What Is The Best Carrier Oil To Mix With Essential Oils And How?

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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?

  • The source of extraction: Carrier oils are obtained from the "fatty" parts of plants such as the seeds, nuts or kernels. And although the're a few exceptions such as carrot seed and fennel, the vast majority of essential oils are extracted from the aromatic parts of plants, which tend to be the flowers, leaves, stems or bark of plants.
  • The existence of nutrients: There's a common myth that essential oils are a rich source of nutrients such as proteins, enzymes and vitamins. They aren't, why? Because protein and enzyme are too heavy for being extracted, and the distillation process breaks down proteins and enzymes. Carrier oils are extracted with a different method and could provide nutrients to your skin.
  • The existence of fatty acids: Carrier oils contain fatty acids and will leave an oil stain on paper or cloth. Essential oils don't contain fatty acids and will usually not leave stains on paper or cloth.
  • The reaction with plastic: Carrier oils are usually sold in plastic bottles. This is generally fine if they're not stored for too long. Essential oils, however, will dissolve plastic.
  • The rate of evaporation: Carrier oils are what we call fixed oils. They don't really evaporate at room temperature. Essential oils are volatile oils. They evaporate (diffuse) at room temperature.
  • The aroma strength: As carrier oils are extracted from the "fatty" parts of plants, they have very little aroma or at most, they will have just a slight nutty smell. If you detect a strong and unpleasant smell in your bottle of carrier oil, it probably means it has turned bad. Comparatively, essential oils are made up of volatile compounds obtained from the aromatic parts of plants. Hence they have much stronger, and usually much more pleasant, scents.
  • The capacity to turn bad: Carrier oils turn rancid over time. Essential oils don't turn rancid. But they do oxidize over time. Oxidation causes all oils to gradually lose their therapeutic value and become less effective. Certain oils can also become more toxic due to oxidation.
  • The amount that can be safely used: Carrier oils are safe to use in much larger amounts than essential oils. This is one of the reasons why the former is used to dilute the latter.

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:

  • Coconut Carrier Oil: This carrier oil is made from dried coconut meat, bleached and prepared to remove contaminants, certain flavors and aromas. this is by far, the best carrier oil to mix with essential oils. (Get it here)
  • Sweet Almond Oil: If you are looking for a carrier oil for skin, this one makes a great job and it's commonly used as skin care because reduces puffiness and under-eye circles, treats dry skin, improves acne and reduces the coloration and appearance of stretch marks. (Get it here)
  • Jojoba Oil: This one is also a good option as a carrier oil for skin because of its moisturizing and antioxidant properties. It may help reduce skin's oil production, it's hypoallergenic, speeds up wound healing, and controls sebum production. This oil is good for massage and bat oils. (Get it here)
  • Olive Oil: Has strong anto-inflammatory properties and antioxidants. Extra-virgin oil is the most commonly used for aromatherapy and massages. (Get it here)
  • Grape Seed: This carrier oil is rich in vitamin E, it's lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin. (Get it here)

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:

  • For Babies (1% dilution): 3 to 6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
  • For Adults (2.5% dilution): 3 to 6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.
  • For Aromatherapy(3% dilution): 3 to 6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier oil.

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.

If you want to learn more about essential oils and how these extracts can benefit your life and increase your well-being, you could get this book in which the author details 400 essential oil profiles, including 4000 references, benefits, risks, and doses. Keep yourself informed and take a wise decision.  

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