It is important to know what a carrier oil is because you may need to use them to dilute your Essential Oils. Pure Liquid Essential Oils are highly concentrated and usually need to be diluted before being applied to the skin. A carrier oil is a cold-pressed vegetable, nut, or seed oil. Some of the most commonly used carrier oils are, Fractionated Coconut Oil (F.C.O.), Jojoba, Almond, and Olive oil. There are benefits for each, but it all depends on your needs and preferences. I mostly use Fractionated Coconut Oil because it is scentless, naturally organic, sustainable, and does not stain clothes or sheets, etc. I love jojoba oil because it has its own therapeutic properties and is grown locally. Almond oil has a distinctly sweet aroma, and Olive oil an earthy herbaceous one.
The two main reasons for using carrier oils are to spread a small amount of essential oil over a large area, and/or to lessen the “hot” oils. Hot oils are those that are more likely to “burn” the skin and/or have a high potency that vibrates strongly and in some cases 100,000 times stronger than the dried herb form. It is important to use caution.
Carrier Oils for Essential Oils
If you are new to using Essential Oils always begin by mixing them with a carrier oil before applying them to the skin. A good measure to go by with most EOs would be 5-10 drops of Essential Oil per teaspoon of your preferred carrier oil. Experienced users often make mixtures of 50/50 but you have to know how each oil will effect you before you attempt this. Read more about Methods of Use here.
CAUTION: It is very rare that you will have an allergic reaction but if the oil feels “hot” or you react to application of any Essential Oil and it causes irritation, DO NOT use water to wash it off as this will trap the oil and pull it back into the skin making in even more intense. Instead, use a carrier oil to wash the area as it will dilute the oil and lessen the intensity and burning sensation, as well as slow the absorption. After the irritation or discomfort has stopped, then you can use soap and water to wash the effected area.