Apply properly diluted essential oils to target specific areas:
FACE: Use essential oils as part of your regular skin care regimen to beautify the skin and promote a clear, healthy looking complexion.
NECK/FOREHEAD/TEMPLES: These areas are good to target if you have tension in the head or neck.
CHEST: Rubbing oils onto the chest promotes a healthy respiratory tract and helps maintain clear breathing.
ABDOMEN: Application of essential oils, especially over major digestive organs, supports healthy function and can help alleviate occasional digestive discomforts.
ARMS/LEGS/BACK: Massage onto the arms, wrists, legs, feet, or back to soothe tired, achy muscles and joints and to promote healthy circulation.
If you have questions or concerns with your use of essential oil products, please contact me.
Although unusual, occasionally it is possible to have a sensitivity response to an essential oil. This occurs when there is heightened reactivity of an essential oil that may result in an unwanted response in the body or on the skin. Awareness of your body and how it reacts to different essential oils, amounts applied, and location applications can help minimize risk and ensure safe usage.
Essential Safety Tips:
- Citrus oils contain a unique category of photosensitive compounds called furocoumarins, so it is important to avoid exposure to sunlight, sunlamps, or other sources of UV light for up to 12 hours after topical application of these oils.
- More is not always better! Essential oils are very potent, so a little goes a long way. Start with highest dilution ratios and then increase the dosage as necessary.
- Dilute, dilute, dilute! Dilution in no way diminishes the efficacy of essential oils and offers many benefits that can enhance your application experience.
-Conduct a simple sensitivity test when trying a new oil by applying a small amount of essential oil to an inconspicuous area. Check the spot each hour for several hours to ensure that no sensitivity has occurred.
-Oils and water do not mix together. Do not add oil to a water based product without using an emulsifier.
-For an aromatic bath, read THIS article to learn how to do this safely. You need even disbursement of the oils - you do not want to use neat oil, nor have the oils not disperse and floating on the top of the water or you risk some uncomfortable irritation at the least, and a rash and/or sensitization at the most.
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Due to their natural molecular composition, essential oils are easily absorbed by the skin and can be safely applied topically with a carrier oil using proper dilution ratios.
Essential oils have a very small size of the chemical weight of less than 1000m (m = weight of molecule). According to scientific testing, any substance with a molecular weight below 1000m should be absorbed by the skin. This means that essential oils are able to penetrate the skin and pass into the blood stream and into different areas of the body for internal therapeutic benefits.
Application of essential oils can have immediate, localized benefit to the target area of application. Essential oils can be applied directly to any specific areas of concern on the body in addition to providing whole body support. They have restorative and calming properties and can be used effectively with massage and beauty therapy.
Dilution is a process in which essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil—a pure vegetable oil that helps “carry” the essential oil onto the skin. There are many benefits to dilution, including increasing the surface area of absorption, enhancing absorption through dry skin, and preventing sensitivity responses. A good general carrier oil is Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) due to its long shelf life and lightweight texture. There are many other great carrier oils that can be used for their therapeutic properties as well.
Should you apply essential oils to the feet? There is a lot of misconception about the benefits of applying essential oils to the feet. THIS is a good article with references and citations to help readers further their education and understanding of percutaneous absorption with essential oils. The idea is that the pores on the foot are large, however pores are primarily exits, not entrances. Not for products, ingredients, or chemicals – even essential oils – to enter. You can read more about this HERE.
Inhalation is still the quickest method of absorption in therapeutic aromatherapy. Topical applications come in second and should be applied to the areas of concern.