How Do I Apply Essential Oils?

blog_applyeo There are three methods of applying essential oils to your body. Remember, when I talk about essential oils and their application techniques, I am ALWAYS referring to therapeutic-grade essential oils like doTERRA. **Essential oils should not be used in the eyes, inside the ear canal or in open wounds.**


Topical application is the process of placing the essential oil on the skin, mouth, hair, nails or teeth. When you apply the essential oil directly to your body WITHOUT any kind of dilution, that is referred to as applying the oil "neat". Since essential oils are potent, and because essential oils may irritate the skin, they are often diluted with a "carrier oil" such as fractionated coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, almond oil, etc. Here are a few different ways that you can apply essential oils topically to your body: 1. Direct Application - because essential oils are so potent, more is not always better. To achieve your desired results, 1-3 drops of oil is usually enough. Quick-absorbing areas on your body are the feet, wrists and behind the ears. When applying oils to infants and kids, use 1-3 drops of an essential oil to 1 Tablespoon of a carrier oil. 2. Massage - this technique is done by using stimulation of the skin, muscles and connective tissues to promote healing and balance. Use only a light to medium massage stroke UNLESS you are a certified massage therapist. To create a simple massage oil, combine 2-10 drops of your desired essential oil and blend with a Tablespoon of a carrier oil. 3. Reflexology - this method is used when applying oils to specific contact points (or nerve endings) on the feet and hands. 4. Baths - this is one of my favorite ways to get the benefits of a specific essential oil into my system. You can read more about adding oils to the bath through my post "How to Give Your Kids a Detox Bath".


Aromatic application involves inhaling the oil directly from the bottle or diffusing it into the air with a diffuser. Inhalation of the oil can be a very quick and effective way to bring the positive effects of the oil into your system.
  1. Diffusion - This is the easiest way to put a fine mist of the oil into the air for inhalation. The oils will remain suspended for several hours to freshen thethe air. CAUTION: diffusers that use an intense heat source may alter the chemical makeup of the oil and is typically not recommended.
  2. Direct Inhalation - This is the simplest way to inhale the aroma of the essential oil. Simply hold the opened vial close to your face and inhale. You can also place 1-02 ddrops of oil on your hands, cup your hands over your mouth and nose, and inhale.
You can also read more about the different forms of diffusers in my article, "Using Essential Oils and Diffusers".


Internal use is the process of consuming the essential oil into the body. Only pure, therapeutic grade essential oils should be used for internal consumption. With doTERRA oils, you can be confident that you are using the purest of essential oils. There are a few oils that can not be taken internally, Cypress,  Helichrysum, Birch, white Fir and Wintergreen. 1. Sublingual - this is one of the most effective ways to take an essential oil internally.  You simply place a drop or two of an oil under your tongue. Becau 2. Capsules - this is a very common way of taking essential oils internally. Place 1-10 drops of an oil inside an empty capsule, close the capsule and then swallow it. This is a great way to take oils internally that have a less desirable taste. 3. Beverage and Cooking - this is an easy and fun way to take your oils internally. Add a drop or two to some tea,  milk or water and drink! Alternately, you can add oils to your recipes to spice them up and add some therapeutic benefits to them. You can read more about this in my blog post, "Cooking With Essential Oils". As you can see, there are many options and ways that essential oils can be applied! If you are ready to get started using essential oils, click on the link below:
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