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May 16, 2019

The Four Best Places To Apply Roll-On Essential Oils

If you are familiar with essential oils or use them often, odds are you have either bought or made your own essential oil blends in a roll-on bottle. Roll-on bottles are meant to make the topical application of essential oils easier. Why? Because the oils are already diluted with a carrier oil, and all you have to do is rub the rollerball along your skin. No mess, and no need to carry around more than just a bottle or two! Plus, by using roll-on essential oils, you can feel comfortable with your family using essential oils, knowing that the blends are safely diluted to your family’s needs. 

The Four Best Places To Apply Roll-On Essential Oils 

Roll-on essential oils are pretty fantastic, but did you know that there are a few main areas of the body where you can apply your roll-ons for maximum benefits? While you technically could apply essential oils just about anywhere, the following four specific areas are the best places to apply your roll-ons: 

Bottom of the Feet 

Did you know that your feet have some of the largest pores in your body? With larger pores, your feet can more easily absorb essential oils through the skin and release the benefits of the oils into your bloodstream. This means that you can experience the effects of essential oils faster. 

Tip: Reflexology is a great way to help get the essential oils from your feet and into the body. Reflexology is the act of applying pressure particularly to the hands, feet, and ears to promote relaxation and stress relief. Plus, all of your nerve lines end in your feet. So, by massaging your feet after applying your roll-on oils, you may be able to experience greater relief faster. 

Behind the Ears

Your skin varies in thickness across your body, and behind the ears is one of the areas where your skin is more permeable, or absorbent. This makes it easier for essential oils to get through the layers of skin and into the skin. Plus, your mastoid pressure point is located behind the ear, and this pressure point can help you experience greater relief from pain, inflammation, and swelling. So, by applying essential oils that offer those same benefits, you may be able to experience greater results. 

On the Temples 

Your temples, located on the side of the head between the forehead and ear, are areas of the body that most people turn to for headache and migraine relief. But instead of just massaging your temples to get rid of a headache, try applying your essential oil roll-on. Your temples are a pulse point, which means that there are blood vessels (or in the case of your temples, the temporal artery) close to the skin’s surface. As a result, essential oils can get into your bloodstream faster, allowing you to experience quicker results. 

On the Wrists

The inner wrist is another common location to apply roll-on essential oils, and the reason for that is because the wrist is another pulse point. Your radial artery runs along the inside of your wrist, which makes it easy for your body to absorb essential oils into the bloodstream. 

Other Places to Apply Roll-Ons

When using roll-on essential oils, you can apply your oil to more than just the four areas we discussed above. Here are some other common areas to apply your roll-ons: 

A Note On Safe Topical Application

When applying essential oils directly to the skin, it is important to make sure that you always properly dilute your oil with a carrier oil. Not only will a carrier oil help the essential oils absorb into your skin, but it can also help prevent irritations that may occur due to the potency of essential oils. Dilution rates can vary by age, personal sensitivity, and the type of oil you are using. Use this dilution chart to find the right dilution rate for you. It is also good to perform a patch test before applying more essential oils. Simply apply the roll-on in a small area of skin; if you experience any sort of irritation, you may want to avoid using that particular oil or blend. 



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I have also seen recommended the base of the spine, between the tailbone and the L1? vertebrae, as an application point for topical essential oil use. This is where I apply oils if I want the effect, but not the scent, and don’t want to remove socks and shoes, or have the oils get dispersed by walking on it (otherwise I would do the bottoms of the feet). Is this an effective location?

Nicole S | June 4, 2019 | Reply

    Great question, Nicole. Many people apply essential oils all along the spine. The key is finding a place that you feel allows your body to absorb the oils and experience the benefits. Just be sure to dilute essential oils before applying them topically anywhere on the body.

    Rocky Mountain Oils | June 13, 2019 | Reply

I have used rollons and LOVE THEM!! Easy to carry in purse! AndcEasy to apply, no mess! Being new to the “family ” of Rocky Mountain Oils, i cant wait to receive my first order!

Ann Miller | September 7, 2020 | Reply

    Yay! We are so happy to have you join our happy family, Ann! Please keep us updated on how you liked your new oils~

    Rocky Mountain Oils | October 6, 2020 | Reply