Essential Oil Safety Guide 精油安全使用指引



精油乃是天賜禮物,其驚人的強大功效是令人意想不到的。為了讓用家能正確使用天然精油,以及保存精油的完整性及發揮最大效能,Young Living創辦人Gary Young、全球教育及健康科學總監Lindsey Elmore博士和她的專業研究團隊制定了《精油安全使用指引》。此指引包括精油的基礎使用須知、如何處理皮膚過敏反應及其他重要資訊。


Essential oils are potent gifts from nature that can often be more powerful than expected. In order to prevent misuse of these precious oils and to ensure that you enjoy their maximum benefit, Young Living Founder D. Gary Young, working with Director of Global Education and Health Sciences Dr. Lindsey Elmore and other product experts on her team, has created this helpful safety guide. Refer to it to learn the basics of essential oil use, how to handle skin sensitivity, and other valuable information.


我是首次接觸及認識精油,我應該如何正確地使用它們?

每支Young Living精油的產品標籤上都清楚列明精油的建議使用方法。請參考當地Young Living巿場的產品標籤或產品指南所建議的使用方法。


Young Living Vitality精油跟其他Vitality系列以外的精油有甚麼分別?

Young Living擁有多種類的產品系列,讓您在生活中幾乎每個層面都可以使用。這些產品分別可以用作塗抹/擴香、食品調味料或清潔用途。我們所有精油都符合「種子到封密」的承諾,並在純淨和安全方面經過嚴謹測試。Vitality系列以外的精油可用作塗抹/擴香用途;而Vitality精油則用於食品調味料。Vitality精油的標籤上有清晰的使用指引,會員可根據指引與他人分享這些食品調味料。


我見到產品標籤及其他資料提及「基礎油」 (Carrier Oil) 。甚麼是「基礎油」?它有甚麼功能?為甚麼我需要使用它?

「基礎油」亦稱為「基底油」,是純植物油 (如椰子油或葡萄籽油) 。它可作稀釋精油的媒介。Young Living的 V-6複方植物油是稀釋精油的最佳選擇。使用精油時,先用基礎油稀釋精油,再塗抹於身上。這可使感覺良好及減低過敏反應。使用基礎油稀釋精油不但不會降低精油的功效,反而能減少因使用過多精油而造成浪費。請勿使用植物起酥油、牛油、人造牛油或石油副產品 (凡士林)作為基礎油。部份會員會避免選擇橄欖油作為基礎油,因為它含較強的氣味和高黏稠度。


甚麼是「熱辣類精油」 (Hot Oil) ?

「熱辣類精油」是指此類別的精油塗抹於皮膚時可能會引起灼熱感。Young Living建議您在使用精油預先進行皮膚接觸測試。測試時,請先使用1至2滴精油於皮膚的一少部份 (如前臂)。然後觀察1至2小時,看看是否有任何明顯的皮膚反應 (通常皮膚會於塗抹後5-10分鐘內顯出反應) 。如果塗抹的位置感到熱辣和灼熱感或有紅點出現,您可以於患處塗抹基礎油以作稀釋及舒緩。

*YL建議您使用「熱辣類精油」時,用基礎油稀釋後才塗抹於皮膚局部位置。


如果我皮膚感到不適或過敏,應該怎麼辦?

如果您的皮膚感到任何不適或出現過敏症狀,請暫停使用精油,並盡快於患處塗上V-6複方植物油或其他合適的基礎油。切勿用清水沖洗皮膚上的精油,因為這樣可能增加皮膚不適的感覺。如果您發現身體上出現紅點,這可能是皮膚的排毒反應(Detoxification)。這時候請您確保您飲用更多開水,這能促進身體盡快釋放和排走毒素。同時使用含許多化學成份的肥皂、護膚產品、清潔劑及香水都可能引發身體的一些排毒反應。如出現上述反應,可以考慮停用以上這些化學製品。在您再次使用精油之前,請先進行皮膚接觸測試 (見上文)及使用基礎油來稀釋精油。如果您的眼睛不小心觸及精油,可以用V-6複方植物油減輕不適 (大概於使用後幾分鐘便可緩解不適) 。如果眼睛的不適並未於5分鐘後消退,請尋求專業醫療護理協助。坊間有一些文件建議用清水稀釋精油。*YL建議您使用基礎油稀釋精油濃度,可以確保能迅速緩解不適感。


可否於敏感位置使用精油?

