Using Essential Oils Topically
Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.
Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption.
Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving
distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially
in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.
To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin,
it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent
oils and when trying an oil for the first time. There commend dilution ratio is typically one drop
of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.
It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for each individual based on size, age, and overall health status.
Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils
• Back of neck
• Forehead or temples
• Chest or abdomen
• Arms or legs
• BEST Part - bottom of feet
Other Effective Methods of Topical Application
• Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath.
• Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential
oils, and then applying to the desired area.
• Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin.
Oil SAFETY - Do NOT put oils into:
Eye, ears, nose, or other sensitive areas.
If oils get into your eyes, always dilute with coconut oil (or another carrier oil), NOT water.
Water will make it WORSE!
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