What are carrier oils?
Some essential oils are recommended to be used “neat” (this means that you drop a few drops of oil out of the bottle and apply it directly to your skin). Other essential oils are suggested to be diluted with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin (check the label on your essential oil bottle and/or your reference guide for dilution recommendations). Aside from canola and vegetable oil, most vegetable oils can be used as a carrier oil. Carrier oils prevent skin irritation (because essential oils are so potent), help the body absorb essential oils, extend the life of essential oils, and allow essential oils to be used on sensitive skin. Carrier oils allow you to spread just a few drops of essential oil to a large area of the body. Carrier oils also make it possible for essential oils to be used for massages, creams, lotions, lip balms, rubs, and sugar scrubs.
My three carrier oils…
The three most common carrier oils most oilers tend to use are olive oil, coconut oil, or Young Living V-6 oil (although many other vegetable oils can be used). When I first began using Young Living essential oils, I diluted my oils with olive oil. Nothing fancy, just the plain ole’ organic extra virgin olive oil that we cook with. I used olive oil for a long time because it was simple and something we already had on hand.
As time went on, I became curious about other types of carrier oils. Coconut oil was the second carrier oil that I tried. My hubby and I love coconut oil as a carrier oil! Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, which makes it a perfect carrier oil to use when making essential oil based creams, lotions, rubs, lip balms, sugar scrubs, etc. Coconut oil is easier to apply and seems to do a better job of moisturizing the skin than olive oil does.
My most recent purchase includes Young Living’s V-6 vegetable oil complex. V-6 is an organic carrier oil that is a combination of several different carrier oils (coconut oil, sesame seed oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, sweet germ oil, sunflower seed oil, and olive oil). I love V-6 oil because it nourishes the skin, has a long shelf life, doesn’t clog pores, and will not stain clothes. V-6 is my new favorite carrier oil!
Here are some tips for purchasing your carrier oils…
- Olive oil: purchase organic extra virgin olive oil. You should be able to find this at your grocery store.
- Coconut oil: purchase organic, raw, cold pressed coconut oil. High quality coconut oil (organic, raw, cold pressed) can be difficult to find in a grocery store. I ordered mine from My Natural Market. It cost me $20.95 plus $4.95 shipping for a 32 ounce bottle. I don’t have any ties to this company…I just order my coconut oil from them
- Young Living V-6 enhanced vegetable oil complex can be purchased through Young Living. Click here to learn how to become a Young Living member so you can purchase your own V-6 oil and your own essential oils.
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