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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

  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?

  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!

  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.

  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?

  17. Esther

    Sorry, *check out, not can.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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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