Applying essential oils to your skin is super easy; it’s also the fastest way to see the benefits of certain oils.

I always encourage people using essential oils for the first time to apply on their feet. The skin there is generally less sensitive than the rest of the body, so it’s a good place to “spot test” an oil before rubbing it over more sensitive skin.

Once you’re comfortable, you can use essential oils on any area of your body (except in your eyes or ears). If you’re having stomach discomfort, rub the oil over your stomach. If head tension is bothering you, a little oil on your temples and neck will help.

In general, you’ll want to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil before you put it on your skin. Some of the more common carrier oils include coconut, almond, and grapeseed oils.

(Roller bottles like the ones pictured here are thin glass bottles with roller caps that make mixing + applying oils super convenient).

4 Essential Oils for Topical Use

Any essential oil can be used on your skin, but these 4 are the ones I reach for most often.


This is a blend of wintergreen, clove, and peppermint oils that cools and soothes tired muscles. I use this one most often when I’ve spent too much time pulling weeds out of my garden! Use it diluted with a carrier oil anywhere your muscles could use some support.


This blend of Fennel, Tarragon, and Ginger is always in my purse. My gallbladder had to be removed a few years ago, so I need all the digestive support I can get. I like to use this on my abdomen after meals or on my kids when their tummies are bothering them.


I keep a roller top on this oil and swipe it across my wrists and chests each morning. The smell is super relaxing and helps me approach the day with a positive mindset. If sad feelings keep you overwhelmed, this oil will help you reclaim your day.


I think of Frank as the sweet grandpa oil. It’s smell is comforting and safe and it takes care of all of your problems. Of course, this oil’s history is rooted in scripture and it has always been considered an oil that uplifts and empowers the spirit. It’s also really great for keeping your skin hydrated + radiant. I like to add a drop of Frankincense to my primer when I put my makeup on.