Essential Oils Basics
We are so happy you got your Premium Starter Kit! As soon as it arrives, open it up and get started! Here are some daily tasks for you to enjoy your first 10 days with your oils. Go ahead and save this image to your phone so you can always find it!
Don’t leave your diffuser in the box! We promise it’s not scary and it’s going to change the entire atmosphere of your home within minutes. Watch this video for some tips!
We also love to apply oils to our skin! Remember, your skin is your largest organ, and anything that goes on your skin ends up in your bloodstream. This is why it’s very important to be careful when choosing an oils brand or personal care products. Watch this short video for some tips on using oils topically.
Not everyone chooses to ingest oils, but if you choose to do so, know that Young Living oils are grown and distilled with safety for ingestion in mind. Watch this video about using oils internally.
Don’t put oils in your eyes or ears
If oil gets in your eyes or feels hot on your skin, add a fatty carrier oil such as coconut oil or V-6.
Citrus oil on skin may hasten sunburn
Just dilute everything if you are unsure if it needs to be diluted
Get a good reference book (Book list in next section)
Oils and Little Ones
If you would like to learn more about oils safety and children/pregnancy/breastfeeding, we encourage you to follow some of the teachings by Pharmacist Lindsey Elmore, who brings us REAL peer-reviewed science rather than fear-based mommy blog type information. She is knowledgeable about the purity of Young Living oils and we just love her. Here are some links to get your started:
As you are beginning your oils journey, you're likely to come across a blog post, Facebook group, or a photo that a friend shares on FB warning about the dangers of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, or Rosemary for children. Thieves has both Eucalyptus and Rosemary, so it might come up in the warnings as well.
Each parent has to research for themselves and do only what they feel comfortable with. We never would want to convince someone to do something that they do not feel comfortable with, so we always encourage parents to research as much as possible and if they have a concern at all to go with that caution.
For clarity, we want to share why many of us in this group feel comfortable using Thieves, Rosemary, Peppermint, and Eucalyptus with our children.
The concern about these specific oils comes, supposedly, from the Essential Oils Safety book by Robert Tisserand. It's the book that all of the British-model trained aromatherapists call their "Essential Oil Bible". The British-model of aromatherapy doesn't care about the growing conditions and quality of the oil, and they recommend a very very high dilution ratio.
Young Living uses the French-model of aromatherapy which places a HIGH emphasis on the quality of the oils and encourages an aggressive approach of essential oil use when needed as long as the quality is the best.
Tisserand's book is a compilation of the toxicology reports from the fragrance industry. The fragrance industry is required to have toxicology reports for each and every chemical that they use to produce the fragrance of essential oils. So there are toxicology reports for literally every single chemical in every oil that's out there.
Keep in mind, in these toxicology reports, these chemicals are either (a) isolated from the rest of the chemicals in the actual essential oil or (b) synthetically produced. So when the essential oils groups or pages post things warning about eucalyptus, rosemary, and peppermint, they are actually warning about the chemical 1,8 cineole and the chemical menthol. According to other essential oil experts, those two chemicals WHEN ISOLATED, may cause minor respiratory distress in 1 in 10,000 children.
But even looking at the sections for 1,8 cineole and menthol in Tisserand's book I don't see anything concerning other than the danger of INSTILLING 1,8 cineole or menthol into the nose of infants. So... let's definitely not do that! (Instilling is sticking the oil literally up the nose. This is NOT the same as diffusing)
In the Menthol section it also says "When menthol vapors were inhaled by 44 premature newborn infants, there was either a transient cessation of respiration, or a drop in the respiratory rate." (Transient cessation of respiration = apnea)
No one would ever recommend giving a premature newborn menthol to inhale!
For Peppermint Oil (not just isolated menthol) the only contraindication for infants and children in Tisserand's book is "Do not apply to or near the face of infants or children."
For Eucalyptus Oil (all types including radiata, globulus, and others) AND Rosemary the book says "Do not apply to or near the face of infants or children under ten years of age."
So, just to be safe, we keep it below the face. In fact, I like keeping Peppermint & Thieves below the belly button or on the back for the most part on my children and I would only use it on the feet of my infants if I really needed to.
All of the fear-mongering that goes on in the essential oils groups that are supposedly about safety is not necessary. If you actually look at the studies and the contraindications, you will find a different picture than what is portrayed in those groups.
As you get into your oils, you may find yourself wanting some additional supplies such as roller bottles and spray bottles. Here are some of our favorite places to shop.
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