When we talk about the usage of essential oils – topical or external use is the most common one, which is to apply oils directly to the skin.
You carefully tip the oil bottle and drop 2-3 drops into the palm of your hand or right into the desired application area. This is considered an undiluted application. You may drop the oil in your hand, rub your palms together and massage the oil onto the skin.
But most of the time, you will want to dilute your essential oil with the carrier oil, which is any plain vegetable-based oil (olive, coconut, grape seed, apricot, almond, etc). Another reason why to dilute your oils is to allow them to cover a larger surface area.
Also, keep in mind you will always want to dilute your oils when using them with children.
Certain oils are called – hot oils because they can irritate the skin. Oils like cinnamon, peppermint and oregano are examples of hot oils.
Never put essential oils in your eyes or ears!
When you are starting out, it is a good idea to only start with one oil at a time for a few days before trying another one.