Let’s look at the three ways to apply essential oils. You need to be sure you are applying essential oils the right way.

Essential oils are perfectly safe, as long as you are careful.

How to Apply Essential Oils

Throughout time, essential oils have been used for a myriad of reasons. There are three main ways to use them, and that is by applying them topically, inhaling them aromatically and ingesting them internally. As with anything, read any instructions or guidelines on your specific essential oils. You need to know how to use oils correctly, before you start. Check out this post if you want to know more about essential oils.

Here is a little more information about the ways you can use your essential oils.

Topical Application

The first way to apply essential oils is topically. This means you apply essential oils actually onto your skin. Some essential oils can be applied undiluted, but most should be mixed into a carrier oil first. Suitable carrier oils include (but are not limited to) almond, apricot, coconut, and olive oil. Never mix these oils with water and then rub it into your skin. You should always use a carrier oil that is fit for purpose.

The amount of drops compared to the amount of carrier oil will depend upon the particular use you have in mind. Simply mix the correct amount of carrier oil with the amount of essential oil drops you want. Then apply the essential oil mix to your body, however much you would like to use. Now you need to consider where to apply essential oils.

Essential oils can be applied to various parts of the body. The bottom of the feet are a common place to rub the mixture because the skin is not as sensitive. Feet have large pores which allow for quick absorption. Also, there are no sebaceous glands to slow absorption. As you may know from reflexology, every nerve ends in the feet.

You can also apply essential oils to whichever area of your body is in need of treatment. For example, lavender and ylang ylang oils can be applied to the abdomen to relieve menstrual cramps. Peppermint oil may be applied to the temples, crown of the head and behind the ears to help relieve headaches.

How to Use Essential Oils Aromatically

A common way to use essential oils is aromatically. You probably want to know how to use essential oils aromatically. There are several ways to do this. You can open the lid and smell the essential oils directly from the bottle. You can put a few drops of the desired oil on the palm of your hands and then rub together and inhale.

One of the most popular ways to apply essential oils aromatically is to diffuse your essential oils in a special diffuser. If you use one that does not heat the oils, it will not damage the oils. This ensures that they will retain their maximum benefit.

Another way to use the essential oils aromatically is by filling a bowl with hot water, adding several drops of your desired oil, then covering your head with a towel and inhaling the steam. This is a common way to use eucalyptus oil when fighting a cold.

I remember my mum doing this to me as a child. Sorry, for me! Anyway, I still hate it.


Another essential oil application method is ingestion. Take care with this though. Not all oils can be ingested, so use caution when it comes to this way of administering them. If the brand and type of essential oil you are using does not specifically say that it can be ingested, then do not do so.

For those oils which can be ingested safely, you can simply add a few drops to water and drink. You can also put the essential oils drops into capsules and consume like a vitamin or pill. You can even mix the essential oils into honey before eating.

These are the three main ways to use and apply essential oils. All oils have specific rules about how they should and should not be used. Check out the guidelines on your type and brand of oil, and be sure to follow them when using the oils. Find out more about essential oils here.

These different methods of application will give you a variety of ways to bring the health and healing of essential oils into your everyday life. How do you use essential oils? Which way is your favourite way to apply essential oils?

1 Comment

  1. Like you, I also experienced the inhaling the steam from a hot bowl of water inside a blanket. It was one of the most inconvenient home remedies my dad would want me to have whenever I had colds back in the old days. But given the chance to do it again, I’ll do it. I can only imagine how moisturizing it could be to my skin. Lol.

    Anyway, I now know that there are few EOs that may be ingested. Thanks for sharing this information.

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