Did you know that your skin is your largest organ? Did you also know we carry about 22 square feet of skin, which is about 8 lbs!! Why not put that organ to good work with our oils!
Your skin is the perfect place for application of essential oils! Keep reading to find out more about topical application of essential oils.
Essential oils are volatile substances, which means that they literally jump into the air! That is why when someone opens a bottle of Lavender essential oil across the room it isn’t long before you can smell it. When you put a drop of essential oil onto your skin it will do the same thing. In order to hold on to those essential oil molecules, and prevent them from jumping off your skin and into the air, we put them in a carrier oil or a thicker, fatty oil. Then it holds them to your skin and there is more of the essential oil for your skin to absorb.
So, let’s talk about carrier oils! This is one of those tools you want to make sure you have on hand. A carrier oil is simply a non-essential oil that is used to help with absorption and dilution of your essential oil of choice. It makes your oils last longer and in some ways work better (by giving them time to absorb into your skin rather than evaporating off). There is probably a 99% chance you have a carrier oil in your house RIGHT NOW, whether it is coconut, grapeseed, or olive oil, those can ALL be used for diluting!
Now you may be asking, why SHOULD I dilute? These powerful oils have super small molecules that are absorbed quickly and act fast. Some oils are known as “hot oils” which means they produce a cooling or warming sensation on the skin; these typically need to be diluted more to help with that. Examples of hot oils and blends include Cinnamon, Clove, Lemongrass, Oregano, Thyme, Exodus II™, and Thieves. For some people, Peppermint and Panaway’s cooling sensation can be too intense.
Bonus Tip: If you do feeling that burning sensation after applying a hot oil, don’t try to wash it off with water. Simply apply carrier oil directly to the site and you will get relief.
If you have kids it is especially important to dilute because their bodies are smaller and need less molecules of oil to get the desired effect.
Bonus Tip 2: If you get an essential oil in your eye for some reason, use a carrier oil and add a drop or two to your eye to dilute it! I know this sounds strange, but the carrier oil will trap the oil and help to flush it out. Oil and water don’t mix so using water will just have the essential oil floating all over your eyeball causing all sorts of trouble.
FUN FACT: Essential oils are tiny molecules. They are so small that they actually can pass through the blood brain barrier! This is why topical usage works with essential oils. The quote below is from Jen O’Sullivan. She has an awesome Facebook group and has published books about essential oils.
“The average human has been stated to have anywhere from 40 trillion cells to 100 trillion cells depending on their size and how they are weighed.
If we go with the smaller number you would actually get 4 million molecules per cell. So let’s stick with a larger person at 100 trillion. That number looks like this: 100,000,000,000,000 (1 with 14 zeros).
One drop of EO has been measured at around 40 million trillion molecules. That number looks like this: 40,000,000,000,000,000,000 (4 with 19 zeros).
Divide one into the other and you get 400,000. It takes 20 minutes for an essential oil to reach every cell in your body from the time you apply them.
This means every single cell in our body, in 20 minutes, is covered by 400,000 essential oil molecules. Incredible!”
That is just ONE DROP! That is why a little goes a long way.
If you are brand new to using essential oils, put two drops of carrier oil in your palm and add two drops of your desired essential oil. This ratio is great for adults starting out. Once you start using essential oils more then for oils that aren’t hot oils, you can dilute less. Rub your palms together in a clockwise motion, then apply where needed. Do not put in eyes or ears.
Great places to apply your oils topically are:
Topically using essential oils is a great way to use your oils and will get the oils in your body. Don’t overthink it. Just start using them where you think you need them. Dilute more at first and then go from there. If you aren’t sure where to put the oils, then put them on the bottoms of your feet. This is the go slow and low rule.
I hope this post helps you realize how easy it can be to use essential oils and receive their benefits. Please refer to my blog post on essential oil safety to learn more.
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