Using Essential Oils Topically

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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!)

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Behind the ears (mastoid bone – great when applying for emotional/mood support) 

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Where it hurts (use common sense here. If you have an upset stomach, apply to stomach. Occasional muscle soreness? Apply directly to area.)

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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. 


6 Responses

  1. Marianne

    Thank you Emily for the valuable essential oils info for beginners. What brands of essential oils are safe to add to food or water.

  2. oilpoweredmom

    Hi Marianne! doTERRA oils are the ones I use, love, and trust. I’ve been using them for about 4 years. If you would like to get some, check out my GET STARTED page for purchasing options, or shoot me a quick email [email protected] and I’d be happy to help =)

  3. Jenneane Pamment

    Hi Emily
    Is there a site we can go to that will suggest the right amount of drops per oil that is recommended when blending oils for roller bottles. I see lots of amazing blends all over the place on different sites but they do not put with the oils that are used what amount (drops) are used. Thank you, I’m loving my oils I have been using oils now for about 8 months & they are without a doubt my go to for everything & would not be without them * loving oils*.

  4. oilpoweredmom

    Hi Jenneane!
    It depends on who you are making the roller blend for. You are going to use a higher dilution for small children than for adults. There is a very helpful dilution guidelines chart on the second page of this electronic class handout =)

    Please keep in mind that different oils will need to be diluted more than others. Some gentle oils (Lavender, for example) are ok to use without dilution at times. Oregano is a very hot oil, and should always be diluted. So take the dilution chart with a grain of salt. If you have questions about a specific blend, the person who helped you get started with oils is your guide and would love to help you figure out the recipes! I try to always post the number of drops on my recipes, but if it’s one of mine that somehow missed that info, please let me know =)

  5. Stephanie

    I was told by my Dr that there is as essential oil called progesterone that would help with hot flashes. Have you heard of this and if so any ideas on how I might be able to purchase it. Very much enjoyed all off your information. Thank you. Stephanie

  6. oilpoweredmom

    Hi Stephanie!

    There is not an essential oil call progesterone, sorry! That is a hormone that you can buy in cream, oral, or suppository forms. We do have essential oils and herbal supplements that help immensely with hormone balance though – send me an email [email protected] if you would like to chat more!

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