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Should I Diffuse or Apply My Essential Oils Topically?

by Edens Garden March 09, 2017

Should I Diffuse or Topically Apply My Essential Oil?

You wouldn’t rub smelling salts on a person to awaken their consciousness, nor would you inhale a muscle gel to soothe soreness. Often times, the way in which we are to use essential oils is common sense, but other times guidance is necessary. When do you use essential oils topically and when do you inhale?

Topical Application

If you’ve ever used a skin patch before, you know that substances can be absorbed through the skin. When a substance is applied topically, it slowly permeates the skin before entering into the bloodstream. The slow permeation of properly diluted essential oils can positively affect pain, inflammation and issues that are skin deep when EOs are applied topically. Inhaling an oil will deliver its chemical constituents throughout the body, but it is better that an oil be applied directly to the area of concern in these cases.

Permeability factors should also be assessed when deciding to use essential oils topically. One factor being that EOs absorb quicker where the skin is thin, such as the face. Another being that heat causes essential oils to penetrate the skin more easily. For this reason, we recommend a lower than average dilution rate when using essential oils on the face and in a bath, spa or sauna.


When and where to use essential oils for pain and injury may seem like common sense, but how to use EOs for issues such as sleep, anxiety and energy can get confusing. Inhaling oils delivers a quick dose of its natural chemical constituents into the bloodstream, as opposed to topical use.

When working with emotional and neurological issues, a faster route of absorption is preferred, which is why we recommend inhalation in these cases. This same rule applies when you have a respiratory issue. For example, it is best to breathe in decongestant-type oils, but you can also apply these oils topically in the form of a chest rub.

Your turn! Let us know when you use oils topically, and when you inhale them in the comments section below.

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Edens Garden

June 28, 2019 at 1:43 pm

Hi Heidi! We don’t recommend diffusing the body oils in water diffusers nor nebulizers. We do however offer a Vanilla Sandalwood synergy blend that can be used in any diffuser.


June 28, 2019 at 1:42 pm

can I diffuse body oil? I can’t find a vanilla eo I like, but I like the vanilla sandalwood body oil.

Julia Stearns @ Healthirony

June 28, 2019 at 2:05 pm

Most people have heard about the relaxing and sleep-inducing effects of lavender essential oil, and I prefer it too. I highly recommend!

Ken Morgan

June 20, 2019 at 8:44 am

I started by applying frankincense eo to a mole on my arm. The mole had changed color and shape. I heard that frankincense helps repair cell damage, and could get rid of moles. After about 4 months, applying 1 drop/day undiluted to the mole, the mole had not changed much, but my achilles tendonitis that I had for years had all but disappeared. I put the oil on my arm, it helped my heel, heal. I have since learned that frankincense is a strong anti-inflammatory, so it makes sense, but I believe it doesn’t matter where you use oils topically, they travel throughout your whole body. If you use them long enough, consistently, the oil will help your body heal what needs to be healed.

Edens Garden

May 20, 2019 at 4:19 pm

Hi Suzzette! We don’t recommend casual ingestion of essential oils. You can learn more about this here: http://bit.ly/egingest


May 20, 2019 at 4:10 pm

Can you drink some essential oils for weight loss

Edens Garden

July 23, 2018 at 9:21 am

Hi Krista! We recommend mixing it in a separate container first.


July 23, 2018 at 9:16 am

Can I dilute my essential oil directly on my skin? Let’s say I put a little coconut oil on the bottom of my feet and then a drop of the EO on top? Or do I have to mix it in a separate container first?

Edens Garden

June 25, 2018 at 10:02 am

Hi Carla! Yes, just be sure to dilute first. You can also boil water and add a few drops of essential oil to diffuse, use oils in a spray bottle and spray throughout the house, place EOs on cotton balls around the house. There are many ways to enjoy essential oils without owning a diffuser.


June 25, 2018 at 9:57 am

Hi. I don’t have a diffuser but if I put essential oil on my chest or a cotton ball and inhale it that way, is it the same as breathing it in from a diffuser? Thank you

Edens Garden

April 6, 2018 at 9:22 am

Tarah- You could also go by teaspoons.

1% dilution = 1 drop of EO per 1 tsp of carrier oil
3% dilution = 3 drops of EO per 1 tsp of carrier oil

And so on.


April 6, 2018 at 7:19 am

Hi, I downloaded your Essential Oils Crash Course guide, it’s great! However in the dilution chart, I feel like using 2tbsp. of carrier oil is ALOT and the bottle so little. What about if I want to just rub a dab of oil topically, what ratio would I use to dilute, just a spray?

Edens Garden

February 26, 2018 at 9:04 am

Hi Fabia! Usually essential oils made specifically for diffusing aren’t meant for topical use. If the essential oil is one offered by Edens Garden, it should be safe to apply topically so long as you are staying within safe dilution guidelines. Sweet Almond oil is a great carrier oil


February 25, 2018 at 9:42 pm

Can I use a diffusing essential oil diluted in almond oil for under eye serum?