If you’re anything like me, you’ve amassed quite a collection of essential oils—but have no idea how to use most of them beyond the occasional sniff to relieve a headache or get a quick energy boost. We’ve talked about which oils to use for detox, women’s health and gorgeous skin but what are the best ways to use essential oils in your everyday routines?
The most common places to apply oils are the bottoms of feet, chest, temple and vita flex pulse points. Once you’ve mastered that you can move on to different places on your body that align with specific ailments, aches and pains. Apply 2 to 3 drops (a little goes a long way) right on the skin, or combine 5 to 10 drops with a carrier oils – our favorites are jojoba, fractionated coconut or moringa oil.
Not all oils, or brands of oils, are safe to apply topically. Before applying any essential oil topically, check with the manufacturer to see if it’s safe to use that way. Then consult this handy list to find out where you should be applying your oils. Note: never use essential oils (even topically safe ones) in your ear canal or near your eyes!
Where to Apply Essential Oils On the Body
Once you get the hang of using your oils topically, it will probably be one of your favorites! Usually, finding out how to use oils on the skin is what turns most people from casual oil users to oily guru.
- Use your head, literally! Essential oils can be applied to the crown of your head, behind the ears, to your neck, and to your temples.
- If the aroma of an oil is too strong, or your skin is sensitive, you can dilute it with a carrier oil. Young Living’s V6 Vegetable Oil Complex lets you adjust the strength of the oil according to your preference. You can apply essential oils to most parts of your body, but you want to be cautious of your most sensitive skin. To get the most benefit from your essential oils, you’ll find that certain applications are more effective than others.
- Essential oils are great for massage! For a calming massage, Lavender + Cedarwood can be added to a carrier oil. For rejuvenating muscles after a long workout, experience the cooling effect of Peppermint‘s menthol in a sports massage .
- In aromatherapy, many people choose to apply essential oils to the tops and soles of the feet. One common application is using Tea Tree as part of spa and beauty treatments—especially to help fight odor on particularly funky feet before a pedicure. Just 10–15 drops in a bath of lukewarm water ought to do the trick.
Essential oils can help improve the appearance of healthy skin! With these tricks in your arsenal, you’ll know how to use essential oils on skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes and to give yourself a healthy glow!
- Another great use for Tea Tree is reducing the appearance of blemishes. You can use a cotton swab to apply the oil directly to the affected area.
- For smoother-looking skin, you can add Bergamot to your nighttime routine. Keep in mind that Bergamot and other citrus oils can cause photosensitivity, so you should avoid sun exposure after application.
- For an aromatic treat that can also help give your whole body smoother-looking skin, add Lavender to your next bath.
Remember, the possibilities are endless, but you don’t have to feel overwhelmed when using your essential oils typically! Here is a fun little guide we put together for you to use as a quick reference.
When it comes to oiling little ones, we recommend starting with the bottom of the feet. This area is a great receptor site for oils, but it is also not sensitive.
Other areas we use include: down the spine (great for when they are fighting off something), along the jawline and behind the ears (great for growing teeth or hurting ears), onto the chest or back (for respiratory support).
The rule of thumb is dilute! Some gentle oils like Lavender, Copaiba & Gentle Baby don’t require dilution, but always use your best judgment.
Every bottle has a dilution ration directly on it, and for each age you would dilute at the following ratio:
Age 0-1: dilute at ⅛ the labeled concentration
Age 2-6: dilute at ¼ the labeled concentration
Age 7-11: dilute at ½ the labeled concentration
Age 12+: full labeled concentration
We also really love the KidScents collection! They come pre-diluted for ages 2 & up, so add a roller top and roll directly on desired area!
Diffusing is a great way to expose little ones to oils! A few guidelines we follow:
—Diffuse in open areas, especially for littles under the age of 2.
—If diffusing in closed rooms, lower the drops of oil for hot oils like Thieves, Raven, Peppermint.
- This guide is not meant as a substitute for medical advice. Definitely talk to your doctor!
- If you have easily irritated skin, try using essential oils with a carrier oil first. If redness occurs, apply carrier oil to the area to dilute the essential oil.
- Citrus oils can increase sun sensitivity so avoid sun for 12 hours after applying.
- To retain their potency keep essential oils stored away from sunlight and moisture.
- Essential oils are extremely concentrated and can rub off nail polish and even melt plastic.
- Oils, and carrier oils, can stain clothing, towels and furniture—so be careful!
- Avoid using metal or plastic utensils or containers to mix or apply essential oils. Stick to glass or ceramic.