Once of my favorite ways to use essential oils is to apply them topically. Topical application just means putting essential oils on your body. Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated so a little goes a long way…more is not necessarily better with these oils.
1️⃣ Everyone is different
I suggest always starting with a small amount, because you can always add more if you need to. Since you don’t know how your body is going to react to an oil, test a small area first and see how it goes.
2️⃣ Dilute with a carrier oil
You want to be sure to dilute with a carrier oil (vegetable or seed oil like coconut oil, olive oil, or almond oil). This not only dilutes the intensity of the oil, the carrier also helps “carry” the essential oil into your body.
3️⃣ Read the bottle for dilution ratios
Every oil is different (just like people), so be sure to read each bottle for dilution rations. Some oils are considered hot like Oregano or Clove, so they need to be diluted with 4 to 1 drops, where others are not as intense and only need a 1 to 1 ratio. Read the label.
4️⃣ Use a dropper for carrier oil
I use a 1 ml dropper bottle filled with a carrier oil (I usually use fractionated coconut oil or almond oil). Fractionated coconut oil has been through an additional process that allows it to remain liquid even in cold temperatures. The dropper bottle just makes it so you can be really precise with your dilution ratios. It also makes it easy to quickly add a carrier!
5️⃣ Apply oils to your skin either directly at the source of concern or on the corresponding Vita Flex point on your feet.
Don’t know the vita flex points? Don’t worry, just rub it all along the bottom of your feet. Your feet have lots of large pores and this is usually a not a very sensitive place to put oils for easy absorption (especially for little ones).
6️⃣ Wash your hands after applying topically.
You don’t want to accidently rub your eye (especially with a hot oil)! – if you do get an EO in your eye, do not try to flush it out with water, use a cotton ball with a carrier oil and rub it on your eye.
7️⃣ Make a roller blend
If you have an oil blend that you are going to use frequently (like my face serum, or my immunity boost foot rub), I like to make a 5ml or 10ml roller that is already properly diluted with a carrier oil and I can easily rub on and go. I keep a bunch of these in my purse for easy access.
8️⃣ Start Slow
Some oils can be applied neat (without being diluted with a carrier oil), but I suggest always starting with a carrier oil for dilution if you are new to oils. If you do choose to apply them to your body neat be sure to not do it regularly (you don’t want to develop a skin sensitivity from too frequent use of undiluted essential oils to a certain place on your body) and be sure the oil is not a hot oil.