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Carrier Oils

May 21, 2017
What are Carrier Oils?

What Are Carrier Oils? and Why Do We Need Them?

I was asked why carrier oils are needed the other day, so I wanted to get clear on what a carrier oil is and why their used.

First things first, I’m not a doctor, so please ALWAYS read the label on how to properly apply essential oils. Personally, I haven’t had any reactions to essential oils, and I’ve been using them for many moons (a couple years). I know  of some people who have put some “hot” essential oils on their skin without a carrier oil and experienced some sensitivities. It all depends on how sensitive your skin is, and how “hot” the oil is.

“Hot” Essential Oils:

(no I do not mean boiling essential oils and applying them – I mean “hot” in the sense of these particular oils giving a heating sensation on your skin)

– Peppermint (cooling and burning sensation)
– Oregano
– Clove
– Cinnamon
– Thyme
– Cassia

Other people have found putting any of the essential oils even if its Lavender directly to their skin is too much, so in these cases carrier oils are the way to go!

doTERRA Touch Essential Oils:

doTERRA came out with a Touch line of essential oils which are already diluted with fractioned coconut oil, so you are able to apply them to your skin directly from the rollerball. The Touch line of doTERRA offers: Frankincense, Peppermint, DigestZen, Lavender, Oregano, Tea Tree (Melaluca), Deep Blue,  Breathe, On Guard, Passion, Peace, Forgive, Cheer, Console, Hope & Motivate. ** Please note: not all doTERRA essential oils that come in a rollerball form are apart of the Touch line. Clary Calm, PastTense, InTune, HD Clear, Deep Blue Roll On (different then Deep Blue Touch), & Immortalle are not diluted with a carrier oil. **

Carrier oils to use:

  • Fractioned Coconut Oil
  • Jojoba Oil
  • Grapeseed Oil
  • Avocado Oil
  • Olive Oil
  • Hemp Seed Oil
  • Sunflower Seed Oil
  • Argan Oil
  • Evening Primrose Oil
  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Macadamia Nut Oil
  • Caster Oil
  • Flax Seed Oil

Best Carrier Oils1. Sukin – Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil | 2. Desert Essence – Organic Jojoba Oil | 3. Nutiva – Hemp Oil | 4. Flora – Sunflower Oil | 5. Primal Kitchen – Avocado Oil | 6. doTERRA Fractioned Coconut Oil 

If using essential oils on your face, I use Rose Hip Oil as a carrier. I put 4 drops of Rose Hip Oil to 1-2 drops of essential oil.

Carrier oils are not just for sensitivities, they also serve a purpose which not many people know. Carrier oils help the essential oils get absorbed into your skin better and last longer. Without a carrier oil, some of the essential oil gets burned off in the air and evaporates, so its not all absorbing into your skin. Also, use of a carrier oil makes a little essential oil go a long way…. 😀 and  keeps the scent longer if using as perfume.

Carrier Oil x Essential Oil Ratio: 

If skin is sensitive, dilute one part essential oil to 5+ parts carrier oil. 

Diluting Essential oils for Babies & Kids:

If you are using essential oils on babies or kids, you must always use a carrier oil. Essential oils are potent and a little goes a long way on the small sensitive bodies, so always dilute your essential oils to these ratios to be safe while using:

Doterra Essential Oil Dilution Chart



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Michelle Westlund

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