Friday, March 20, 2015

What is a Carrier Oil?

You will hear us frequently use the phrase 'carrier oils'. Since this is not a well-known phrase to all, here is an explanation for you. 

Q:  What is a carrier oil?
Answer:  A carrier oil is a vegetable oil that can be used to dilute Essential Oils. Grapeseed oil, fractionated coconut oil, avacado oil, argan oil , jojoba oil, and Young Living's V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex are some of the many excellent carrier oils available. Since it is commonly found in household kitchens, olive oil can be used but many avoid it due to thickness and aroma.  
Note: Jojoba oil is not for internal consumption.

Q:  What does a carrier oil do?
Answer:  A carrier oil ensures that essential oils can be comfortably applied topically. The carrier oil does not dilute the essential oils' effectiveness.  

Q:  Why should I use a carrier oil?
Answer:  A carrier oil prevents waste due to excessive application and helps you spread the essential oil more evenly on the skin. It also stretches your dollar because you use less of the essential oil in your application. Some consumers use a carrier oil in their gel-caps to make a 'hot oil' like cinnamon more stomach friendly.

Q:  What oils are unsuitable as carrier oils?
Answer:  Vegetable shortening, butter, margarine or petroleum jelly should never be used as carrier oils. Over processing makes them unsuitable.

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