If you’re going to use essential oils topically, you’ll need to choose a carrier oil. Carrier oils are vegetable oils that you can use to properly dilute essential oils to apply them to your skin. Two of my favorite ways to use essential oils topically are to put a diluted calming blend on my feet to help me sleep or a diluted immune blend on my feet when I feel like I’m coming down with something. Some of my favorite oil blends also come already diluted with coconut oil so that I can put them straight on.
Carrier oils also have their own health benefits from the fatty acids they contain, which is why you see them used in hair, skin and body products.
There are tons of carrier oils to choose from. Let me share three of my favorites with you.
Jojoba oil This one is by far my favorite, but does have the disadvantage of being one of the more expensive carrier oils. I like this one for my feet because it feels a little more substantial than some of the others.
Grapeseed oil I like this one because it’s very light. The scent reminds me a little of olive oil, but not in an overwhelming way.
Sweet almond oil I like this one because it absorbs quickly and has a slightly sweet scent.
Vegetable butters, like shea or cocoa butter, can also be used for dilution, but oils are a little easier to use because you can measure them out in drops.
Check out this guide for some general dilution guidelines for specific oils.
What’s your favorite carrier oil and how do you use it?
Disclaimer: The information on this website is based upon my research and personal use of essential oils. I am not a doctor. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
I have found success with both Young Living and Native American Nutritionals oils. I would encourage everyone to do their own research and choose a reputable company with quality oils you are comfortable using.