Frequently Asked Questions
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Top General Questions
The biggest difference between Young Living and other oil companies is that Young Living is the only EO company to own their own farms, distilleries, and bottle facilities. We call this our Seed to Seal promise to customers. You can read more about Seed to Seal here.
Young Living is the oldest essential oil company (20+ years in business, plus more time beforehand in research and development), and we are the originators of the new movement towards health and wellness using essential oils.
To read more about Young Living, check out this page.
Carrier oils, while often overlooked because they don't have the therapeutic value of essential oils, can be just as important.
They are fatty (sometimes called greasy), and they come directly from the plant. They are used to dilute and topically apply essential oils to our skin. Because they don't evaporate quickly, they are wonderful in that respect.
You can learn more here: https://www.youngliving.com/blog/getting-to-know-your-carrier-oils/
Actually, even though you are diluting an essential oil with a carrier oil, you are actually helping your oils to last on the skin longer and be more effective.
With the use of a carrier oil, the EOs don't evaporate as quickly, meaning your skin can absorb the oil for longer (longer benefits). In addition, you won't be going through as many drops from your EO bottle. Double win!
Thieves Household Cleaner comes in 14.4 or 64 oz bottles of concentrated cleaner. That will end up lasting you a long time!
This all-purpose cleaner can be used on any surface in your home for dusting, spot cleaning, scrubbing, or any other cleaning need. Spot test in an inconspicuous area before applying this product to woods, plastics, fabrics, and granite.
Suggested Dilution Amounts from Young Living:
- All-purpose cleaner: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2–3 cups water.
- Degreaser: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 2 cups water.
- For heavy cleaning: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner and 0.5-1 cup of water. If necessary, use a cloth to apply Thieves Household Cleaner undiluted. After cleaning, wipe the area with a cloth dampened with water.
- Glass and mirror cleaner: Combine 1 capful Thieves Household Cleaner, 5 drops Citrus Fresh™ essential oil blend, 1 teaspoon white vinegar, and 3 cups water.
We first want to say that we are only talking about Young Living Essential Oils.
The choice to ingest and drink essential oils is completely your choice. If you ever feel like it is not the right choice for you and your family, that is fine. Young Living has a line of oils ("Vitality Line") that are labeled for ingestion.
If you are going to ingest essential oils, we recommend using only stainless steel or glass containers. Do not use plastic or styrofoam. This is because citrus essential oils can break apart petrochemicals, many of which are in styrofoam and plastic (medical-grade plastics are typically better).
Because oil and water don't mix, we also recommend using some sort of intermediary to help blend the two, such as pink salt or honey.
These are some of our favorite mixers to use with NingXia Red:
- orange juice
- grape juice
- coconut water
- sparkling water
You can also do the following:
- freeze your NingXia packet and serve with a spoon (NingXia slushie)
- blend it with your favorite smoothie mix
- serve it over ice
If an oil is exposed to prolonged heat or sunlight, it can change the chemical composition of essential oils. Because of this, we would suggest to avoid keeping your oils in the car, near windows, or next to any heat source for extended periods of time.
You will still find us using our Young Living Vitality oils in the kitchen, so there are some recommendations:
To read more, check out the Young Living Blog about storing your oils.
There are two ways to get Young Living oils:
1 . Young Living members typically join so that they can utilize the 24% discount and get a great deal on oils for their families. They are never pressured to enter the business, though some enjoy some of the perks when they share their love of Young Living with others (many do this without formally building a business).
2. Retail customers have to pay the full retail price on their products, and they do not get the chance to save more on their purchases. They will still have a mentor to help guide them, though without the membership, they won't get the full team support and community.
If a retail customer ever wants to change over to be a member, we can easily make the switch.
Absolutely not! After you become a member, you won't have any required purchases or monthly quotas. Now, as you use the oils and want to further explore the 500+ lifestyle items that Young Living carries, you will want to purchase more, but it is not a requirement.
After 12 months, if you do not make any further purchases, your account will go inactive, but you can reactivate it at any time with any purchase amount. So it really is a lifetime membership!
Nope, nada, no! You may find that you love these oils so much that you can't stop talking about it, but you will never feel pressured to sell anything. In fact 92% of all Young Living members are just that... members! Only 8% of the million+ members want to take this a step further and try it as a business or hobby.
When you sign up as a Wholesale Member, you’re eligible to earn commissions right away IF you choose to sell. Your SSN is required so that if you earn more than $600 in a calendar year, Young Living can send you tax forms. But if you never choose to sell, they’ll never use your Social Security number. With over a million members and no security breaches, your information stays completely safe.
Questions about Families
You can use almost any of the oils that you use on humans on your pets as well. We recommend diluting these oils before use. The lighter the animal, the more you want to dilute.
We would also recommend leaving the animals a way to leave the room where an essential oil is diffused. They are very intuitive animals, and they will be able to leave if needed.
Young Living also has an entire line of products for pets, called Animal Scents.
The decision to use essential oils during pregnancy can be a difficult one. There are a wide variety of opinions on the matter, often with conflicting and confusing claims.
For example, some women choose to avoid excessive use of these specific oils:
- Clary Sage or Sage
- Idaho Tansy or Hyssop
- Blends and supplements that contain these oils
However, essential oil usage is a personal choice, and there are no hard-and-fast rules. Just be sure to follow label directions and consult a medical professional with essential oil experience to be as safe as possible. When used correctly, essential oils can help form a beautiful bond between motherhood and Mother Nature.
