When selecting an oil, it is important to know your skin type – sensitive vs normal. Here is a dilution guide based on the average skin.
Neat means the oil can be applied straight to the skin with no dilution.
Sensitive means that dilution is recommended for those with sensitive skin.
Dilute means that the oil is considered ‘hot’ and should always be diluted with a carrier oil (like Fractionated Coconut Oil).
If you are addressing a pain or discomfort rub the oil where it hurts or where it is tender.
If you are trying to get topical and aromatic benefits from the oil apply it behind the ears. Some oils, like Frankincense, can actually cross the blood/brain barrier so applying them behind the ears and over the lymph glands can be highly beneficial.
If you are applying an oil that you do not want to smell, apply it to your feet. Also, if you are trying to get an oil into your bloodstream as quickly as possible apply it to your feet as your feet have the largest pores on your body.
If you are trying to have an oil effect your entire system quickly, apply it along your spine. For instance, when you need immune support to deal with seasonal threats you can apply certain oils along the spine and on the bottoms of the feet.