How to Safely Use Essential Oils Topically

Essential Oils Safety

Our skin is the largest organ on the human body and it is for that reason that we need to take care of our skin and treat it well because it is very delicate. When we place essential oils onto our skin, the oil literally is absorbed into our bloodstream. 

To make the most of your oils, make sure to dilute it with a carrier oil. If you just place it on your skin, it can literally evaporate into the skin while if you dilute it with a carrier oil, you can spread the essential oil and allow it to do more for you.

The best places to place your oils are on the head and neck region, the chest, stomach and back, your arms including hands and fingers, and your legs including your toes and feet. My favorite place to add essential oils is to the head and neck, tummy, and legs and feet. 

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Again, it is very, very important to dilute them. One of the more popular carrier oils is fractionated coconut oil. However, there are many carrier oils out there that are great for diluting your oils. 

Essential oils are very potent and can cause a negative reaction if you're using them improperly or if your body's chemistry doesn't react well to that essential oil. You may get rashes, bumps, sores, which is why using essential oils directly on the skin is not the best way to use essential oils. In addition, if you apply certain essential oils like bergarmont and citrus oils directly on your skin and then go outside, you can have extreme burning and skin sensitivity. 

Lastly, if you're going to use essential oils on children, it is especially important to dilute the essential oil because children can be especially sensitive to essential oils. And for any children under two do not apply essential oils just dilute them and remember to have a window opened or a fan blowing.

Remember that essential oils are great to increase your health and wellness but not diluting them can cause a negative reaction. Make sure to dilute them before applying them directly on the skin. 

P.S. If you are new to oils and want to learn how to use them safely and effectively, join my How to Oils Facebook group. I would love to have you there! 


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  2. Zielinski , Dr. Eric. “Essential Oils for Abundant Living Masterclass: Lesson 3.” YouTube, YouTube, 9 Jan. 2018,