What Is a Carrier Oil?

A carrier oil is derived from the seed, kernel or nut of a plant. Coconut, olive, and safflower oil are all examples of carriers used to dilute essential oils before they are applied topically. These oils get their name because they “carry” the essential oil onto the skin. Diluting with a carrier oil doesn’t limit the effectiveness of your essential oils. It allows you to extend the life of your EO’s, preventing waste.

Carrier oils do not contain a concentrated aroma, although they may have a mild distinctive smell. Cold-pressed, natural and unadulterated carrier oils should be used whenever possible to keep consistent with holistic aromatherapy. Vegetable shortening, baby oil, butter, mineral oil or any other petroleum derivative should be avoided as a carrier oils. They can prevent the skin from breathing properly, cause the essential oils not to absorb, keep your body from releasing toxins and clog pores.

High quality oils found in your pantry (olive oil and grapeseed oil) are great for carrier oils and very economical. Keeping your carrier oils in a cool, dark place is important in preserving their freshness. Anytime a carrier oil turns rancid, it should be discarded. Certain oils can be refrigerated to keep them fresh. They may appear cloudy or solid when removed from cold. They will return to their original state once they come to room temperature. Each carrier oil has various therapeutic properties and viscosity (thickness). Grapeseed is thin while olive oil is considerably thicker. You can blend carrier oils to reach your preferred viscosity, lubrication, absorption and aroma.

Nut-derived and pure peanut oil don’t typically contain the proteinaceous part of the plant. Oil purity cannot be guaranteed, so it’s best to use carrier oils that are hypoallergenic.

Below are lists of carrier oils and their comedogenic rating.  Unsure how to dilute your carrier oil with your essential oils? Look for dilution ratios on Young Living essential oil bottle labels.

Ratings: 0 = Will not clog, 1 = Low, 2 = Medium Low, 3 = Moderate, 4 = Fairly High, 5 = High

Carrier Oils
Apricot Oil – 2
Avocado Oil – 2
Castor Oil – 1
Cocoa Butter – 4
Corn Oil – 3
Cotton Seed Oil -3
Evening Primrose Oil – 2
Grape Seed Oil – 2
Hemp Seed Oil – 0
Jojoba Oil (technically a wax) – 2
Olive Oil – 2
Safflower Oil – 0
Sesame Oil – 2
Soybean Oil – 3
Sunflower Oil – 0
Wheat Germ Oil – 5

Nut Carrier Oils
Coconut Butter – 4
Coconut Oil – 4
Hazelnut Oil – 2
Peanut Oil – 2
Shea Butter – 0
Sweet Almond Oil – 2

Let’s Talk Diffusers

So many different types of diffusers, how do you decide which one is best?

Every diffuser has its own purpose and benefits. I personally own all of the diffusers pictured above and use them for different areas of the house, for the car and for out-of-state travel. The thing I love best about Young Living diffusers is they are made out of medical grade plastic. This means the plastic will not be broken down by citrus or any other type of oil and will not release toxins into the air. Ahhh, clean breathing!

Let’s take a look at each diffuser individually.

Aria – My Aria spends most of its time in the kitchen. It’s bamboo inspired maple base and glass dome are beautifully designed. It goes great with my decor around the house. The Aria covers approximately 430 sq.ft . and has the option to run for 1, 2 or 3 hours with automatic shut-off. I love the multicolored LED lights, especially at night!

The Aria is easy to clean and maintain. I feel like the scent covers more than 430 sq. ft. since we can smell it throughout the bottom floor of the house. The beauty of the Aria, the area of coverage, LED lights and the built-in soothing music make it definitely worth its weight in gold!

Dew Drop – The Dew Drop diffuser live in the kids’ rooms. It is simple and very easy to clean. This diffuser is multipurpose; use it as a humidifier, night-light, atomizer, and aroma diffuser. The ultrasonic technology of the Dew Drop breaks any mixture of essential oils and water into millions of micro-particles, dispersing them into the air, and releases the constituents found in Young Living essential oils.

Running for 4 hours at a time, the Dew Drop diffuser has an automatic shutoff. It covers approximately 323 sq. ft. The LED light can be left on or turned off while the diffuser runs.

Orb – Perfect for travel, our Orb has been to many states and is great for any hotel room. When the Orb isn’t traveling with us, it lives in my bathroom for some morning aromatherapy prior to my busy day at work.

The Orb covers approximately 50 sq. ft. making it perfect for those small spaces including the office. It has an intermittent or continuous diffusion flow and when full, will last up to 4.5 hours with an automatic shut-off.

Rainstone – Living in the master bedroom, the Rainstone is amazing! I have several setting options for the length of time it runs and LED lighting or none. I routinely diffuse my sleepy time oils for 6-8 hours at night before it automatically shuts off. Pure sleep heaven.

The Rainstone diffuser is a little harder to clean, but definitely worth the extra few minutes it takes me to clean it. It’s cool modern design covers approximately 323 sq. ft.

USB – Another great diffuser for travel or the office, but also in our laptops at home while the kids study! I also enjoy having one of these in the car for long drives or to safe me from the athlete smells after my kids play sports. Ewww…wet, grassy cleats smell the worst!

The USB diffuser is silent and runs in intervals or 10, 30 or 60 seconds. It functions as an air purifier and aroma diffuser. It comes in black, pink, purple or white.

If you would like to learn more about these diffusers or other Young Living diffusers, click HERE.

