Properly Storing Essential Oils
Learning how to store your essential oils properly will help you preserve your oils for longer and ensure you can use your Young Living essential oils down to the very last drop. To get the most out of your favorite essential oils, we’re sharing Sha Faun’s tip for keeping your essential oils safe!
Sha Faun Enterprises Essential Oil Storage Tips
Let’s start with the bottle.
You’ll notice that your essential oils often come in a dark glass bottle (or, at least, they should!). There are two reasons for this. First, your oils are susceptible to damage from exposure to the sun. The dark glass bottles help block out sunlight preventing damage to your essential oils.
The second reason for the glass bottles is that plastic degrades over time, especially with some of our “hot” essential oils like cinnamon or clove. One important takeaway with glass bottles is when you’re creating homemade oil blends or different products with your essential oils, try and store those in glass bottles and containers.
Keep your lids closed tightly.
No matter how frequently you use your essential oils, it’s important to ensure you’re closing them tightly each time you use them. Essential oils start to oxidize the day you first break that seal. Tightly closing your bottles can help preserve your oils and slow the oxidation process.
Where to store your essential oils
A dark, cool storage place is ideal. Cabinets work great for storing your essential oils in a cool, dark location. If you want to display your essential oils on a cute wall shelf, that’s perfectly fine. Just be sure you keep them out of direct sunlight.
Is cold storage okay?
Essential oils don’t NEED cold storage, but they also won’t be harmed by cold storage. The benefit of putting your essential oils in the fridge is the temperature consistency that the refrigerator provides. If you know you won’t be using your essential oils for a while, feel free to store them in your fridge, which will keep a constant temperature all year.
What about freezing?
Freezing is the same thing for your oils — consistent temps. Not a necessity, but it also won’t damage your essential oils. A cool massage using some cold essential oils sounds great right about now!
What about traveling with essential oils?
Many of us at Sha-Faun Enterprises love to bring some of our favorite essential oils with us when we travel. That oil roller of peppermint oils helps when that jet lag headache kicks in!
A fully enclosed zipper or toiletry bag is perfect for storing your oils while traveling. One word of caution: Don’t place your essential oils in your check bag, especially if traveling between climates. The storage area of airplanes is not temperature controlled, and you don’t want your essential oils going through rapid temperature changes —which can damage your oils.
To learn more ways essential oils enrich your life, start your Young Living essential oil journey with us today!