Carrier Oils and Essential Oils?
There is a difference between carrier oils and essential oils. Carrier oils are fatty oils and can be referred to as vegetable oils, fixed oils or base oils. We use carrier oils mainly in skin care products.
Essential oils are known as volatile oils, ethereal oils, aetherolea or simply as the “oil of” the plant from which they were extracted.
Carrier oils provide properties that are soothing to the skin. We also use them to dilute or carry essential oils. Each carrier oil offers different properties and the choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit you are looking for.
Did you know carrier oils can be drying or non-drying?
Carrier oils often do not have a strong aroma and do not evaporate! A non-drying oil is an oil which does not harden when it is exposed to the air.
Some examples of non-drying oils are: Coconut Oil, Cocoa butter and Olive Oil.
Some examples of drying oils are: Sunflower Oil, Walnut Oil, Safflower Oil and Poppyseed Oil.
Young Living Carrier Oils
My personal favorites are Young Living’s selection of carrier oils or massage oils as shown in this graphic. Their V-6 massage oil is odorless and is not thick like most of the above carriers are.
This is fabulous when I am making essential oil blends for my children to use on their own. They are able to get those drops out easily and without shaking the bottle rigorously!
What should you consider when buying carrier oils?
Cold-pressed. Make sure the oils you are buying are cold-pressed and not heated. Oils that have been heated lose their therapeutic benefit.
Eating and skin care. Make sure the label also says that it is for eating and skin care.
Mineral oil. Mineral oil is NOT a natural product and should not be used with essential oils. It may even prevent the essential oils from being absorbed into the skin.