Don’t Forget Your Carrier Oils: 3 Great Ones for Getting Started

When you are using truly PURE, truly POTENT, truly AMAZING essential oils from Young Living, you also want to have some carrier oils on hand.  There are a few important reasons to make sure you have carriers to use with your essential oils.  Let’s look at which why you need these extra products, which ones you want to get, and where to buy them.  Hopefully this article will help make using your oils easy and effective!

 

Why a Carrier Oil?

Carrier oils are the non-essential, fattier oils from plants.  And often they have their own benefits, but they are also an important part of using our very powerful essential oils.   Carrier oils provide a few vital benefits:  the make “hot” oils mild enough for topical application, to prevent side effects from detoxing, and to dilute our oils to help them last longer.

 

What Qualities Do I Look for in a Carrier?

For the most natural oils, be sure to Cold Pressed, Unrefined, and Extra Virgin when possible.  A Cold Pressed oil is most natural. It is pressed through a machine that reaches no more than  120 F. If the Cold Pressed oils is Raw, then that’s even better.  Unrefined oils have not been stripped of their nutrients.  Instead, they have been pressed in a way that removes all impurities but maintains their nutrients and fatty acids.  Lastly, an Extra Virgin oil has only been pressed once, which means it maintains a higher quality.

 

How Do I Choose Carrier Oils?

Different carrier oils enhance the uses of our essential oils.  Let’s explore three popular carrier oils you may want to consider purchasing to use with your YL essential oils.

Coconut Oil:  Coconut oil is a popular essential oil to use a carrier for many essential oils.  Because Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, it’s unique as a carrier.  It makes a perfect base for base for creams and balms.  Many people create chest rubs in the winter with coconut oil and R.C., Tea Tree, and Lavender.  In addition, others make creamy muscle rubs using coconut oil with Panaway, Peppermint, and Copaiba.  Using a spoon or blender, this carrier whips into a base that is easy to spread and use on a large area like the lower back.   Also, coconut oil is a favorite for skin care and hair care.

Grapeseed Oil:  Grapeseed oil is another affordable and effective carrier oil.  It’s light scent makes it a popular carrier to use in roller bottles or in topical applications like massage.  People with oily skin often like to include this carrier in their daily regimen.  In addition, it’s an easy way to dilute blends at home.  For example, adding Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, and RC to Grapeseed oil in a roller is great for keeping sinuses healthy.

Jojoba Oil:  Jojoba carrier oil is often combined with essential oils used on the face to help skin stay vibrant and youthful.  This particular oil absorbs more quickly than others, not leaving an oily residue.  Jojoba is a great ingredient to add to Lavender and Frankincense to help keep occasional irritated skin healthy and comfortable.

 

Looking for great places to buy these oils?  Check out grocery stores (particularly health food stores) and Amazon.

Here are some great safety tips for using essential oils.  It includes some important information about how and why to use carriers.

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