FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are Young Living’s essential oils natural and organic?
  2. Are Young Living oils adulterated?
  3. Why do I see some companies comparing their oils to Young Living’s?
  4. When should an essential oil ‘not’ be used?
  5. Can I use essential oils on young children?
  6. Can Young Living essential oils be used neat on the skin?
  7. How do I use Young Living essential oils in massage?
  8. How can I use essential oils in the bath?
  9. How can I use essential oils for inhalation?
  10. How can I use essential oils to fragrance a room?
  11. Why does Young Living put their essential oils in their supplements?
  12. How many drops are in a bottle?
  13. Young Living oils seem expensive compared to those in stores, why is that?
  14. How can I buy Young Living oils and products cheaper?
  15. Do Young Living oils simply mask odors?
  16. Is aromatherapy like scented candles?
  17. Is it complicated to learn how to use Young Living oils?
  18. Is it true that Young Living oils can be used to replace many of the common daily products?
  19. How are essential oils different than herbs?
  20. Where do essential oil come from?
  21. How do I buy Young Living oils and products?
  22. Are Young Living Essential Oils sold in stores?
  23. Is Young Living a pyramid scheme?
  24. Is there any obligation when I make a purchase – do I have to buy products I don’t want or need, or go out and sell stuff?
  25. If I want to get wholesale pricing, are there any minimum purchase requirements?
  26. As a customer (retail or wholesale) do I have to buy “Packs” and be on autoship?
  27. If I become a distributor do I have to push and sell products to my friends and family?
  28. Is Young Living a get rich quick scheme?
  29. If I decide to become a distributor is there training to help me get started?

Are Young Living’s essential oils natural and organic?

Yes. All of the plants Young Living Essential Oils uses are organically grown and grown using sustainable practices.

Are Young Living oils adulterated?

Never. Young Living produces only the purest essential oils and are never diluted or distilled with other substances. This makes Young Living oils extremely potent and they should be used mindfully.

Why do some companies say their oils are as good as Young Living’s?

The short answer is, because they don’t know that the oils they have are inferior. The longer answer is…

Young Living has set the world standard in essential oil quality, as such Young Living is the model everybody wants to compare their oils against. Young Living is the world leader in essential oils, quality oils, and the largest grower of plants for essential oils in the world. Young Living now has thousands of acres in cultivation to ensure quality.

There is a lot of fraud in the aromatherapy and essential oil industry as such many smaller companies trust the word of their supplier that proper distillation and testing has been carried out. Unfortunately many companies end up with inferior essential oils and believe the fraudulent test results they obtain from their suppliers. Other companies simply do not have the money to invest in equipment which costs many thousands of dollars.

Additionally, a lot of emphasis is placed on GS and MS testing, which these tests are excellent they can NOT distinguish whether an essential oil has chemical additives. Therefore simply performing GS and MS testing only shows a piece of the whole picture.

Young Living rejects over 80% of the essential oils brought in by suppliers because they simply don’t meet YL standards for purity and potency. These rejected oils go back onto the market and are sold to other essential oil companies (yes, and the fraudulent tests result go along with them) these oils ultimately end up bottled for the consumer and put into products, then sold in stores. When Young Living rejects an essential oil, you can rest assured that extensive testing for purity has been done.

One simple test I use to help the lay-person determine if a company has high quality oils is to read the label on a bottle of Frankincense essential oil – which is one essential oil that is almost always adulterated in some manner due to its high cost. I tell them, “You see, frankincense oil is edible in small amounts and can be ingested only if it is super pure – far exceeding any organic or 100% Pure standard or statement. I look on the label to see if the words ‘Not Intended for Internal Use’ are printed – this is a sure sign that the essential oil does not even meet food grade standards. If a company is not providing frankincense that is of ingest-able quality you can be certain none of their other oils will be either.”

When should an essential oil ‘not’ be used or used with great care?

If you have a skin condition, are pregnant, have epilepsy, are on a course of treatment with prescribed medication, or are in doubt about any condition you may have. It is important that you seek the advice of a doctor or suitable practitioner before using essential oils. Learn more about Safe Use.

Can I use essential oils on young children?

