I forgot how overwhelming essential oils can be when first starting out. But lately I’ve been getting some questions from people who want to use specific oil “protocols” but don’t understand how to use more than one oil at a time.
So let’s review some basic oil terminology first:
1. Single Oil – A single oil is one type of oil (examples – lavender, lemon, peppermint) by itself.
2. Oil Blend – An oil blend is a mixture of of two or more single oils that are formulated for a specific purpose.
3. Carrier Oil – A carrier oil refers to an oil (other than essential oils) or fat that an essential oil is mixed with. The carrier oil dilutes the strength of the essential oil, if need be. It also “carries” the essential oil so its effects can be spread over a larger area.
When applying more than one oil at a time, it is important not to mix all the oils together. Doing so can change the chemical makeup of the oils, and can negatively effect the results you are hoping to see. Whether using oils NEAT (undiluted) or oils diluted in carrier oil, it is best to apply them one at a time. Rub one oil in gently, wait 20-30 seconds, and then apply the next oil. Continue in this manner until all oils you wish to apply are used.
You can also apply different oils to different parts of the body. Unless of course you have a son with sensory issues who ONLY allows oils to be applied to the back of his neck. But I’m not speaking from experience here or anything…
A video demonstrating how to apply oils coming soon! (Starring a lively 6 year old girl – guaranteed to be a fun watch!)