With that said, we can now move on to the carrier oils.
A carrier oil is simply a type of oil that one can use to dilute essential oils. Incorporating a carrier oil to essential oil applications is beneficial when a person has sensitive skin, is young, you are applying onto a large area, or you simply want your essential oils to last longer. Essential oils are safe for babies; however, diluting the essential oil is necessary. Even the most gentle essential oil can irritate such delicate skin. When giving a massage, using a carrier oil will help spread the essential oils to a larger area yet still be just as effective as applying to a small area.
A carrier oil is usually derived from the fatty portion of a plant. This can be from the seed, nut, or kernel. Some people have even used natural lotions to apply essential oils. There are two common ways to use essential oils and a carrier oil. The first is to either apply the carrier oils to the desired area and rub it in lightly, and then apply the essential oil on top and continue rubbing into the skin. The other way would be to apply the carrier oil to your hand followed by the essential oil, applied to the skin, and rubbed in. Here is a common dilution chart. Keep in mind that children will use considerably less carrier oil and essential oils.
Below is a list of some of the more popular carrier oils that you can use. Some, like Extra Virgin Olive oil, are readily available in the store. Others, such as Fractionated Coconut oil, can be found from various sellers online. I would suggest using a higher quality carrier oil, from a trusted source, as you are using CPTG essential oils.
- Fractionated Coconut oil (FCO). (My favorite)
- Coconut oil
- Extra Virgin Olive oil
- Sweet Almond oil
- Apricot Kernel oil
- Avocado oil
- Grape Seed oil
- Hemp Seed oil
- Avoid mineral oil, as it is petroleum based.
One of the most common carrier oils is FCO. FCO is coconut oil that is colorless, odorless, and non-greasy and will not stain or color clothes. It is gentle on delicate and sensitive skin. It will absorb completely. As a side note, hemp seed oil is banned for use by some including those in U.S. Armed Forces, so make sure you it okay before you use it.
While essential oils will last a long time if stored properly, carrier oils can go rancid. This is one reason why long-term storage of essential oils pre-mixed into a carrier oil is not advisable. If you are just getting started, you may benefit from reading about essential oils safety, which you can read HERE.
I hope this answers some basic questions about the use of carrier oils and essential oils. You can also order CPTG essential oils and FCO at the link below: