Important information about how to use essential oils: What you need to know
Essential oils are NOT for oral use. Below is information from Young Living Canada about how to use essential oils safely in your home. The information presented here is for general use only and should never replace the advice of a healthcare practitioner.
The following methods are generally regarded as safe application methods for adults; however, we always recommend consulting a healthcare practitioner about your personal needs before using essential oils to support wellness.
Finally, remember that essential oils are highly concentrated and very potent. Many times, a single drop is enough.
Avoid contact with eyes and mucous membranes; if this happens, rinse thoroughly with vegetable oil.
Do not use essential oils undiluted. The following are guidelines for the topical application of diluted oils. Remember, when using essential oils on children, always increase the dilution.
Local application (10% or less of body surface area)
Apply to affected area up to 3 times per day.
Body massage (more than 10% of the body surface area)
Apply once daily.
Combine 2 — 8 drops of undiluted essential oil with the same amount of shampoo or liquid soap before adding it to the bath. Mix into the water gently. For maximum benefit, remain in the bath for 10 minutes. Use 2 drops of undiluted essential oil the first time and increase by 1 drop per bath up to a maximum of 8 drops (Tisserand 1977; Price and Price 2007). Use once daily.
Apply 1 — 6 drops of undiluted essential oil to a handkerchief/tissue and inhale occasionally (Price and Price 2007). Up to 3 times per day.
Add 3 — 12 drops of undiluted essential oil to a bowl of steaming water/facial steamer. Inhale slowly and deeply for 5 to 10 minutes (Price and Price 1999; Tisserand and Balacs 1995). Up to 3 times per day.
Add 2 drops of undiluted essential oil to 500 ml of warm water in a bottle. Mix by shaking the bottle and immediately soak the compress. Squeeze lightly, apply the compress to the skin, and cover with clothes and/or towelling. Leave for 2 to 4 hours (Tisserand 1977). Up to 3 times per day.