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  1. Sarah

    Hello everyone!
    I’ve never used Essential oils and I have some questions about them.
    First: What motivates you to use it?
    Does it really work?

    • I am a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils #1525537

      I am motivated to use oils due to their natural healing abilities. YLEO are pure. They offer a seed to seal guarantee. I trust the quality. I used YLEO Thieves to treat pre-cancer growths on my arm, I use lavender instead of a sleep aid, Stress Away instead of anti-anxiety Meds, I use oils for pain control, face/skin care – in fact, I now make my own products, make my own laundry soap & scent with YLEO. I could go on & on. The impact YLEO have had on my life is huge. Being a member of the Young Living organization provides me the support I need to learn more & more about using essential oils.

      Best wishes on your oily journey. I am open to emails if you have any questions.

      • Dear Donna, I have bought quite a few oils from YLEO and joined up; I was interested that you used Thieves to treat pre-cancer growths – I have a lot of spots on my skin – would thieves be best to use on them – I have been using Oregano. Would be interested to know.
        Also I have a broken arm which is now taking its time to mend – I used a lot of YLEO in the early days – PainAway; Wintergreen; Rose; lots of oils however I am stuck now – I am being told I need an operation on the arm – i know I do not so any thoughts on which oils to use from the Young Living range would indeed be mucha ppreciated.
        thank you

    • Manda

      I had psoriasis for years & kept on getting different creams & lotions from the GP but none of them worked. So 1 day I read up fully on the EO’s I had for cleaning & making face masks. I made myself a blend of oils, carrier oils, butters, vit E & I mixed that with some bees wax to make a balm. I couldn’t believe it within a week it had started to work. I thought I might of just been me getting less stressed so it es going on its own but I’ve since given the blend to 2 friends who suffer from psoriasis badly whom also couldn’t get any help from the GP. Now they both call it a miracle oil & have told me I should sell it. However I would like to do an aromatherapy course first so I could make other blends to help people & I have no idea on selling my products, so I’d have to look into that as well.
      So what I’m trying to say is that you don’t need a lot of knowledge to make some wonderful smelling & useful products that are kinder to you, your family, your animals & the environment as you’re not using harmful chemicals.

      • Felicia

        I would love to know your mixture for psoriasis. I have a guy friend who has it really really bad. And would love to make some to help him. thanks

        • Please contact me if you are still interested in essential oils for Psoriasis- my 6 year old has suffered with it for several years and I’ve finally found an essential oil combination that is working like a miracle!

      • misty

        I,too,would really like to know your mixture for psoriasis. I’ve been suffering from this skin disease for over 10 yrs now & I’ve literally tried everything. My husband also has it too. Do you know if it will work for eczema,which my children have? Please let me know. I would greatly appreciate it.

        • Joan

          Me 3. I would greatly appreciate it if you can share your recipe of the mixture for psoriasis. ;))

          • Please contact me if you are still interested in essential oils for Psoriasis- my 6 year old has suffered with it for several years and I’ve finally found an essential oil combination that is working like a miracle!

    • Cathy Rice

      I use Young Living Essential Oils. They are the most pure and best for anyone. Most articles say not to ingest them (that means that something hidden has been added). I would steer clear of those companies. Young Living can be ingested. I am motivated to use them because they do work. go to Young Living website and check it out. If you are interested in signing up, contact me. Signing up means buying at 24% discount. You are able to earn free products. Other oil companies are less expensive, that is because the process of producing it means cutting corners. I want the most pure. I will pay extra for the best.

  2. dan

    Diagnosed with haglund heel, any oilthat will help with paon discomforts

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  4. Janet

    I understand that a few drops of lavender essential oil in the air conditioning system will leave a pleasant whole-house fragrance. But I don’t know where you put the drops of oil – on the filter? or where?

    • Cathy Rice

      I don’t know about the air conditioning system, but you can put a few drops on a cotton ball or tissue and put in the air vents.

      I use Young Living essential oils. If you are interested, email me.

  5. Diane

    What oils are good for arthritis in hands and knees?

  6. Lisa

    Hi I’m looking to use essential oils in my cleaning products. Say 18 drops in 750mls. Do u know if this is safe for children and pets? Or can recommend a book or website that could give me more info on this? Thanks!

    • Cathy Rice

      Young Living essential oils are safe for pets and children. Other oil companies do not recommend that nor do they recommend ingesting them. Young Living are safe for ingesting. They also have a line of cleaning products.Email me for more questions. Member #1904120

  7. Hi! Do you recommend a book/blog/info dump about using essential oils in skincare? It aint easy to find out how to use them on my skin, and I’m all about it.


  8. Shannon

    I know this may be a stupid question, but is all peppermint essential oil consider gras? I bought some to flavor my homemade toothpaste with. I’ve read conflicting information and want to be sure before I use it.

