Learning about the amazing healing benefits of therapeutic-grade essential oils is fascinating; but, it can also be overwhelming. One oil may have dozens of unique common uses, and trying to keep it all straight can, at times, seem daunting.

However, once you have started building your own natural pharmacy, and begin to use your essential oils on a daily basis, you’ll become familiar with the names and uses quickly. Soon, your confidence in addressing health concerns in your own family will grow; and, hopefully, you will be able to prevent many health problems from occurring in the first place!

I’ve put this document together to help you learn some of the “basics.” Be sure to utilize a good essential oil reference book, (if you want one for free, CLICK HERE) and continue to study and explore the many uses for your oils, but this short “get started” guide should help you on your road to confident “oiling.”

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It is always best to store your oils in a dark place, away from light, especially sunlight. Therapeutic-grade essential oils have a very high frequency. The frequency is an important component of their healing power. Sunlight and other kinds of radiation can lower the frequency and compromise the potency. Do not store your oils in metal, plastic, or clear glass.


Most therapeutic-grade essential oils do not spoil. In fact, essential oils were discovered unspoiled in excavations from ancient tombs in Egypt. In fact, because of the amazing antibacterial properties of essential oils, they are often used in other natural products as preservatives.

General Use

Each 15 ml bottle of Young Living Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil contains approximately 250 drops. Essential oils may be applied neat (undiluted) or diluted with a carrier oil (any organic fatty oil).

Internal Use

Young Living essential oils that are labeled as “supplements” are GRAS (“generally regarded as safe” by the FDA) for internal use. This may not be true with other brands, as lower quality oils may be toxic. CLICK HERE for more information about red flags to look for when choosing an essential oil brand. I personally only recommend Young Living essential oils for internal use, since I trust their quality and purity.

See Topical and Oral Administration of Essential Oils – Safety Issues

Young Living essential oils that are labeled as “supplements” may be ingested by putting directly on the tongue, placed in a capsule, added to recipes or tea, rubbed on the gums, or added to a glass of water. The amount used depends upon the essential oil.

Essential oils may also be used in suppositories to help with the relief of various ailments. Only use “therapeutic grade” essential oils internally. Since this term is not regulated by any outside organization, CLICK HERE to learn what I mean when I say it and why it’s so important.

Topical Use

Pour a few drops into the palm of your hand. Dip the index finger of the other hand into the oil and apply where needed.

Most therapeutic-grade essential oils are safe to use neat (undiluted). However, be very careful with the “hot” oils. The hot oils may cause a burning sensation on the skin. Depending up where the oils is applied, they will most likely need a carrier oil (almond, olive, coconut, Young Living’s V-6 oil etc.). For instance, your face is usually more sensitive than the bottoms of your feet. The “hot” oils are most of the spice oils: Oregano, Cinnamon, Thieves blend, Peppermint, Thyme, etc.

LilyanaIt is always a good idea to put a very small amount of the oil on your inner arm and wait to see if it causes a reaction before you use it liberally. If you use an essential oil and then have an unwanted reaction, do not use water to wash it off. Water may actually intensify the unpleasant effect. Use any vegetable oil that is handy to dilute the oil and then wash with soap and water.

Of course, if you want to intensify a desired effect, on sore muscles for example, by all means use water to drive the oil deeper into your tissues. Apply the oil, and then put a hot compress over it or get into the bath or shower.

Do not pour essential oils directly into the bath, as the oils will float on top. Either apply the oil to your skin before getting into the bath or shower; or, add a few drops of oil to some Epsom salts and add to the bath.

Essential oils easily penetrate the skin and enter the blood stream because of their extremely small molecular size. One drop of essential oil used on the skin will be in every cell in the body within 20 minutes of application (this is one reason it is so important to use only therapeutic-grade oils).

Consult your Essential Oils Desk Reference or your Essential Oils Pocket Reference for specific application direction; but, in general, apply the oil on location and on the corresponding Vita Flex point on your feet. A Vita Flex point is an area on the bottom of the foot where the nerve endings from various organs and other parts of the body are located.

For example, if you are targeting the liver, rub the oil on the abdomen over the liver and on the Vita Flex point for the liver on the bottom of the right foot. See the Vita Flex foot chart HERE or check your reference guides.


Diffusing essential oil into the air is another very effective means of experiencing powerful effects. It is important to diffuse the oils without using any heat. Therapeutic-grade essential oils are purposely distilled at low temperatures to preserve the fragile therapeutic components. Applying extreme heat to them when diffusing can destroy some of those components.

diffusersUse an ultrasonic diffuser. Young Living has several to choose from. When you became a wholesale customer by purchasing the Premium Starter Kit, you get a FREE Home Diffuser to get you started!

Another way to diffuse oils is to simply place a few drops in a spray bottle, fill it with water, and spray yourself or the air around you. A Peppermint spray can be very refreshing if you happen to be outdoors on a hot summer day.

Also, you can simply put some essential oil into the palm of one hand, rub your hands together, cup your nose and mouth with both hands and inhale. These methods might be very effective for congestion and other breathing discomforts. Use the “lung oils,” such as RC, Raven, or Ravensara.

General Cautions

  • Keep essential oils away from eye area – dilute with whole milk or vegetable oil if any should get into eyes. Do NOT dilute with water.
  • Avoid contact with mucus membranes.
  • If drinking water with a few drops of essential oils in it, do not use a plastic or Styrofoam cup! The oils will break down the plastic, which will leach into your drink.
  • Do not put essential oils inside the ear canal.
  • If pregnant, consult with your physician or midwife before using essential oils.
  • If you have Epilepsy or a history of seizures avoid you may want to check with your doctor before using Fennel, Sage, Hyssop, Basil.
  • If you have high blood pressure you may want to check with your doctor before using Pine, Hyssop, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme.
  • Consult your physician if you are on blood thinner medication.
  • As a general rule, if you are on prescription medication, always consult your physician and/or pharmacist before using essential oils.
  • Keep all essential oils out of the reach of children.
  • When using essential oils for the first time, it is always best to do a skin test to make sure there are no sensitivities. If redness or skin irritation should occur, dilute area with vegetable oil.
  • All citrus oils (lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, etc.), Bergamot, and any blend containing those essential oils are photosensitizing; avoid sun or tanning bed exposure for 12 hours after applying these essential oils.
  • Do not use these essential oils in a bath or with a hot compress: Peppermint, Clove, Cinnamon, Thyme, Oregano, Thieves, Black Pepper, or Marjoram.
  • Avoid with Homeopathic Remedies: Rosemary, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint (menthol and camphor may antidote homeopathics).

I hope these tips have been helpful. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me for a free consultation. And, if you’re already a wholesale member of Young Living, CLICK HERE to find out why Essential Rewards gets you the most bang for your buck!

caleb and mommyTo get started using therapeutic grade essential oils with your family, I recommend purchasing our Premium Starter Kit! This way, you’ll enjoy wholesale prices all the time! It includes eleven of Young Living’s most popular essential oil singles and blends, an ultrasonic diffuser (worth $100.00!), essential oil samples for sharing, and 2 NingXia Red immune boosting drinks! In addition, I’ll send you a free essential oil reference book to help you learn how to start using your essential oils! Get started now! referenceguidesmall

By the way, I am not a doctor – just a mom who uses essential oils in her own family. Please know that any information provided on The Common Scents Mom is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to prescribe, diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is your responsibility to educate yourself and address any health or medical needs you may have with your physician. Please seek professional help when needed.