Applying essential oils topically is a safe, effective way to yield the benefits that essential oils hold for the skin and other aspects of the human body. Due to their chemical makeup, essential oils can easily penetrate the skin and offer a localized benefit to the applied area. Essential oils are easily absorbed into the skin; however, you can prolong the benefits of an essential oil by using a carrier oil to slow down the evaporation of the oil, allowing it to moisturize the skin.
Remember, deciding when and how to dilute your essential oils is a personal decision that should be based on the oil’s chemistry, your usage preferences, and any personal sensitivity to certain oils.
If you have particularly sensitive skin, or when applying essential oils on children, you should use a carrier oil. By diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil, you can avoid the development of a skin sensitivity, especially when you are trying a new oil for the first time.
The recommended ratio for dilution is typically three drops of carrier oil for every single drop of essential oil. As mentioned, the dose for applying essential oils topically will vary depending on the individual and their needs, age, size, and overall health status. When you are first starting out, try a few small doses throughout the day instead of a single large dose all at once. Start with a small dose (one to two drops.) This dose can be repeated every four to six hours as necessary.
Some essential oils should always be diluted when used topically. Always follow usage suggestions for oils like Cinnamon, Geranium, Lemongrass, and Oregano, as they should always be diluted before topical use. Recommended dilution ratio: 3 drops of carrier oil to 1 drop of essential oil.