Common Q&A

What is the most effective method for using essential oils?

While it really depends on each individual’s body type and what you are using the essential oils for, there is no hard-and-fast rule for the most effective method of using essential oils. However, as a general rule of thumb, we recommend the following:

  • Emotional distress/Mental fatigue/Stress/Respiratory complaints: Inhalation
  • Pain Management/Minor cuts and bruises/Beauty/Massage: Topical Application

What is a carrier oil?

It is a vegetable oil or a blend of vegetable oils used to dilute essential oils such as Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Grape Seed Oil, etc. As the molecules of vegetable oils are much bigger than essential oils, they are used to slow down the absorption of essential oils into the body, while not affecting its efficacy. We usually use carrier oils to dilute essential oils when using “Hot Oils”, for children or those with sensitive skin or when applying on sensitive areas of the body or for a massage.

What's the difference between V-6 and other carrier oils?

V-6 consists of seven different types of vegetable oils. It consists of fractionated coconut oil – hence there’s no coconut smell that can be over-powering for some. V-6 is formulated by Young Living such that it is of the right texture, colourless and odourless with the high quality vegetable oils.

Which oils are considered 'Hot Oils'?
Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme and blends containing these singles. Some blends that are considered “hot” are: Thieves and Exodus II.

What should I do if essential oils get into the eyes?
Apply carrier oil/vegetable oil/V-6 generously around eyes area. Never wash with water. The stinging sensation should subside within 30mins. Otherwise, please visit a doctor.

What should I do if I experience skin discomfort or sensitivity?

Stop applying essential oils to your skin temporarily till you recover. It is safest to apply on the bottoms of feet if you have sensitive skin. When you experience skin discomfort or see red spots coming out of your skin, chances are you are experiencing a detox reaction. Please drink plenty of water as essential oils are great at pulling toxins out of our skin. The toxins in our bodies could be accumulated over time through the use of personal or household products containing chemicals. It is recommended that you stop using products containing chemicals during this time as well to allow your body to detox and regenerate on its own. The next time you use the essential oils again, you may wish to dilute them with V-6 first if you have sensitive skin.

Can I ingest the essential oils?
Young Living has a vitality range of essential oils that are meant for internal use as they are labelled as supplements. They have been certified as non-GMO too.

Are the essential oils labelled under vitality the same as the rest?
The essential oils all come from the same source, and Young Living has the most stringent standards of extracting essential oils to ensure they are of the highest possible therapeutic quality. However, to comply with the legal regulations and requirements in certain countries, they have come up with different labels. Those with the usual labels are meant for topical application and inhalation, while those with the vitality labels are for ingestion.

Can pregnant women use essential oils?
Please refer to Safety and Precautions

Can I expose my skin to the sun after using essential oils?

There are some essential oils that may lead to photosensitivity. These oils come from the citrus family and blends containing them. Do not expose your skin to sun within 12-48 hours if you have applied them topically on those areas. You may wish to instead apply these oils on the bottoms of your feet, on areas where you are clothed, diffuse them or dilute them first before sun exposure.

I am on medication. Can I use essential oils when on medication?
We recommend that you seek advise from a qualified medical professional or a certified clinical aromatherapy practitioner prior to using essential oils.