How To Use Essential Oils: Topically

3 ways to use essential oils.001Everybody really seems to be so intimidated on how to use their essential oils.  Don’t worry…I’m here to help!  This is part two in a three part series on the 3 main ways to use your oils.  Today we are focusing on how to use your Young Living Essential Oils topically.  To read part one about diffusing your essential oils, click here, and for part three on internal use, click here.  You will also want to read this post: Safety Guidelines for Essential Oils.

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Reminder:  This information applies only to Young Living’s therapeutic grade essential oils.  Young Living is the only brand I trust to use for me and my family for purity, authenticity, and effectiveness.  

Why we apply essential oils topically:

  • The molecules of essential oils are small, which gives them the unique ability to penetrate cell membranes and diffuse throughout the blood and tissues.
  • Applying to the feet or elsewhere allows the oils to get into your system within minutes.

How to apply essential oils topically:

  • If you need to dilute an essential oil, use a quality vegetable oil (a.k.a. carrier oil) such as coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, etc.  Young Living has a great one called V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex.
  • Before applying an essential oil topically, read the label to see whether or not it requires dilution.
  • You may want to test for skin sensitivity by applying a small amount to your forearm.  If it is too strong and feels uncomfortable, apply some carrier oil over it to dilute it.  Then the next time you use that oil, you will know you need to dilute it with carrier oil before applying.
  • Remember that children’s skin is more sensitive and many essential oils will need to be diluted for them.
  • Essential oils do not typically need to be diluted when being applied to the bottom of the feet.
  • Use a warm compress after applying oils to get deeper penetration.  To do this, soak a towel in hot water, wring it out, and place it over the area.  Then cover that with a dry towel and leave it on for 15-30 minutes.
  • If you intend to apply multiple oils at once, a good way to do that is by layering.  Apply one oil, and once it has soaked in and dried, apply the next oil.
  • For some instance, you may prefer to use a cold compress instead.  You can use a cold towel, ice pack, or frozen peas, corn, etc.
  • Put the essential oil directly on the area of your body where you would like support.
  • If you don’t know where you should put the oil on your body, don’t worry!  If I’m not sure, I normally just put it on the bottom of my feet or on one of these places listed below.  The oil will get to where it needs to go!

Here are some great areas on the body to apply your essential oils:

  • Soles of feet
  • Temples
  • Wrists
  • Along spine
  • Abdomen
  • Neck along the arteries
  • Back of neck at base of skull
  • Forehead
  • Crown of head
  • Behind ears
  • Upper back
  • Over vital organs
  • Over thymus
  • Ankles
  • Vitaflex points on soles of feet (see chart below)

vita flexHere’s one more resource for you, a 2-minute video that shows you how to dilute your essential oils with carrier oil.



About Kerri Ketchum

Sharing the valuable treasures of Young Living Essential Oils
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