Essential oils are composed of tiny molecules that can penetrate cells. Essential oils are non-greasy, aromatic, and soak in and evaporate quickly.
A carrier oil, on the other hand, is a fatty vegetable oil. Some great veggie oils to use as a carrier oil would be almond oil, coconut oil (extra virgin or fractionated), extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, etc. Young Living also sells one that I really love called V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex. When you are first starting out with essential oils, I think you should just use what you have. If you have a quality olive oil in your kitchen, use that. If you already have coconut oil in your home, give that a try. Over time and as you gain experience, you will find out what your favorites are for carrier oils.
So what do I use? For topical use of essential oils, most often I use jojoba oil. In the past, I used coconut oil quite a bit. If you aren’t familiar with coconut oil, what you need to know is that it changes from a solid to liquid state based on the temperature. So if it’s cold outside, the coconut oil will be solid. If it’s hot out, the coconut oil will be liquid. Fractionated coconut oil, however, is always in the liquid state. I have been asked how I use coconut for carrier oil when it’s in the solid state. All I do is get a little bit out of the jar with a spoon, and put it in my hands. The oil melts very quickly with your body temperature. Click here for a quick how-to video.
My go-to carrier oil when making capsules for internal use of essential oils is V-6. The bottle it comes in has kind-of like a dropper top so it’s easy to dispense a few drops at a time. Remember, when I mention using essential oils internally, (or for any other use of essential oils) I am only talking about using Young Living’s pure, therapeutic grade essential oils. Young Living is the only brand I trust for purity, safety, and effectiveness.