When you see the Topical Use Icon next to a Real Oil product, it means that it can be used safely and effectively on your skin when properly diluted. Applying essential oil to the skin is a convenient and efficient way to use your collection. It is a great way to use your favorite Real Oil products long-term and on-the-go. No need to remain in one room for exposure (as with a diffuser). When you apply your favorite single or blend topically, you’ll get beneficial natural constituents all day, even if you head to the office, to the gym, or to a morning matinee of the latest vampire movie (hey, we don’t judge).
Topical application also gives you more control over how you use an oil, allowing you to target specific areas of the body with specific concentrations. It is an ideal way to address muscle aches, joint discomfort, strains, tenderness, or soreness from overexertion. It can also be used as an effective vehicle for respiratory, emotional, and psychological support, as well as tackling specific issues such as sleep or concentration.
Using Oils Topically
To use a full strength essential oil on your skin, it must first be diluted with a neutral “carrier” oil such as Jojoba or Fractionated (liquid) Coconut Oil. This prevents skin irritation, enhances the efficacy of the essential oil, and helps your bottle last a ridiculously long time. You’ll need a few supplies to dilute full-strength oils -- essential oils, carrier oils, empty bottles to hold your dilution, and a teaspoon for measuring.
To use your oil topically first identify the issue you want to address (for example: your new job as a blimp pilot has you holding more tension in your neck and back). Next, create a dilution using a carrier oil and any combination of essential oils or full-strength blends. (For this example you could go with Real Oil’s powerful Stress Away essential oil blend with Jojoba, or you could try our effective Re-Align blend and Fractionated Coconut Oil.) Massage the dilution over the target area (your neck and back) and finally, move on with your day! Reapply as needed. If you are looking for overall emotional support (such as lifting your mood), psychological support (focusing your mind), and whole-system benefits (supporting a physical function), try targeting the bottoms of your feet, wrists, temples, neck, chest, behind the knee, and inside the elbow.
Some Real Oil products come pre-diluted in a pure carrier oil, and are ready to apply to the skin the moment they arrive on your doorstep. Look for the Ready-to-Apply Icon to find these convenient products.
Some Things to Know
You can use many essential oils on children two and older, though kids’ sensitive skin requires a weaker dilution than adults. When using oils on kids, start small and observe them carefully to be sure there are no adverse reactions. Don’t use oils on children younger than two years old. Also, do your homework, as some essential oils are not safe for use on any children.
Some oils require extra care when used topically (whether on kids or adults). Citrus oils can be phototoxic, which means they can react badly on skin when exposed to sunlight. Phototoxicity can cause swelling, redness, and sometimes blisters. Lemon, Lime, Bergamot, Bitter Orange, and Grapefruit essential oil can increase the skin’s sensitivity to the sun. Dilute these citrus oils especially carefully, and avoid exposing your skin to direct sunlight for 12-18 hours after you’ve applied them.
Also, be aware that some essential oils are considered “hot,” and can irritate the skin if used in too high a concentration. You might expect this spicy experience from Cinnamon, Clove, and Peppermint. But Oregano, Thyme, and Cassia have a kick as well. Use a weaker dilution when using these oils topically.