Have you seen the term “carrier oil” floating around and wondered what it was? I know I did when I was researching information about essential oils. I thought I would tell you a little more about it.
What is a carrier oil, what does it do, and why should I use it?
A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute essential oils.
Carrier oils ensure that essential oils applied topically are comfortable, especially when you use an oil in a sensitive location or on children.
Dilution with a carrier oil does not dilute the effect of the EO, and prevents waste due to excessive application.
Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine or petroleum jelly should never be used as carrier oils. In a pinch, you can use olive oil but it has a strong odor.
I use NOW brand grapeseed oil purchased from a vitamin store or online.
I fill little glass perfume bottles which I found on Amazon – 24 for under $10 – with the grapeseed oil and then I add 5-20 drops of essential oil, depending on what I am going to use it for.
I ordered address labels from Vista Print and modified them to include my name, a place to write in “Your Oil:” and my website. This way I can give samples out to friends and family as they tell me about problems they are having and they know what is in the bottle and where they received it from 🙂