The right way to apply essential oils can be the difference between a relaxing experience and a trip to the hospital! I’ve seen many people in my classes who have accidentally spilled an essential oil directly onto their skin, causing it to burn and blister. Even if you’re using an appropriately diluted oil mix, it’s still important to be mindful when applying them on your skin. The best way to get started with essential oils is by following these simple tips:
In order to reap the most benefits from essential oils, application is a very important part of the process and should not be taken lightly.
In order to reap the most benefits from essential oils, application is a very important part of the process and should not be taken lightly. Essential oils are extremely concentrated and powerful; this is why they have so many therapeutic benefits in their pure form. When applying them topically, however, the skin can become irritated if you do not take the proper precautions. It’s best to use them diluted in a carrier oil such as sweet almond oil or coconut oil when applying them directly to your skin. You should also test a small patch of skin first before using an entire drop on your entire body just because someone said that “it’s okay.”
It’s important to keep in mind that some essential oils shouldn’t be applied directly on your face or other sensitive areas like around the eyes or genitals. These include: Basil (Ocimum basilicum), Bergamot (Citrus bergamia), Clary Sage (Salvia sclarea), Geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), Ginger Root (Zingiber officinale), Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora), Lavender Blue Chamomile(Matricaria recutita/Chamomilla recutita), Roman Chamomile(Anthemis nobilis), Rosemary Verbenone(Rosmarinus officinalis) and Thyme Thymol.(Thymus vulgaris).
You may have noticed that there are different directions for applying oils depending on their purpose.
You may have noticed that there are different directions for applying oils depending on their purpose. For example, aromatic oils are meant to be inhaled while antibacterial and anti-inflammatory oils are applied directly to the skin. Here’s what you need to know:
- Diluted Oils
When using an oil that could irritate your skin such as peppermint or wintergreen, it’s important not to apply it directly onto your body. Dilute essential oils before applying them to your body by mixing them with a carrier oil such as coconut or jojoba oil. This helps reduce the likelihood of any adverse reactions and also makes them easier absorbable into your system! Don’t forget! If you plan on using essential oils as part of a treatment regimen or massage therapy session (like aromatherapy), always consult your doctor before starting any new treatment plan.*
Different types of application methods produce different results.
Inhalation is different from topical application. Topical means applying the essential oil directly to your skin, while inhalation means smelling it through your nose. If you apply an essential oil to your skin then rub it in, it’s technically a topical application. However, if you’re simply breathing in the scent of an essential oil without rubbing it over any part of your body at all (like when someone walks by wearing perfume or cologne), that’s considered inhaling instead of applying or using the scent for its therapeutic properties.
The reason these two actions are different is because they produce different results: inhalation affects how you feel immediately whereas topical application affects how you look and feel long term; both are useful depending on what kind of effect you’re looking for! In fact there are three types of applications altogether:
- Inhalation: This method involves taking deep breaths through either one nostril or both nostrils so that the substance passes through into your lungs where it can be absorbed into blood cells before being sent throughout the body via oxygen molecules
- Topical: This method involves rubbing substances onto areas where they will be absorbed directly into pores; absorption usually occurs over time but can happen within minutes depending on how much surface area has been covered by substance (e.g., face).
Inhaling the scent of essential oils can work quickly to relieve stress.
You can use essential oils in a few ways. One is through inhalation. Essential oils are volatile compounds that evaporate into the air, and when you breathe them in, they can have a calming effect on your body and mind. You can place one or two drops of essential oil on a cotton ball and inhale it by placing the cotton ball under your nose or beside your neck (if it’s not overpowering). Or, if you have a diffuser, put several drops of essential oil in it to create an aromatherapy-like experience that will help alleviate stress and anxiety.
You can also apply essential oils in a steam facial.
You can also apply essential oils in a steam facial.
Steam facials are one of the best ways to open up your pores and draw out impurities from the skin. You can use this method to treat dry or sensitive skin (like mine), acne, wrinkles and fine lines, poor circulation and a sluggish lymphatic system. Steam has been used for centuries as a natural way to cleanse our bodies of toxins that build up on our skin every day. It will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated after your session!
When massaging an oil directly onto your skin, it’s important to dilute it in a carrier oil first!
When massaging an oil directly onto your skin, it’s important to dilute it in a carrier oil first! This is because most essential oils have a higher concentration of active ingredients than any other natural product. If you were to apply these concentrated oils directly onto your skin, they could cause irritation.
A good rule of thumb is to use 5 drops of essential oil per 1 tablespoon of carrier oil (so if you want 3 tablespoons total, you’d add 15 drops).
It may also be helpful to dilute with more than one carrier oil for deeper penetration into the tissue and faster absorption by the body.For example: mix 5-8 drops lavender + 2-4 drops peppermint in 1 tablespoon jojoba or coconut oil .
You’ll also want to test a small patch of skin before you do a full-body massage with an oil mixture.
You’ll also want to test a small patch of skin before you do a full-body massage with an oil mixture. If your face is prone to breakouts or rashes, avoid applying essential oils directly to your face or mixing them with carrier oils that may clog pores and cause irritation. Always dilute essential oils in a carrier oil before applying them to your skin.
Applying diluted essential oils directly onto your skin allows them to absorb into the body, where they can deliver targeted benefits from head to toe.
If you’re new to applying essential oils, it’s important to dilute them. The reason for this is that some essential oils can cause skin irritation if used in their undiluted form. To test a small patch of skin first, apply a few drops (around a quarter teaspoon) of any essential oil onto your wrist or behind the ear before rubbing it in with your finger. Wait for about 30 seconds for any reaction and then wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water if there are no adverse reactions.
If you’re applying an aromatic blend containing several different botanical ingredients such as lavender and peppermint together, then you’ll want to use an equal amount of each ingredient when adding them into the carrier oil so that they’re equally dispersed throughout the mixture. For example 3 drops lavender + 3 drops peppermint would be an acceptable ratio. Since both essences are approximately equal strength-wise when diluted within another medium. Therefore they’ll all share the same amount once mixed together within an aromatherapy blend!
Now let’s get started…
Take care when applying essential oils externally!
When applying essential oils externally, it is important to take care. Remember that even though they are natural, they are still chemicals and can cause negative reactions if you use them improperly.
We recommend testing a small patch of skin before applying any essential oil to make sure that you don’t have an allergy or reaction. You may be allergic to certain herbs or plants in the essential oil! If this is the case, do not apply it on your skin at all.
Dilute essential oils in a carrier oil (such as coconut or jojoba) before applying them on your body for best results! This will help prevent irritation from occurring while still allowing the benefits of the plant’s properties to come through without worrying about harm from being too concentrated.(The exception here would be wintergreen because its menthol property can irritate some people.)
You should also wait approximately 30 minutes after applying an undiluted essential oil before getting into water (soap-free showers only). This ensures that any residue left behind doesn’t wash off before it has time to soak into your skin fully!
If you want to reap the benefits of essential oils, we highly recommend you take care when applying them externally. It may be better to use a carrier oil instead of directly applying the essential oil onto your skin. You can also try diluting the oils in water before massaging them directly into your body for maximum absorption and health benefits!