For children under 6 years old it is recommended that no more than 2 drops of essential oil per 2 teaspoons (10mls) of vegetable oil (carrier oil) should be used, and no more than 2 drops of essential oil should be added to their bath or vaporiser. Also, if your child is under 2 years old, essential oils should be used with caution; we would advise that you seek the advice of a doctor. Learn more about how to use Young Living Essential Oils with children.

Can Young Living essential oils be used neat on the skin?

Essential oils typically should not be used neat on the skin as they are highly concentrated. However, there are some Young Living essential oils that can be used in small amounts with adults neat, and it depends more on the individual body type.

Generally Young Living’s Lavender, Tea Tree (Melaleuca), Melrose, Chamomile, Gentle Baby, and many other blends can be used neat by adults. Learn more about which essential oils can be used internally and topically, and which are recommended to use neat or with a carrier oil, How to Use.

How can I use Young Living essential oils in massage?

Mix up to 5 drops of Young Living essential oil (or blend of oils) with 2 teaspoons (10mls) of V-6 carrier oil (or other pure vegetable oil).

How can I use essential oils in the bath?

Mix 3-10 drops total of Young Living essential oil (or blend of oils) in 1/4 cup of sea salt, Epsom Salts, or whole fat milk – then add this mixture to your bath water. See some of my favorite home spa recipes.

How can I use essential oils for inhalation?

Add 1-2 drops of pure essential oil to a half cup of very hot water (not boiling) and inhale the vapour for 5-10 minutes (keeping eyes closed); the effect will be maximised by placing a towel over the head.

Or, you can simply add 1-2 drops of essential oil to a tissue and inhale.

Another method of inhalation is to take a single drop in the palms, rub palms together and cup palms over the nose (without touching eyes) and inhale deeply several times. More on How to Use.

How can I use essential oils to fragrance a room?

Diffusing.  Your diffuser should not use heat (heat will fracture the beneficial molecules thus burner diffusers are never recommended).

The best method is to use Young Living’s  cold-air nebulizer Essential Oil Diffuser.

Young Living also has two other diffusers, the Ultrasonic Diffuser (uses water), and the Travel Diffuser (battery operated) that do not use heat as the means to disperse the essential oil.

You may also like to know, when you become a Wholesale Customer  or Distributor  you will find a mail-in coupon worth 50% off on one of our diffusers in your Start Living kit. Learn more about natural air fresheners  page using YL oils.

Why does Young Living put their essential oils in their supplements?

This can only done because the YL oils are therapeutic-grade, the benefits are two-fold.

One is the essential oils frequently act as a preservative. Second, the addition of such high quality essential oils contain dietary benefits that boost the immune system.

What Young Living has also found is when essential oils are combined in the supplements there is quite often a ‘synergistic effect.’

You can think of it as getting a better quality supplement that has been super-charged due to the addition of the essential oil. Or, much the same way you might choose an herbal supplement when you’re not feeling well – the huge difference is that an essential oil is far more potent than it’s herbal counterpart, which is why essential oils act much quicker on the body than the fresh or dried herb. Learn about Young Living supplements.

How many drops are in a bottle?

In a 5ml bottle there are approximately 85 drops.

In a 15ml size bottle there are approximately 250 drops.

Young Living oils seem expensive compared to those in stores, why is that?

Actually, YL oils are much cheaper than even the cheapest aromatherapy oils sold in stores. What most consumers don’t realize is that the essential oils oils sold in stores are almost always adulterated and that’s where the consumer pays a lot more.

Using lavender as an example and a 15ml size bottle, which contains about 250 drops:

Young Living lavender costs $20.75 (wholesale, which is highly recommended as there is no obligation)

$20.75 divided by 250 equals 8.3 cents per drop.

Young Living lavender contains nothing but natural organic Lavendula angustifolia (the good lavender known for healing burns). So you are only paying for the one ingredient, pure lavender. See some of my favorite recipes and tips.

Cheap Lavender at the Store

You can find lavender at the store for around $10 a bottle. However, it is always a very low quality lavender and oftentimes it’s not even the species Lavendula angustifolia (when it’s not, you can expect when it is applied to a burn or injury your condition will get far worse) and it may be made entirely out of fragrance chemicals which are not natural, and the only benefit they might provide is a placebo effect – if you’re lucky.

What manufacturers do is something called ‘extending.’ This means they take a carrier oil (a vegetable oil) which is dirt cheap and then put about three drops of a low quality lavender in the 15ml bottle – in actuality you’re paying for a mere three drops of cheap essential oil. The carrier oil costs them less than a penny per 15ml bottle.

