Carrier Oils – a must have to make the most of your essential oils
Carrier oils are oils made from plants, nuts or seeds that are perfect to dilute essential oils and “carry” them to your skin. Pure essential oils are highly concentrated substances and if applied directly on the skin may cause irritation.
Carrier Oils, like essential oils, have been used since the time of ancient Greece for massages, baths, cosmetics, and medicinal applications. You can use them to make all sorts of things like massage oils, bath oils, body oils, lip balms, lotions and much more.
When you buy a carrier oil there are some characteristics you should pay attention to:
Usually carrier oils have mild scents depending on what they are made from, they can have a slightly nutty or sweet aroma. Keep in mind that the scent of the essential oil may be altered when mixed with the carrier oil.
Method of extraction
Look for natural, cold pressed, organic, unrefined, extra virgin carrier oils. Carrier Oils that are unrefined will have been filtered to eliminate dust or small particles without compromising the oil’s nutrients, vitamins, and fatty acids. Extra Virgin Carrier Oils will have only been pressed once.
Consistency and absorption
Some oils are thicker than others. What will you use the carrier oil for? Take into consideration the purpose of the oil and your skin/hair type. For example, coconut oil takes a considerable amount of time to be completely absorbed by the skin, so, if you want to create a moisturizer to use every day before you get dressed you should get a light oil with fast absorption and an absence of greasy residue. Or you might end up staining your clothes! On the other hand, a rich, deeply moisturizing oil would be fantastic for a treating severely dry and damaged skin or hair.
Organic essential oils last a little bit less after you open them, going rancid quicker than other oils. So, don’t buy too much at once. Generally, organic carrier oils can last up to 6 months, whereas oils with a longer shelf life can last between 1 and 2 years. Always store your oils in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. If you place your blend of carrier oil and essential oil in a different container from the original, choose a glass container, like the ready-made Bio Scents body oil bottles.
Some oils, like coconut oil, may appear to be solid and cloudy if refrigerated – it’s okay! Take a little bit and rub it on your hands, it will make it melt and get its liquid form back.
Carrier oils are a must have so you can make the most out of your essential oils. There is so much you can do with your essential oils, so get creative! Most chemical products can be replaced by organic products – what kind of products have you been using for cosmetics? Leave us a comment below the article.
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