Using essential oils topically is a very powerful method.
Essential oils can be safely applied for massage or topical therapy. Their chemical structure enables them to pass through skin for an immediate systemic response.
Favorite places to apply:
Bottoms of feet (enters blood stream in 30 seconds and has reached every cell of your body, including hair strands, within 30 minutes!)
Behind the ears (mastoid bone – great when applying for emotional/mood support)
Where it hurts (use common sense here. If you have an upset stomach, apply to stomach. Occasional muscle soreness? Apply directly to area.)
How to dilute:
Rules of thumb for dilution are as follows:
1 drop per 1 TBSP for infants
1 drop per 1 tsp for children
If an oil is hot or uncomfortable (protective blend, cinnamon, cassia, oregano), dilute with a few drops of a carrier oil.
What’s a carrier oil?
Any oil that will “carry” the essential oils further, helping weigh them down so they absorb more instead of evaporating. I love Fractionated Coconut Oil (non-greasy, lightweight, doesn’t smell or stain clothes), but regular coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil, etc would work as well! If an oil is hot, do not try to wash it off with water. This will only push it further into the skin. Always dilute with a carrier oil instead.