Where to Apply Essential Oils

Do you know how to apply essential oils and where to apply them?

Learning how to apply essential oils topically is one of most confusing things about using essential oils. Why? Because it involves three very important steps you need to know in order to use essential oils safely and accurately.

3 Things You Must Absolutely Know Before Putting Essential Oils on Your Skin

By now you’ve likely heard a friend or family member say, “there’s an oil for that”.

And essential oils often do provide an answer to many common ailments or stressors. They can help provide a great number of benefits including clearer skin, healthier hair, and even seasonal support. While it is important to know what oils to use for each need is just as important to know how and where to apply them.

So, let’s break it down into 3 simple steps!

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Step 1: Diluting Essential Oils

When I began learning to use essential oils years ago, how to dilute essential oils puzzled me. And I wouldn’t be surprised if you’re feeling the same. Here’s a simple explanation for essential oil dilution.  

Some oils can be applied directly to the skin, although it not recommended as a general rule. You see, essential oils are highly concentrated plant matter, easily absorbed by the body. And due to their high concentration, essential oils need to be properly diluted before applying to the skin.

By diluting essential oils you help diminish any sensitivity without blocking the effectiveness. Grasp more about essential oil dilution here including a printable dilution chart.

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Step 2: Blending Essential Oils

Now that you’ve got the guidelines to dilute covered, your ready to blend! And carrier oils are the easiest way to dilute and blend essential oils.

Carrier oils help to spread or carry the concentration of an essential oil across the skin without changing the therapeutic properties.  

There are quite a few options when it comes to using carrier oils for blending such as my personal favorite fractionated coconut oil.

The best are pack with antioxidants and vitamins while others are better used for cooking or other uses. Learn the best carrier oils for blending and those to avoid before applying essential oils topically.

Printable Carrier Oil for Essential Oils Guide

Pin this ultimate list of carrier oils for essential oil blending now to share or grab the printable carrier oil blending reference guide in the Oily Chic Library.

Step 3: Applying Essential Oils

There are a number ways to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil such as in an essential oil roller bottle, eye dropper bottle, spray bottle with fine mist, or simply in the palm of your hands.

After diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil you can apply it to the skin. Where do you put essential oils on the body? Here’s a list of several key areas!

Where to Apply Essential Oils Reference Guide:

Bottoms of the Feet

Behind the Ears

Back of the Neck

On the Temples

Lower or Upper Abdomen

On the Chest

Upper or Lower Back

Inside of the Wrists

Nape of Neck

Across the Ankles

Crown of the Head

Top the Shoulders

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When and How to Apply Essential Oils

As you can see from the list above there are many areas on the body to apply essential oils topically. And between remembering all those places, diluting, and choosing a carrier oil you might feel overwhelmed right now.

And that is the last way I want you to feel! Therefore I’ve included tips on where to apply essential oils for everyday needs below to help you started.

Trouble Sleeping?

I have tried numerous things to help me get better sleep naturally. And nothing has been more effective for me than using essential oils for sleep!

Where to Apply:

Bottoms of the Feet

Back of the Neck

Down the Spine

Behind the Ears

Tight Muscles?

Dilute essential oils in an Epsom salt bath or with a warm or cold compress.

Where to Apply:

Back of the Neck

Upper or Lower Back

Bottoms of the Feet

Need a Boost?

Essential oils are one of my favorite alternatives to caffeine and are absorbed rapidly.

Where to Apply:

Behind the Ears

Inside the Wrists

On the Temples

Tummy Troubles?

We’ve all heard that peppermint can help with digestion, but have you ever tried in a pure essential oil form…

Where to Apply:

Lower or Upper Abdomen

Across the Ankles

Bottoms of the Feet

Need a some R&R?

Support your self care rituals or ease tension and stress with essential oils.

Where to Apply:

Crown of the Head

Inside the Wrists

Top the Shoulders

On the Temples

Back of the Neck

Got the Sniffles?

Make a breathe easy blend if the sniffles find you. (You can find all my favorite essential oil blends on Pinterest.)

Where to Apply:

On the Chest

Back of the Neck

Across the Nose Bridge

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All in all, there are numerous methods on how to use essential oils on skin. As you begin incorporating their use into your wellness routine you’ll likely find your favorite ways too.

One last thing to keep in mind, a few essential oils are considered photosensitive. Most of which are citrus oils like lemon, organe, and lime. I recommended you read all labels and follow Young Living’s Guide to applying essential oils on the body. Don’t have your oils yet? Get Oily!

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