Topical Use of Essential Oils
Many essential oils can be applied topically. Always follow label instructions of your essential oils!!
One of the best places to apply an essential oil topically is to the bottom of the feet. There you have the largest pores and also your skin isn’t as sensitive. The essential oil will be absorbed quickly and enters your blood stream within 30 seconds. Within about 30 minutes, it will reach all the cells in your body. Other great places to apply essential oils topically are along the spine and energy meridians, neck and temples, pressure and reflex points, sore muscles, achy joints, on the abdomen, or directly to the skin where it’s irritated.
Some essential oils are considered “hot”. Those essential oils should always be diluted with a carrier oil before applied to the skin. For people with sensitive skin, young children, and babies always follow proper instructions on diluting with a carrier oil. Some good carrier oils include fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, aloe vera oil, and jojoba oil. I often get the question, “What is fractionated coconut oil?”. It is as the name indicates a fraction of coconut oil. A good brief explanation is that it is coconut oil where the long chain Triglycerides have been removed making the coconut oil non-greasy, a thin liquid which can be quickly absorbed by the skin, has no odor, and most important it doesn’t alter the chemical composition of the essential oil you are using.
Here is a list of some essential oils that are considered “hot” and should be diluted:
Tip: To be on the safe side, always perform a small skin test on the inside of the forearm before applying a new essential oil topically.
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