Confused about carrier oils and diluting? Let’s break it down.
What is a carrier oil?
Carrier oils are an essential oil’s best friend.
Remember how we explained that essential oils are volatile and absorb into your skin almost immediately? Well, carrier oils are different in that they are a vegetable oil used to dilute or “carry” around those precious essential oils.
If you open your pantry, chances are, you’ll find some basic carrier oils. Coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, all of these are examples of carrier oils. Within our Lavender & Lime team, we love Young Living’s V-6, jojoba oil and coconut oil (fractionated will always remain a liquid).
When would you use a carrier oil?
- Certain essential oils are considered “hot” oils. This means that if used directly on your skin (“neat”), there can be an unpleasant skin response. Don’t worry; the label on each Young Living bottle will let you know whether you need to dilute and at what ratio. For example, Thieves essential oil blend, which has clove and cinnamon can be a bit spicy for our skin, so we always dilute, and thankfully the bottle tells us to use a ratio of 1:4. That means 1 drop of Thieves and 4 drops of a carrier oil. It’s as easy as placing these drops in your hand and then rubbing on the desired area.
- Always dilute on small children and those with sensitive skin. Essential oils are powerful, especially on tender skin. There are a few very gentle oils, such as lavender and melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil), that are considered safe to use neat on children, but if you’re just starting out, diluting is always a good idea.
- To cover a large area, such as your back or leg, it’s great to use a carrier oil so that you don’t have to use as many drops of your essential oils. The carrier oil helps to spread your desired essential oil around the larger area.
- For a relaxing massage, carrier oils are a must. Young Living’s V6 Oil is the perfect blend for just this purpose.
When using essential oils, always have a carrier oil nearby. It’s a matter of safety. If the essential oil accidentally gets in your eye or creates an unpleasant sensation on the skin, grab your carrier oil, NOT WATER. Remember, water and oil don’t mix, so using water will only drive the oil deeper into the unwanted area.
A couple key points to remember with carrier oils. Always buy organic. Remember, we’re working hard to eliminate chemicals from our system, so here’s a simple way to stay on track.