Topical

Essential oils labeled for topical use can also be applied different ways. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they are easily absorbed by the skin.

Using a light massage will increase absorption and improve distribution across the target area. 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. The recommended dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.

Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils

  • Neck

  • Forehead and temples

  • Chest and abdomen

  • Arms, legs, 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

  • Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes

  • Eyes and inner ears

  • Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin