances for conditions that require professional attention.

To learn more about specific products and their uses, visit our Safety Guidelines, How to Use Essential Oils page, Essential Oils FAQ pages.