Layering Essential Oils
Today I’m sharing with you about an application technique. I often get asked if you can apply one oil on top of another one. And my answer is “Yes”! Its called Layering.
This is different from a blend, which is when oils are combined together in one bottle. The chemical profile of a blend is very different from the individual oils. combing them together creates a synergy effect because they all “blend” to form a new unique oil.
Layering is when you apply one essential oil to the skin and wait for it to absorb, then once it has, you then apply a second oil to the same area, once that has absorbed you follow with a third oil and so on for as may oils as you like.
Whats great about layering is that you can treat one injury or ailment with a variety of different oils.
For example; if you are treating a sprained ankle there are lots of things to consider – You have had trauma to the muscles, ligaments and tendon and you often also have swelling and bruising.
So rather than using one blend that I hope will deal with all the issues, I can instead, use an oil for bruising, oil for ligaments, an oil for muscle and an oil for circulation and so on.
How the application of Layering works:
This eg is for the sprained ankle:
- 1-2 drops of Cypress, for swelling and circulation, on the area and wait for it to absorb in
- 1-2 drops of Basil, for the muscle injury, wait for it to absorb,
- 1-2 drops Lemongrass, for the ligament/joint issue, wait for it to absorb,
- 1-2 drops of Wintergreen, for the bone, wait for it to absorb,
- 1-2 drops of Valor, for the bruising, (I like to use blends in my layering too)
I find the layering technique is especially helpful when I’ve looked up my ailment in one of my Reference books and it gives me a list of a few oils to use. This way I can play with a few of the oils and see which ones give me the most relief for my issue.
Applying essential oils in the layering effect I’ve found really helps to speed recovery and can sometimes be much more powerful than using a blend because I can fine tune exactly what oils I’m using, monitor how they are each making me feet and more easily control what outcome I want to create.
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