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What are Essential Oils? | Young Living Essential Oils

WHAT ARE ESSENTIAL OILS?

The purest distillation of nature, essential oils have enhanced lives for thousands of years, and new uses and benefits are still being discovered.

Essential oils are concentrated extracts harvested from plants, herbs, and trees, which are carefully steam distilled or cold pressed. These pure, precious oils are more potent than the botanicals from which they’re extracted and contain powerful, concentrated health and wellness benefits.

Whether you use oils for aromatherapy, personal care, or as household solutions, all aspects of your life will get a boost with a few drops of essential oils!

CBD (short for cannabidiol) is a natural cannabinoid found in hemp plants. CBD is considered safe to use and does not cause the intoxicating side effects commonly associated with THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). CBD binds with receptors throughout the endocannabinoid system, which is vital in helping your body stay in balance.

Young Living has combined the benefits of CBD oil with essential oils to create Nature’s Ultra oils, muscle rubs, and roll-ons. These potent, first-of-their-kind products infuse pure CBD oil with the power of Young Living essential oils and are a must-have in your wellness arsenal.

Modern lifestyles don’t always create optimal conditions for physical wellness. Poor diet, lack of exercise, and an overabundance of environmental toxins can leave the body unbalanced and diminish energy levels. From weight management to supplemental support, our essential oils and essential oil-infused products can provide the targeted solutions you need to restore balance and feel your best.

Essential oils have always played an important part in religious and spiritual ceremonies, helping participants transcend the trivial and connect with something larger than themselves. The pure constituents in these oils stimulate olfactory receptors and activate regions in the brain’s limbic system associated with memory, emotion, and state of mind. To enhance your spiritual practice, dilute and apply empowering essential oils directly to wrists, feet, and behind the ears or diffuse the oils in a quiet space.

The products we use in our homes impact our health and wellness. Young Living’s commitment to naturally derived, plant-based products makes it easy to choose cleaners, personal care products, and other household items formulated without the use of harmful chemicals found in many traditional products. We’re passionate about using only the best ingredients that are as health-conscious and environmentally responsible as they are effective.

Eliminate harsh ingredients from your personal care products and let your beauty shine through. You’ll fall in love with the wide range of essential oils that help keep skin looking clear, boost moisture, and give you that youthful glow! Essential oils can even help make your locks look luscious! Using naturally derived ingredients, our advanced skin and hair care solutions make it easy to enjoy the beautiful benefits of essential oils every day.

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.