You already know the benefits of using essential oils, but do you know how to use them? Essential oils can be used in a number of ways including: topically, orally, or through inhalation. For this article we will be dealing with using Essential oils topically. This will allow you to do everything from treat toenail fungus to repel insects. However you use essential oils, learning to use them properly will make all the difference.
Use Pure Organic Oils
First things first, you want to use pure organic oils. When shopping for your oils, you want to look for an oil that is 100% of whatever oil it claims to be. Using organic oils means that you won’t be exposing yourself to pesticides. You also want to look for oils that are stored in dark, glass bottles. When you get the bottles home, make sure to keep them in a cool, dark place so that they last longer.
Dilute the Oil
You never want to apply undiluted oil directly to the skin. Essential oils are very strong. To dilute the oil, you want to mix it with a carrier oil, such as vegetable or olive oil. You will mix 12 drops of essential oils with 1 ounce of carrier oil to make it safe to use on the skin. For information on carrier oils check out 5 Fantastic Carrier Oils & Why You Need to Use Them
Test for Irritation
Despite the fact that essential oils are all natural, and that you’re using pure organic oils, you may experience irritation when using some essential oils topically. To test for irritation, place 1 to 2 drops of the diluted oil directly on the skin inside the elbow. Cover with a bandage and avoid getting wet for 24 hours. If at any time, you start to feel itching, burning, or other strange sensations, you should remove the bandage immediately and wash with mild soapy water.
Apply to the Right Areas
The best areas for applying essential oils topically will depend on the type of problem you’re trying to treat. Areas for application include the crown of the head, behind the ears, on the temples, on the neck, on the upper back, the abdomen, over vital organs, the tops and soles of the feet, and the ankles.
Final Thoughts on Using Essential Oils Topically
Essential oils are a wonderful way to naturally treat a number of ailments. However, you need to remember to test your body for allergic reactions or sensitivity before applying the oil all over the body. After a patch test with diluted proves your body can handle the oil, apply the oil to the affected areas. Now that you know how to use essential oils, chances are you’ll be reaching for them more often than you open your medicine cabinet.
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