When I first started my Essential Oil journey I had no clue what a carrier oil was. I kept seeing it everywhere, in posts on Facebook, on blogs, and in recipes. I had to search and search to figure it out. That and I couldn’t understand why I needed a carrier oil. Until I made the mistake of getting peppermint near my eye undiluted(without a carrier oil). Boy did that burn for awhile and my eyes really stung. After trying to use water to wash it off with no help at all. I decided to turn to my trusty research and find out how to make Peppermint Essential Oil a little more pleasing to my body.
A carrier oil is defined as a vegetable oil derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually the seed, nut or kernels. Carrier oils on their own have different therapeutic properties. The choice of the carrier oil will depend on what therapeutic benefit you are looking for. A carrier oil is used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin. A carrier oil lets your essential oil slowly soak into the skin so as not to waste the essential oil. If you were to apply a drop of essential oil onto your skin it would evaporate very quickly. When you add a carrier oil to it, it allows the oil to slowly soak into the skin and therefor makes the desired effect of the oil last longer. Longer lasting means your Essential Oils last longer and which saves you money! It also helps to dilute certain oils because of sensitivity to the specific Essential Oil. If you have sensitive skin like I do you should use a carrier oil every time you apply any essential oil to your skin. Carrier Oils are also a great thing to do for toddlers and children.
There are many Carrier Oils, I will share with you my favorites that I use. And also a couple of links where you can go and choose some that would fit yours and your families needs.
- Coconut Oil, this is my number one go to! I love using this oil, the brand I get is Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, I buy this at Costco as it is cheaper there than anywhere else. This is the best site when it comes to explain the pros and cons of each brand of Coconut Oil, I love this blog post and she did a great job and it helped me choose my coconut Oil: http://www.evolvingwellness.com/essay/how-to-choose-a-coconut-oil-comparing-best-and-worst-brands
- Jojoba Oil, by Leven Rose, this is my second and most important oil, I use this in all of my Roller formulas as the oil stays liquid all the time. With this oil I get if off of Amazon. There is only one supplier I will use for this oil and that is Leven Rose itself(also they are the only supplier with Prime Shipping so that is how you can tell them apart), DO NOT buy this from any other supplier on Amazon, they are over priced and who knows what they put in it. The seller will send you an e-mail and make sure that you are enjoying her product. She is very kind and wants all her customers to be satisfied with their purchase. She also will give a bulk discount. If you send me an e-mail asking for what price it is supposed to be I will let you know.
- Olive Oil, I have used this only a couple of times as a back up. I used this before I stumbled across Jojoba Oil. I just used the Olive Oil I had in the pantry for cooking. It worked well with what I needed it to do.
There are many other Carrier Oils you can use. I haven’t used much as the ones I have right now work well for my skin type and such. They don’t make my skin too oily and I haven’t gotten any pimps from using the ones above. I have learned if it isn’t broken don’t try and fix it. Here is a list of other carrier oils that you can use:
- Apricot Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Grape seed oil
- Olive oil
- Sesame oil
- Evening primrose
- Canola (Rapeseed)
- Sunflower oil
- Emu oil
- Castor oil
- Borage seed oil
- Vegetable Oil
The following are nut oils you can use:
- Walnut oil
- Peanut oil
- Pecan oil
- Macadamia oil
- Hazelnut oil
- Cocoa Butter
- Sweet Almond Oil
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