Essential Oils – Some Basics
In Canada the use of essential oils is recognized two ways:
- Aromatic – Inhale or diffuse the essential oil.
- Topical – Drop 2-3 drops of an essential oil into your palm and apply directly onto the skin with or without a carrier oil.
What is a carrier oil?
A carrier oil is a vegetable oil that can be used to dilute an essential oil. Essentially it is used to make sure that the essential oils applied topically are comfortable.
Key points of application on the body: Carrier oils:
- Crown of head – Coconut oil
- Temples – Sweet almond oil
- Behind ears – Grapeseed oil
- Neck – Jojoba oil
- Upper back – Olive oil
- Abdomen – YL’s V-6 vegetable oil complex
- Over vital organs
- Soles and top of feet
Safety first! Though most essential oils are safe for use, it is important to read label directions for each individual oil before using.
- Dilute with a carrier oil to ensure application topically is not irritating or overpowering. Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of an essential oil.
- Never use water if you are experiencing an irritation! If you get anything in your eyes, or cause irritation on your skin, flush and dilute the area with a safe carrier oil to alleviate any discomfort.
- Avoid application of essential oils to sensitive areas. It is recommended that you avoid applying essential oils to areas such as the eyes, ears, and mucous membranes.