Scroll to the end of this page to view recommended usage guidelines.


In this clip, Dr. Hill touches on safe usage of essential oils. He urges us to listen to our bodies–sometimes less is more.

dōTERRA indicates appropriate usage with the symbols listed below.

Note that some oils–cassia, cinnamon, clove, oregano, and thyme–should always be diluted before application, and others indicate suggested dilution for young or sensitive skin–bergamot, black pepper, eucalyptus, ginger, peppermint. Always dilute an oil if applying near sensitive regions of the face! You can use dōTERRA's fractionated coconut oil for dilution, or use another high-quality coconut oil, avocado oil, or other vegetable or nut oil.



All of dōTERRA's oils are safe for aromatic use. Check out our "Aroma & Emotions" section to learn how our sense of smell triggers our brain, limbic system, and thus hormone production in our bodies.



Topical application is a very effective method for using essential oils. Beneficial places to apply oils are to the neck, forehead, temples, chest, abdomen, arms, legs, and bottom of the feet. Some are oils are considered "hot" and should be diluted for topical application (like cinnamon), while others are safe to apply directly to the skin (like lavender).

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.

–dōTERRA, on topical application



Can be used with no dilution.



Dilute for young or sensitive skin.


DILUTE (Topical)

Always dilute for topical use!



We want to be extremely clear–don't ingest just any essential oil, even if you buy it from a health food store. So many oils out there are either cut with synthetics or aren't tested for impurities, and are not safe for internal use (even ones from the health food store).

dōTERRA's essential oils that include an "I" symbol are safe for internal use. The bottles themselves also indicate internal usage and include supplement facts and dilution guidelines.

An essential oil that isn’t pure means you run the risk of putting germs, heavy metals, or adulterants onto or into your body, which can provoke irritation, adverse effects, or even sickness.

–dōTERRA, on oil quality


Below you'll see Dr. Hill's guidelines for usage:


A note about photosensitivity: citrus oils and sun don't play well together on your skin! Photosensitive oils come with this statement printed on the bottle: Avoid sunlight or UV rays for up to 12 hours after applying product. See image below for reference!