If you’ve ever Googled or searched on Pinterest (follow me by clicking that link) for an essential oil recipe or tip, you’re sure to have come across things that say “always dilute with a carrier oil,” “don’t use essential oils without a carrier oil,” “did you make sure you had a carrier oil?” But…what is a carrier oil?!
Carrier oils are just that, oils. They come from seeds or nuts and are full of essential fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins, and minerals. They help to dilute the essential oil. Oils are highly concentrated fluid that is distilled out of flowers, shrubs, leaves, roots, seeds, and trees. Let me say that again…highly concentrated.
Oils evaporate slower than water and help to keep the essential oils on your skin longer, resulting in better use of the oils. Carrier oils have their own therapeutic uses as well. Some are better for dry skin, while others are better for oily skin. There are SO MANY carrier oils to choose from, but there are a few that are used more commonly than the others.
Coconut oil is the most commonly used carrier oil when it comes to aromatherapy. There is regular coconut oil that can solidify when it gets cold, and there is fractionated coconut oil that stays in liquid form all the time. Fractionated coconut oil is cheap, easy to use, decent on the skin, and known to be used by essential oil users. However, there are many other carrier oils that are much better to use!
Some other ones you can look at are…
If you click any of the names of these oils down here, you can purchase them! The links take you straight to Amazon for quick and easy ordering!
- Jojoba oil – It is the “other” top carrier oil for use in aromatherapy. It is lightly scented, leaves a nice satin feeling behind, and absorbed quickly through the skin which makes it a great addition to aromatherapy products.
- Sweet Almond Oil – This oil is also easily absorbed into the skin, and has a nutty scent to it. Not too intense of a scent. It makes a great massage oil and is very gentle for all skin types.
- Grapeseed Oil – Grapeseed is super high in essential fatty acids and vitamin E which makes it a very healthy oil to use on your skin. It also won’t clog your pores because it is non-comedogenic.
- Sunflower Oil – Another gentle oil that is great for sensitive skin. Refrigerate this one after opening!
Those are just SOME. Read on to see an easy to read graphic you can save to your computer or phone!
It is very important to use carrier oils when using essential oils. Using essential oils “neat” (straight from the bottle) is dangerous and can cause adverse reactions. You can read the Adverse Reaction Database here. *I don’t share this information to scare you away from essential oils, I’m sharing this link to help encourage you to seek out the true information, the safest information regarding essential oils. It’s important to read the awesome stories and the adverse reactions so you understand all the aspects.
Knowing which carrier oils do what can be hard. There are just so many to choose from. I created this graphic, and its yours for FREE. Just save the image to your phone or your computer and refer back to it. Share it with your friends, print it out if you’d like.
As I have worked to become an aromatherapist, I have learned so much that isn’t the information being shared. It’s important to know that we should always dilute our essential oils, and different carrier oils are good for different things.
Looking for a few recipes? Check out these two I recently posted!
What is your go-to carrier oil? Do you use your essential oils neat? Where did you hear that it’s safe to use oils neat if you do? Answer in the comments!