Essential Oils: The “Hot” Oils


You may have heard someone refer to an essential oil as “hot” but were not sure what it meant? or which oils were considered hot? This post should help clarify this topic.

First, it is important to remember that not everyone “feels” everything the same way . . . so, what is “hot” for one, may not be “hot” for another . . . if you are someone who does not consider some, one, or any of the listed oils as “hot” then that is fantastic but it does not mean that the person you are recommending an oil to will not find it “hot” . . . so, even if it is not “hot” to you, you will still want to err on the side of caution and warn your prospective oil user that it may be “hot” to him/her.

What exactly does it mean when someone says an oil is “hot?”

It means that, that particular oil may feel “hot” to your skin, or spicy hot if used straight internally, or, especially if it gets into your eye.

If you experience a “hot” sensation when using an oil — flush the area thoroughly with a carrier oil — such as a high quality, cold-pressed olive oil — this includes your eye. Do not flush with water, this will push the oil deeper and cause a greater depth of “hot” sensation to the area. Flush only with a carrier oil as the fat of the oil will draw the essential oil to it.

The oils listed here should be diluted 20/80 — 2 parts oil to 8 parts carrier oil — for example, mix 2 drops of oregano into 8 drops of olive oil.

Young Living Single Essential Oils that are considered “hot” are:

• Cassia
• Cinnamon Bark
• Clove
• Hyssop
• Lemongrass
• Ocotea
• Oregano
• Thyme

The above list does not include “warm” oils — those will be featured in our next post.

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