Waste not want not

The other day my gorgeous bottle of Frankincense ran out.  Que very sad face. 

Did you  know, when a bottle is empty there are still at least 10 drops on the sides you can’t get out just using the bottle the normal way? This oil is so precious you do not want to waste a drop!

So I popped out the dropper carefully with a butter knife blade and added 10 drops of Copaiba into the Frankincense bottle  and topped up with  Fractionated Coconut Oil.

I then added the special sized roller that fits the doTERRA 15ml bottles and I have myself a brand new Frankincense and Copaiba roller ready to go! I just saved a whole bunch of money and am now feeling quite pleased with myself that I didn't waste a single  drop of this precious oil. You can apply this trick with any oil that you can use topically. [ see below for a reminder on how to use essential oils topically] So far I using this hack I have made Lavender, Ice Blue and Digestzen Rollers that I would never have had. Please don't throw your bottles away  - there are so many great ideas on how to reuse on google and in chat groups. 

What is your favorite oil bottle recycle trick? Please share in the comments below so we can all get more great ideas. 

** To fit a roller top into a 15 ml doTERRA bottle you do need to purchase a special sized roller. 

I purchased mine here

 

 

How to use Essential Oils Topically 

 

Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.

Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.

To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.

It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for each individual based on size, age, and overall health status.

Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils

  • Neck
  • Forehead and temples
  • Chest and abdomen
  • Arms, legs, bottom of feet

Other Effective Methods of Topical Application

  • Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
  • Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
  • Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin

Sensitive Areas to be Avoided:

  • Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
  • Eyes and inner ears
  • Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin

 

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