- Application -
Let's talk about application sites, and how and when to apply your essential oils.
Illness and injury should dictate application sites as well as common sense. If you have a head ache, you wouldn't want to apply the oils to the bottoms of your feet.
Area of discomfort - head, neck, knee, shoulders, etc.
Inner forearm - MY FAVORITE PLACE
The inner forearm is by far my favorite place to apply properly diluted essential oils. It will show you if you are allergic the blend or oil since this is where you would do a patch test. The area is almost always accessible and doesn't require the removal of shoes and socks to reach.
The area at the bottom of the sternum were the nerves are concentrated in the abdomen. These nerves are linked to the stomach, liver, and spleen. The reason it is called the solar plexus is due to the way the nerves are arranged like the rays of the sun. These nerves belong to the sympathetic nervous system. When stress or anxiety occurs in the nervous system, the nerves in the abdominal region, mainly in the upper digestive sphere, become tense. Blends may be applied to this area to help calm the nervous system, soothe digestion, and support the entire body.
Feet - LEAST FAVORITE SPOT
I know many recommend this place of application due to reflexology points. I think the concept of reflexology is misinterpreted. According to google's dictionary, "a system of massage used to relieve tension and treat illness, based on the theory that there are reflex points on the feet, hands, and head linked to every part of the body." Reflexology applies pressure to reflex zones on your feet, hands or outer ears to affect your entire body. A reflex zone is an area connected to other parts of your body. Basically, applying pressure to reflex zones affects the nerves, which then carry signals to other parts of your body. Adding essential oils is not applying pressure, it's apply essential oils. The feet may have calouses that are thick and hard making it hard for the oil to be absorbed. Also, the feet are one of the farthest places from the heart so the oil must be absorbed into the bloodstream, carried to the heart and then sent to the rest of the body. That may take quite some time.
The application amount is a little more tricky than where to apply. Since I am NOT a doctor, I cannot prescribe anything to you. However, I am able to recommend what has worked for me and some of my clients.
When first receiving the oils, if more of a maintenance blend, they have been applied daily for the first 2 weeks at 3 times a day. When clients have felt that they are working better, the have dropped applications down to twice a day and some may even go to just once a day.
Essential oils for headache, discomfort and things of that nature have been applied as needed.
Everyone metabolizes things differently. You may metabolize the oils quicker or slower than others. You know your body, you know how you want to feel, you need to be the judge of how much you need them. A general rule of thumb, limit application to no more than 3 times a day since everything you put on or in your body needs to be filtered out. Especially maintenance blends that are used daily.
I like to apply my oils with a swipe about the size of a rectangle that is 1 inch by 2 inches. A swipe back and forth will usually accomplish that.
Don't forget to drink plenty of water and eat whole, nutrient rich, non-processed foods too.