To Dilute or Use NEAT?

essential oils Oct 10, 2019

When I first started using Essential Oils, I wasn't sure whether to pop the oil on my skin straight from the bottle, or what I should be doing with it?

Topical application of essential oils is one of the most effective ways to use your oils. But it's super-helpful to know that although the application method is easy, it's important you understand the HOW TO when applying them onto your skin.

In general, you apply essential oils where you need on your body.

For example, to soothe your body after exercise, you would apply Ice Blue oil to the muscles in your back or legs, shoulders or neck.

Another reason to use oils topically is to experience them aromatically by using the oil as a pure-fume on your wrists, palms, or behind your ears. 

Before going to use any oil or blend on your skin, make sure to follow these basic guidelines to get the best results. 

Does your Essential Oil need to be diluted?

This is where most people go wrong.

They think that by using the oil neat on their skin that the product works more effectively, and they couldn't be more disillusioned.

Remember that diluting an oil does not make it less effective.

I like to teach that all essential oils should be diluted.

Why? because diluting your essential oils in a carrier oil helps the essential oil pass through your dermal layers, to make its way to your bloodstream. Once the essential oil is in your bloodstream, it can support the various systems in your body, like your lymphatic system, nervous system, cardio-vascular system, and so forth.

See more about different carrier oils click here.

Apply your Essential Oil Blends only to certain areas.

The potency of oils means that you should not use them in sensitive areas.

So avoid eyes, ears, pits and bits.

These are where I recommend using your essential oil blends:

On Your Face (useful for helping with complexion and beautifying the skin).

On Your Forehead, neck, and temples (a target area for dealing with feelings of tension)

On the Roof of your mouth (for help with balancing emotions and your mood) I often take a drop of Frankincense on my thumb, and then press my thumb firmly to the roof of my mouth, and hold it there for a good 30 seconds.

Why? Our vagas nerve, responsible for our para-sympathetic control of the heart, lungs, and digestive tract. The Vagus nerve rests very close to the surface in your mouth and so by using your tongue, or in this case, your thumb, to gently stroke the roof of your mouth stimulates your Vagus nerve by activating your parasympathetic nervous system. You might think of stimulating your Vagus nerve as hitting the “recover” button on your nervous system.

Here's an ode to Franki

Base of the skull (an external option for emotional and mood support)

Abdomen (to apply over major digestive organs)

Chest (a good area to apply for feelings of clear breathing)

The soles of the feet (to limit sensitivity, soothe the feet, or for massage. Massaging the feet can stimulate nerve endings and generate whole-body benefits.) 

Enough for you to obtain optimal health, from the inside out grab your essentials kit copy now.

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You can watch a video on how to mix an essential oil as a recipe here.

Conservative Dilution Ratios

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Know what to do in case of reaction.

Having a reaction to an oil is rare, but it does happen. You will know if you are having a reaction based on responses in the skin, like irritation or increased tenderness.

When trying a new oil, always perform a patch test by applying one drop of oil (with five to ten drops of carrier oil for caustic or sensitive oils) to a patch of skin on your forearm. Observe that area of skin for one hour for any reaction, though you are most likely to react within 10 minutes.

Keep Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) on hand to immediately reduce the effects should a reaction occur.  If a reaction occurs, then apply FCO to the oil on the skin, which will dilute the oil further. Do not try to wash off with water. This will only spread the oil further which will cause more irritation.  

Other Safety Tips

The citrus oils (Bergamot, Grapefruit, Lemon, Lime, Tangerine, and Wild Orange) are photosensitive oils, or oils that make your skin more sensitive to UV radiation and sunburn. For up to 12 hours after applying these oils, avoid any exposure to direct sunlight or artificial UV rays. Instead, opt to diffuse the citrus oils, use them internally, or use them on skin that will not be exposed to light. 

Special caution should also be taken with any of the oils that are considered “hot.”

These include all the oils in the Dilute category mentioned above. Always dilute these oils and be aware of other ways to use them other than on the skin.

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