Carrier Oils for Essential oil use

Essential oils are amazingly powerful, but also very potent! A little bit goes a long way, so it is important to use a carrier oil when applying essential oils topically. Let’s talk about the different types of carrier oils and how much carrier oil is needed to dilute essential oils properly.

Whenever applying essential oils topically to the skin, always use a carrier oil like coconut oil. I like using coconut oil because it is unscented and doesn’t interfere with the scent of the essential oil. Plus it has an indefinite shelf life and is good for general use. Some people apply oils NEAT, which means without a carrier oil. Although I have done this from time to time, it is not recommended to do because it can cause a skin sensitivity. Carrier oils create a barrier between the skin and the essential oil. This allows the essential oil to absorb slower into the skin which will prevent any possible skin reactions. Secondly, the carrier oil gives the essential oil a base to stick to in order to prevent the essential oil from evaporating. Bottom line always use a carrier oil!

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The primary carrier oils can be grouped into 3 categories. Below is a list of carrier oils for each grouping.

  • Massage and reflexology-Fractionated Coconut, Hempseed, Sweet Almond, and Sunflower

  • Facial skin care-Apricot Kernal, Hazelnut,and Rosehip

  • Bodily skin conditions-Tamanu, Jojoba, Avocado, Grapeseed, Sesame, Shea, and Evening Primrose

Now let’s talk dilution rate. The dilution rate varies based on several factors such as age, health conditions, duration of use, and type of essential oil being applied.

Many times you will see a dilution rate for blends. Let me make it simple.

~ 1% dilution rate means 1 drop of essential oil for every teaspoon of carrier oil. This dilution rate is generally used for the elderly, children, the chronically ill persons, and pregnant women.

~ 2% dilution rate means 2 drops of essential oil for every teaspoon of carrier oil. This rate is generally used for the average adult for daily or long-term use.

~3% dilution rate means 3 drops of essential oil for every teaspoon of carrier oil. This rate is used for specific illnesses or acute injury with use up to two weeks.

~4% dilution rate means 4 drops of essential oil for every teaspoon of carrier oil.

~5% dilution rate means 5 drops of essential oil for every teaspoon of carrier oil.

Quick tip….I love making roller bottles for the essential oils that I use often. Making roller bottles extends the life of your essential oils and makes it portable and ready to use. You can purchase roller bottles on Amazon. Be sure to always use glass.

Have more questions? Please feel free to reach out!

Laura Ciampa