TOPICAL Use of Essential Oils
Some essential oils can be placed directly on the skin, but, in my opinion, the majority should not… but should first be diluted with a “carrier oil”. Some of the best are coconut oil, almond oil, olive oil, jojoba oil and pomegranate seed oil.
If the oil can be used directly, put 3–5 drops of the oil in the palm of your hand and apply it to the area in a circular light massage movement.
If it needs a carrier oil, mix 3–5 drops of the oil with 1 teaspoon of a carrier oil and apply in the same way as above.
There are key points of the body where an oil should be applied:
- behind the ears
- upper back
- along the spine
- soles and tops of the feet
Other ways to use oils topically:
- In Your Bath
15 drops mixed with 1/2 cup of Epsom salt makes a fantastic and relaxing bath, which helps improve circulation, relieve sore muscles, soothe skin, open airways, relax the body and improve sleep. Use oils like eucalyptus and lavender.
- Wet Compress
10 drops per 4 ounces of water. Soak cloth and apply for bruises, cuts, aches and pains. Peppermint is one of the best for muscle aches, and lavender is great for cuts and burns.
You can make a salve by mixing coconut oil, beeswax, vitamin E oil and your essential oils… 15 drops per 1 ounce of carrier oil. They should be stored in a metal or glass container and used for cuts, scrapes, bruises or sore muscles.
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