Methods Of Application & Topical Application



  • Direct Application. Apply the oils directly on the area of concern using 1 to 6 drops of oil. More oil is not necessarily better, since a large amount of oil can trigger a detoxification of the surrounding tissue and blood. Such a quick detoxification can be somewhat uncomfortable. To achieve the desired results, 1 to 3 drops of oil is usually adequate. A few guidelines for direct application of the oils are as follows:
  • The feet are the second fastest area of the body to absorb oils because of the large pores. Other quick-absorbing areas include behind the ears and on the wrists.
  • To experience a feeling of peace, relaxation, or energy, 3 to 6 drops per foot are adequate.
  • When massaging a large area of the body, always dilute the oils by 15% to 30% with the V-6 Oil.
  • When applying oils to infants and small children, dilute with V-6 Oil. Use 1 to 3 drops of an essential oil to 1 tablespoon (Tbs.) of V-6 Oil for infants and 1 to 3 drops of an essential oil to 1 teaspoon (tsp.) V-6 Oil for children from 2- to 5-years-old.
  • Do not mix oil blends. Commercially available blends have been specially formulated by someone who understands the chemical constituents of each oil and which oils blend well. The chemical properties of the oils can be altered when mixed improperly, resulting in some undesirable reactions.
  • Layering individual oils is preferred over mixing your own blends. Layering refers to the process of applying one oil, rubbing it in, and then applying another oil. There is no need to wait more than a couple of seconds between each oil, as absorption occurs quite rapidly. If dilution is necessary, the V-6 Oil may be applied on top. The layering technique is not only useful in physical healing but also when doing emotional clearing.
  • The FDA has approved some essential oils for internal use and given them the designation of GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe for internal consumption). This designation is listed in the Single Oil Summary Information chart in the Appendix of the Reference Guide for Essential Oilsbook under Safety Data. Oils without this designation should never be used internally.
  • Vita Flex Therapy. A simple method of applying oils to contact points (or nerve endings) in the feet or hands; then a series of hand rotation movements at those control points create a vibrational healing energy that carries the oils along the neuroelectrical pathways. The oils help increase the frequency of this healing energy and serve to either help remove any blockage along the pathways or to travel the length of the pathway to benefit the particular organ. Refer to the following pages on Vita Flex therapy for more details.
  • Raindrop Technique. A simple application of dropping certain oils like little drops of rain from about 6 inches above the body along the entire length of the spine. It is also a tremendous boost to the immune system, as it releases toxins and kills viruses and bacteria that have accumulated along the spine. See the pages on Raindrop Technique in the Reference Guide for Essential Oilsbook for more details.
  • Auricular Therapy. A method of applying the oils to the rim of the ears. This technique works extremely well for emotional clearing. Some physical benefits can also be obtained from this technique. See the pages on Auricular Therapy in this section of the Reference Guide for more details.
  • Perfume or Cologne. Wearing the oils as a perfume or cologne can provide wonderful emotional and physical support––not just a beautiful fragrance. (For some simple, yet exquisite, perfume/cologne blends, refer to the book Natural Perfumes, by Mindy Green.)
  • Compresses Basin. Fill a wash basin with 2 quarts of hot or cold water, and add the desired essential oils. Stir the water vigorously, and then lay a towel on top of the water. Since the oils will float to the top, the towel will absorb the oils with the water. After the towel is completely saturated, wring out the excess water (leaving much of the oils in the towel), and place the towel over the area needing the compress. For a hot compress, cover with a dry towel and a hot water bottle. For a coldcompress, cover with a piece of plastic or plastic wrap. Finally, put another towel on top and leave for as long as possible (1 to 2 hours is best).
  • Massage. Apply a hot wet towel and a dry towel on top of an already massaged area. The moist heat will force the oils deeper into the tissues of the body.
  • Inhalations- Diffuser. The easiest and simplest way of putting the oils into the air for inhalation is to use an aromatic diffuser. Diffusers that use a heat source (such as a light bulb ring) will alter the chemical makeup of the oil and its therapeutic qualities. A cold air diffuser uses room-temperature air to blow the oil up against some kind of a nebulizer. This breaks the oils up into a micro-fine mist that is then dispersed into the air, covering hundreds of square feet in seconds. The oils, with their oxygenating molecules, will then remain suspended for several hours to freshen and improve the quality of the air. The antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties of the oils kill bacteria and help to reduce fungus and mold. Essential oils, when diffused, have been found to reduce the amount of airborne chemicals and metallics as well as help to create greater spiritual, physical, and emotional harmony. The greatest therapeutic benefit is received by diffusing oils for only 15 minutes out of an hour so that the olfactory system has time to recover before receiving more oils. The easiest way to do this is by using a timer that can be set in 15 minute increments over a 24 hour period. Abundant Health offers a variety of cold-air diffusers and timers for your convenience.
  • Cloth or Tissue. Put 1 to 3 drops of an essential oil on a paper towel, tissue, cotton ball, handkerchief, towel, or pillow case. Hold it close to your face, and inhale.
  • Hot Water. Put 1 to 3 drops of an essential oil into hot water (or a hot mug or glass), and inhale. Again, heat reduces some of the benefits.
  • Vaporizer or Humidifier. Put oil in a vaporizer or a humidifier. The cold air types are best since heat reduces some of the benefits.
  • Fan or Vent. Put oil on a cotton ball, and attach it to a ceiling fan or to an air vent. This can also work well in a vehicle, as the area is so small.
  • Baths...  Bathwater. Begin by adding 3 to 6 drops of oil to the bathwater while the tub is filling. Because the individual oils will separate as the water calms down, the skin will quickly draw the oils from the top of the water. People have commented that they were unable to endure more than 6 drops of oil. Such individuals may benefit from adding the oils to a bath and shower gel base first. Soak for 15 minutes.
  • Bath and Shower Gel. Begin by adding 3 to 6 drops of oil to ½ oz. of a bath and shower gel base. Add the mixture to the water while the tub is filling. The number of drops can be increased as described above under Bathwater. Adding the oils to a bath and shower gel base first allows one to obtain the greatest benefit from the oils, as they are more evenly dispersed throughout the water and not allowed to immediately separate.
  • Washcloth. When showering, add 3–6 drops of oil to a bath and shower gel base. Place on a washcloth, and wash the entire body.
  • Body Sprays. Fill a small spray bottle with distilled water, and add 10–15 drops of your favorite oil blend or single oils. Shake well, and spray onto the entire body just after taking a bath or shower.
  • Dishwater, Clothes Washers, And Dryers