  9. Georgia

    Hi! Is it necessary to dilute an oil if you’re going to inhale the vapor, rather than use it topically? I’m asking because I had been rubbing a drop of frankincense on the palms of my hands and then inhaling to treat asthma. After awhile, I developed a reaction on my skin. Now I’m applying the oil to a piece of paper in a ziploc bag and inhaling from that to avoid skin contact.


    • April

      You don’t need to dilute for inhalation. However, be careful using the oil for inhalation if you’ve had a skin reaction. You may be lucky and it just be a reaction on your skin, but there is a possibility you’ve sensitized yourself. If that is the case, inhalation could bother you with that particular oil.

    • Linda

      Add your oil to a cotton ball, then drop that into a Ziploc bag.

    • Cathy Rice

      Use a carrier oil such as coconut oil, olive oil, or vegetable oil. A carrier oil helps it to go on better and releases the oil slowly. I am a Young Living essential oils member. Contact me for more info. Young Living is safe to inhale and to ingest.

  10. Becky

    PLEASE check out ‘Using Essential Oils Safely’ facebook group. They are run by certified aromatherapists and can give you TONS of information on how to use the oils, which are unsafe for children, which brands are best, etc.

  11. Michele

    Thank you for all the great info. Help me understand more about “ingestible” EOs versus “noningestibles”. If “noningestibles” are okay for use in soaps and other skin products, and the skin absorbs what’s put on it into the blood stream, then 1) why are “noningestible” EOs okay in skin care products, and 2) why can’t we ingest “noningestible” EOs under the tongue or diluted in a glass of water, for example?

    Thanks in advance –

  12. Tammy Theriot

    What are carrier oils – I know you use these to mix with the pure oils, but is it like coconut oil,olive oil, etc.? Thanks

  13. Lori

    Hi, I am new to making perfume and need to know can any scent in a bottle that says essential oil or essential fragrance be used to make perfume? Or do you have to use a specific product for perfume?

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  16. Rasheea

    This is very good info.! Thanks for sharing. How can a prolong the scent of essential oils in my handmade melt and pour soaps?

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  18. Lili

    Hello, is your royally flawless facial oil safe to use during pregnancy please?
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  20. You said that “Remember that what you’re allergic to in food, you will be allergic to in essential oils.” This is not true as stated by Dr. David Stewart, PhD, DNM in his book “The Chemistry of Essential Oils Made Simple”.

    He quotes the following..

    Allergens are almost always composed of proteins or polypeptides, which are relatively large molecules. There are no proteins or polypeptides in essential oils. In fact, nitrogen containing compounds are virtually non-existent in essential oils except in occasional trace amounts. Allergens are composed of large molecules. There are no large molecules in volatile or aromatic oils, otherwise they would be neither volatile or aromatic.

    There has never been a documented instance of an anti-body response (i.e. sensitization) to an essential oil. Essential oil antibodies have never been found or detected in anyone. Unless sensitization occurs and antibodies are produced and stored in the body, there can be no allergic reaction. Therefore, we can state unequivocally that essential oils are not and cannot be allergens. Sometimes people do have allergy-like reactions but these are no allergenic in nature. They are detox reactions.

    From my personal experience, this is true with REAL essential oils. Many found in retail stores are not pure as stated on their labels.

    Because the FDA does not control essential oils, as long as a company puts at least 5% real essential oil in a bottle (the rest is a carrier oil) then they can label it as pure so it’s critical to know your buying pure EO.

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  23. Just had a friend diagnosed with fluid on lung and lung problems for a few months – biopsy (done on Monday) said no permanent damage but damage caused by essential oil use. She has been in intensive care since Friday night.

  24. Just be careful using essential oils. Can mess up your breathing system – Lungs.

  25. Hector X. Medina

    I notice ‘Now’ sells essential oils that are 100% pure and organic. They are a fraction of the price that ‘Young Living’ essential oils, also pure and organic (of course) are. The question is, are Now’s EOs as potent as YL’s are???

    • Cathy Rice

      I am a Young Living member. Young Living are the purest. They own their own farms, plant their own seeds, harvest the product, distill it, test it, and seal it. We are the only EO that can claim “seed to seal”. That is why it costs more. With YL you can be sure nothing hidden has been added. Other companies state to not ingest the oils. YL are completely safe for ingesting, for pets and children. I would rather pay more being I know where the oil comes from and how it is produced. If you would like to be a member you can get 24% off by signing up. My member #1904120

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  29. This is a great explanation about essential oils. I agree that most EOs cannot be used neat or undiluted – other than therapeutic essential oils such as Young Living. Even with YL, not all can be ingested or used on children so take note.

  30. John

    The reasoning for not using an oil that is “undiluted”, is so you do not use an oil in a concentrated, full strength form. So it doesn’t matter what company you may get it from, if it’s “undiluted”, then it’s “undiluted”. Simple as that.

  31. John


    The reasoning for not using an oil that is “undiluted”, is so you do not use an oil in a concentrated, full strength form. So it doesn’t matter what company you may get it from, even “therapeutic essential oils from Young Living” as you referenced in your post, if it’s “undiluted”, then it’s “undiluted”. Simple as that.


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