FIVE WAYS TO SAFELY DILUTE ESSENTIAL OILS
While some essential oils are safe to use on the skin without a carrier oil, many aromatherapists will say that diluting essential oils is still the safest way to use them. But carrier oils are not the only way to dilute essential oils; there are various ways depending on how you intend to use them.
If you’re worried that diluting your essential oils will make them less effective, fret not — this is not the case at all. In fact, diluting them makes them penetrate deeper into your skin. Apart from that, diluting essential oils also allows you to stretch and make the most out of them, and helps reduce evaporation and increases absorption. It also helps you avoid sensitization, especially if you’re unsure if an oil will react negatively to your skin.
Without further ado, here are five ways to dilute your essential oils:
Use a carrier oil
Using a carrier oil is the most popular and versatile way of diluting your essential oils. Using a neutral oil like Fermoil is ideal, but in a pinch, you can use most readily available oils. Just make sure that the oil you’re using isn’t the kind that solidifies (like raw coconut oil), because you’ll have trouble when storing them in containers like roller bottles.
Use an oil-based cream
Mixing your essential oils for lotions is a great way of incorporating them into your beauty routine, through moisturizers, night creams, and the like. Just make sure that it’s not a water-based solution, and avoid the hot or sensitive oils like cinnamon and clove as they don’t play well with creams.
Use an alcohol base
Another way of diluting essential oils is to incorporate them into an alcohol base, which has a variety of uses. If you’re going to use it for your face, a carrier like witch hazel (commonly used as a toner) is ideal. If you want to add essential oils for cleaning around the house, you can mix them into rubbing alcohol, or even vodka.
Use a vinegar base
Using vinegar is another great way of diluting your essential oils. Apple cider vinegar is ideal, and is good for soothing sunburn, reducing age spots, and cleaning and balancing the pH of your skin.
Use epsom salt
If you’re a fan of long baths, incorporating your essential oils into epsom salt is an excellent way of diluting them. Epsom salt contains magnesium, which helps relax muscles and can act as an antidepressant. The epsom salt will help the essential oil dissolve into your bath, however, it won’t affect your skin in the same way say, a carrier oil would.