  • The antibacterial properties of essential oils can effectively promote greater hygiene. Add a couple drops of melrose or lemon to dishwater for clean dishes and a great smelling kitchen. Use lemon or another citrus oil to take gum out of clothes. A few drops of Purification in the wash water will kill bacteria and germs in clothes. Put Purification, Joy, or other oil on a wet rag, and place in dryer or mist from a spray bottle directly into the dryer.


  • Cooking... Essential oils can easily be incorporated into your cooking, as long as you remember that they are very concentrated. Usually only 1 drop is necessary, and sometimes even less. Use a toothpick to help control the addition of smaller amounts of oil by dipping the toothpick into the oil (more oil on the toothpick = stronger flavor, etc.) and then stirring it into the food. Here are a couple examples of recipes where people have used the essential oils for flavoring.


Lemon Tarragon Dressing 

1 tablespoon fresh tarragon diced, or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon 

1 tablespoon fresh or 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves 

1 cup organic extra-virgin, cold-pressed olive oil 

dash of pepper 

dash of red pepper 

6 drops lemon essential oil 

Mix well, and drizzle on salad or fish or anything! Keep unused portion in the fridge. 

-Submitted by Jill Burk, Saginaw, Michigan (July 2004)


Cream Cheese Icing 

8 oz. package of cream cheese 

1½ cups of powdered sugar 

1 stick of butter 

3 drops of tangerine essential oil 

Thoroughly cream together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, and butter with an electric beater. 

Stir in the tangerine oil. Enjoy!

-Submitted by Ellie Ayers (July 2004)


  • Cleaning and Disinfecting.  Put a few drops of lemon, spruce, or fir oil on a dust cloth or 10 drops in water in a spray bottle to polish furniture and to clean and disinfect bathrooms and kitchens.


  • Painting... To effectively remove paint fumes and after smell, add one 15 ml bottle of oil to any 5 gallon bucket of paint. The Abundance blend and citrus oils have been favorites. Either a paint sprayer or brush and roller may be used to apply the paint after mixing the oils into the paint by stirring vigorously. Oils may eventually rise to the top if using a water-based paint. Occasional stirring may be necessary to keep the oils mixed.

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