Essential oils can be used topically (T), Internally (I) or Aromatically. (A)
Topical application means placing an essential oil on the skin, hair, mouth, teeth, nails, or mucus membranes of the body. When placing the oils directly onto the skin without any dilution is referred to as “neat.”
Some oils are so potent that they can irritate the skin or other areas of the body, so dilution of a carrier oil is necessary. A carrier oil would be fractionated coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil etc.
Direct Application: Applying the oils directly onto the skin. Two to three drops is usually adequate.
- The feet are the second fasted area of the body to absorb oils because of the large pores. Other quick absorbers are behind the ears and the wrists.
- When massaging a large area of the body, always dilute the oils by 15% to 30% with fractionated coconut oil.
- When applying oils to children and infants, dilute with fractionated coconut oil. Use 1-3 drops of an essential oil to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil for infants and only to 1 teaspoon for children ages 2-5.
- Use caution when making your own blends of oils.
- Layering oils is preferred over mixing your own blends for topical use. Layering refers to applying one oil, rubbing it in and then applying another oil. Only wait a few seconds between each oil because absorption occurs rapidly.
Massage: Essential oils applied using a massage enhance a feeling of healing, balance and connection. Use only light to medium strokes when applying essential oils unless you are a certified massage therapist and understand anatomy of massage. A massage oil can be made of 3-10 drops of your favorite essential oil or blend with 1 tablespoon of fractionated coconut oil.
The different types of massage are the Aromatouch Technique, Reflexology and Auricular Therapy.
Compresses: Use a basin and fill with 2 quarts of hot or cold water. Add the oils. Stir and lay a towel on top of the water. The oils will float to the top and the towel will absorb them. Wring out the towel and place over the area of concern. For a hot compress, cover with a dry towel and a hot water bottle. For a cold compress, cover with a piece of plastic or plastic wrap. Finally, put another towel on top and leave for as long as possible.
Baths: Apply 3-6 drops to bath water while the tub is filling.
This information was taken from the book, “Modern Essentials – A Contemporary Guide to the Therapeutic Use of Essential Oils, Pages 19-20.
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