Topical

There are many creative ways to use essential oils for promoting wellness and supporting the body that open a world of great discovery and untapped potential. The method of application you chose is not as important as the choice to use essential oils. The energy of the oil will penetrate the body through direct application, inhalation, or ingestion.

Topical Application


Topical application is the method of applying the essential oils to the skin. This the most common form of  applications. The skin is our biggest organ, therefore, I would not advise putting anything on the skin, that you would not put in your mouth.  Anything we put on our skin goes into the blood stream within 20 seconds, so making sure that what we put on our skin is genuine and unadulterated is essential!
Our skin can be sensitive to certain plants, and the oils that they contain. Think about the reaction, of some, to Poison Sumac or Poison Ivy, or the redness that can occur when cinnamon is too strong. Like spices and plants, some oils can be "hot" to the skin, or cause redness. It is important to use carrier oil, (a pure, high quality vegetable oil like jojoba, almond, or coconut oil) when applying "hot" oils, when applying to oils to sensitive skin, or when applying to children, pregnant women, and elderly.
If an oil "burns" or is "hot", do NOT use water to flush the area. Use a carrier oil!
Two cautions:
1. NEVER put oils in the eyes or in the ear canal.  
2. Most citrus oils are photosensitive. This means that you should avoid the sun, on the skin where oils were applied, for at least 12 hours, after applying citrus oils.

Skin Test

It’s a good idea to skin test an essential oil before using it. Everybody is different and just because one oil did incredible things for one person doesn’t automatically mean it will be a perfect fit for you, and in some rare instances an oil may irritate your skin:
  • Start with just one oil or blend at a time.
  • Apply the oil (neat or diluted, as indicated on your bottle) to a small area first.
  • When trying oils that are new to you, allow enough time (3 – 5) minutes for the body to respond before applying a second oil.
  • Placing oils on the bottom of your feet is most often a safe place to use essential oils topically if you experience irritation elsewhere.

 

Vitaflex points on hands, feet, spine and ears that relate to organ systems and activate their reflex. This chart is in your Essential Oils pocket reference or desk reference.  It’s the same electrical pathways in the body that accupressure and accupuncture work with.

Sensitive people may taste it in their mouth in a few moments.  Our pores on soles of our feet are very big and have great absorption so be mindful what you’re walking barefoot on and what cleaners you use or yard chemicals that you, your kids or your pets may walk on or if you stand in a bathtub when you clean it.   The pores on our feet absorb a lot!
 

 

Be careful when using with other chemicals

We all encounter chemicals every day. Most people don’t think of their skin as being full of chemicals, but certain things like cosmetics, personal-care products, soaps, and cleansers can contain synthetic chemicals. Your skin may have residual chemicals hanging out that could come in contact with your essential oils. Some of these chemicals, especially petroleum-based chemicals, can penetrate and remain in the skin and fatty tissues for days or even weeks after use. Essentials oils may work against such toxins that are stored in your body, whether from personal care products, food, or the environment. 
Skin testing is very important when adding essential oils to chemical-laden skin.  Remember, if any redness or irritation occurs, dilute the area with a carrier oil, and then cleanse with a natural soap and flush with water.
If a sensitivity or "reaction" occurs, reduce use or stop using the oils for a few days and then try again slowly. The sensitivity could be caused from the essential oils gently detoxing your body of these chemicals.
When reintroducing the oils, dilute all oils, on a small patch of skin and observe for at least 30 minutes, before applying to large areas of skin.