Topical Use of Essential Oils Treatment – Essential oils treatment is usually called aroma therapy because fragrance is the primary therapeutic stimulus of the oils (via the limbic and neuroendocrine systems). In aroma therapy topical application of the oils is regarded as the less effective way to use them and some oils, such as Cinnamon oil, are actually highly irritating to the skin.
Essential Oils Treatment For Scars – Scarring is a situation when application of the oil on the skin can be appropriate. Most of the oils are safe for topical application but those that are potential skin irritants should be diluted in a neutral vegetable oil like apricot, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil before being applied topically.
You can prepare a liniment for massaging into the skin by thoroughly mixing 10 – 20 drops of the essential oil with 10 ml of the vegetable “carrier” oil.
NB It is very important that the treatment of post surgical scar tissue only will be done after the incision has completely healed. You must ask your doctor to tell you when it is safe to apply the oils to the skin around the surgery site.
Before an incision has completely healed, and the post surgical scar tissue has formed, the fragrance can be inhaled or the oil can be taken internally. (See below.)
Other Skin Conditions – Essential oils treatment can also be used for other skin conditions such as oily skin, “mature” skin with wrinkles, damaged and discolored skin, and any tissue trauma such as bruising or burns. Just remember to only use oils that are appropriate and soothing for the skin and which will not cause irritation.
Internal Essential Oils Treatment – The oils may be taken internally by putting a maximum of 2 to 3 drops in a gel cap and then topping it up with olive oil. Seal the cap and shake it vigorously before swallowing. Take one cap a day and store pre-made caps in the freezer for future use.
Olfactory Essential Oils Treatment – The fragrance of the oil applied to the skin provides an additional benefit but the ultimate way to get the aromatic effect is to also inhale the aroma of the oils through your nose by sniffing the atomized oil from a small electrically powered nebulizer. If going this route it's best to give yourself “aroma therapy” sessions by sitting in front of the nebulizer for 20 minutes two to three times a day to inhale the aroma. Alternately, you can sniff the fragrance from a cotton ball that has a drop of the oil on it and is stored in a zip lock bag between uses. A drop of the oil rubbed into the palms of your hands and inhaled from your cupped palms can also be effective.
Sniffing from an open bottle of oil is not really going to work because the essential oil has to be exposed to the air in order to fully release all of its volatile components.