The Four Best Spots To Apply Roll-On Essential Oils

The Four Best Spots To Apply Roll-On Essential Oils 

When essential oils are applied to the skin, their healing components are absorbed into the bloodstream by the pores and hair follicles. Once inside the bloodstream, they disperse to the specific organs and systems on which they work. Pulse points are the areas of the body where blood vessels are closest to the skin’s surface. Applying essential oils to these areas allows for quicker absorption and helps them get to work faster. 

Think about it like watering a plant: you hydrate the soil because that’s where the roots are to absorb the nutrients. You wouldn’t get the same effect if you just watered the leaves or flowers. 

Essential oil blends are most effective through a combination of inhalation and topical application. While you can safely roll-on our blends anywhere in the body, there are four main areas that will give you the best results. Remember to roll in a circular motion generously and then inhale for optimal results. 

Bottom of the Feet 

Our feet are a great spot for oils because they have big pores and no hair. The pores allow for quick absorption and the lack of hair follicles mean there is nothing to slow that down. Most areas of our body have 7-10 layers of skin but our feet only have 5 layers. 

Also, sebum, which is an oily substance that works as a protective shield, is not present on our hands and soles of our feet. This means there is no barrier between your oils and your pores. 

Furthermore, our feet have over 70,000 nerve endings, and every organ and system in your body is connected through meridians of energy that end in your feet, hands, ears and face.

Behind the Ears

There is a different thickness of skin all over our body and the skin behind our ears are more permeable.  As an added benefit, your mastoid pressure point is located behind the ear, which can support greater relief from pain and inflammation. This is a great spot to ease headaches, dizziness, fatigue or insomnia.  

On the Temples 

Your temples are located on the side of the head between the forehead and ear and typically what you would rub when you have a headache. Your temples are a pulse point, where your blood is closest to your skin and gives the best absorption. Using essential oils here works best when you have a headache, nausea or motion sickness. 

On the Wrists

The inner wrist is another common location to apply roll-on essential oils because it 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. A large volume of blood moves through these areas, which means they are generally warmer than other parts. This warmer temperature helps heighten the smell of the oils. It is also why people often put perfume on their wrists. It is a great point for absorption and inhalation. 

Other Places to Apply Roll-Ons

Other common areas to apply your roll-ons depend on the support you need. 

  • Abdomen: The abdomen is a great place to apply oils when experiencing any stomach issues or nausea
  • Chest: Applying oils to the chest is especially great when you have congestion, cough or any respiratory issues. 
  • Problem spots: Apply to any area that is radiating pain (ankle, knees, back, etc.)

While our blends were specifically formulated to support specific ailments, they can be used effectively to support a range of issues. You can use one or layer on multiple blends to be your best self! 

The Four Best Spots To Apply Roll-On Essential Oils

About the Author: Kavita Sahai, The Founder

Kavita Sahai has worked in the wellness industry for over a decade and is a certified expert in aromatherapy, Ayurveda, yoga, and nutrition, with a rich background in human design and beauty oils. Kavita combines traditional wisdom with modern research to offer holistic wellness and beauty insights. Focused on sustainable self-care practices, Kavita guides individuals towards achieving both internal and external radiance. She hold an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and a Master's from UC Berkeley.