What is a Carrier Oil?

What is a Carrier Oil?

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.

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