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DILUTION & CARRIER OILS
What are carrier oils? Why should we dilute?
In all of my classes, I will generally whip out this little guy pictured above as I'm talking about how I use my essential oils daily. That's because when I'm using them daily, I'm always diluting.
A bit of back info for you though:
Essentials oils are POTENT. They are super concentrated. In fact, they're up to 50-70 times stronger than their dried herb counterparts.
We need to remember to respect them for what they are: pure plant extracts.
They are volatile substances, aka. they are more susceptible to evaporation at room temp (hence why the dark amber bottles and storing in cool dark places). We dilute the oils so that they don't evaporate off our skin, so that there is no skin sensitivity, and so that they are absorbed into the skin faster and more efficiently. Diluting helps to literally 'carry' the oils into the body.
Enter, Fractionated Coconut Oil (FCO).
doTERRA sell this 'carrier oil' as it is perfect for diluting our essential oils for the best absorption (none of that greasy residue left behind). It is great to purchase with your first oils so you can start diluting for everyday use straight away. You can however use other carrier oils such as sweet almond, jojoba, rosehip, hemp, sesame, avocado, etc. I use jojoba for my face especially.
doTERRA's FCO is particularly smooth, silky and easily absorbable. I have tried a few different types and find this one always comes out on top when it comes to topical application.
It is similar to MCT oil but absorbs into the skin much easier than MCT or other liquid coconut oils. It is not food grade though like MCT oil.
Now, you can sometimes buy essential oils from other brands or companies that have already diluted their oils with a carrier oil so it's 'ready to use' straight away. You're probably still paying $20-$30 for it though. Not only do you want to double check the quality of the carrier oil they're using, - some use pretty nasty low-grade hydrogenated oils, others don't - but you're also paying just as much for a diluted oil that only has 1 purpose.
When you buy the single oils, you can create multiple roller remedies, diffuser recipes, and also practical house and DIY purposes with the same essential oil.
Don't get me wrong, I still love buying doTERRA's proprietary blends. They know what they're doing and there has to be some sorcery involved to get those blends so perfect... But I primarily buy and use the single oils as they're so versatile.
I like bang for my buck. Doesn't everyone?
You can see why I recommend Jojoba - it's in every category!