When you use an oil topically, you can use them neat (no dilution except for sensitive skin or with hot oils) and/or you can dilute with a carrier oil. You can also dilute any oil you that want to make it spread easier. I make lots of roller ball recipes to use at home.
What is a carrier oil? A carrier oil is named such because they “carry” an essential oi to the skin. Carrier oils refer to base oils that are used to dilute essential oils before applying them directly to your skin. Carrier oils are usually cold-pressed oils that are produced from fatty portions of a specific plant
Why use a carrier oil? Carrier oils are used for so many reasons. You might use a carrier oil in order to help you cover a large part of the body. For example, if you are massaging your legs, you could add a few drops of essential oil to the carrier oil in order to apply to the entire area easier. Carrier oils are also used as a safety precaution they are very powerful. When using EOs on someone with skin sensitivity or an infant or child, it is “essential” to dilute them. Carrier oils are also used tohelp the oils absorb more rapidly into the skin.
Some carrier oils and some info on the oils are outlined below.
Fractionated Coconut Oil
- Doesn’t go rancid
- Leaves no residue
- Good for all skin types
- Soothes dry, irritated skin
- Slightly Oily
- Good for beauty and health recipes
- Good for delicate skin types
- Commonly used in cosmetics for its many benefits
- Relatively odorless
- Closely resembles natural oils of skin
- Waxy and relatively expensive
- Non-greasy feelings
- Relatively Odorless
- High in vitamin and mineral count
- Excellent for hair
- Heavy and oily
- Strong Odor
Oils to Dilute
Cassia, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Oregano Thyme, and the followings need to be diluted for sensitive skins, Bergamont, Black Pepper, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus, Geranium Ginger, Lemongrass, Lime, Peppermint, and Wintergreen
Suggested Dilutions or how much carrier oil do I need to use? This all depends on your purpose. I’ve read lots of research that indicates that an essential oil maintains its therapeutic benefits even when diluted down to 2%, 5%, or 10%. The Modern Essentials guide to essential oils has a great chart that shows dilution ratios. These are very light dilutions. Remember, it’s o.k. to dilute at a much heavier ratio. In fact, it can be safer and more effective. I say….dilute!
Infants are not listed on the chart but it is recommended that one drop of essential per Tablespoon of carrier be used.
Here is another chart with heavier dilutions.
Here is a link to a chart that shows some of the oils and how they are used.
What happens if I burn myself or get an EO in my eye? Use your carrier oil. If you apply an oil and it starts to tingle, just add ;ittle carrier oil. You will find that it immediately takes away the tingle or burn. If an oil gets in the eye, you can also use your carrier oil around the eye area. I speak from experience, it helps. Trust me, my grandson got some in his eye!! Not fun, but this worked. DO NOT USE WATER!!!!!! Diluting or trying to wash off an oil with water will not work. Water will only drive it in further as oil and water and oils do not mix.
So, there you have it. Everything you wanted to know about carrier oils but were afraid to ask.
Do you use a carrier oil? Tell me, what is your favorite?