Ebooks doTERRA eBook Topical Use of Essential Oils - Page 8

Carrier oils In the world of essential oils, a carrier oil is an oil that literally carries essential oils to the desired area on the skin. Carrier oils are primarily used for dilution. When you dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil, it will dilute the potency of the oil, however, it will increase absorption into the skin, which will ultimately allow you to maximize the benefits that the essential oil has to offer. Fractionated Ideally, a carrier oil should be a pure vegetable oil so that it can Coconut Oil Cocos nucifera Oil easily dissolve an essential oil without damaging the delicate chemical profile of the oil. If an essential oil’s chemical makeup is altered or damaged in any way, it will reduce the efficacy of the oil, and you will not reap the desired benefits. The following carrier oils are commonly used to effectively dilute essential oils: - Avocado oil - Walnut oil - Macadamia nut oil - Sweet almond oil Fractionation - Linseed oil - Sunflower oil - Olive oil - Coconut oil Carrier oils contain long fatty acids that are known to oxidize over time. During the process of fractionation, the shorter length fatty acid chains are separated out in order to give the oil a longer shelf life. In most cases, carrier oils contain chemical components that can oxidize over time. You may notice oils that have been fractionated, or have gone through the process of fractionation, to help prolong the shelf life of the carrier oil. dōTERRA uses Fractionated Coconut Oil as a carrier oil due to its long shelf life and because it has a non-greasy, lightweight feel. Cassia Cinnamon Clove Cumin Geranium Lemongrass Oregano Essential oils that should always be diluted before topical use: Thyme