Carrier Oils Reference Guide

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What is a carrier oil?

Carrier Oils are used to dilute essential oils to "carry" them to the skin. Essential oils are vital to have in your natural living arsenal but they are potent and powerful. Pure EO's are very concentrated. One drop of peppermint oil  is the equivalent of 26 cups of peppermint tea! We suggest testing out any essential oils with a carrier oil on a small patch of skin prior to full use. Here are some rough dilution guidelines from Mama Natural:

Use a 1-3% solution, higher for acute issues: Dilute 1-2 drops of EO per 1 tsp carrier oil

Use essential oils more sparingly on young children since they don’t need as much wellness support and are more delicate in constitution.

Children: Newborn to 6 months
Use essential oils sparingly and use a .25% solution: dilute 1 drop of essential oil per 1 1/2 TB of carrier oil

Children: 6 months to 2 years
Use a .25-.5% solution: Dilute 1 drop of EO per 1 TB of carrier oil

Children: 2 years to 6 years
Use a .5% solution: Dilute 1 drop of EO per 2 tsps of carrier oil

Children: 6 years to 12 years
Use a .5%-1% solution: Dilute 1 drop of EO per 1 1/2 tsps of carrier oil

Children: 12+
Use a 1% solution: Dilute 1 drop of EO per 1 tsp of carrier oil

Types of Carrier Oils

1. Coconut oil

Great for hair, skin, nails. When purchasing look for unrefined coconut oil. Fractioned coconut oil is liquid at room temperature and has almost no aroma. Our favorite: Nutiva Organic Refined Coconut Oil.  

2. Olive Oil

Great for heart and cardiovascular system. Potent anti-inflammatory properties. When purchasing look for unrefined as it contains the highest concentration of oleic acid. Our favorite:  Bragg's Organic EVOO. 

3. Jojoba Oil

Not to be digested. Closely resembles human sebum which makes it famous for closest mimicking the natural oil secretion of human skin! Jojoba oil has the longest chain of essential fatty acids which works great for a natural make-up remover, dry + cracked skin, and sun screen protectant. Our favorite: Now Solutions Jojoba Oil.

4. Sweet Almond Oil

Rich in Vitamin E. Optimal choice for nourishing the skin, regenerating new skin cells and keeping in moisture. My fellow dry skin people, this one if for you. Sweet almond oil has high concentrations of both oleic and linoleic acids to help relieve inflammation and soothe angry skin. Our favorite: Now Solutions Sweet Almond Oil. 

5. Argan Oil

Hair oil! Argan oil promotes hair growth and repairing damaged + dry hair while repairing split ends. This oil is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin A + E. You will find Argan oil in most luxury hair products. Also great for anti-aging salves. Our favorite: Mountain Rose Herbs Argan Oil. 

6. Avocado Oil

She’s the thick girl on the list. Avocado oil contains palmitoleic acid, which is a fatty acid found in the skin. The oil mimics the fat which makes the skin slurp it right up. Excellent for providing moisture, nourishment, and aids with irritable skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.  Our favorite: Now Solutions Avocado Oil. 

7. Grapeseed Oil

Antioxidants, high in proteins, and minerals. When purchasing you only want grapeseed oil that is labeled as food-grade. This oil does not leave the skin greasy which makes it great for acne-prone or oily skin. Our favorite: Spectrum Organics Grapefeed Oil, food-grade.

8. Castor Oil

Castor oil has been used for centuries to treat constipation, stimulate hair growth, and aid ailments of the skin. IT contains ricinoleic acid which is a rare unsaturated fatty acid. You want to look for high quality, cold pressed castor oil. It helps to detoxify and improve circulation and reduce inflammation. Great uses include Castor Oil Detoxifying Pack (cotton flannel soaked in castor oil and clary sage) and muscle and join massages to help with swollen or tired joints. Our favorite: Home Health Cold Pressed & Cold Processed Castor Oil. 

9. Neem Oil

Contains active compounds nimbidin, omega-6 fatty acids, and azadiractin (natural insect repellent).  Our favorite: Now Solutions Neem Oil. 

10. Hemp Seed Oil

Contains cannabis sativa plant which provides some really awesome health benefits. Great for join pain especially when mixed with peppermint or lavender. Our favorite: Charolette's Web by the Stanley Brother's - Hemp Extract Oil. 

Victoria Hansen