Carrier oils, also known as base oils or vegetable oils, are used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin. They are so named carrier oils because they carry the essential oils onto our skin. Most of carrier oils have no smell and don’t interfere with the therapeutic properties of essential oils.
Let me show you here the differences between essential oils, how to dilute them and the most commonly used carrier oils.
What is the differences with essential oils?
List Of Carrier Oils:
But what is the best carrier oil to mix with essential oils? There many carrier oils, distilled and cold-pressed from several plants with many moisturizing properties, I recommend you to stick with the common ones:
How to Use Carrier Oils:
Before diluting your essential oils into your preferred carrier oil I suggest you to apply a small amount in your arm and wait for a few seconds. These carrier oils tend to be absorbed by the skin very quickly therefore you’ll see or feel discomfort very fast. I recommend you to do the same when you create your blend. The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy recommends the following dilution ratios for carrier oil usage:
This means that the essential oil should comprise no more than 2.5% of the carrier oil volume used. However the appropriate dilution rate will be lower for children, always.
The 2.5% rate also assumes you’re diluting a single essential oil in a carrier oil. If you dilute two or more instead, the suggested dilution rate may be lower, depending on whether the oils have similar chemical components.
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