Essential oils can either be applied to the skin neat (without dilution) or diluted with a carrier oil. Always be sure to choose a good quality, unrefined, organic carrier oil. Just like with essential oils, carrier oil quality is so important since you're applying these on to your skin-- your largest organ. Young Living has a wonderful carrier oil blend called V6.
A carrier oil is fatty oil, that has large molecules so it slows absorption of the essential oil.
A carrier oil doesn’t make them “less strong,”
anymore than wearing sunglasses makes solar rays less bright.
It filters the intensity and slows the absorption of the oil into the skin.
The tiny essential oil molecule has to ping pong between large and small to get in.
If your skin turns red, don’t panic. Just use a carrier like olive or coconut oil. I never know how my body will respond from one day to the next. It doesn’t mean the oil is making you sick, it just means it’s doing what it was designed to do—
go after stuff!
When we apply oils topically to our skin, they are quickly absorbed by our pores and hair follicles and move into the bloodstream. From there, the party starts, and they’re dispersed throughout the various systems of our bodies to support our overall health.
For example, let's say you're cooking dinner and suddenly you get too close to a hot pan. You grab your lavender and apply it “neat” straight from the bottle to help soothe your skin. Other oils may need to be diluted first. Babies, young children, and elderly have more delicate skin and need to be diluted more. The same holds true for essential oil newbies. This is a new world for you in comparison to the chemicals you had been using, and your body is waking up with every drop!
Many people like to create roller bottles with their favorite recipes and add carrier oil so they are portable and ready to go whenever you are! (trust me, you will soon go no where without a tool from your toolbox at hand)
Ready to roll
Some of you are DIYers, and others wish that they would be the recipient of someone’s DIY/ craft night (that’s me)
Either way, find what works for you. Young Living has several beautiful ready to roll roll-ons waiting for you. Valor, Breathe Again, StressAway, Thieves, Tranquil, Deep Relief, and Rutavala.
Where do I put them?
Common areas to apply essential oils are the inside of your wrists, the back of your neck, knee pits 😊 or on your temples. These are your pulse points where oils can absorb quickly and work the fastest.
Another great place to apply oils is the bottom of your feet -- which have many nerve endings and over 4000 of the largest pores on your body.
Applying oils here allows your body to easily disperse the oil throughout your system to wherever it is needed. This is especially helpful when using oils on kids and babies.
Other times, for physical issues, I tell people to put the oil as close as the location. For example, apply DiGize in a clockwise motion on your tummy if it needs help settling down. Apply PanAway to sore muscles. Tea Tree can be dabbed undilute on to a pimple that just popped up overnight, when your body decided you're 14 again.
Start with a carrier, and you will see how your body responds. You are going to love the results! When you discover the results of peppermint on your knee pits on a hot sticky summer day, your view will never be the same.
What if there was a easy button to start simplifying your life?
We are asking a lot of our feet...
They willingly take us wherever we tell them to go and in the process encounter a lot of stress.
A reminder to take better care of them for us all!
I saw a 2014 survey that was taken where 8 out of 10 Americans have experienced a foot problems (https://www.apma.org/files/APMA2014TodaysPodiatristSurveyAllFindings.pdf)
One noted that they found that most people don’t care for their feet as much as other parts of their bodies….
We oilers are different.
We are learning a different way!
We know that the our feet have over 3000 pores ready and waiting for oils!
So how can we up our game and take better care of our feet?
If your feet are used daily (which they probably are!), give them a little TLC daily.
Daily equals consistency....
This could be using the Young Living LavaMint Softening Foot Scrub.
This scrub not only helps exfoliate (hello summer sandals), but hydrates.
It helps refresh and revive tired feet.
I have gotten into the habit of Animal Scents Ointment on my feet nightly.
How about you??
Soak your feet. A good Epsom Salt + Essential Oil Foot Soak can really help you tired feet while also supporting a detox of your body. That’s right! An Epsom Salt foot soak helps pull the toxins out. Win-win! Add your favorite oils to further your support. Peppermint, Panaway, Lavender, and Stress Away are a few of our favorites!
A great unwinding habit before bed.
Pull the stress out and sleep better too!
Don’t wear too tight of shoes.
Comfortable shoes are worth the health of your feet. A couple of summers ago, I had a big foot issue that meant only 1 pair of sandals worked for 6 months or so. I then discovered the meaning of comfort first over cute.
Try on the Legs-Up-On-The-Wall Yoga pose after a long day. Start with a few minutes and work your way up.
Take care of your feet. You’ve only got one pair! 😉
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