About Diluting Essential Oils
There are some great reasons to dilute your essential oils with a carrier oil and I recommend diluting all essential oils. Dilution is a process in which essential oils are mixed with a carrier oil - a pure vegetable oil that helps “carry” the essential oil onto the skin. There are many benefits to dilution, including increasing the surface area of absorption, enhancing absorption through dry skin, and preventing sensitivity responses.
The most shelf-stable carrier oil is coconut oil. Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO) is where they separate (or “fractionate”) the fatty acids from the triglycerides so that it never gets hard. It has many wonderful benefits including an indefinite shelf life. It is odorless and colorless, does not stain clothing, absorbs quickly and easily, is not greasy, does not clog pores, and is wonderful for skin. I most often use this for making blends in roller bottles.
Just like essential oils themselves, different carriers have different properties and can be considered useful for a variety of diverse applications.
Why Use A Carrier Oil?
- Carrier Oils have inherent physical properties depending upon the composition of their fatty acids. These properties not only dictate their longevity and usefulness in regards to different topical preparations, but also instill various benefits in regards to skin health and function. Learn HERE about choosing essential oil carriers.
- Using a carrier oil aids absorption. Carrier oils are great diluting agents as essential oils are fat-soluble and easily disperse into carrier oils. Carrier oils can also posses their own therapeutic properties and they also enhance the absorption of the essential oils through the skin.
- Here are a few more good articles with information to help you understand carrier oils:
- Diluting protects the skin from irritation and sensitization. Learn more about sensitization HERE and HERE.
- Diluting essential oils puts them in an appropriate potency for children and those with sensitive skin..
- Diluting makes your oils go further. For large areas like the stomach, chest, back, etc., using a carrier oil enables you to use 1-2 drops at a time but still cover the area needed. Essential oils are potent and they are still incredibly effective diluted. This means you can save money and and your oils will last longer!
How much to dilute?
Diluting is not an exact science and there are different recommendations for dilution amounts. The more you get to know each oil, the easier it is to know what to do in each situation. I dilute my essential oils for the reasons listed above and I recommend diluting all essential oils and blends. The chart below shows what I think are pretty safe dilution ratios. I am currently researching the benefits of dilution and will be posting more information on other carrier oils and their benefits.
It’s not enough to simply say “dilute before use on the skin”—this is insufficient information. You need to know which dilutions are safe and how to calculate them. With that information, you can use a chart like this to guide accurate dilution and download it HERE.
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