Free Peace & Calming 1/21-1/31!

It’s been out of stock, but now Peace & Calming is FREE w/starter kits the rest of January! This oil is great for kids, adults, & even fur babies! If you’ve been debating getting a kit to start your oil journey, January is your month!

In addition to the kit, you’ll receive a welcome package from me with a Orange Vitality oil, $10 credit towards a future oil purchase and diffuser, topical and internal recipes to assist with a variety of ailments.

The dew drop stater kit comes with everything you need to assist with digestion, sleep, muscle soreness/pain, odors, boosting your immune system, relaxation, anxiety, headaches, and so much more. Dare to be spoiled by the oils! It’s changed our family’s lives for the better. It could change yours too.

To order follow this link: https://www.youngliving.com/vo/…

Register, select your starter kit, choose whether you want to join ER Rewards or not, pay and get excited for the best purchase you’ve made for your families health and wellness!

Send me a message if you have questions or need help ordering. Happy Oiling!

Catchin’ Zzzz’s

Ready for bed? Can’t sleep because your mind is racing when you lay down after a crazy day? Try Catchin’ Zzzz’s with this incredible blend!

Lavender is calming, a relaxant, and balancing both mentally and physically. Frankincense relaxes muscles. Valor assists the body in self-correcting it’s balance and alignment. Mixed together these essential oils help you leave that busy day behind for a relaxing, restful sleep.

Catchin’ Zzzz’s Diffuser Blend

  • 5 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Valor
  • 2 drops Frankincense

You can also put Valor on your big toes and on the tips of your last three fingers on both hands (middle, ring and pinky fingers). These are the Vita Flex points for your brain.

Catchin’ Zzzz’s Roller Blend

  • 1 10ml amber glass roller bottle
  • Place 12 drops of Lavender, 7 drops Valor and 7 drops of Frankincense in the roller
  • Add your choice of carrier oil (I use fractionated coconut oil) filling the roller (leave room to add the roller top on)
  • Place your roller top on
  • Screw on the lid
  • Rock the roller back and forth to mix all ingredients
  • Use the roller on your neck, behind ears, temples,  wrists, big toes and on the tips of your last three fingers on both hands (middle, ring and pinky fingers)

Happy Oiling!

A Little Peace & Calming

Tonight I came home from a very long, busy day at work. A little Peace & Calming was definitely necessary after all the brain power I used today. The blend I’m sharing with you below is actually going in my Rainstone diffuser as I type. My eyes are getting heavy and it’s only 9pm! With that said I will keep it short and hope you enjoy this combo as much as I am. It’s time for this girl to relax!

A Little Peace & Calming Diffuser Blend

  • 4 drops Peace & Calming (can use Peace & Calming II)
  • 2 drops Tangerine

A Little Peace & Calming Roller Blend

  • 1 10ml amber glass roller bottle
  • Place 8 drops of Peace & Calming and 4 drops of Tangerine in the roller
  • Add your choice of carrier oil (I use fractionated coconut oil) filling the roller (leave room to add the roller top on)
  • Place your roller top on
  • Screw on the lid
  • Rock the roller back and forth to mix all ingredients
  • Use the roller on your neck, behind ears, temples and on wrists

Happy Oiling!

Unwinding After the Holidays

You made it! Another hopefully successful holiday season in the books. What’s next? RELAXATION! We all need it after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Not to mention the messed up sleep schedule and stress of returning back to work or school after enjoying some much needed time off. Yup, definitely need some relaxation. Over the next several days I will be posting essential oil diffuser blends and roller recipes to help you relax. Our first blend is Unwind After the Holidays! It’s great for relaxation and sleep. Check it out!

Unwind After the Holidays Diffuser Blend

  • 3 drops Stress Away
  • 3 drops Lavender
  • 2 drops Copaiba

Unwind After the Holidays Roller Blend

  • 1 10ml amber glass roller bottle
  • Place 7 drops of Stress Away, 7 drops of Lavender and 4 drops of Copaiba in the roller
  • Add your choice of carrier oil (I use fractionated coconut oil) filling the roller (leave room to add the roller top on)
  • Place your roller top on
  • Screw on the lid
  • Rock the roller back and forth to mix all ingredients
  • Use the roller on your neck, behind ears, temples and on wrists

Happy Oiling!

Holiday Hangover Help

Feeling a little sluggish this morning? Did you party like it’s 1999 last night? First, let me say, “Welcome to the New Year”! 2017 is here and full of opportunity.

Now, that hangover….we’ve all had one. They can be pretty brutal depending on the amount of fun we had the night before! Here’s the essential oil regimen that worked for me.

Today, Young Living’s Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint are your best friends! Don’t forget the water – hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

Start with a couple drops of Grapefruit and Lemon in the palm of your hand. Rub on your body over your liver (hint: your liver is located mainly on the right side of your body under your ribs and goes across the top of your chest under your breasts/pecks).

Next, place a few drops of Lemon, Lavender and Peppermint in the palm of your hand. Rub on the back of your neck, behind your ears, and on the bottom of your feet (big toes and center of both feet). Place one drop of Peppermint on your index fingers and rub in your temples.

Finish off with 2 drops each of Grapefruit, Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint Vitality in an 8oz glass of water. Mix with either cold, or warm water then drink. Continue to hydrate through out the day. Another bonus to add is 2oz shot of Young Living’s Ningxia Red for an added boost after getting some food in your stomach.

Happy New Year!