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How to Mix a Carrier Oil with Essential Oils

Most essential oils must be diluted prior to coming in contact with the skin. A carrier oil, base oil or vegetable oil is used to dilute the essential oils and absolutes.

Why do You Need to Use a Carrier Oil?

Using this type of oil in the dilution is important because:

What Are the Most Common Carrier Oils?

The list of carrier oil is almost endless. Generally speaking, carrier oils are cold-pressed vegetable oils but some nut oils are also used. The most important criteria in selecting a base oil is to ensure that you will not have an adverse reaction to it.

You should apply a small amount of oil (carrier) to your skin and wait 24 hours to see if any allergic reactions occur. The last thing you want to get from aromatherapy is a skin rash!

Here are a few common base oils:

How do You Mix Base Oils with Essential Oils?

You should aim to get a 1 to 2.5% essential oil solution. Absolutes should be diluted even more.

You should always follow the instructions provided by the aromatherapist or the oil manufacturer.

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If you did not receive any instructions, here are a few examples of such solutions for diluted essential oils:

  • 2.5% Metric: Add 10 drops of essential oil to 20 ml of base oil.
  • 2.5% Imperial: Add 14 drops of essential oil to 1 oz of base oil.
  • 1% Metric: Add 5 drops of essential oil to 20 ml of base oil.
  • 1% Imperial: Add 7 drops of essential oil to 1 oz of base oil.

Once you have tested the carrier oil on your skin and have decided which essential oil you want to dilute, you need a coloured glass bottle to hold your diluted essential oil. Dark glass is better because it will keep your oil from degrading with light exposure.

I recommend Plastic Cobalt Blue Bottles for Massage & Carrier Oil, Lotions & Flower Waters.

You should count your drops carefully using an eyedropper. Once the right number of drops have been added to your base oil, close the lid and shake it well.

Make sure to label your diluted essential for content and date. A good example of such a label would be:

Essential Oil: Lavender
Carrier Oil: Grapeseed
Dilution: 1%
Date: Oct 19, 2008
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Make sure you try your diluted essential on a small area of your skin prior to using it for massages. You wouldn't want to cause a bad skin reaction!

Any More Aromatherapy Tips?

You will learn as you go and discover which oils work best for you. Here are some tips that I can suggest:

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Note: The information contained on this aromatherapy carrier oil page is for educational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a physician and/or other health specialist. Precautions must be taken to ensure aromatherapy does not conflict with existing medical conditions.