Our Best Tips for Applying Essential Oils Topically.


If John and I were to sit down to count the ways that Young Living products have changed our lives, we'd be there for hours. Every.single.day. for the last 24 months John and I have used YL essential oils, supplements, and NingXia Red. All of these things keep us above the wellness line and support our bodies ability to stay healthy. 

Plus, you know us. We're kinda crunchy. Living naturally is important to us, and this includes health and wellness through Young Living. 

The whole "lifestyle" of essential oils means:
  • Minimizing exposure to the effects of damaging toxins in our 'everyday' products and choices. 
  • Reducing the effects of stress. 
  • Using restorative essential nutrients in and on the body. 
  • Using natural remedies to meet our emotional and physical health needs. 


I just want to take a second to talk with you about applying essential oils with care and for maximum benefits. First, let's talk about a few vocabulary words. (See the teacher in me emerging?)

  • "Neat" means applying an essential oil straight up, undiluted. The oil goes directly on the skin. 
  • "Dilution" means mixing a few drops of an essential oil with a carrier oil. This mixture goes directly on the skin. 
  • "Carrier oils" are plant-based oils - not essential oils - that are safe for topical application and can be used to dilute an essential oil (among many other things). 

My favorite carrier oils for dilution are:

  • Coconut oil. Yep. The same stuff you cook with. Buy the best you can afford. 
  • V-6 oil. This is from Young Living. 
  • Sweet almond oil. 
  • Jojoba oil. 

Not every oil needs to be diluted, but not every person should use oils neat. Many are safe to apply neat to the skin, especially the bottoms of the feet. This is where some of our largest pores are located, and it's not a very sensitive spot on our bodies. However, there are some instances when you should dilute essential oils:




  • If you're not using a 100% therapeutic grade essential oil (read more about YL's Seed to Seal promise)
  • On children
  • On folks with sensitive skin
  • For an application to a sensitive area (don't apply oils near your eyes, that is totally a sensitive area!)


Young Living also has a variety of blends that can be applied topically, both neat and diluted. One of our favorite, most used blends is Deep Relief.


It's also important to note that citrus oils are photosensitive oils, which means they can accelerate a sunburn with sun exposure (even artificial sun exposure like tanning beds). A good rule of thumb is that if you are applying a citrus oil topically, diluted or neat, put it in a place where the sun won't catch it.


Another option is leaving the citrus oils for your diffuser, especially in the summer months when you're outdoors more. Diffusing oils is the easiest way to reap the benefits of essential oils, and a great place for beginners to start using oils for wellness. All of this can be kind of overwhelming. You can go HERE to dive in a little deeper and read all of our essential oil posts. 

Ready to get oily? 
Well, first I'd recommend learning more about the Young Living Wholesale Membership. If you're going to invest in some oils, you might as well get them at the wholesale price (24% off retail!). To set up your wholesale account, all you need to do is:

1. Go here and select "Member" to enter your information. If prompted, enter this Sponsor/Enroller ID number1880846
2. Choose a starter kit. (When I started, I bought the Premium Starter Kit with Home Diffuser and am SO happy I did!)
3. Optional: Sign up for Essential Rewards, which is a monthly auto-ship program. This is totally optional, and you can choose to sign up for the monthly auto-ship later, if you want.
4. Once you enter your payment for your starter kit, you're set! Just sit back and relax until your kit is delivered.

If a wholesale account isn't for you, and you just want to order a few oils to get started, just go here to set up your retail account, then feel free to browse the products. If prompted, enter this Sponsor/Enroller ID number1880846

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19 comments:

  1. I think I might be one of the few who have gotten into the essential oil craze as yet. While I can see the benefits for most of these, I'm still kinda skeptical. I'm glad they seem to be working for you though.

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  2. Great post! My mom has several products that she uses essential oils in and they do wonders for different ailments. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I feel so behind in this whole essential oils craze. I've been hearing so many amazing things about essential oils and their many benefits, I definitely need to up my essential oils game.

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  4. I unbelievably, have not even tried essential oils yet. I keep reading so many great things about them though - I need to try them soon.

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  5. I'm so glad you shared some of the terminology when using essential oils. I have bought some, but I have to admit that I've never used them because I really didn't understand the concept. Now I do. Thanks!

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  6. I have heard a lot about essential oils lately. This is a great guide for using the topically for newbies like me!

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  7. I have yet to purchase essential oils. I've heard such good things. I'm kind of behind the times I guess.

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  8. I'm on the fence with pure oils like this. So many people abuse them.

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  9. I need to investigate essential oils a little more. I have not yet decided if they are for me. Thanks for all the info.

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  10. What great tips, I have not tried essential oils as of yet but so many love them and swear by them!

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  11. Oh wow, thanks for tips on how to apply essential oils topically!

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  12. I only ever use therapeutic grade oils. I have used the cheap ones you can buy at the department store but they don't even compare.

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  13. I am 110% on board with essential oils and they have completely changed how we live our lives. Instead of taking medication and waiting for it to kick in - we grab an oil and get almost instant relief.

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  14. I have just started learning about essential oils so thank you for the great information. I have a son with asthma that I have wanted to try oils with him as I have heard great things about asthma and essential oils.

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  15. I don't use essential oils. However with migraines, I keep thinking that I should start!

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  16. Using essential oils seems to be very popular at the moment. I have a friend who uses geranium oil for headaches and to destress and she swears by it.

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  17. I just got some essential oils and trying to see how I can use them. Thanks for the tips.

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  18. I use essential oils in my diffusers for relaxation and scent therapy. I also use them to clean with to give my home a fresh scent.

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  19. I am very pleased that you see the power of the oil , but it is not clear whether any problems and will be able to use it to patients diabetic.

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