Warm and Hot Essential Oils

Warm and Hot Essential 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.  Hopefully we can clarify what this means and how to use these oils.

First, it is important to remember that not everyone feels oils the same way.  So what may be warm or hot to you, may not be for everyone.


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

It means 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. You do not want to flush with water as 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 below are recommend to be diluted 20/80 — 2 parts oil to 8 parts carrier oil — for example, mix 2 drops of oregano into 8 drops of fractionated coconut oil or Young Living’s V6 oil.

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

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


Again, not everyone “feels” the same so you may be someone who can handle any or all of these oils without diluting or using a higher ratio of essential oil to carrier oil.

The following single essential oils are considered “warm” — this means they may feel warm to the skin and/or mouth. You may want to dilute “warm” oils. They can also cause a burning or warm sensation if they get into your eye; if this happens, flush with a quality carrier oil, such as an organic, cold-pressed olive oil. Do not flush with water, as water will push the oil deeper. Essential oils “attach” to the fat in a carrier oil.


Single Essential Oils considered “Warm” are:

  • Angelica
  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Cardamom
  • Citronella
  • Cistus
  • Clary Sage
  • Coriander
  • Cumin
  • Cypress
  • Dill
  • Dorado Azul
  • All Eucalyptus
  • Idaho Balsam Fir
  • White Fir
  • Fleabane
  • Frankincense
  • Sacred Frankincense
  • Geranium
  • Ginger
  • Goldenrod
  • Grapefruit
  • Helichrysum
  • Juniper
  • Laurus Nobilis
  • Lavandin
  • Lemon
  • Lime
  • Mandarin
  • Marjoram
  • All Melaleuca (except Q)
  • Mountain Savory
  • Myrtle
  • Nutmeg
  • Orange
  • Palmarosa
  • Palo Santo
  • Black Pepper
  • Peppermint
  • Pine
  • Ravintsara
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Spearmint
  • Spruce
  • Tangerine
  • Tarragon
  • Wintergreen


For more information, refer to the Young Living Safety Guide


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