All About Carrier Oils
We use Carrier oils with an essential oil when an essential oil feels too “hot” on the skin in order to dilute it.
Carrier oils can help to make sure that topical application is comfortable.
Some examples are V-6 (Young Living’s brand), vegetable, olive, grapeseed, almond, jojoba, and coconut oil.
Clove, Cinnamon, Oregano, Thieves, and Lemon are examples of “hot oils” that may need to be diluted with a carrier oil. However, when putting a “hot” oil on your feet, it does not need to be diluted with a carrier oil.
Using carrier oils can help make essential oils last longer (both out of the bottle and when applied topically on the skin, as it doesn’t evaporate as fast with a carrier oil).
Dilution of the essential oil does not dilute the effect of the EO. It helps prevent waste due to excessive application.
DO NOT USE: vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or petroleum derivatives (such as petroleum jelly)
THE 411 ON CARRIER OILS (excerpt from The Chemical Free Home 2 by Melissa Poepping)
-A base oil is derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from the seeds, kernels or the nuts. Base oils are used to dilute essential oils prior to application. They can carry the essential oils further into the tissue or help hold essential oils topically.
-Base oils vary in viscosity (thickness), how fast they penetrate the skin, color, aroma, nutritive composition and shelf life. Some base oils are better suited for particular types of formulations than others. Your desired result will require a unique type base oil.
-For example, tired and sore muscles respond best when the essential oils penetrate deep into the tissue. Choosing a lighter viscosity base such as V6 oil or Sunflower oil is best. If applying topically to a child o person with sensitive skin, choose a medium viscosity base like Jojoba or Olive oil to slow the rate of absorption. if you are congested and wish to inhale your essential oils or would like a natural “perfume,” try layering your desired oils over a base of coconut oil to create a barrier.
FROM LIGHT VISCOSITY TO BARRIER OILS:
Fractionated Coconut Oil
Sweet Almond Oil
YL V6 Oil
Red Raspberry Seed Oil
Balms and Salves (cocoa butter, shea butter, coconut oil)
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