Essential Oil Safety For Athletes
Why I Chose Young Living?
I chose the Young Living brand, because their Seed to Seal production of essential oils provides a quality product that my family can safely diffuse, apply topically or ingest*. Young Living will NEVER compromise their Seed to Seal quality promise. They would rather be in short supply of a given plant/oil than to market an inferior product.
*Not all essential oils can be ingested. Please make sure to read the directions on each bottle before using them internally.
Oil Usage and Safety
The information on this page ONLY applies to Young Living essential oils, which are therapeutic-grade essential oils. These tips are aimed towards athletes that are 12 years-old or older. Essential oils can be safely used on children under the age of 12, but most Certified Athletic Trainers and other Sports Medicine professionals work with middle school-aged athletes or older. This list is not all-inclusive, please see a reference guide for more information!
Ways to Use Essential Oils With Athletes 12 years-old & Older:
Topically – Young Living essential oils can be applied topically to the skin. Some oils require dilution with a carrier oil before rubbing them on the skin, such as coconut oil, olive oil, or Young Living’s V-6 blend. You can apply some oils neat , which means without diluting. Consult a reference guide to see the recommended dilution for a particular essential oil (Johnson, 2015)**.
Aromatically – Young Living essential oils can be inhaled from the bottle or diffused in the air with a diffuser. They can also be dropped on a cotton ball or wet cloth and inhaled.
Internally – Because Young Living essential oils are therapeutic-grade, many of them can be used internally or taken orally as a dietary supplement. Young Living's Vitality line of essential oils are the ones that are safe for internal use. ALWAYS read the bottle to see if a specific oil is safe for internal use. NEVER use a lesser-quality brand of oil internally (the bottle of another brand usually says “Not for internal use!”). Consult your doctor before having children take essential oils orally. As a Certified Athletic Trainer, I do not personally give any oral supplement to my athletes. If the athlete is a minor, it is up to their parents or guardians to decide. If the athlete is out of high school, it is then their personal decision.
These are the resources I have personally used to learn about the uses of essential oils.
1. Young Living's Essential Oil Safety Guide
3. PubMed's website is a great place to look up published studies on a particular oil. If, for instance, you want to see what studies have been done on Oregano Oil, you can type that in the search box to pull up related studies.** My opinion is not for sale, but in some cases on products I already like, I receive compensation for links in my articles through affiliate arrangements.