Using Essential Oils Topically
Did you know you can apply essential oils to your skin? Applying essential oils topically is a safe and effective way to experience the benefits of essential oils. This way of using essential oils is unique in the fact that it allows the essential oils to provide benefits to the targeted area directly, while still providing support for the whole body.
Essential oils are absorbed easily into your skin, and can have rapid effects for your body. It only takes 22 seconds for the molecules to reach your brain, 2 minutes for them to be found in your blood stream, and 20 minutes to affect every cell in your body, so they’re pretty powerful!
Effective Methods of Topical Application
Although essential oils absorb quickly into your skin, when you lightly massage them in, the blood flow in the area increases so the essential oils can spread around your body quicker and you can feel the benefits sooner. Plus, who doesn’t love a good massage anyway?
Another way to help essential oils to penetrate the skin, especially if your skin is dry and flaky, is to use a carrier oils such as fractionated coconut oil. The additional moisturising of the carrier oil will help carry the essential oil into the body faster, and prevent less of the essential oil from evaporating.
A favourite way to apply essential oils is as part of your beauty routine. You can add a few drops to a warm bath, or mix them with your beauty products like moisturiser or conditioner. This is a great way to pamper yourself without the nasty chemicals in a lot of beauty products!
Where should I apply Essential Oils Topically?
Depending on the result you are looking for, there are plenty of options for where you can apply essential oils on your body, and just as many options for oils to try. Each oil has it’s own benefits, so below are some ideas to try.
Forehead: Apply essential oils on the forehead to help ease feelings of tension. Try Lavender Peace, Hawaiian Sandalwood, AromaTouch, Melissa and PastTense
Temples: Apply essential oils to this area to help relieve feelings of tension. Try Peppermint, Lavender, Eucalyptus, AromaTouch, PastTense and Helichrysum
Face: Use essential oils as part of your regular skin care routine to promote a clear, healthy looking complexion. Try Lavender, Geranium, Ylang Ylang, Grapefruit, Helichrysum, Myrrh, Patchouli, Spikenard and Salubelle
Base of Skull: Applying oils to this area can help transform your mood and balance your emotions. Try Bergamont, Balance, Juniper Berry, Frankincense, Lemon and Elevation
Back of Neck: This area is good to target feelings of tension. Try Lavender Peace, Hawaiian Sandalwood, AromaTouch, Lavender and PastTense
Chest: Rub oils onto the chest to help maintain feelings of clear breathing. Try Easy Air, Eucalyptus, Peppermint and Douglas Fir
Back: Apply essential oils for a soothing massage after a long day to promote relaxation. Try Ice Blue, AromaTouch, Frankincense, Bergamont, Balance, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Coriander and Spikenard
Abdomen: During your menstrual cycle, apply essential oils to your abdomen to experience a soothing and calming massage. Try Clary Calm, Basil and Clary Sage
Arms: Massage onto arms after a long day to promote relaxation. Try Lavender, Frankincense, Ice Blue, Petitgrain, Balance and AromaTouch
Wrists: Massage onto wrist to uplift mood, increase focus or as a perfume. Try Motivate, Douglas Fir, Spearmint, Basil, Frankincense and InTune
Legs: Apply oils to legs that are relaxing, calming and beautifying to the skin. Try Lavender, Tea Tree, Hawaiian Sandalwood, Clary Sage, Geranium, Spikenard, Ylang Ylang and Patchouli
Feet: The pores on the feet allow essential oils to absorb quickly and the nerves are linked to other areas of the body, so oils applied to the feet can be very supportive to the whole body. Try Lavender Peace, Lavender, Roman Chamomile, Vetiver, Petitgrain and Marjoram
I personally love to apply Frankincense, Lavender or Peppermint to my temples and back of my neck for feelings of tension, Lavender or Balance to the soles of my feet for relaxing, or Wild Orange or Peppermint to my wrists when I need an energy boost.
When you are applying essential oils topically, always make sure you are following safety precautions and diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil to prevent any adverse reactions.
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