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Carrier oils are usually overlooked because they don’t contain the therapeutic constituents of other essential oils, but they can play an indispensable companion of topically applied oils. Let’s take a closer look at these carriers and why they deserve a place on the shelf of anyone who uses and loves essential oils.

What are carrier oils?

Carrier oils are naturally derived from vegetarian sources and have a neutral smell. They aren’t volatile like essential oils, which makes them an excellent medium for dilution and application.

What aren’t carrier oils?

Vegetable shortening, butter, and margarine are best left in the kitchen—they’re not intended for topical use. Mineral oil and other petroleum derivatives like petroleum jelly should also not be used as carrier oils.

How are carrier oils used?

Essential oils are volatile, which means they evaporate rapidly and contain the natural smell and characteristics of the plant. This can make them too strong to apply undiluted. Carrier oils do not evaporate or have a strong aroma, making them the perfect pair for diluting especially strong essential oils—reducing the concentration of the essential oil without altering its therapeutic qualities. When you dilute an essential oil with a carrier oil, you can also control its concentration before applying.

Like other substances that are high in fat, carrier oils have a limited shelf life, meaning that eventually they can go bad. Depending on the type, oils with a short shelf life should typically be used within six months, while oils with a longer shelf life may stay good for up to a year. It’s important to store oils in their original air-tight containers in a cool, dark place, such as the pantry, to maximize shelf life.

Carrier oils can vary widely in their consistency, absorption, aroma, shelf life, and other characteristics. Carrier oils can be blended to change or combine their properties, so you can mix and match until you find the blend that’s just right for you!

Get to know some of the more popular carrier oils!

Grapeseed Oil

Light and thin consistency
Well suited for massages; leaves a light glossy film over the skin
Moisturizing
High in linoleic acid
Relatively short shelf life

Sweet Almond Oil*

Slightly sweet, nutty aroma
Medium consistency
Absorbs relatively quickly; leaves a slight hint of oil on the skin
Rich in vitamin E and oleic acid
Moisturizing
Good all-purpose carrier oil

*Caution: May cause a reaction to those with nut allergies.

V-6 Carrier Oil – A proprietary formula from Young Living Essential Oils, combining fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil, sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil (contains a lot of vitamin E and acts as a natural preservative), sunflower oil, and olive oil Moisturizes and nourishes the skin An excellent carrier oil for all your best essential oils and applications

**Caution: May cause a reaction to those with nut allergies.

Jojoba Oil

Slightly nutty aroma
Medium consistency
Superior, non-greasy absorption, similar to the skin’s natural oils
Moisturizing for skin and hair
Long shelf life

Olive Oil

Popular, easy-to-find oil used in both topical and culinary applications
Thicker consistency; leaves an oily feel on the skin
Stronger aroma
Good source of oleic acid (omega fatty acid)
Relatively short shelf life

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Unlike coconut oil, fractionated coconut oil is liquid at room temperature
No noticeable aroma
Absorbs well; leaves skin feeling silky and moisturized; non-greasy
High in essential fatty acids
Long shelf life

Coconut Oil

Solid at room temperature
Distinct coconut aroma
Solid white color
Leaves a moisturizing, oily feeling layer on top of the skin
Long shelf life

Cocoa Butter

Solid and difficult to work with at room temperature
Best used when melted and blended with other carrier oils
Sweet, chocolate aroma

Shea Butter

Solid at room temperature
Nutty aroma
Cream colored
Moisturizing to skin and hair; leaves behind a moisturizing, waxy-feeling layer

Massage has been used for millennia to help support circulation, increase energy flow in the body, and promote well-being, but it’s also one of life’s simple luxuries. No matter if you’re getting a massage to help you relax physically, to take a mental retreat, or both, incorporating essential oils can help you enhance any massage experience.

Here are a few of our tips to use Young Living’s essential oils to get the most from your massage.

Massage for athletes and when you work or play too hard:
Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream
Young Living’s new Cool Azul essential oil blend is ideal for massage before, during, and after physical activities. Especially perfect for massage, this therapeutic-grade essential oil blend can be used alone when high potency is desired or can be used alongside other oils to add a targeted cooling blast where you need it most. Dilute with V-6 and apply topically for a cool sensation. For an even cooler essential oil experience, rub on Cool Azul Sports Gel after applying Cool Azul essential oil blend.

Cool Azul Sports Gel After a visit to the gym or an afternoon on the go, reach for Cool Azul Sports Gel, our unique, aloe-
based formula that absorbs quickly and delivers a welcome chill that your muscles will thank you for.

Cool Azul Pain Relief Cream provides cooling relief from minor muscle and joint aches, arthritis, strains, bruises, and sprains. Our plant-based formula combines the power of Wintergreen essential oil with Cool Azul essential oil blend.

