Skin Application Information:
In my last post, (CLICK HERE to view) I covered three issues that can arise with topical essential oil use, but with proper application methods, appropriate information and care, the topical use of essential oils applied to the skin can be incredibly beneficial.
Applying essential oils to the skin (always be sure to dilute) is a safe and effective way to introduce them into the bloodstream, by route of direct absorption through the dermal tissue.
This path of absorption works beautifully for essential oil topical use, but keep in mind that most anything applied to the skin has the same opportunity to then pass on through, to the bloodstream as well. With this being said, we can also understand why learning more about aromatherapy, eo safety and how to create our own natural skin care and cleaning products is so important to our health and wellness.
How fast do essential oils penetrate the skin?
The speed in which essential oil can penetrate the skin depends on the permeability of the skin. The more permeable the skin, the faster the absorption.
Here are the area of the body that are the most permeable:
*The skin on the body that is listed in the bullets above consist of 4 layers.
Here are the areas of the body that are least permeable:
- Palms of the hands
- Soles of the feet
*The skin of the palms and soles of the feet consist of 5 layers.
Please note~ You should never apply essential oils to the genitals, unless you are dealing with an infection, and if this is the case, it is important to only use skin safe essential oils and be under the care and supervision of a Certified Aromatherapist, Clinical Aromatherapist and/or Licensed Medical Dr.
The Benefits of Applying Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils to the Skin:
- skin repair and dermal tissue health
- local inflammation
- can help ease pain
- allows for slow continuous absorption
- can be applied locally to areas of concern
- easy and safe for daily use
- easy and safe to travel with
- you can choose the area of skin to apply oils to, depending on how quickly you would like the essential oils to be absorbed into the skin and blood stream. Areas with thin skin, hair and mucus membranes absorb more quickly, while areas with thicker skin such as the palms and soles of the feet absorb less quickly.