Frequently Asked Questions

Are Young Living products FDA approved?

The ingredients in Young Living dietary supplements and foods are approved by the FDA for consumption. The ingredients in Young Living cosmetics are approved by the FDA for cosmetic use. 

What is Young Living’s policy regarding Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)?

Young Living takes pride in utilizing the highest quality botanicals for its essential oils and oil-infused products. Every effort is made to ensure that the ingredients in their products are the purest and most potent available. Young Living goes to great lengths to formulate and use non-GMO (genetically modified organism) sources for its products whenever they are both verifiable and available. Although in the majority of cases they are able to certify that Young Living product ingredients are non-GMO, there are instances when sourcing and manufacturing constraints require the use of botanicals and materials that are uncertified or untraceable back to a verifiable non-GMO source. In addition, there are no clear guidelines on unified labeling standards from U.S. government agencies regarding non-GMO labeling. Young Living is continuously researching ways to provide the highest quality and most natural products for their members.

Are Young Living products tested on animals?

Young Living has a policy against testing the efficacy or safety of its products on animals. Young Living’s products are formulated to be safe for nearly all users, and animal testing is neither required nor performed in their product development process.

How does Young Living ensure that its products do not contain heavy metals?

All raw ingredients used in Young Living products are tested for contaminants, including heavy metals, and must meet strict specifications.

Does Young Living use pesticides?

Young Living does not use pesticides at their farms or partner farms. All farm practices and finished products are held to strict standards.

Is the plastic in Young Living diffusers safe for use with essential oils?

Young Living tests the plastics used for their diffusers to ensure that the plastics are stable when in contact with essential oils during normal use. However, remember to clean your diffuser often to prolong the lifespan of the unit.

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 or grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute essential oils. Young Living V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex is an excellent carrier oil for all applications. Carrier oils ensure that essential oils applied topically are comfortable. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the essential oil. Vegetable shortening, margarine or petroleum derivatives (petrolatum jelly) should never be used as carrier oils. 

I’m new to essential oils. How are they used?

There are three basic ways to use Young Living Essential Oils:

  • aromatically (directly inhaled or diffused)
  • topically (applied to the skin),
  • internally (ingested by mouth)

Always consult individual product labels for usage directions.

You may find additional information in resources from and

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. All Young Living Essential Oils and Oil Blends that contain these compounds are labeled with a warning to avoid sun/UV light for 12 to 48 hours after applying. Caution should always be used when starting to use a new oil. Young Living beauty and cosmetic products are formulated to remove sensitizing agents to reduce the risk of sun sensitivity.

Does Young Living have a religious affiliation?

While Young Living’s owners have deep religious convictions, the company neither endorses nor is affiliated with any religious organization. Young Living acknowledges and respects the rights of people of all faiths.

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