How to Safely Use Essential Oils – Aromatic, Topical, and Internal Applications

How to Safely Use Essential Oils

If you have been using essential oils for any period of time, or are just beginning the amazing  journey with essential oils, the topic of preferred application has surely come up!  There are three ways to use essential oils: 1) aromatically, 2) topically, and 3) internally.

Not all oils are meant to be used in all three applications. There are some oils that are only for topical use, and not all oils may be diffused or taken internally. Here is a simplified way to discern how to best use your essential oils.

First, all essential oils should be labeled with the way they are to be safely used. Only take oils internally that are labeled for internal use on the bottle, packaging, or company literature. There are only a couple of companies that meet the level of quality for internal use as well as you look for the application of each specific oil.  For example, you do not take eucalyptus internally although it is great aromatically and topically with a carrier oil.

Aromatic Use of Essential Oils

This is the traditional way most people think of essential oils. They are placed with water in a diffuser, and the fine mist is dispersed into a room. The oil should be labeled for Aromatic application.

Using a diffuser is wonderful for relief with respiratory issues, colds, flu and give one emotional support. It is a very general way to use essential oils.  Your lungs have a tremendous amount of blood vessels and the purpose of the lungs is to disperse oxygen into your body via these vessels. Diffused essential oils will also enter your body this way. In addition, the skin is the largest organ of the body and it is also absorbing the essential oil. This is a very efficient way to get essential oils into your body and if an oil can be used aromatically it may be used topically.

Topical Application of Essential Oils

Topical applications are usually a very targeted application of essential oils.  (Although applying an essential oil to the bottoms of one’s feet is a great way to get the oil into your body. Remember the largest pores on your body are on the bottoms of your feet!)

You would directly apply oils topically to areas of distress in the muscles,  joints  and skin. Also apply oils to reflex points on your body, and to the temples for relief to the head. One must also be aware if an oil is “hot” or not. There are some oils that demand they are diluted by a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut oil; the essential oil will feel as if it is burning if applied directly.  Great examples are cinnamon and oregano, they must always be diluted for topical application. Additionally, some people have more sensitive skin. To be safe, when in doubt always dilute an essential oil to apply topically instead of applying neat.

A debate is going on as to whether an essential oil is actually more effective when applied topically with a quality carrier oil. The jury is still out on that topic, but it does make using your essential oils more economical!

You never apply essential oils to the eye area, nose, or ear canal.  If you do accidentally get an oil in your eye or another area where it begins to feel as if it is burning, flush with olive oil. Do not use water!

Internal Use of Essential Oils

This is the most controversial application of essential oils. That debate arises because most essential oils on the market are not therapeutic grade. They do not meet the quality safety criterial for internal application.  Do not ingest an essential oil if it is not labeled for internal use.

Taking essential oils internally may be as simple as adding peppermint to your tea, lemon to your water, or basil to a sauce. Cooking with essential oils has a few simple tricks to it, but is well worth the effort to receive the benefits of the oils in your food. I use essential oils every day internally, and some would say this is necessary to maintain a healthy wellness lifestyle. Try a small drop of cinnamon in your latte every morning.

You may also place a drop of essential oil under your tongue or on the roof of your mouth for internal application. And lastly, you can put oils in an empty veggie cap and take as a capsule.

In Conclusion

Essential oils are a great addition to maintain a healthy wellness lifestyle. Be sure you know how the oils you are going to use are labeled for application.

I would recommend you purchase your essential oils from someone who has made essential oils their business and knows how to use them safely and effectively. Wellness Advocates are happy to teach you and answer any questions you may have about essential oils.

As someone who works with essential oils and loves sharing wellness information concerning the oils, I am happy to provide a free wellness consultation to anyone who would like to request one. You can contact me on the appropriate page of this blog site.


*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.