How to Use Essential Oils Topically

Let’s go back to some foundational knowledge today that is helpful for those of you just starting out with essential oils. Today, we’re going to answer the question, “Where should I apply this essential oil?” Young Living Education and Training has given us some great information to share with you. My additional insight is in bluish-purple font for you.)

The answer is different for everyone, because we each have different physical and emotional needs, and all of our bodies are genetically and chemically different. This guide features some simple application points for essential oils. We recommend diluting your essential oil with V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex or a carrier oil before topical application if you are new to essential oils, have sensitive skin, or are applying on children. I like to use Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil, or Almond oil when I apply my essential oils topically. Grapeseed oil has no smell and goes on with virtually no mess. Coconut oil is best when applying oils in the scalp, especially overnight. Almond oil is great for me when I am doing the oils on my feet and ankles.

From head to toe, here are some of our favorite oils to use:

Crown of head: Apply oils here for an aroma that can help transform your mood and create a balanced environment. Sacred Frankincense, Abundance, Clarity, Release, Highest Potential, Bergamot, Build Your Dream.

Scalp: Apply as part of your beauty and hair care routine. A scalp massage is a great way to invigorate the senses. Rosemary, Cedarwood, Lavender.

Temples and forehead: Apply for an aroma to help you feel at peace and relaxed. Deep Relief, Stress Away, AromaEase, Brain Power, M-Grain.

Base of neck: Apply after a long day for a sense of relaxation. PanAway, Deep Relief, Peppermint, Wintergreen, AromaSiez, Awaken, Release, Stress Away, Rutavala.

Face: Apply as a part of your beauty and skin care routine. Lavender, Frankincense, Myrrh, Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Lemon, Geranium, Elemi.

Undereyes: Apply as a part of your beauty and skin care routine. Use caution to avoid getting oil in your eye! Copaiba, Lavender, Frankincense, Palmarosa.

Behind ears: Apply for an aroma that can quickly affect your environment and mood. Stress Away, Peppermint, Valor, Grounding, Peace and Calming, Tranquil.

Around ears: Apply after swimming. Tea Tree, Lavender, Helichrysum, Purification. *We recommend not putting essential oils in your ear canal.

Shoulders: Apply for an aroma to help you stay grounded and supported. White Angelica, Dream Catcher, Release, Oola Family, Grounding, Clarity.

Wrists: Apply as perfume to uplift mood and create a focused environment wherever you go. Joy, Jade Lemon, Citrus Fresh, Rose, Motivation, Cedarwood, Brain Power.

Chest: Apply for a refreshing sensation that supports deep breathing. R.C., Breath Again, Eucalyptus, Raven.

Heart: Apply for an aroma makes the heart happy. Gratitude, Harmony, Sacred Frankincense, Valor, Release, Surrender, Magnify Your Purpose, Oola Family, Oola Fun, Oola Field.

Belly: Apply after eating or while traveling. DiGize, Peppermint, Spearmint, Ginger, AromaEase, Fennel.

Lower abdomen: Apply monthly as desired, can be used with a warm compress. Dragon Time, Lavender, Lady Sclareol, SclarEssence, Clary Sage, Ylang Ylang.

Back: Apply after a workout or during a massage. Copaiba, Cool Azul, Peppermint, AromaSiez, Roman Chamomile.

Legs and knees: Apply after an active day. PanAway, Wintergreen, Copaiba, Deep Relief.

Ankles: Apply on pressure points. Endoflex, Sclaressence, Clary Sage, Geranium, Marjoram, Inner Child.

Bottoms of feet: Apply for specific needs. Thieves, Grounding, ImmuPower, Peace and Calming, Vetiver.

Citrus oils can increase sun sensitivity. Avoid sun for 12 hours after applying. Please follow all directions and cautions on individual product labels.

Where do you like to apply your favorite oils?


  1. This is insightful. I’m gunna save it. Have you done any posts on using essential oils during labor? I plan to use a diffuser but I’m not sure which oil to use I’m torn between lavender or something more energizing like peppermint? Then I read something about having a satchel and bringing the to my nose during contractions….

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    1. I haven’t done anything with birth because that would be sharing medical advice, which we aren’t allowed to do. However, I know some people who are doulas. Let me try to go through my mind to remember who they were, as they combined essential oils and are able to give medical advice or recommendations since they are medical professionals. These posts I share on Saturdays come from our training and education department at Young Living and then I add my comments and style to them as needed. Most of my essential oil teachings are around creativity since so many others speak on health issues and know more than me! Let me see who I can connect with you and I will PM you.


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