Carrier Oils – Safely diluting essential oils

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What are Carrier Oils?

So what are carrier oils anyway? And what is the difference between them and essential oils? If you are new to essential oils, some of the terminology can be confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils when applying them to your body. Not all essential oils need to be diluted, but some oils may feel “warm” on the skin. Or if someone has particularly sensitive skin they may want to dilute the oils. Essential oils may also be diluted in a carrier oil to help it spread across a larger area like the back or all over the legs. Essential oils are incredibly potent, so diluting them should not have an impact on their effectiveness.


I only recommend using Young Living essential oils on your skin, because they are guaranteed to be pure and of the highest quality. Other essential oils may claim to be 100% pure, but since there are no regulations enforcing this claim, many of them are already diluted or have been processed with chemicals and still have traces of those chemicals in the oils. I found this out the hard way when I applied some “100% pure essential oils” to my child’s skin and he broke out in hives. Now I only use Young Living Essential oils. Go here, to find out where to get Young Living oils wholesale (24% off). 

As for carrier oils, you can use any oils that are high quality and that you would trust to eat. You should never put anything on your body that you wouldn’t eat anyway, since anything applied to the skin is absorbed into your bloodstream. My personal favorite oils to use for carrier oils are coconut oil, almond oil and extra virgin olive oil. I use coconut oil the most often and in many of my recipes.

How to use Carrier Oils

Using carrier oils is simple. Take the desire amount of carrier oil and drop in a few drops of your essential oil. Mix well and apply. I also use carrier oils to make things roll ons and massage oils.

Stay oily my friends!



If you want to learn more about essential oils, join the conversation in my Facebook group Cheerfully Imperfect Essential Oils!  It’s a great place to ask questions, get answers and learn more!

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