Rolling Versus Diffusing

Rolling Versus Diffusing

Rolling versus diffusing. What is the difference?! 

There are two great components of aromatherapy, inhalation and topical application. Let's discuss both.

Inhalation is a great way to reap the many health benefits of essential oils. Our sense of smell is very powerful and when we inhale an essential oil it quickly gets absorbed by the receptors in our nose. This triggers nerve messages in the limbic center of the brain. The limbic center in the brain is a complex system of nerves that control basic emotions such as fear, pleasure, anger, and sadness. This is why essential oils work so well when we breathe them in.

Did you know that diffusing oils is not the only way to get the benefits of inhalation? You can add a few drops of an essential oil to a tissue or cotton ball, you can add a drop or two in the palms of your hands and cup them to your face, or you can apply the oils topically near your face and inhale them that way. 

Topical application is the second form of aromatherapy. This method is great for obtaining the benefits of essential oils because the oils are lipid soluble, meaning they can easily penetrate the skin. Once the oils are absorbed, they stay in that localized area for a period of time.

Since essential oils are so strong, dilution is necessary before applying to the skin. This means using a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil to dilute the oil. A carrier oil is just what it sounds like, it helps to carry the oil into the skin for better absorption. The carrier oil does not dissolve or damage the oil in any way or slow down its potency. It does help absorb in the skin better by slowing down the evaporation of the oils. The carrier oils also help to reduce any skin reactions that could occur to sensitive skin.

Topical application of essential oils is also great because of their myriad health benefits like anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial properties. Once these oils are applied to the skin, they can do wonders in reducing local inflammation and pain.

Remember, our skin is our biggest organ! The best places to apply essential oils are the neck, forehead/temples, chest, abdomen, feet, inner elbows, behind the knees, and the spine. 

Without the topical application of essential oils, you'll be missing out on a lot of great benefits. This is what Petal & Leaf does best! We make our blends available as roll-ons so you get all the benefits of aromatherapy, topical application with the added benefit of inhalation. 

Here are some great benefits of using roll-on blends:

  • Travel Ready - can go with you on airplanes, easily!
  • Convenient - can take them everywhere, can even fit in your pocket!
  • Can be used ANYWHERE - No need for an outlet, water, or a diffusor
  • Neat Application - easily roll the blends on you without having to get your hands dirty
  • Easy - they are already blended and diluted! I do the hard part for you :-)
  • Availability - use them as often as you need them
  • Two-in-One - enjoy the benefits of topical application and inhalation from one roll-on blend

Here are my recommended tips for using your roll-ons:

  • Always roll near your face, like your chest, temples, or back of the neck. This way you'll easily be able to smell the oils.
  • Roll on the bottoms of the feet for quick, fast acting absorption.
  • During times of acute symptoms, roll oil on every 15 minutes. For example, if you have a headache, roll on the temples every 15 minutes until symptoms subside.
  • Be consistent! The more you use your oils (daily) the better they will work! 

I hope this helped to break down why I believe roll-on blends are a great way to get the amazing benefits of essential oils!

Please leave any questions, thoughts or comments you have below. I am happy to answer any questions!

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1 comment

Hello, I’m new to the essential oil world. My question is, what is the difference between the roller recipes and the diffuser recipes? I’m looking for roller recipes as I don’t have a diffuser yet.
Thank You,


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