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By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist

CARRIER OIL -We use these words a lot but not everyone knows what a carrier oil is Carrier oils are VERY important when using essential oils So in this post, I wanted to talk about what a carrier oil is and why I recommend the use of a carrier oil when using essential oils

First things first, what is a carrier oil? A carrier oil is a vegetable oil derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually the seed, nut or kernels Carrier oils on their own have different therapeutic properties The choice of the carrier oil will depend on what therapeutic benefit you are looking for A carrier oil is used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin A carrier oil will also help “carry” the essential oil into the skin OK stop! The name now makes sense 🙂

What is an essential oil, then? An essential oil is a volatile oil, highly concentrated oil, obtained from plants, possessing the odor and other characteristic properties of the plant The purest essential oils come from carefully cultivated and wild grown plants from climatic and geographic regions throughout the world Essential oils are usually extracted by distillation or solvent extraction An essential oil is actually not oily, and should evaporate

🙂 I hope this explains most everything! AND I hope it answers most all of your questions about carrier oils and diluting essential oils! 🙂 Please leave any questions in the comments!

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40 thoughts on “What is a Carrier Oil and Why Do I Need it?”

I had purchased essential oils from a few different companies before discovering Plant Therapy I’ve found PT’s oils to be high quality and competitively priced, which is why I keep coming back! =)

I was hoping that you would list which oils to use for what Could you maybe do a blog article on how to select a carrier oil?

How did I miss that? Awesome! Thanks

I was in a hurry when I bought the Germ Fighter and didn’t realize you carried the liquid coconut carrier oil Since I want to start using the GF right away, can I mix it with solid coconut oil (which is all I can find)? If so, what would the ratio be and would there be a shelf life for premixes?

Yes you can If you are using it for yourself, I would start with a tablespoon of the coconut oil and 1 drop of the Germ Fighter

What do you mean “if I’m using it for myself”? Also, what would the shelf life be? I’d like to mix a batch up so I don’t have to keep making small amounts over and over

I meant to use that dilution if you are using it for yourself If it is for a younger child I would double that dilution, which would be 2 tablespoons for 1 drop of Germ Fighter If kept refrigerated the shelf life would be at least 6 months but up to a year If not kept refrigerated you would get 2-6 months shelf life most likely

I have some oils I use almost daily eucalyptus and peppermint for sinuses, black pepper, cumin and a couple others for arthritis I only mix a very small amount so I won’t waste any of the EO that I don’t use How do most people handle this? Should I mix a larger amount and save it in a bottle?

We have a lot of customers who premake larger batches If you store in the refrigerator, those larger batches will last 6 months to a year If not stored in the refrigerator you are looking at probably 2-6 months shelf life

Can I use grapeseed oil or olive oil as a carrier oil?

Just as an example would I use 1 dropper full of Basil essential oil to 1/2 dropper full of a carrier oil? Or the other way around?

A good rule of thumb is 1 drop of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for adults and 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil for children This is easy to remember and most all essential oils are fine to be used this way

Thank you for your reply I love essential oils For burns I use Lavender Oil straight from the bottle Instant relief and absolutely no clue that I was burned Wonderful!

Are the synergy blends already diluted with carrier oils? I don’t think they are but I’m just double-checking since I’m having trouble finding a recommended dilution based on each synergy Do you have a chart like that? (Also, the blog entry for candida fighter on April 13, 2013 mentions a protocol from an ND but it doesn’t include a dilution It seems like it advises to use the synergy undiluted Is that correct?) Thanks in advance

Only the pre-diluted roll ons are diluted The other synergies are 100% essential oils

is it possible to use only the carrier oil only(example rosehip carrier oil) without essential oil?

Yes absolutely! The essential oils enhance the carrier oils, however the carrier oils stand alone as being very beneficial for a variety of skin concerns

I already own Josie Maran’s argan oil Can I use that as my carrier oil?

