At times, using essential oils can be overwhelming, but with the many natural benefits that they hold it’s definitely worth it. If you’re just starting a journey with essential oils, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the four common methods of using essential oils, decide which oils you’d like in your starter kit, and then start researching how each oil can benefit your mind and body.
Each essential oil has a pretty lengthy list of benefits, and in order to reap each benefit you may need to use the oil differently. Today, I’d like to focus on using essential oils topically, or applying them to your skin.
You should always be careful when applying essential oils topically, and make sure you’re diluting them with a carrier oil. You can read more about the correct ratio to dilute, different carrier oils you can use, and the overall importance of using a carrier oil here.
After you dilute your essential oil properly, you’re welcome to test it on a small area of skin in order to make sure your skin won’t be irritates. Commonly, people use the bottoms of their feet to test oils, as it’s a less sensitive area.
If you’re ready to use your essential oil topically, here are some common places they’re applied and why:
- Temples – headaches, insomnia, anxiety, depression
- Back of the neck – headaches, nausea, joint pain, stress
- Behind the ears – depression, anxiety, fatigue, headaches
- Over the heart / chest – congestion, cough, high blood pressure, stress
- Stomach – digestion problems, cramps, nausea, immune booster
- Wrists – mood boosts, fatigue, stress
- Feet – headaches, joint pain, congestion, immune booster
For example, I’ve got a roller bottle with almond oil, peppermint, and lavender that I use on my temples and the back of my neck when I get a really bad headache.
I’ve got another roller bottle with almond oil, lavender, and lemon that I use on my wrist to help ease anxiety and give me a mood booster.
By diluting your essential oils with a carrier oil, you create a blend that can safely be used on your skin so that you can benefit from the essential oils! Plus, the carrier oil helps your skin absorb it better, too.
Do you have any essential oil blends that you love to use topically? Share with me in the comments!
This article is intended for education and entertainment only. Consult a doctor before consuming or applying herbal supplements as some may cause irritation. Some medications or conditions can also have adverse effects. Do your research and be responsible.
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