HOW TO CHOOSE A CARRIER FOR YOUR ESSENTIAL OILS
It’s no question that diluting essential oils is the best way to make the most out of them. There are various ways to dilute essential oils, but the most popular and versatile way is to incorporate them into carrier oils.
There are various benefits to diluting your essential oils in a carrier oil such as the newest, most bioavailable, fifth generation oil Fermoil. Using a carrier oil such as Fermoil allows the essential oil to spread out more evenly and cover a larger surface area. Diluting essential oils also makes them more effective — carrier oils allow the essential oil to absorb deeper into the skin. It also makes essential oils safer to use, especially if you’re using a “hot” oil like cinnamon, oregano, clove, and the like. Without a carrier oil, these hot oils may burn your skin.
But how do you know which carrier oil to use? There are various options depending on your intended use. If you want to use it for dabbing and spreading onto a small surface area using a roller bottle, use a thinner oil that doesn’t solidify, like Fermoil or fractionated coconut oil. Fermoil has yields four to seven times better absorption, has exposed antibacterial and prebiotic properties, and is well-proven in the consumer marketplace, which makes it ideal for topical application. Fermoil is odorless, which makes it perfect for allowing your essential oil’s natural aroma to come through.
If you’re looking for a carrier oil for larger surface areas, this is where thicker oils like regular coconut oil come in. Although they may solidify, coconut oil is great for lotions and creams, which can be used for massages. If you’re in a pinch, olive oil will work too; just note that it has a distinct smell to it.
Using carrier oils is also a great way of combining the effects of your essential oils with the natural properties of the carrier. Sweet almond oil is loaded with different vitamins and minerals that are great for skin health; however, steer clear if you have a nut allergy as it will irritate your skin. Rosehip oil combats aging by promoting collagen production in your skin, while avocado oil reduces blemishes and fine lines while also being a natural remedy for acne.
Once you’ve chosen your carrier oil, now you can choose how potent you want them to be. As a rule of thumb, the ideal ratio is 15-30 drops of your essential oil per roller bottle and the rest is filled out with your carrier oil. For children, you can go between 5-15 drops depending on the child’s age. For the thicker oils like coconut and olive oil, about 15 drops for each quarter cup. Below is a basic dilution chart for different ages:
0 to 6 months old: 1 to 2 drops
6 months to 2 years old: 1 to 3 drops
2 to 5 years old: 2 to 5 drops
5 to 12 years: 5 to 10 drops
13 years and up: 15 to 30 drops