Try incorporating one of these premixed massage oils featuring V-6 infused with essential oils for different types of massage:

Young Living Massage Oils

    Post Exercise: Ortho Ease Massage Oil includes Wintergreen, Peppermint, Juniper, and Marjoram and has a refreshing minty aroma. Ortho Sport Massage Oil is infused with Wintergreen, Peppermint, Thyme, and Oregano. Thoroughly massage either of these blends into the body following exercise or activity.

    Skin Nourishing: Cel-Lite Magic Massage Oil nourishes the skin with vitamin E and pure vegetable oils, along with Grapefruit essential oil to improve the appearance of skin texture and Juniper oil to help brighten the skin. Massage this blend into areas where you desire to support healthy-looking skin.

    Relaxing: Relaxation Massage Oil combines the soothing essential oil scents of Lavender, Tangerine, Coriander, and Spearmint for maximum relaxation.

    Romance: Sensation Massage Oil inspires and encourages feelings of romance and youthfulness with the beautifully blended fragrances of Ylang Ylang, Jasmine, Geranium, and other essential oils. This special blend leaves the skin feeling smooth and soft.

Young Living’s V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex is a colorless, odorless mixture of pure vegetable oils that helps moisturize and nourish the skin. V-6 can be used to dilute your essential oils or to create your own custom massage blends. With so many oils to choose from, the possibilities are limitless. Here are a couple custom massage oil recipes:

Relaxing Massage:

    3 tablespoons V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex
    2 drops Cedarwood
    2 drops Hong Kuai
    2 drops Hinoki
    2 drops Sacred Frankincense
    1 drop Tsuga

Sleepytime Massage

    Lavender – 14 drops
    Valerian – 7 drops
    Sandalwood – 4 drops
    Cedarwood – 3 drops
    4 oz V-6 Vegetable Oil Complex

Instructions:
Drip all essential oils into a glass bottle, add carrier oil, and roll bottle between palms to blend oils. Decorate with a pretty label if desired. Shake well before each use.


DIY massage mix with essential oils

Add essential oils to V-6, Young Living’s proprietary blend of several carrier oils including coconut oil, sesame oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, and more.
Complement some of our pre-mixed massage oils with your favorite essential oils.
Rule of thumb: 15-30 drops of oil per ¼ cup of V-6. Some oils like Black Pepper, Cinnamon Bark, or Oregano may need to be diluted further.

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Northern Lights Black Spruce essential oil comes from Young Living’s Northern Lights Farm in British Columbia, Canada. This oil includes the naturally occurring constituents alpha-pinene, camphene, and beta-pinene.

Black spruce, along with many of the tree oils, is a grounding oil that holds a frequency of balance. Black Spruce is good for centering, calming, and focusing. Apply to bottoms of feet, along the spine, or on the back of the neck to create a sense of grounding.

Black Spruce is grounding and stimulating at the same time. While it has a calming effect on hyper energy, it energizes when feeling fatigue.

Black Spruce Essential Oil by Young Living

Black Spruce Essential Oil by Young Living


Black Spruce is soothing to tired muscles. It is often used in liniments, aerosols or with carrier oils in massage.

For tired muscles and sore joints, combine 5 drops of Black Spruce with 1 tablespoon of carrier oil. Massage the affected area twice a day.

Here are a few recipes using Black Spruce essential oil in massage oil blends

Muscle Relaxing Essential Oil Blend

25 drops Balsam Fir
15 drops Basil
10 drops Marjoram
8 drops Black Spruce
4 drops Wintergreen

Apply on location to muscles, neck, and feet, as an aid to relaxation. Dilute with a vegetable or massage oil for a body massage.

Tired Muscle Massage Oil

10 drops PanAway
8 drops Wintergreen
8 drops Marjoram
6 drops Black Spruce

Dilute in ½ oz. of V-6 Massage Oil or Massage Oil Base and massage the entire body.

Feeling Limber Massage Oil

8 drops Black Spruce
5 drops Douglas fir
5 drops Helichrysum
4 drops Wintergreen
2 drops German Chamomile
4 drops Elemi

Directions:
Dilute 50-50, massage 3-6 drops on location, repeat as often as needed.

Overworked Muscle Massage Oil
20 drops Wintergreen
15 drops Marjoram
10 drops Juniper
10 drops Cypress
6 drops Black Spruce

You can add these formulas to 4 oz. of Ortho Ease to strengthen its effects.

Combine a few drops of Northern Lights Black Spruce with a complementary aroma like Cedarwood or Lavender for a relaxing massage oil to infuse your evening with the tranquil aroma of nature.

The moisturizing properties of Northern Lights Black Spruce make it a great addition your favorite lotion or face cream.


Add a few drops to your diffuser blends

5 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce
3 drops Cardamom
2 drops Lemon

Add a few drops to Thieves Household Cleaner so you can clean your home with it and have it smelling like a forest.



Young Living Black Spruce Essential Oil


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