your guide to getting started
Love the idea of botanical remedies but unsure where to start? Looking to replace some of the products you use with more natural solutions? Prefer nontoxic options for your family? We do too! Here, we share all of our tips and tricks for getting started.
what are essential oils
Essential oils are highly concentrated, aromatic compounds from plants. They may be produced from the seeds, bark, leaves, flowers, roots or peels of some fruits. Essential oils are more than just scents - they can provide many physical, mental, and emotional benefits.
how they work
When you use essential oils, they are absorbed through the skin, the respiratory tract, or your digestive system. Through each method, the oils reach every cell of your body in a short amount of time! Oils also effect the brain, and can have effects on your mood, memory, behavior and emotions. This is because of the neurotransmitters released by the brain in response to the oils. Pretty cool stuff!
If you believe in the power of essential oils, they work. And - if you don't believe in essential oils...they still work!
how to use
Oils can be applied topically, diffused into the air, and some oils can be used internally. Oils can also be used for making personal care and household products.
Essential oils can be diffused into the air, or simply inhaled from the bottle. Our ultrasonic, cool mist diffusers are ideal for retaining the therapeutic properties of the oil. Fill your home with wonderful scents while helping your whole family to be well.
favorite diffuser combos
- Seasonal Relief - Lavender + Lemon + Peppermint
- Happy Happy Happy - Joy + Stress Away
- Wellness Booster - Thieves + Purification
- Breathe Easy - RC + Copaiba
- Sail Away - Stress Away + Lime
- Nighty Night! - P&C + lavender + cedar
Essential oils are readily absorbed through the skin to provide benefits starting almost immediately. Dilute essential oils with a carrier oil such as coconut or almond oil and apply to desired area. Some essential oils, like lavender, can be used in small amounts undiluted, referred to as “neat”.
favorite roller combos
- Immunity - Thieves + Purification
- Seasons - Lavender + Lemon + Peppermint
- Peaceful Parent - White Angelica + Bergamot
- Om - Frankincense + Lavender
- Focus - Vetiver + Lavender + Cedar + Tangerine
- Chill Out - Vetiver + Stress Away
Young Living Vitality oils can be safely ingested, in a variety of ways. Essential oils can be used in capsules, added to drinks, or used in cooking and baking. One of our favorite ways is Thieves Tea!
thieves tea recipe
- 1-2 drops of Thieves Vitality
- 1-2 drops of Lemon Vitality
- honey to taste
- hot water, +/- a tea bag (try chamomile!)
Mix essential oils with honey, then add hot water while stirring, plus your tea bag if using. Steep for a few minutes and then drink. Enjoy a few times a day when you need some extra immune support!
frequently asked questions
WHAT'S A CARRIER OIL?
A carrier oil is a base oil used to dilute essential oils for topical use. Common carrier oils include coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba and many others. See some of our favorite recommendations.
WHICH OILS NEED DILUTED?
The label directions on your Young Living bottles will tell you if and how your oils need to be diluted. You may always dilute them more! Be sure to always dilute "hot" oils like cinnamon, clove, peppermint and oregano. Read more safety tips
WHY IS YOUNG LIVING MORE EXPENSIVE THAN THE OILS AT MY HEALTH FOOD STORE?
Yes, Young Living IS more expensive that the oils at your health food store! Oils are not created equally, and you get what you pay for. Unfortunately "100% pure" doesn't really mean much. There are many factors that go into the price of an oil, including the type of distillation (steam distillation or cold pressing vs solvent extraction, which is much cheaper), the way the plants were grown and harvested, and if anything has been added to the oil. YL oils cost more because you're truly getting THE BEST. We chose YL because they own farms all over the world, are a non-GMO company, grow organically, harvest on site, and third party test. We know, love, and trust these oils. Read more about Seed to Seal.
WHY DO I HAVE TO BUY A STARTER KIT? CAN I JUST BUY 1 OIL?
