Megan (jehoshabeath) wrote,

Carrier Oils

I've been experimenting with essential oils the past two weeks and am learning about the importance of carrier oils.


In my reading, I saw that some essential oils can be applied directly on the skin using a drop or two. However, most sources recommend diluting it in a carrier oil before applying to the skin. What does that mean? I've tried two different forms - a liquid and a lotion. The liquid carrier oil that I've been using is avocado oil. (Surprisingly, I tested weakly with grapeseed oil and jojoba oil, but strong with almond and avocado oil.) To dilute the essential oil, I first place some of the avocado oil in my palm and then add a drop of the essential oil. Then, I mix them with my finger and rub the oil on my feet or shoulders. The shea butter works the same way, but it's more the consistency of a lotion. Diluting the essential oils has been important, because by themselves they were too potent for me.

I've enjoyed using the cedarwood oil at work, usually just once a day, and the ylang ylang and frankincense at night. The geranium oil made my throat feel tight even though I tested well with it, so I haven't used it much. The lavender was also too strong - instead of relaxing me, it made me feel tense. I found that Marjoram was a better alternative, because its scent is more gentle and calming. I also got a blend from an aromatherapist in New York called Mermaid Blend which has a deep, rich aroma like the sea. I've used it a few times and really love the scent.

That's the latest from my aromatherapy experiments :) Now I'm trying to find a class in my area so I can learn the basics from someone who knows what they're doing.
Tags: aromatherapy

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.