YL建議您避免直接將精油塗抹於敏感位置,包括眼睛、耳朵、生殖器及黏膜部位。如果您選擇塗抹精油於任何敏感位置,請先用5至10滴的V-6複方植物油混合於1滴的精油中以作稀釋。


大概多久可以使用精油一次?我每次應該使用多少精油量?

每瓶精油的產品標籤上都有列明精油的建議使用方法。請依照產品標籤上的指引使用本公司產品。如果您抱著「使用越多精油代表功效越強」的觀念,那您可能誤解了天然精油的實際功效。因為精油的效能強大而顯著 - 少許精油已能慢慢發揮該精油的強大效力。大多情況下,使用1至2滴的精油已十分足夠,使用過多則造成浪費。某些精油,您可以慢慢增加使用次數至每日3至4次。過量使用精油可能會增加不良反應的風險。


懷孕或哺乳期間可否使用精油?站於安全的醫療角度上,在使用精油之前,您應該諮詢對精油有深入了解的醫護人士,並尋求他們的專業意見和建議。懷孕或哺乳期間,一般我們不建議您使用過量及過度使用快樂鼠尾草(Clary Sage)、鼠尾草(Sage) 、艾菊(Tancy)、牛膝草(Hyssop)、茴香(Fennel)、冬青(Wintergreen)及其他含這些植物成份的複方精油和保健品。

兒童是否適合使用精油?

大部份的精油是適合使用於兒童身上,但在使用前建議先稀釋精油。有部份Young Living產品已被稀釋 (請留意標籤上的說明) ,兒童可以直接使用。兒童一般都很接納精油,我們建議先用基礎油稀釋精油。例如將1至2滴的精油 (包括SleepyIze精油、RutaVala精油、Gentle Baby精油及Peace & Calming精油) 和基礎油混合,並塗抹於腳底。


使用精油之後,可否暴露於陽光底下?

有部份精油 (尤其橘子類精油) ,含會與陽光 (紫外線)產生光敏反應的天然植物分子。任何含這些分子的YL單方及複方精油,在產品標籤上都有提醒用家在使用精油後12至48小時內避免接觸陽光/紫外線。每次使用從未用過的精油時,請先進行皮膚接觸測試 (見上文) 。另外,可以先稀釋精油再塗抹於皮膚,可以減低皮膚產生的光敏反應。Young Living美容及護膚產品的配方均不含光敏分子,以減低皮膚產生光敏反應的風險。


如果我正在服用藥物,我可以使用精油嗎?精油與藥物會否相互抵觸?

如果您有疾病或處於就醫階段,甚或您正服用醫生配方藥物,我們建議您在使用精油之前先諮詢對精油有深入了解的健康顧問,並尋求他們的專業意見。又或者諮詢處方醫生及藥劑師有關精油和該藥物之間的潛在相互影響。Young Living的產品並不研發作診斷、醫療、治療或預防任何疾病等用途。


Young Living的精油可以內服嗎? Young Living全新推出的Vitality精油可以內服;其他精油則建議只用於擴香或塗抹用途。請依照產品標籤上的指引使用。 以下是部分使用Vitality精油的方法:

-1個檸檬、橙或西柚的果汁或果皮可以用10-15滴相應的精油調料代替。

-1湯匙或以上的牛至、迷迭香或百里香可以用1滴或更少的相應精油調料代替。

-如食譜建議放少於1茶匙的香料(即少於1滴精油調料),您可以將一根牙籤放入精油瓶內,然後將沾有精油調料的牙籤在食材中攪伴至均勻。

-丁香和生薑精油調料比其乾香料更濃烈,如需用量少於1滴,請使用上述方法以牙籤將精油加入食材中。

I’m new to essential oils. How do I use them?


Young Living labels each bottle of Young Living essential oil with directions for how to use it; these directions vary based on your region. Please consult the product label for appropriate usage directions.


What’s the difference between Young Living’s traditional essential oils and Vitality™ essential oils?


Young Living’s large product line includes items that you can use in nearly any aspect of your life. These products are generally labeled for topical/aromatic, dietary, or cleaning usage. While all our oils meet our Seed to Seal® promise and exacting testing for purity and safety, our traditional essential oils are intended for topical/aromatic use, and our Vitality oils are intended for internal consumption. This distinction allows Young Living and our members to freely share the dietary and culinary benefits of our oils, thanks to Vitality’s clearly labeled dietary instructions.