There are 2 options for purchasing Young Living oils. The BEST option is to get a starter kit, that comes with your own wholesale membership, and 24% off, forever! It's like a Costco membership - you use it when you want to, and everything costs less. Unlike Costco, there is no membership fee however! Just the one time starter kit purchase. Your wholesale account stays active when you buy just 50PV (generally $50) per year. Your wholesale membership does NOT mean you have to buy anything monthly, though there are some pretty amazing perks if you do. Learn more about Essential Rewards.
The PSK oils are designed to give you an incredible experience for your whole family. It's a carefully selected bundle of oils to target every area of wellness. You can't get the same experience from just a single bottle or two!
If you're really set on buying just 1 or 2 oils, you can do that. You would just need to sign up as a retail account instead of a wholesale member. This is never our preferred option for you, as you have to pay full price instead of the 24% discount you get with a wholesale member account. Chat with the friend that referred you here if you need more help with this.
CAN I CUSTOMIZE MY PREMIUM STARTER KIT?
The Premium Starter Kits come with a diffuser of your choice and a set of 11 oils that is the same. You cannot change the oils in your kit. Currently there are 3 diffusers to choose from in the US. We have them all, and they are all amazing! If you're in Canada, the kits all come with a Dew Drop diffuser. You can order your Premium Starter Kit here and you can learn more about what to do when you get it here.
In addition to the Premium Starter Kits with the diffusers and oils, there is also a Thieves Premium Starter Kit, Ningxia Premium Starter Kit, and Savvy Minerals Premium Starter Kit. Talk to the friend that referred you here if you need more help with this!
WHAT OILS ARE BEST FOR SLEEP FOR CHILDREN?
Our favorite combo is equal parts lavender, cedar, and Peace & Calming. However - there are SO many sleep oils, and everyone is a little different! From the starter kit, lavender alone is perfect. Other favorites: SleepyIze, vetiver, Gentle Baby, and the Tranquil roll-on.
ARE OILS SAFE FOR PREGNANCY? BREASTFEEDING?
In general, yes and yes! Read more on the pregnancy/breastfeeding section of our safety page.
I KEEP HEARING ABOUT ESSENTIAL REWARDS. TELL ME ABOUT THAT!
We LOVE Essential Rewards! This is YL's loyalty rewards program. It gives you discounted shipping, credits for FREE products, bonus oils and more. If you're going plant-based at home, this is the way to go. Learn more about ER
ARE OILS SAFE FOR CHILDREN? WHAT ABOUT PETS?
In general yes! Read more about using oils for children. As far as your pets, we've got you covered there too! General safety tips include ensuring that your pet can leave the room if you are diffusing, and following label directions if you're using them directly on your pet. Read more about oils for animals
ARE OILS SAFE FOR INGESTING?
If you're using a Young Living Vitality oil, then - YES! There are many essential oils that the FDA considers "generally recognized as safe", and you are likely familiar with them as fruits, herbs, and spices that you already use. These can be a really fun addition to your kitchen! Please note that we do NOT recommend ingesting any other brand of essential oils, and the recommendations on this website only apply to Young Living products.
IF USING TOPICALLY, WHERE SHOULD I APPLY?
Well, it depends on what you're using it for! It makes sense to use it near the area you're trying to support, when possible. For general use, we like behind the ears, back of the neck, wrists, and the feet. For children, in general we like backs and feet.
HOW DOES YOUNG LIVING COMPARE TO DOTERRA? EDEN'S GARDEN? ROCKY MOUNTAIN?
We chose Young Living because of their unsurpassed quality and their Seed to Seal standards. We truly believe they are the BEST company out there, for you and your family! We don't trust any other oils, but you can decide for yourself. Read more about Why YL
WAIT, IF I BECOME A MEMBER, DO I HAVE TO SELL OILS?
Nope! Absolutely not. No one here will ever pressure you to do the business side of oils. If that's something you're interested in however, come join the tribe!