1-2-3’s of Essential Oil Topical Application

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topicaloils1Topical application is the most common method of using essential oils. Applying an oil topically means that you are applying the oil directly to the skin. Oils can be used full strength or diluted in a carrier oil, lotion, or distilled water.  Essential oils are fat soluble and each drop contains millions of tiny molecules that allow them to enter the bloodstream very quickly. Essential oils are not medicine, they do not cure, however, they can put your body in balance and promote healing.

Neat Application means that the oil is used full strength and applied directly to the skin. Essential oils that are often used for this application are Lavender, Frankincense, Purification, Valor, Joy and Stress Away.

Diluted Application is when the essential oil requires the addition of a carrier oil or lotion before application. Each essential oil bottle has a recommended dilution ratio. For example, PanAway’s instructions read: “Dilute 1 drop with 4 drops of V-6 or olive oil.” Some other common dilution ratios are; 50-50 or 20-80.  The 50-50 dilution ratio means 1 part essential oil with 1 part carrier oil.  The 20-80 dilution ratio means 1 part essential oil to 4 drops of carrier – Essential oils that require dilution:  Peppermint, Thieves, PanAway, Peace & Calming, and Lemon.

Where to Apply Essential oils.

One of the most common ways is to apply the oil over the affected area. For example rubbing Peppermint oil directly on the stomach can help settle an upset stomach. Another way is to apply the oils to the bottom of the feet. Oils absorb through the bottom of the foot extremely quickly because there are 800 pores per square inch. Other great ways to topically use essential oils are during a massage, a bath, or with a warm or cold compress.

topicaloils2Tips for Topical Use

– Use quality essential oils. All essential oils are not created equal. Using essential oils that are mixed with other ingredients may cause an adverse reaction

– Everyone is different and will react differently. Test each oil one at a time on a small patch of skin until you know how your body will react.

– Start with a clean pallet. Residue from personal care products that use synthetic chemicals may react adversely with the essential oils.

– Avoid putting essential oils directly in your eyes and ears.

– Read the application rules.

– If redness or irritation occurs apply a carrier oil to the affected area.

– Use photosensitive oils with caution. Photosensitive oils may compound the effects of sun exposure.

– Avoid using these essential oils on skin that is directly exposed to sunlight. Examples of photosensitive oils are citrus oils: lemon, lime, orange, joy.

Please contact me for more information on oils and their application.

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