By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist
When it comes to essential oils the saying “I’d rather be safe than sorry” should be taken seriously. Essential oils are very potent and may cause *irritation to some skin types. To be SAFE rather than SORRY, always start by applying the essential oil to the least sensitive part of your body, the bottom of your feet!
Where to Apply Essential Oils On the Body
- Soles and top of feet
- Over Vital Organs
- Upper Back
- Behind Ears
- Crown of Head
OK! So really you can apply essential most anywhere on your body!
How to Apply Essential Oils (this is where it can get a little tricky and confusing)
BEFORE you start, always remember to test a small area of the skin first. If irritation occurs, immediately add a carrier oil over the irritated spot to help dilute the essential oil.
If you only remember ONE thing from this post, I want it to be this: When it comes to using essential oils, LESS is better! Like I said before, essential oils are very potent and you don’t need very much to get the therapeutic benefits of using essential oils. You can always add more if needed.
–Diluting Essential Oils (not only will this save you money, but it is safer)
- For children and infants: 1 drop of essential oil per Tbsp of carrier oil is generally a safe rule to follow (.2% dilution).
- For Adults: 2 drops of essential oil per tsp of carrier oil (0.75%).
- When using in a massage a 2%-5% dilution is a good start.
- Click Here for carrier oils.
–Applying Essential Oils Neat (not diluted with a carrier oil)
- There are some essential oils that sometimes can be applied neat. I usually do not recommend this though
- If you choose to apply the essential oil neat, please get advice from an experienced Aromatherapist first!
Now that we have gone over all of the basics, this is how I like to use my essential oils when applying to my body (use the above recommendations for diluting):
-When I am in need of some an energy boost or in need of relaxing, I like to apply diluted Energy or Invigor Aid (for energy) to my wrist and Relax or Tranquil (for relaxing) to my wrist. I will take a whiff when needed!
These are usually the essential oils that I will apply to my body (or families body) when needed! Remember there are so many more essential oils you can use and so many more uses for these essential oils! These are just the ones that I apply to my body most often!
For more essential oils and there uses, check out www.planttherapy.com. Just click on the essential oil you want to learn more about and read their suggested uses ideas!
*Essential Oils that MAY cause irritation (this is not a complete list)
- Fir Needle
- Sage (Dalmation)
**NOTE The advice shared is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any illness or disease nor is it intended to replace proper medical advice. When using essential oils we always recommend you consult with your doctor.