Carrier oils and butters ohh My!
Carrier oils and butters are used to dilute essential oils and are an important part of essential oil safety. Having said that, these oils and butters have many healing properties of their own. So choosing the right carrier oils with great quality is one of the keys to success when using essential oils. Okay here is a good example. Say you want to make a DIY face serum with the Frankincense and Myrrh essential oils you already have and you know you need a carrier because there are very few instances essential oils should be used neat. So which carrier do you choose? Well you want something that isn't greasy, won't clog your pores, and something that can give your skin nutrients. So you do a little research and decide on Pomegranate seed oil that is unrefined. Pomegranate seed oil is full of an Omega-5 fatty acid called CLA (conjugated linoleic acid). This fatty acid is one of the strongest plant antioxidants known at this time. Some studies have even shown that this oil can help regenerate the epidermis and is also great for dry cracked skin. You choose unrefined because some research has shown that certain refining processes can strip oils and butters of some if not most of their nutrients. So now your have the Frankincense with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, the myrrh with its astringent, antioxidant, and regenerating properties, and the bulk makeup of your serum which is the pomegranate seed oil with all its skin nourishing properties. Pretty cool huh? So the next time your go to blend up your own essential oils take some time to think about and research what carrier oil or butter can help with what you are trying to accomplish. Happy blending and I hope this helps.
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