Carrier Oils are the fatty portion of the plant (seed, kernel, or the nut) that help to dilute essential oils prior to application. We recommend diluting most essential oils with a carrier oil in order to make the oil last longer (both from the bottle and on the skin). Carrier oils can be such money-savers. Because essential oils are so concentrated, diluting them doesn’t change the effectiveness!
-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 essential oil. It helps prevent waste due to excessive application.
-Do not use vegetable shortening, butter, margarine, or petroleum derivatives (such as petroleum jelly). These are not carrier oils.
-Can be purchased from stores, but we recommend looking for a cold-pressed, organic carrier oil in your health food store or online (Amazon or Bulk Apothecary). Young Living also sells a carrier oil in a pump called V-6 Oil.