Essential Oils

Shelf Life of Essential Oils

I am often asked what the shelf life of essential oils is. In order to help people remember, I usually say, “Well, I wouldn’t keep mine any longer than two or three thousand years!” Why would I say that? When archeologists opened tombs in Egypt, they discovered sealed jars of essential oils that were still pure and unspoiled.

But there are things that CAN cause oils to “go bad.”

  • For example, if the essential oil has been diluted with a fatty oil, the fatty oil could go rancid. Often blends will be “cut” with a carrier oil, so this is one thing you will want to be aware of.
  • If an essential oil is not 100% pure and has been adulterated with some other chemical or additive, it would have the potential of going bad.
  • If you do not close your bottle of essential oil tightly, or if it gets exposed to excessive heat or sunlight, the properties of the oil could change. It might not go bad, but it may be different than it was when you first purchased it. Even a little evaporation or polymerization can change the chemistry of an essential oil.

So I suggest you always close your bottles tightly and store them in a cool environment away from direct sunlight. I keep mine in a cabinet or in a case designed to hold my bottles upright. Your storage box or cabinet does not need to be expensive. Use your imagination to re-purpose something that will fit your needs.

Be particular about the oils you purchase and use. I only recommend Young Living Essential Oils, which I have found to be consistently pure unadulterated therapeutic grade. Do your research and don’t compromise on quality. Enjoy your oils! They are a gift from God.

Oh, and by the way, my oils are not 2,000 years old!


To learn more about how to purchase Young Living products, please visit my website and contact me.

These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Information, products and/or techniques mentioned is provided for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult with the health authorities of your choice. The decision to use, or not to use, any of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Don’t expect the same results unless you are using Young Living Therapeutic grade essential oils and supplements. The author assumes no responsibility to or liability for any loss, damage or injury resulting from the use or misuse of any information provided here.


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