When I got my Premium Starter Kit oils, I had no carrier oils. I did not really understand why I would need a carrier oil. During a Oily Tea gathering, I learned why you need it, and of course through my courses I did. There is also a lot of different carrier oils out there, so how do you choose the correct one? I will do a couple of blog posts for you that is only about Carrier Oils, which ones to use for the different types of skin, which ones is safe for your furry babies, how long is their shelf life, etc. So today, we will look at specifically what a Carrier Oil is and why you would need it.
Carrier Oils have been used since the time of ancient Greece and Rome when aromatic oils were used in massages, baths, cosmetics, and medicinal applications. In the 1950s, Marguerite Maury, the first person to use individually prescribed combinations of essential oils for the individual’s desired therapeutic benefits, began diluting essential oils in a vegetable Carrier Oil and massaging them into the skin by using a Tibetan technique that applies pressure along the spine.
Despite also being referred to as vegetable oils, not all Carrier Oils are derived from vegetables; many are pressed from seeds, nuts, or kernels. A lot like your essential oils, is it not?
Unlike essential oils, Carrier Oils do not quickly evaporate from the skin’s surface or have the strong, natural scent of plants, which makes them ideal for controlling essential oil concentration and reducing the strength of an essential oil’s aroma without altering its therapeutic properties.
Each Carrier Oil is comprised of different components that demonstrate distinct characteristics, such as color, viscosity, and penetration speed, while offering variable combinations of therapeutic properties, thus, they have valuable effects even when used on their own.
Carrier Oils generally contain components such as fat-soluble vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients that improve the look and feel of skin and hair by adding moisture, soothing irritation, and reducing the effects of dryness. The choice of a Carrier Oil is dependent on the desired result. Mixing your essential oils with a carrier oil also brings out their best categorists and they work wonderfully together.
You get two types of Carrier Oil, the first is your hard oils which are solid at room temperature. To use them, the oil needs to be melted into a liquid state. Hard oils add firmness to a finished product, for instance when you make an ointment of lip ice. The next type is your soft oils which are liquid at room temperature. They add nourishing and moisturizing properties to a finished product. We use a lot of the soft oils when we make our roller bottle mixes.
So, sweet and short, a carrier oil, is an oil that can be used to dilute essential oils.
The reason we use a carrier oil is that it ensures that essential oils applied topically are comfortable and safe. Dilution with a carrier oil does not lessen the effect of the essential oil, it actually acts as a buffer to the essential oil and allows it to absorb into the skin and bloodstream more slowly, which is important for your body if you are new to using oils.
Carrier oils can help prevent waste due to excessive application and evaporation. They can be mixed with essential oils in a roller bottle, in the palm of your hand, or in a glass bowl. You can always apply additional carrier oil on top of essential oils if the effect of the essential oil on your skin is too strong.
They also help nourish and moisturize your skin. But remember not all oils make good carrier oils, just like essential oils, there are different makes of carrier oils out there. So do your investigation and look into what kind of carrier oil will fit you. We will be talking about certain carrier oils in future blogs, so keep an eye out if you want more info on Carrier Oils.
My favorite Carrier Oil is Young Livings V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex.
At one of our functions, a lady tried one of the hot oils and she immediately complained that it burned a lot.
To me it tasted like fire balls and I loved it, but as we are all different, and we all can have different reactions we always need to test it first before trying it.
They quickly put some of Young Livings V-6 Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex on her thumb and she put it on the area that burned, the reaction was immediate, the burning went away. She now use her oils only with a Carrier Oil.
And just like essential oils, carrier oils have been used for generations and generations, so why not use it yourself?
Let us know which carrier oil is your favorite and how you use it.