Choosing the Right Carrier Oil When Blending Essential Oils —
Whenever I am working with clients I am always asked which carrier oil should I use when blending essential oils?
First, lets start off with why you should even use a carrier oil to dilute your essential oils. The simple answer is essential oils are far less likely to irritate the skin when diluted. There are many oils that can be used “neat” without dilution and we will cover those in a post very soon.
But, you now might be asking why would I want to diminish the healing properties of my essential oils by diluting them with a carrier oil? Carrier oils have a myriad of healing properties and when properly blended with an essential oil they can intensify the medicinal properties of both oils.
Let’s start with the basics, shall we?
What are Carrier Oils?
A carrier oil is an oil derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually from the seed, kernel or the nut. From a pure essential oil blend to a more complex balm, the carrier oil you choose can change the therapeutic properties, aroma, color and shelf life of your final product.
Before integrating carrier oils into your beauty routine, it’s essential to determine how to use each carrier oil based on your skin type and specific beauty concerns.
Here are A Few of My Favorites:
- Sweet Almond Oil:
Cultivated for both health and beauty purposes it is perfect for any skin type.
- Castor Oil:
As a beauty, it can be found going as far back as the ancient Egyptians. You can apply to sunburns to help soothe affected areas or as a natural lip balm for chapped lips
- Coconut Oil:
Fractionated coconut oil is an active beauty agent. With a high prevalence of Vitamin E which provide antioxidants that protect against the signs of aging, is what makes this oil a perfect, quick and easy moisturizer for your face and body.
- Jojoba Oil:
As a moderately low comedogenic rating, making it a perfect partner for both oily and mature skin. It can also be used to clear away dirt, makeup, and impurities while providing maximum moisture and hydration.
- Neem Oil:
Is the perfect carrier oil for those with sensitive skin. Rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, it penetrates the outermost layer of the skin, thereby restoring the protective barrier, reversing sun damage and preventing moisture loss.
What to Look for When Purchasing Your Carrier Oil:
- Purchase the highest quality you can afford.
- Choose cold-pressed, pure, unrefined oil with no additives.
- Shelf-life: some carrier oils last longer than others.
- Try to buy therapeutic carrier oils whenever possible.
A Few More Terms to Know:
Cold pressed = unheated = retains beneficial properties.
Unrefined = little refining = retains richness and strength.
Before, incorporating essential oils into your health wellness routine, make sure to consult with a trained professional. As with as any natural therapies, this is only a guide and be sure to discontinue use if any adverse reactions occur and consult your physician immediately.
See you next month!