EO Series post #4 What is a “carrier” oil?

A carrier oil is a vegetable oil used to dilute essential oils before applying topically. They help “carry” the essential oils into the skin. Example carrier oils include coconut, almond, jojoba, grapeseed, and olive oils. Each oil has different attributes and shelf life.

A carrier oil does NOT decrease the effectiveness of an essential oil!

Using a carrier oil aids absorption when applying topically. Without a carrier oil, a larger percentage of the essential oil evaporates in the air. I use different carrier oils in different homemade recipes. For example, I use jojoba oil in my face moisturizer, tamanu oil on my daughters eczema, and coconut oil in my whipped shea butter. Your choice is totally based on your preference. I use many kinds and am currently ordering a few new carrier oils to see what they are like. Learn more at: https://www.naha.org/explore-aromatherapy/about-aromatherapy/most-common-base-oils-used-in-aromatherapy/

Healthy Honeybee

Buzz Buzz Buzz. I’ve always felt like a little bee buzzing around searching, learning, and striving to have a healthier home, healthier kids, healthier meals, healthier habits, and a gracious thankful attitude about everything. My name is Andrea and I am truly a “Healthy Honeybee”. I am a happy busy mom of three and I adore my family. I love to cook, clean, and always try to find more time to sit on the floor and “play” with the kids which really means jump on mommy time. Hubby’s job keeps us moving and starting over every 2-3 years which keeps my inner travel bug alive and my active planner mind always churning. On my webpage and blog, I hope you will buzz along with me learning and striving for having a healthier home and a healthier life. I will share tips, stories, and lots of research about my favorite food recipes, homemade personal care and cleaning products, exercise, essential oils, and more. I hope that you learn, laugh, and find easy solutions to make your life healthier.