I have a lot of new One Breath at a Thyme team members ask about diluting their oils, specifics with carrier oils, and the best way to use roller bottles, so I thought it might be helpful to have an entire post all about this subject.
- I almost always dilute EOs (even if using them on myself), because of 2 reasons:
- Essential oils are so concentrated to begin with, so one drop is really all you need (if that). This lets us use more of the oil for longer. Also, diluting the EO doesn’t dilute the effectiveness because it is so concentrated to begin with.
- When you dilute the EO with a carrier oil (the fatty oil from plants), it will actually stay on the skin longer without evaporating (because EOs are volatile or evaporate rapidly). By staying on the skin longer, it will work more effectively because it takes longer to absorb.
- Essential oils are greaseless. They will not stain clothes or fabric the way that greasy carrier oils will.
- Carrier oils are the fatty oil from the plant that we use to dilute with essential oils.
- Coconut oil is solid under 76 degrees and liquid over that point. Fractionated coconut oil is altered to stay in liquid form.
- My favorite carrier oil is Young Living's V-6 because it is a combination of different ones: fractionated coconut oil, sesame, grape, sweet almond, wheat, sunflower, olive. You essentially get the best of those all in one.
- Different carrier oils have different properties. Some are thicker than others. Some clog pores, although many don't. Some are better for sensitive skin. Some have different absorption rates as well.
Using Roller Bottles vs Roller Filament Tops
- When you join Young Living and get a Premium Starter Kit, you get a roller bottle top that fits on the YL bottles.
- If you shake that top, you can hear a clicking, and this looseness of the metal ball allows a lot of oil oil. You don't need all that much to come out at once.
- My suggestion to use the roller filament from YL: wait until your bottle is empty, pop off stopper top, fill with carrier oil, and then put on roller top. The residue oil that is in the EO bottle will be enough (you don't have to add any other EOs to the bottle before adding the carrier oil).
- If you want to use roller bottles (my preference): Purchase them from Bulk Apothecary or Abundant Health.
- While these bottles have plastic tops, it is harder to roll, so not as much comes out.
- With these bottles, you would add the oil and carrier oil. Make sure to put top all the way down and label your mix! We even sometimes use Washi tape to visually show the difference between bottles.
- While you can purchase these bottles from Amazon or Whole Foods (or you local health food store), they are much more expensive.
- Young Living has some pre-made roller bottles, such as Stress Away, Deep Relief, and others.
Some Other Thoughts
- I love my family's Thieves roller. For most roller recipes, I will do about 15-20 drops of essential oil and then the rest is a carrier oil.
- If you don’t have a roller bottle, you can also use a glass container and pre-mix some and then apply as needed with you hands (just wash your hands afterwards).
- Once you use a bottle as a roller bottle, I would suggest only using it that way from then on. Think about it: the roller ball touches your skin and then rotates back around into the bottle of oil. While you should always try to clean the skin before rolling on an oil, this doesn't always happen and contamination may happen. Also, think back to what I wrote about the highly-concentrated oils: those roller tops from YL let a lot of oil out at once, so you would actually be using way more than you need. This is why I suggest you should wait until your bottle is seemingly empty before adding a carrier oil and then attaching the roller filament.
Do you have any other tips or tricks that you have picked up about carrier oils, the roller bottle tops from YL, or creating your mixes?