How can essential oils be used?

Essential oils can be inhaled aromatically, applied topically to the skin, or ingested by the mouth.

Do essential oils expire?

They do not expire exactly; they will not go putrid, grow mold etc. However, they may oxidize, especially if not stored properly, and this can change the chemical profile.

How are essential oils extracted from plants?

Essential oils may be obtained through the 4 methods.. steam distillation, resin tapping, cold-pressing, or absolute extraction. 

For more in depth info check out 2 of our favorite resource guides, Lindsey Elmore’s book Essentials 50 Answers to common questions about essential oils or The Chemistry of Essential oils made simple by David Stewart Ph.D

From where are Young Living essential oils sourced?

All Young Living oils are sourced from our corporate-owned farms, partner farms, or Seed to Seal®-certified suppliers. Whether you’re using our calming Lavender essential oil from Mona, Utah, or enjoying the fresh scent of Dorado Azul™ essential oil from Ecuador, rest assured that you’re getting the highest quality essential oils.

Our Seed to Seal commitment ensures that your family can enjoy the benefits of our global resources, industry leadership, and innovation through Young Living products.

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Can I use and use the Vitality oils topically?

* YES! 
These oils are labeled for dietary use but can absolutely be used the same way as any other essential oil. What sets them apart is knowing that they can also be ingested! 

Which essential oils are photosensitive? Can they burn my skin?

Some single essential oils and blends can cause photosensitivity and may cause burns if you are exposed to sunlight after applying the oil directly to your skin. Some of our most popular oils that fit this category are Lemon, Grapefruit, Bergamot, Peace & Calming®, Citrus Fresh™, and Joy™. There are also risks associated with other oils. Read the caution label on the back of every oil, so you can experience their fantastic benefits to the fullest!

Learn more about photosensitive oils and how to safely use them here!

Is it safe to share essential oils with my dogs or cats?

You can safely and effectively share essential oils with your furry friends, but not all oils are beneficial for your precious pets.*

We recommend avoiding high-phenol oils such as Oregano, Wintergreen, Clove, Mountain Savory, and Thyme. Make sure you read the label on the back for directed usage—topical, aromatic, or ingested as a dietary supplement. Young Living also offers a full line of animal-specific products, including essential oil blends made just for animals, cat treats, dental pet chews, and Animal Scents® Shampoo. Click here to find something your pets will love!

Find out how to maximize and safely use Young Living products for your animals here.

*If your pet or animal has a known health issue, please consult your veterinarian before administering essential oils.

Can Young Living essential oils safely be ingested?

Yes, they* can. We drink lemon oil in our water daily & put Frankincense or Copaiba vitality in our Ningxia Red often. Digize vitality is a favorite especially after a big meal. You may wish to exercise caution not to overuse essential oils by mouth as they can cause gastrointestinal upset and can deplete glutathione. Be sensible people, oils are potent. Trust your body, you are the boss of you! 

*referring only to Young Living essential oils (only the best for my family)

What do the colors on the essential oil bottle labels mean?

The label color on the single essential oil bottles corresponds with the color of the plant from which the oil was derived. For example, Lavender essential oil comes from a purple flower, so the color of the Lavender bottle label is purple. The color and plant association does not apply to every single essential oil or to the blends, but we try to stick close to that design idea.

Did you know that you can determine which essential oils are safe to ingest by their label color? Vitality essential oils always have white labels and are marked as Vitality, so you can confidently ingest them!

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Any suggestions made on this blog are very specific to Young Living essential oils and should not be used with oils from another source. Statements made on this website about Young Living Essential Oils have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products and information are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Anyone suffering from disease or injury should consult with a physician. If you are currently on medication, please DO NOT STOP.

We are starting our journey with Essential Oils and have done our own research on the purity of oils.  I am confident in using oils in our recipes because we only use Young Living.  They are  beyond organic and never use pesticides, herbicides or any harmful chemicals. Their soil has never been exposed to them as well.  I don’t suggest ever using any other oil for ingestion because I don’t know of their purity.


I am not not taking the place of your licensed medical professional, I do not diagnose and do not take responsibility for your health. I encourage you to do your research and seek out conversations with medical professionals that you go to, love & trust. 

This info is for learning purposes only. I am not your healthcare practitioner. Please consult a health care practitioner when making any changes to your medical routine. This information is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.  

I do not promise you any certain results.