What is a Carrier Oil?
by Jodi McKenna
What is a Carrier Oil?
A Carrier Oil is any vegetable oil used to dilute an essential oil.
A carrier oil is derived from the fatty portions of a plant and typically has a moderate odor to being odorless. Carrier oils will eventually go rancid. In contrast, therapeutic grade essential oils come from the aromatic portion of a plant will evaporate over time if the bottle is left unopened. While a therapeutic grade essential oil will never go “bad,” it will loose it’s beneficial properties over the long haul.
NEVER use mineral oil. It is petroleum based and will clog up your pores. If your pores are clogged then your skin cannot breath or eliminate toxins.
What are some examples of Carrier Oils for Essential Oils?
- Young Living V-6 (my favorite because it absorbs quickly and doesn’t stain clothing)
- Olive Oil (make sure it is of good quality)
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Oil
- Jojoba Oil
Why Do You Use A Carrier Oil?
There are many reasons for using a carrier oil.
- One of the most obvious ones is that it will allow your therapeutic grade essential oil bottle last longer (and thus save you money).
- Some oils are “hot,” meaning they produce a strong detox response or they are literally hot (you know, spicy)– like cinnamon, clove, or ginger. By using a carrier oil you dilute the intensity of the oil.
- It is a misnomer that more is better when it comes to therapeutic grade essential oils. The reality is that because Young Living TGEOs (therapeutic grade essential oils) are 100% pure – this also means they are effective and powerful. While this may sound scary, don’t let this keep you from using them. When starting out with essential oils, just remember that less is actually more. When you use a carrier oil as the base and add TGEO, there are less essential oil molecules “fighting” to enter the same space on your skin. You are essentially applying the miniscule TGEO molecules to a greater surface area and allowing more of the essential oil to soak into your skin.
- And remember, if you have a response to an essential oil, where your skin becomes red and burns – DO NOT ADD WATER. Apply more carrier oil. Water (especially warm water) will only drive the oil into your skin. Just like you learned in elementary science!