How to Use Essential Oils on Skin?
by Healthy Homestead Team
A month ago
Have you received a kit of essential oils as a gift? Or you are finally embracing the benefits of essential oils, and you decided to give it a try? No matter what the case is, entering the world of essential oils seems simple, but also challenging in the same time.
You might be overwhelmed with questions like how to use essential oils on skin. Do not worry. There is no reason to be intimidated by essential oils.
In order to master the usage, you need to understand a few things, and we will get into all of those questions.
What are essential oils?
We have to start with the most important question. What exactly are essential oils? Simply put, essential oils are oils made from parts of certain plants like leaves, herbs, rinds, and barks. They can be made using different methods.
Essential oils are pure products, and they can be added to vegetable oils, creams, or even bath gels. You can smell them, they have a distinct smell, and your can rub them on the skin, put them in your bath, and more.
In the past several years, essential oils have been a subject of extensive research, showing their potential benefits.
How to use essential oils topically?
One of the most common and popular use of essential oils is the topical use. Basically, you put them on your skin. But it is not as simple as it sounds. We will tell you how to use them on your skin, and which oils work for which condition.
There are two ways to use essential oils on your skin. The first one is with a massage and direct application. Essential oils work best when applied topically. However, you must dilute them with a carrier oil first, and then apply on your skin. Carrier oils include jojoba oil, almond oil, olive oil, coconut oil, and others. The ratio is always few drops of essential oil per a tablespoon of carrier oil. Once you dilute the oil, you can then massage into your skin.
Another popular way for using essential oils on skin is bathing. All you have to do is add up to 10 drops of any essential oils to a running bath. Take your time enjoying the bath, so that the oils can penetrate your skin and you can enjoy the benefits.
Side effects and precautions
We have to warn you that topical use of essential oils can lead to rash, irritation, and redness on the skin. That is, if you do not dilute them with a carrier oil. That is why you should always dilute in the ratio of few drops vs one tablespoon.
Additionally, we recommend performing a patch test before using the oil on your skin. Do a patch test on the surface of your hand, and if there are no side effects in 24 hours, the oil is safe for usage.
Skin Type and Essential Oils
Not all essential oils are designed to work universally for each skin type. Same as beauty products, it is crucial that you use the essential oils suitable for your skin.
- For dry skin, lavender, chamomile, and sandalwood work best to add moisture
- If you have oily skin, you need essential oils that can balance production of sebum, and those are clary sage, rosemary, frankincense, neroli, and geranium
- Sensitive skin can be either dry or oily, and you should be extra careful, using only oils safe for all skin types like lavender, frankincense, and sandalwood
- If you have acne-prone skin, you should use oils like lemon, lemongrass, cinnamon, and tea tree oil