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Essential Oils Blog

Where to Apply Essential Oils On the Body

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 Hand Cream with Essential Oils On the Body

Where to Apply Essential Oils On the Body

  • Soles and top of feet
  • Ankles
  • Over Vital Organs
  • Abdomen
  • Upper Back
  • Neck
  • Behind  Ears
  • Temples
  • 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.

Carrier Oils and Butter Essential Oil Ingredients

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.

Person Dropping Essential Oil in Bowl

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 not feeling my best, I like to apply diluted Germ Fighter and Immune Aid to the bottom of my feet and Respir Aid to my chest. This helps support healthy immune function.

-When I have occasional stomach problems, I like to apply diluted Digest Aid or Tummy All Better (depending on the problem) to my stomach. I will massage in a circular motion.

-For head or neck tension, I like to apply diluted Tension Relief or Peppermint to my temples, forehead and/or back of the neck.

-When my muscles are occasionally sore from exercise or overuse, I will apply diluted Muscle Aid or Rapid Relief to the affected area.

-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)

  • Camphor
  • Cinnamon
  • Fir Needle
  • Oregano
  • Pine
  • Sage (Dalmation)
  • Spruce
  • Tagetes
  • Thyme

Plant Therapy Essential Oil Dilution Guide

**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.

43 thoughts on “Where to Apply Essential Oils On the Body”

    1. Lisa, when using Tea Tree, try a 5% dilution. That would be 15 drops to 2 teaspoons (10 mL). Oregano is a very powerful oil that can cause skin irritation. Reach out to our Certified Aromatherapists at [email protected] to see if using Oregano is right for your situation 🙂

  1. My old for my 6 year old son came today, I purchased the roll on so they would already be diluted. I am testing it on the bottom of his feet first then will use on upper back, how much oil do I roll on him?

  2. I have a child who struggles greatly with focusing at school and some times seems hyper when really it’s her mind on overload. Would you recommend the kid safe attention blend or the calming blend for kids? Or can they both be used as roll ons at the same time or is that too many oils?

    1. Amanda, I would recommend the A+ Attention in this particular case. You can definitely experiment with the both of those blends though. However, I would recommend alternating rather than using at the same time

    1. They sure are, Tracy! All of our roll-ons are diluted in Fractionated Coconut Oil and ready to apply directly to the skin 🙂

    1. Sarita, some essential oils can be helpful as well as carrier oils, which depending on the oils can be nourishing and help promote regeneration…

    1. Vicki, I am not sure if it is a Plant Therapy oil, as we can’t comment on other companies oils, not knowing about them. For our Immune synergies, they can be applied to the wrists tops of feet or chest. Just a swipe or two….thanks!

  3. I have systemic Whipple’s disease what’s the most effective way to get it into the skin and systemic route I’m assuming a bath with it in there would be the best bet correct I already did this a few times with no issues whatsoever. Thanks in advance!

  4. “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.”

    This is the worst thing to do, is should be washed off with soap and water. not worked further into the body with a carrier oil. My bother works for poison control and they have to advise for people to go straight to the hospital if any amount of certain types of oil were uses this way because there is not way to tell how much the body absorbed.

    Wash it off, don’t help your body absorb it!

  5. I really enjoy reading on this website , it holds wonderful posts . “Dream no small dreams. They have no power to stir the souls of men.” by Victor Hugo.

  6. What EO do you recommend for Rhuemertoid Arthritus, and how many drops for example to my shoulders, hips and Knees

  7. I’m new to essential oils but already LOVE yours. They’re amazing, effective & high quality. We’ve made blends for ourselves, our dogs, cleaning, laundry, & a blend for a friend who has a bad upper respiratory condition. She called to thank us & say it’s really helped her. Thanks for making affordable EO & for all the fabulous info you provide to help others.

  8. So for my son (2) I am going to be using Germ-Fighter and Immune-aide to help him get through the winter hopefully illness free. So I would put 1 drop of each into a tablespoon of coconut oil. Do I put the entire tablespoon of oil onto his tiny feet?

      1. I want to echo Shawna’s question about how much you actually apply to your child’s feet? Do you put the entire tablespoon on their feet?? A couple of drops? Thanks!

  9. Do you have to dilute them immediately before use? Or can you combine the carrier oil and essential oil in a bottle to carry with you? I have cute perfume bottles I’m dying to fill with essential oils and carry in my purse! 🙂

    1. You can dilute them and store them in a bottle. They can last up to a year but I would recommend about 3-6 months on average. Storing them in the refrigerator will help them last longer.

  10. so when you talk about the oils you use, are you diluting them too? if so, to what concentration do you typically dilute to? (for yourself, an adult, not child) 🙂 Thanks!

    1. That is addressed in the article above….I copied and pasted the part where the author gives the “recipe”:
      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 drop of essential oil per tsp of carrier oil (.75%)
      When using in a massage a 2%-5% dilution is a good start

  11. I really liked this article, it was informative and fun to read…I am really interested in the headache blend, and if i were to, say, WIN A CONTEST, I would choose the HEADACHE blend as my synergy choice. 😀

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