I see the term “carrier oil” used in several places. What is a carrier oil, what does it do, and why should I use it?


A carrier oil is a vegetable oil—such as coconut oil, olive oil, or grapeseed oil—that can be used to dilute essential oils. Young Living’s V-6™ Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications.


Carrier oils ensure that essential oils applied topically are comfortable to the skin. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil. In fact, it prevents waste due to excessive application. Look for dilution ratios on Young Living essential oil bottles.


Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or petroleum derivatives (such as mineral oil, baby oil, and petroleum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils.


What is a “hot oil”?


“Hot oils” are oils that can cause a hot or warming sensation when applied to the skin. Examples of hot oils and blends include Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme, Exodus II™, and Thieves®. For some people, Peppermint’s cooling sensation can be too intense.


Young Living recommends using a patch test procedure prior to first use. To perform a patch test, apply 1–2 drops of essential oil to a patch of skin such as the forearm. Observe that area of skin over the course of 1–2 hours for any noticeable reaction; however, reactions occur usually within 5–10 minutes. If you experience a hot or burning sensation or develop a rash, add V-6 or another carrier oil to the affected area as often as needed.

What if I experience skin discomfort or irritation?


If discomfort or irritation occurs, stop using the essential oil and apply V-6 or another carrier oil to the affected area. If a rash occurs, this may be a sign of detoxification. Drink adequate water to encourage the release and removal of toxins in your body. Toxins present in petrochemical-based soaps and skin care products, detergents, and perfumes may trigger some of the detoxification reactions. Consider discontinuing these agents if a reaction occurs. Before using the essential oil again, perform a patch test (see above under “What is a “hot oil?”) and dilute with a carrier oil as needed.


Be aware that some documents suggest diluting the oil with water, but water actually drives oil into the skin and eyes. Never use water in an attempt to flush the oil off of the skin, as this may increase discomfort. If essential oil gets in your eye, flush with V-6 or another carrier oil as quickly as possible to alleviate any discomfort. If eye discomfort does not subside within 5 minutes, seek medical attention.


Can essential oils be applied to sensitive areas?


Avoid contacting sensitive areas such as eyes, ears, genitals, and mucous membranes with essential oils. If you choose to use the oil in any sensitive area, dilute 1 drop of the essential oil with 5–10 drops of V-6 or another carrier oil.


How often can essential oils be applied? How much do I use?


Follow the proper usage instructions printed on each essential oil label. Essential oils are very powerful, so start low and go slow. Excessive use of essential oils may increase the risk for adverse reactions. In most cases, 1–2 drops are adequate, and using more may waste product. Depending on the essential oil, you can gradually build up to 3–4 uses per day, if desired.


Can essential oils be used during pregnancy or while nursing?


As with any medical condition, we strongly recommended that prior to using essential oils, you seek the advice and recommendation of a competent, trained health care advisor who is experienced in essential oil usage. Some people choose to avoid overuse and excessive use of Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Sage (Salvia officinalis), Idaho Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare), Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), Fennel (Foeniculum vulgare), and Wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens), as well as the blends and supplements that contain these oils.


Can essential oils be used on children?


Many essential oils are appropriate for use on children but should be diluted with a carrier oil prior to use. Some Young Living products come prediluted with carrier oil, as indicated on product labels, and are intended for direct application on children. You can dilute 1–2 drops of essential oil such as SleepyIze™, RutaVaLa™, Gentle Baby™, and Peace & Calming® with a carrier oil and apply to the bottoms of the feet.


How does exposure to sun affect essential oil use?


Some essential oils, especially citrus oils, contain natural molecules that react with sunlight (UV light) and cause a sensitivity reaction. Young Living labels the essential oils and oil blends that contain these compounds with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12–48 hours after applying. Always use caution when starting to use a new oil. To reduce the risk of sensitivity, use patch testing (see above under “What is a “hot oil?”), dilute, and apply the oil to skin that will not be exposed to sun/UV light. Young Living formulates its beauty and cosmetic products to remove sun-sensitizing agents to reduce the risk of sun sensitivity.


What about the use of essential oils if I have a medical condition? Can essential oils interact with prescription medications?


If you have a disease or medical condition or are using a prescription medication, it is recommended that prior to using an essential oil, you consult with a health care advisor who has experience with essential oils. Seek the advice of the prescribing physician and a pharmacist about potential interactions between any medication and essential oils.

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