Essential oils are either inhaled or used directly on the body. It’s not safe to ingest them. When applying the oils topically to your skin, be sure to use a patch test ahead of time to make sure you’re not allergic, and don’tuse them around your eyes.
A patch test involves placing a small amount of the diluted essential oil on your skin, say your forearm. Wait 24 hours to check for allergic reaction before using on a larger area of skin.
Diffusers are rising in popularity as tools to help disperse essential oils in a room so that you can breathe in the steam. This practice is also known as aromatherapy.
Still, while inhaling the essential oils can be relaxing (or invigorating, depending on the oil used), you won’t necessarily reap the skin benefits using them this way.
Massage and direct application
When treating skin conditions, essential oils are most likely to work best topically. This entails using small drops of an oil. You must also first dilute the oils with a carrier oil, such as almond or olive oil.
Use a few drops per tablespoon of carrier oil for best results, then massage into your skin until fully absorbed.
Bathing in essential oils can also work well for a variety of skin conditions, especially if you’re trying to treat hard-to-reach areas like your back. Simply add up to 10 drops of oil to a running bath. Take your time getting out of the tub, as the oils can make the surfaces slippery.
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