$10 divided by 3 equals $3.33 per drop (for the essential oil portion, because that’s what you’re spending your money on). The cost of the cheap carrier oil used is not calculated here because if you wanted a carrier oil you’d go out and buy it separately as it’s much cheaper for you that way.

Additionally, your bottle of cheap lavender contains fatty oils (the carrier oil) – fatty oils turn rancid in 6-8 months. This is why you have heard that essential oils have a 6-8 month shelf life and should be kept in the fridge – they’re referring to the poor quality, extended and adulterated essential oils.

You can also very safely assume that any essential oil sold in a bottle larger than 15ml is going to be extended and adulterated.

The conclusion: Young Living oils are extremely cheap compared to questionable aromatherapy oils sold in stores.

This is why so many say, “I would rather have one drop of Young Living essential oil than a gallon of anther brand.” Don’t let the price fool you!

How can I buy Young Living oils and products cheaper?

You can get Young Living’s essential oils and products at a 24% discount when you become a wholesale customer. It’s much like a membership at Cosco or Sam’s Club, with one difference – you get product for your one-time membership fee.

To take advantage of buying Young Living oils and products at wholesale select the “Independent Distributor” option when you place your first order – Young Living has combined the wholesale customer and distributor membership type into one for ease.

There is no obligation to sell. Buy what you want, when you want! It’s a win-win!

Do Young Living oils simply mask odors?

No, not at all. The Young Living oils are pure natural oils from plants, as such they contain compounds that perform many functions – one of which is neutralizing odors. Higher quality oils, such as Young Living, also provide benefits such as: antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory. Learn more about the benefits of diffusing Young Living oils.

Is aromatherapy like scented candles?

Not really. Scented candles do not provide any therapeutic benefits, and often times the fragrances in them can make us feel sick.

Scented products typically do not use high quality essential oils – rather they use low quality oils and chemical scents, which is why so many people have bad reactions or don’t feel so good when they are exposed to scented candles and products.

What we like to do is is buy unscented bees wax or soy candles with natural cotton wicks, and for the ‘scent’ part we will simply diffuse   our essential oils – it’s much safer and more healthy.

Is it complicated to learn how to use Young Living oils?

Not really. There are a set number of ways we use Young Living oils, which are: topical, inhaling, diffusing, internally as supplements, or in cooking. There are some guidelines for safe use that you will want to read before you begin.

Beyond that it’s a matter of learning which essential oil is known for the purpose  for which you intend. There’s a book, Essential Oils Desk Reference  (in large format or in a pocket version  which is highly recommended. Having this book empowers you, you will always have at your fingertips the best solutions for your needs.

Also, your Young Living distributor will be available to share their personal stories.

Is it true that Young Living oils can be used to replace many of the common daily products?

Absolutely! This is perhaps one of the best parts about bringing Young Living essential oils into the home. After you learn the basics and start using the oils you will discover the possibilities are endless. It is not uncommon to go into a Young Living distributors home and find no conventional products at all.

We use the oils to replace everything from First Aid  to over-the-counter items, air freshening to preventing toxic mold , flavoring and seasoning food and beverages, to making our own super easy home spa treatments to diffusing for calming frazzled nerves, uplifting mood to getting a good nights sleep, and so much more.

Once you start you will want Young Living oils to be a part of daily life and a part of your wellness routine. It is certainly the way to go for those looking for non-toxic, “Green” solutions.

How are essential oils different than herbs?

Young Living essential oils are far more potent than either dried or fresh herbs, so they must be used in small amounts and mindfully applied. For instance, one drop of Young Living peppermint oil is equal to 28 cups of peppermint tea, that’s potent!

When you think about the fact that it takes about 2,000 pounds of fresh Cypress material to produce 1 pound of Cypress essential oil you can begin to imagine just how concentrated an essential oil is compared to it’s dried or fresh plant counterpart. You can also begin to understand the value in having plant material that is free of chemicals.

A dried herb is far less potent than an essential oil. A good example is when you go into a room where fresh herbs are hung for drying, the room smells amazingly good. Well,  that’s the essential oil ‘leaving’ the plant. Essential oils are ‘volatile’ oils which means they dissipate into the air (unlike a vegetable oil).

