Topical application of essential oils seems fairly straightforward. But, besides direct application, there are 9 other ways you can use essential oils topically. So let's look at 10 ways to apply essential oils.
10 ways to apply essential oils
It's easy to use essential oils for topical application once you understand how they work, where to apply them, and how to dilute them. But there are many ways to apply them that are very beneficial for your body. Here are 10 ways to apply essential oils:
- Direct application
- Auricular therapy - applying oils to the rim of the ears
- Vita Flex therapy - applying oils to the contact points on the food
- Massage (be sure to dilute oil by 15-30%)
- Foot massage
- Baths (add 3-6 drops of essential oils to epsom salts or bath gel before adding to water)
- Added to lotions, bath gels, or soaps
How to make a compress
A hot compress is an excellent way to intensify the properties of essential oils. The heat from the compress forces the oils deeper into the body.
Apply the oils using the direct application technique. Soak a washcloth in very warm water then wring out. Place on the application area and cover loosely with a dry towel to seal in the heat. Leave the cloth for 10-30 minutes. If you experience any discomfort remove the cloth immediately. Apply a carrier oil to dilute the essential oils.
If you are treating an inflamed or swollen area, you'll want a cold compress instead of a hot compress. Use either cold water or an ice pack to reduce the swelling or inflammation.
Is there a topical application method that you prefer?
Topical application is an excellent way to enjoy the benefits of your essential oils. Using them in a variety of ways can give you even more confidence in their use. And, through trying these different methods, you'll discover the ways you are most comfortable using essential oils.