Warm Compress
For deeper penetration, use a warm compress after applying essential oils. Completely soak the cloth or towel by placing it in comfortably hot water. Then cover the cloth loosely with a dry towel or blanket to seal in the heat. Leave the cloth on the location for 15-30 minutes. Remove the cloth immediately if there is any discomfort.

Cold  Packs
Apply essential oils on the location, followed by cold water or ice packs when treating inflamed or swollen tissues. Frozen packages of peas or corn make excellent ice packs because they mold themselves to the contours of the body part and will not leak. Keep the cold pack on until the swelling diminishes.
For neurological problems, always use cold packs, never hot ones.

This technique consists of applying multiple oils one at a time. Apply the first oil and massage it gently into the tissue until the area is dry, then apply the second oil, again massaging gently until the oil is absorbed and the skin is dry, and so on.

Making a Compress
• Rub 1-3 drops on the location, diluted or neat, depending on the oil being used and the skin sensitivity at that location.
• Cover the location with a hot damp towel.
• Cover the moist towel with a dry towel for 10-30 minutes depending on individual need.

As the oil penetrates the skin, you may experience a warming or even burning sensation, especially in areas where the greatest benefits occur. If burning becomes uncomfortable, apply V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex, a massage oil, or any pure vegetable oil such as olive, coconut, or almond to the location.

A second type of application is very mild and is suitable for children or those with sensitive skin.
• Place 5-15 drops of essential oil into a basin filled with warm water.
• Water temperature should be approximately 100° F (38° C), unless the patient suffers neurological conditions; in that case, use cold water.
• Vigorously agitate the water and let it stand for one minute.
• Place a dry face cloth on top of the water to soak up oils that have floated to the surface.
• Wring out the water and apply the cloth to the location. To seal in the warmth, cover the wet cloth with a thick dry towel for 15-30 minutes.