Once an herb is dried it contains very little of its original essential oil. This is why you may have found that when you use a dried herb, or supplement containing a dried herb, that it can take weeks or even months to see any benefits. It’s estimated that a dried herb can lose up to 90% of it’s essential oil. And it is the essential oil part that contains all of the benefits.

Where does the essential oil come from?

The essential oil is what a plant produces to protect itself from disease, pests, fungus. The essential oil is found in tiny sacks that the unaided eye cannot see but your nose can smell. For instance, when you walk through an herb garden and brush against an aromatic plant the scent is released into the air. Or, when you peel an orange the mist that you can sometimes see in the air also contains the essential oil.

How do I buy Young Living oils and products?

Throughout the Young Living Circle (YLC) website you will see the “Distributor Carousel” this is where all of the Young Living Circle distributors are featured, plus you can find them there by region. Simply click on one of the distributors and you will be taken to their pages where you can learn more about them. You will also find links so that you can sign-up under them to make a purchase.

Are Young Living Essential Oils sold in stores?

No. Because Young Living oils are used differently than low quality novelty aromatherapy oils Young Living has distributors to assist you in learning how to use them properly. Therefore, you will need to sign-up under an Independent Distributor if you want to make a purchase.

Is Young Living a pyramid scheme?

No. Pyramid scheme’s are illegal. Young Living is a Network Marketing company whereby the middleman is cut out. Therefore, the Young Living distributors get the portion of the money that typically gets split up between the middlemen.

Young Living has been in business since 1992, if it were a pyramid scheme they would have been shut down a long time ago.

Pyramid schemes have used the term MLM (Multi-level Marketing) and Network Marketing as a guise to cover up their unsavory schemes. Unfortunately to some this has given the entire industry a bad name.

Is there any obligation when I make a purchase – do I have to buy products I don’t want or need, or go out and sell stuff?

Absolutely not. There is no obligation whatsoever when you join Young Living. You will NEVER end up with a garage full of product that you never use, no matter which customer type you choose. Young Living wants you to only purchase what you want and need for your household.

If I want to get wholesale pricing, are there any minimum purchase requirements?

There is a one-time membership fee – much like there is at Sam’s Club or Cosco, with one big difference… you actually get product for your one-time membership fee.

Young Living has five different Start Living kits to choose from, ranging in price from $40 to $300, you can choose which ever one fits your needs best.

Beyond that, the only thing you have to do to maintain your wholesale pricing is to have at least 50 PV points / $50 worth of purchases per year. Young Living has made it very easy to buy at wholesale prices.

Note: You will have to select the “Independent Distributor” customer type when you are ready – Young Living has combined the wholesale customer and distributor memberships types for ease.

Because the wholesale customer type is combined with the distributor type you will have to click “I Agree” to the distributor agreement (the only part that applies to the wholesale customer is to have a total of $50 worth of purchases per year to maintain your wholesale pricing).

The other thing is that you will have to give your Social Security number when signing up – this is because if you were ever to get a commission check from YL the US government wants to know. If you never get a commission check it will never affect your taxes. Young Living’s computerized system encrypts Social Security numbers and credit card numbers – so there is no need to worry about identity theft.

As a customer (retail or wholesale) do I have to buy “Packs” and be on autoship?

No. You never have to be on autoship. There is a program called Essential Rewards and you will save up to 20% if you join. It is free to join and there are advantages, so you may want to consider joining if you order fairly regularly.

If I become a distributor do I have to push and sell products to my friends and family?

No. As a distributor  you will never be asked to push products on anyone, ever! Young Living works on what’s known as a “Principle Centered” approach – which means we share with those who are interested. If someone doesn’t want to buy and use essential oils or products that’s fine – we never push or convince anybody to do something they are not interested in doing.

Is Young Living a get rich quick scheme?

Absolutely not. Just like with any other business venture you will have to work at your business, should ‘you’ choose to share YL with others. The concept of signing up six distributors and then sit back and eat Bon-bon’s while the money rolls in is a fantasy.

If I decide to become a distributor is there training to help me get started?

When you sign-up under a Young Living Circle distributor you will be part of a community that takes advantage of the technical era. The Young Living Circle team leaders provide training and we also have weekly webinars. So whether you live near or far you will always have access to training – and a lot more! The benefits of joining Young Living Circle are many .