Hi Laura! You can use argan as a carrier oil

After reading this article, definitely I wanna to use this with essential oil, loved your blogging! Thank you

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Essential Oils Blog

By: Retha Nesmith, Certified Aromatherapist

CARRIER OIL -We use these words a lot but not everyone knows what a carrier oil is Carrier oils are VERY important when using essential oils So in this post, I wanted to talk about what a carrier oil is and why I recommend the use of a carrier oil when using essential oils

First things first, what is a carrier oil? A carrier oil is a vegetable oil derived from the fatty portion of a plant, usually the seed, nut or kernels Carrier oils on their own have different therapeutic properties The choice of the carrier oil will depend on what therapeutic benefit you are looking for A carrier oil is used to dilute essential oils before they are applied to the skin A carrier oil will also help “carry” the essential oil into the skin OK stop! The name now makes sense 🙂

What is an essential oil, then? An essential oil is a volatile oil, highly concentrated oil, obtained from plants, possessing the odor and other characteristic properties of the plant The purest essential oils come from carefully cultivated and wild grown plants from climatic and geographic regions throughout the world Essential oils are usually extracted by distillation or solvent extraction An essential oil is actually not oily, and should evaporate

🙂 I hope this explains most everything! AND I hope it answers most all of your questions about carrier oils and diluting essential oils! 🙂 Please leave any questions in the comments!

Share this post!:

40 thoughts on “What is a Carrier Oil and Why Do I Need it?”

I had purchased essential oils from a few different companies before discovering Plant Therapy I’ve found PT’s oils to be high quality and competitively priced, which is why I keep coming back! =)

I was hoping that you would list which oils to use for what Could you maybe do a blog article on how to select a carrier oil?

How did I miss that? Awesome! Thanks

I was in a hurry when I bought the Germ Fighter and didn’t realize you carried the liquid coconut carrier oil Since I want to start using the GF right away, can I mix it with solid coconut oil (which is all I can find)? If so, what would the ratio be and would there be a shelf life for premixes?

Yes you can If you are using it for yourself, I would start with a tablespoon of the coconut oil and 1 drop of the Germ Fighter

What do you mean “if I’m using it for myself”? Also, what would the shelf life be? I’d like to mix a batch up so I don’t have to keep making small amounts over and over

I meant to use that dilution if you are using it for yourself If it is for a younger child I would double that dilution, which would be 2 tablespoons for 1 drop of Germ Fighter If kept refrigerated the shelf life would be at least 6 months but up to a year If not kept refrigerated you would get 2-6 months shelf life most likely

I have some oils I use almost daily eucalyptus and peppermint for sinuses, black pepper, cumin and a couple others for arthritis I only mix a very small amount so I won’t waste any of the EO that I don’t use How do most people handle this? Should I mix a larger amount and save it in a bottle?

We have a lot of customers who premake larger batches If you store in the refrigerator, those larger batches will last 6 months to a year If not stored in the refrigerator you are looking at probably 2-6 months shelf life

Can I use grapeseed oil or olive oil as a carrier oil?

Just as an example would I use 1 dropper full of Basil essential oil to 1/2 dropper full of a carrier oil? Or the other way around?

A good rule of thumb is 1 drop of essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil for adults and 1 Tablespoon of carrier oil for children This is easy to remember and most all essential oils are fine to be used this way

Thank you for your reply I love essential oils For burns I use Lavender Oil straight from the bottle Instant relief and absolutely no clue that I was burned Wonderful!

Are the synergy blends already diluted with carrier oils? I don’t think they are but I’m just double-checking since I’m having trouble finding a recommended dilution based on each synergy Do you have a chart like that? (Also, the blog entry for candida fighter on April 13, 2013 mentions a protocol from an ND but it doesn’t include a dilution It seems like it advises to use the synergy undiluted Is that correct?) Thanks in advance

Only the pre-diluted roll ons are diluted The other synergies are 100% essential oils

is it possible to use only the carrier oil only(example rosehip carrier oil) without essential oil?

Yes absolutely! The essential oils enhance the carrier oils, however the carrier oils stand alone as being very beneficial for a variety of skin concerns

I already own Josie Maran’s argan oil Can I use that as my carrier oil?

Hi Laura! You can use argan as a carrier oil

After reading this article, definitely I wanna to use this with essential oil, loved your blogging! Thank you

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A small business with a big heart Learn how we give back

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