Essential Oils 101

Alright, now you know how I was first introduced to essential oils, you know how I first started using essential oils in my own life, you know about the Premium Starter Kit and about the Essential Rewards Program. Now I want to give you some of the basic information you’ll need to successfully start using Young Living Essential Oils in your life! If you still haven’t signed up for your starter kit you can use this link, here.


Young Living Premium Starter Kit with Dew Drop Diffuser

I apologize for how long this post is, but I want to thoroughly cover some of the basics around essential oils like how to apply and use them, terminology, safe use, carrier oils and storage. Later this month there will be more detailed posts, but this post is aimed towards giving you the knowledge you need to tear into your starter kit.


  • Neat- The application of an undiluted essential oil.
  • Diluted- An essential oil combined with a carrier oil to slow the absorption rate.
  • Carrier Oil- An oil like V-6, coconut oil, sweet almond oil or grapeseed oil used in conjunction with an essential oil to dilute and reduce the risk of any skin irritation.
  • Diffuser- A device that uses ultrasonic frequency to disperse essential oils combined with water into the air for aromatic use.


While essential oils are incredibly safe and nearly foolproof, there are a few things worth noting in the safety department.

  • Dilution
    • If you are applying essential oils to a child, always dilute with a carrier oil.
    • Always dilute oils that you haven’t ever tried before.
    • Follow the guide below to know what oils Young Living recommends diluting. Note that everyone reacts differently to each oil so what doesn’t cause redness for me might cause redness on you.
    • If redness occurs after oil application, add a carrier oil. Carrier oils are thicker than essential oils, therefore they are absorbed more slowly and, when applied, reduce the absorption rate of the essential oil as well.
  • Places to Avoid
    • Eyes
      • There are a few oils like Lavender & Frankincense, that when very diluted, can be applied around the eyes. (Like adding Frankincense to my Coconut Oil Eye Cream.) However, as a general rule of thumb do not apply essential oils near your eyes.
      • If you do end up with an essential oil in your eyes, DO NOT RINSE WITH WATER! Always use a carrier oil to dilute essential oils, even in your eyes.
    • Nose
      • The mucous membranes inside your nose are VERY sensitive.
    • Ears
      • The ear lobe and behind the ear is fine, but seriously, don’t go putting stuff in your ear canal… Please!
  • Photosensitivity
    • Some oils are photosensitive. This means if you apply these oils and then go out in the sun you are greatly increasing your chance of burning. Simply cover the skin where you applied the oil.
    • Read the label on the bottle or refer to the chart below for more information on which oils are photosensitive.

Product Usage Chart

Application & Carrier Oils:

Put the oils on your skin! Play with them, layer them, but always keep a carrier oil with you in case of redness/skin irritation. Skin irritation and redness are not an adverse or allergic reaction to essential oils. It can happen for a variety of reasons such as the oil is considered “hot” or prone to causing redness, the skin is thin/sensitive or the oil is being absorbed too quickly. In all of these cases, diluting the oils with a carrier oil will quickly alleviate any redness or irritation.

There isn’t a right way or a wrong way to apply oils, find what you like! Do avoid touching the drop reducer to your skin because it can introduce bacteria into your oils. Roll-On oils do not keep as long as drop reducers because of the introduction of bacteria.

Below I’ve made a list of some of my favorite application locations.

  • Wrists – I like putting oils like Joy or Stress Away on my wrists because its an easy place to inhale their aroma.
  • Temples – Peppermint and PanAway work wonders at relieving headaches when applied to the temples.
  • Back of the Neck – PanAway is what I most commonly apply to my neck. Here it can be used to ease neck pain or relieve a headache.
  • Soles of the Feet – I use so many oils on my feet. The absorption of oils through your feet is amazing! Applying oils to your feet means they’ll reach every cell in your body. Plus, the thicker skin on your feet reduces the chance of skin irritation.
  • Burns – For closed burns like sunburn or even blistered cooking burns, Lavender can be applied directly. Lavender eases the pain and will greatly reduce scarring.
  • Scars & Stretchmarks – Lavender for the win again! Apply it directly.
  • Pimples – Are we seeing a pattern, yet? Lavender! Apply it directly to the pimple to help reduce redness and irritation.
  • Wherever it Hurts – Deep Relief, PanAway, Peppermint and Copaiba are great at relieving pain in muscles, joints, bruises and even sprains & strains.


How and where you store your oils is very important! Properly stored oils can maintain their potency for 2-3 years. However, if you store them incorrectly they can not only lose their potency but become contaminated with bacteria.

  • Essential oils need to be stored in amber or blue glass bottles because exposure to sunlight can cause the oils to break down. You can find all sorts of those bottles at Abundant Health 4 U at the cheapest prices I’ve found, and you know I’m all about cheap!
  • Do not store in plastic! This is especially important for any citrus oils or blends containing citrus oils. They can break down harmful chemicals in the plastic which then contaminates your precious oils with toxic chemicals. Always use colored glass or stainless steel.
  • Store your oils in a cool dark place. Heat can also cause your oils to break down. Avoid storing them in the kitchen, bathroom or car. I keep mine in one of my nightstand drawers.
  • Always recap. Don’t leave oil bottles open to be exposed to light, air or bacteria. You’re investing in quality oils and you want them to last as long as possible.

I use nail polish holders that I found for a couple bucks each at Homegoods to keep my oils organized in my nightstand drawer.

Feel free to message me through my contact page or leave questions in the comments. I hope you are ready to dive into your new starter kit now that you have this information. I’d love to hear what oils you’re falling in love with, and answer any questions you have!

The statements in this blog are based solely on my experience and are not a substitute for professional medical treatment. This is not advice specific for you, simply what has worked for me. 

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