Add a couple drops of Tangerine (or any of your favorite oils) on cotton balls to stash in your car air vents. 🍊 They'll disperse a refreshing, citrus scent.
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Summer vibes are rolling in like a heat wave, and we know everyone has sun time on the mind. You can already see how the first day at the pool will go—first sunscreen application, then pool toy distribution, and finally supervision and relaxation in your favorite lounge chair. During the flurry and fun, don’t forget about the safe summer use of your favorite oils. Read up on photosensitive essential oils before you throw your gotta-have oils in with your summer book to ensure that your favorites aren’t essential oils that cause sun sensitivity.
While known for their bright, summery scents, citrus oils are among the most common essential oils that cause photosensitivity. That’s because compounds found in citrus oils—known as furanocoumarins—greatly increase UV sensitivity. And while most photosensitive oils are citrus, other oils can contain compounds or mixes of compounds that have the same effect as furanocoumarins, meaning they’re not sun-safe either. Always check the label before application to determine the oil’s photosensitivity.
All of Young Living’s essential oils that cause photosensitivity are labeled. Lemon, Lime, Grapefruit, Orange, Bergamot, Tangerine, Peace & Calming®, Stress Away™, Citrus Fresh™, Gentle Baby™, and Joy™ are some of Young Living’s popular oils that cause photosensitivity, but other oils can come with these risks as well. Always check the label to see what cautions are associated with the oil you’re using.
Gaging by the amount of photosensitive oil in the blend, Young Living can safely determine whether a blend is safe in the sun.
Use photosensitive oils at nighttime
Using photosensitive oils at nighttime helps reduce the risks associated with these oils. Feel free to add these oils to your nightly skin care routine, evening body wash or lotion, bedtime bath, or relaxing before-bed foot, neck, or back massage.
Cover application area
Blocking UV rays by covering up will also help reduce your risk of reaction. Apply oil to the back, lower chest, or temples and throw on a crewneck tee and hat. Just be sure that anywhere you apply oil is fully covered with a heavy or tightly knit material.
Follow label instructions
The best way to avoid a negative reaction is to follow the label instructions. Most undiluted photosensitive oils require 12 hours before sun exposure but some can take up to 48 hours. Be aware that the amount you use and whether you dilute both affect the concentration of photosensitive compounds—and always remember that sunscreen helps you stay safe in the sun, even after the recommended wait time.
If you or someone you know is having a reaction, get away from UV exposure immediately and follow one of the following procedures:
After skin reaction:
After eye reaction:
We love essential oils and know that you do too. That’s why we want to provide you with general information to help you increase your understanding of proper essential oil use. To best care for yourself and your family, always read and heed label instructions. The best news is that there are plenty of oils that are free of photosensitive compounds, so they’re ready for your summer adventures. It’s the perfect opportunity to try something new and find a new favorite!
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Use it to each morning with a positive attitude or to unwind at the end of the day. Its powerful yet calming scent is versatile enough that you can integrate it into your morning and bedtime routines and anywhere in between.
As one of Young Living’s best-sellers, Purification® essential oil blend is a staple in many homes around the world—and it’s not hard to see why. Citronella, Lavandin, Lemongrass, Myrtle, Rosemary, and Tea Tree essential oils harmoniously blend to fill the air with the aroma of sweet lemons and grounding herbs. Diffuse Purification while doing dishes, use it to make a personal home freshener, or bring it with you when you travel, because there is no end to Purification’s versatility.
At homeThis sweet and spicy mix, with its citrus notes and herbaceous complements, is the best aroma to greet you when you walk in your front door. Purification brings about feelings of peace and contentment, whether you and your loved ones are crowded around the kitchen table, sprawled out in the family room for game night, or dancing through the house as you tackle cleaning projects.
YL Tip: Help Purification linger longer by placing a few drops on cotton balls and stashing them in small spaces such as vents, drawers, or shoes to banish unwanted odors.
On laundry dayYour overnight guests need three things when they arrive at your home: Fresh towels, spare toothbrushes, and sheets that harbor the rich smell of Purification.
To convince your visitors they’re at an exotic hotel, grab a 2-oz. spray bottle and add the following:
In the bathroomBetween the components of Citronella and Lemongrass, Purification is a game-changer in the bathroom. There are so many ways to use it! Put two drops on the inside of the toilet paper roll for a fresh scent. Add a drop or two to a cotton ball and store between trash cans and liners to keep your bathroom smelling beautiful.
Create a cleaner for your sinks and counters by combining the following:
Lemon essential oilto help the air smell squeaky clean!
In the carNow that your house is home to a welcoming aroma, conquer musty smells everywhere else. Use a USB Orb™ diffuser in your car to combat all the scents that build up from gym bags, kids’ soccer shoes, and pizza take-out. You can also use that nifty cotton ball trick you learned about above—store them in air vents, under floor mats, and in the pockets behind the front seats.
Don’t stop there! Revitalize the air in hotel rooms, your office cubicle, and public bathrooms. There’s no need to deal with unpleasant odors just because you’re not at home.