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Applying Essential Oils Topically
When you start out using essential oils, you will hear all kinds of terminology, words, phrases, acronyms, that it can get overwhelming. First of all, take things one step at a time - use your essential oils in just one way (like a diffuser) until you get comfortable and ready to branch out.
One of the words you will here is topically. Just want does that mean? Where? How? When? Learning one new bit of information may open up a lot more questions for you.
Let me help you break down how to use your essential oils topically. First, topical means to apply directly to your body. In this case, we are talking about the skin.
QUICK, AWESOME FACT - Studies have shown that in as little as 5 minutes of applying an essential oil to the skin, its compounds can be detected in the blood. How amazing (and fast) is that!!?!? It's a great and effective way to use your essential oils and get their benefits.
Ok, here are some of the best places to apply your essential oils:
Inside of Wrists - This allows for you to easily smell it throughout the day, like perfume. Any time you need a pick me up or to experience the benefits, just hold your wrist up to your nose and take a big whiff.
Temples - One of my favorite places, just dab the oil right on your temple (don't put too much or you may find it running down your face!). It is a great location to have the aroma constantly present. I use Mommy's Little Helper on my temples to help keep me calm and relaxed throughout the day.
Back of Neck - Great place for an essential oil you want out of the way - like a tension blend to release tight neck and upper back muscles. Also a great spot for your blend to relieve headaches.
Down the Spine - I apply OnGuard every day down my spine to help keep my immune system strong. I like this spot because I don't necessarily want to smell it throughout the day, so it is out of the way.
Stomach - This is a great place for applying oil to help with stomach troubles - like Peppermint, DigestZen, or to apply one of my favorites, ClaryCalm. Why not just apply to closer to the source of where you want it to help?
Bottom of Feet - The bottom of your feet has some of the thinnest skin on your body, which means faster absorption and time it takes to reap the benefits of the compounds in the essential oil. It is also the perfect place to apply your oils right before you go to bed, watching a movie on the couch with your feet propped up or working at your desk. Also a great location for those oils that you may not like the smell of, but want to get all of the yummy goodness from.
My favorite way of applying essential oils topically is using a roller ball. This ensures that you aren't wasting any oil. I learned this after about a year struggling to apply essential oils using a cotton ball or even my finger. You are left with a lot of unused oil that is going to waste, or oil fingers, which may not be such a good thing. My favorite oil brand (click here) offers a lot of different single oils and oil blends that are perfectly mixed and come in a roller ball that you can easily glide on to your skin. No mess, no fuss.
Disclaimer: Some essential oils may cause skin sensitivity. You know your body best, so use caution with some oils, particularly the hot oils like oregano, cinnamon, cassia and peppermint. Be sure to dilute them with a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil.
If you haven't used essential oils topically, give them a try. They aren't so scary and an easy and effective way of enjoying the many benefits of essential oils.