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Bottle Reading Made Easy

YLEO New Website_019PINIMAGEGet out your reading glasses and get ready to dive into the abundance of information that is right on those tiny Young Living bottles.

How much oil is left, and when should I reorder?  

Just tilt your bottle horizontally and hold it up to the light.  Once it gets below the halfway point, add it to your Essential Rewards cart and relax knowing there’s more where that oily goodness came from!  On average a 5ml bottle of oil has 75-100 drops, and a 15ml bottle has 250-300 drops.

Directions for use? 

Be sure to look closely at the label of the oil that you’re using.  The back of each bottle lists whether the oil is recommended for aromatic, topical, and/or internal use, along with giving dilution information.

  • Aromatic use: the directions on the label apply to nebulizer diffusers which nebulize oil directly into the air.  For standard mist diffusers use 4-8 drops of essential oil per 100ml of water.
  • Topical use: Certain essential oils are considered “hot” oils. This means that if used directly on your skin (“neat”), there can be an unpleasant skin response.  Don’t worry; the label on each Young Living bottle will let you know whether you need to dilute and at what ratio.  For example, Thieves essential oil blend, which has clove and cinnamon can be a bit spicy for our skin, so we always dilute, and thankfully the bottle tells us to use a ratio of 1:4.  That means 1 drop of Thieves and 4 drops of a carrier oil.  It’s as easy as placing these drops in your hand and then rubbing on the desired area.
  • Internal use: Another distinction to make is whether an oil is considered a supplement or not.  This can be found on the front of the bottle label. The oils that are labeled as supplements have been verified as safe to ingest.  This doesn’t mean, however, to go drinking half a bottle a day.  Always use caution and do what you’re comfortable with, but if you are going to use an oil internally (ex. oregano for immune system support) just be sure it’s labeled as a supplement.


Some essential oils are photosensitive.  This means that these oils can make your skin more sensitive to the sun and may burn easier if you’re outside.  Use caution when using these oils topically and limit your sun exposure as much as possible.

When using essential oils, always have a carrier oil nearby.  It’s a matter of safety.  If the essential oil accidentally gets in your eye or creates an unpleasant sensation on the skin, grab your carrier oil, NOT WATER.  Remember, water and oil don’t mix, so using water will only drive the oil deeper into the unwanted area.

Always dilute on small children and those with sensitive skin.  Essential oils are powerful, especially on tender skin.  There are a few very gentle oils, such as lavender and melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil), that are considered safe to use neat on children, but if you’re just starting out, diluting is always a good idea.

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