If you are pregnant or nursing, one recommendation is to use 1-2 drops of oil to ½-1 teaspoons of carrier oil. If you are at all in doubt or hesitant, simply don’t use the oil. Trust your instinct when it comes to your health and that of your baby.
According to Debra Raybern of “Gentle Babies,” the following oils should be avoided while pregnant:
- Clary Sage
- Cinnamon Bark
- Idaho Tansy
- Lavandin (a form of lavender often sold in stores)
You may also want to use the following oils with caution:
- DiGize (includes Fennel, making DiGize a “use with caution” oil)
There are a few times in “Gentle Babies” where a single oil or blend of one of the “caution oils” are used. Historically, there are instances where non-therapeutic-grade EOs have caused a problem during pregnancy. Many moms do use the “caution oils” with success during pregnancy because they are Young Living therapeutic-grade oils.
Please check out our page all about Babies and Kids for more specific suggestions about the use of oils and children (and pregnancy), but know that the use of Young Living Essential Oils around your children can be extremely safe if used correctly.
While this is our recommendations, we would also recommend reading the book Gentle Babies by Debra Raybern, as it was written from years of experience with Young Living.
Dr. Danette Goodyear had a suggestion several years ago about how to introduce little ones to the menthol (peppermint and other mint) and eucalyptus oils. One in 10,000 kids under the age of 2 can have a reaction to the menthol and eucalyptus in oils (typically breathing). So a great way to introduce little ones to these oils is by doing the following:
- Have an adult apply the oils to the adult's body. This is very practical, because the adult can dilute it and then wash it off their body and get rid of the menthol faster than if they diffused or applied to the child.
- Have that adult hold the child or have the child sit on the adult's lap.
- If the child doesn't have a reaction within 5 or so minutes, then you can apply a diluted amount to the bottoms of the children's feet.
- If a child has a reaction to the menthol then apply a generous amount of lavender on the chest and bottoms of the feet. According to Dr. Minke, this should stop the reaction almost immediately.
PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE remember to do your own research and educate yourself on the proper use of essential oils with children. I highly recommend Gentle Babies by Debra Rayburn if you have a child under the age of 6 that you would like to use oils on/around.
There are oils that can both increase and decrease milk supply. Joy or Stress Away to reduce the stress that may interfere with lactation is an option for some. Fennel can be taken internally (2 drops on a teaspoon of honey every 2 hours, followed by a glass of water) or applied directly to the breast after nursing.
If you choose to use fennel and basil, please do your thorough research. Fennel can only be taken for 10 days before you should take time off. Many recommend replacing with Basil for two weeks or more and then trying Fennel again.
Clary Sage and Peppermint are the two oils that may decrease lactation. Every person is different, however, and some report that peppermint does not affect their lactation.
To research breastfeeding-related issues or how to manage your breast health while nursing, YLSearch.com may have some suggestions. You should check with your local health care provider and lactation consultant.
Top Questions by Young Living Members
We do not recommend to store undiluted essential oils in plastic containers. Some constituents essential oils can break down specific types of plastic at high concentrations. This may compromise the oil, and may cause leakage.
Essential oils that are diluted with a carrier oil, or are a small part of a cream, lotion, or soap recipe, however, can be safely stored in a high-grade plastic bottle or container, for several months.
To clean your diffuser, you need to gently wipe it off using the included cleaning sponge or Q-tip. Using a different Q-tip, clean the ultrasonic plate dipped in rubbing alcohol.
To clean the lid, gently use a mild soap like Bronner's with water. Be gentle with the lid so that it doesn't break or crack.
Do not use aerosol sprays, solvents, or abrasives to clean the diffuser.
Instead of trying to explain it, here is a video from a fellow Young Living member:
Here are our favorite "next steps" after you get your kit:
- Thieves Household Cleaner
- Lemongrass Essential Oil
- V-6 Massage Oil (carrier oil blend)
- Northern Lights Black Spruce Essential Oil
- Ortho Ease Massage Oil
- Deep Relief Roller
- Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste
- Cedarwood Essential Oil
- Orange Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Abundance Essential Oil
- Tranquil Roller
- Breathe Again Roller
- Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil
- Orange Blossom Facial Wash
- ART Skin Care System
- Inner Defense
- Life 5 Probiotic
- NingXia Red (antioxidant drink)
- Thieves Dish Soap
- Thieves Laundry Soap
- Thieves Dishwasher Powder
- Protein Powder
PV stands for Personal Volume. For most products, the wholesale rate and PV are the same. Certain items like diffusers, Starter Kits, and certain oils like Rose have a reduced PV. In addition, sometimes new products have a reduced PV. Business support products, such as cases, supplies, and other products have no PV.
In order to help make it a little more clear, we have created this quick video on PV.
Young Living has created a great video to explain how to place a Quick Order within Virtual Office.
ER stands for Essential Rewards, and it is an optional autoship program that allows you to change your order and processing date. You will also be earning between 10-25% back from your purchases!
When you started with Young Living, chances are that you wanted to improve the health and wellness of yourself and your family. Because of that, we encourage our members to try ER for at least 3 months. ER allows you to earn points back for the purchases you make.
When you have points added up from your ER orders, you can can use them for free purchases!
Young Living has created this video to show you how to redeem your points.
We have so many Facebook groups for our members. The first one I would recommend joining (if you aren't a member already) is One Breath at a Thyme - Team Information & Education. We would also encourage you to check with your sponsor to see if there are any further groups.
If you want to join some of our upline groups, we are members of the A Drop at a Thyme and We Can Oil It teams, and they have wonderfully active groups.
If you are ready to take the jump into the world of essential oils and natural health, join our team now!