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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
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
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

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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With a bright and refreshing citrus scent, Lime essential oil smells just like freshly sliced limes. Like all citrus essential oils, the peels of limes are cold pressed to release an invigorating scent that can uplift any environment. Lime is great for those seeking positivity and inspiration. This uplifting aroma can spark creativity and mental clarity while boosting your mood!

Because Lime is a citrus oil, it may cause photosensitivity, so be sure to avoid applying it to exposed skin before spending time in the sun.

Pure Lime
A Few Tips For Using Lime Essential Oil

Even if you are a total beginner to essential oils, these Lime oil uses are easy to follow and will show you the ropes for this tart oil.

Make your skin glow!
Enhance radiant looking skin by adding a couple of drops of Lime to your moisturizer.

Add 2 drops of Lime essential oil to a moist cotton pad or ball.
Apply to the face as part of nighttime skin routine.
Note: this oil is photosensitive, so don’t apply before going into the sun and harmful UV rays!

Lime Body Scrub

100ml (less than ½ cup) Himalayan Salt
8 drops of Lime essential oil
½ teaspoon (5ml) coconut oil

To use: take a little and apply in circular motions on skin.
Leave on skin a few minutes before rinsing

Beat the heat with a cool compress!
Summer days are the best, but sometimes they can be a bit much! Balance things out with some refreshing Lime.

Wet and wring out a towel.
Add 2 drops of Lime and 1 drop of Lavender essential oil.
Roll up the towel and put it in the freezer for 10 minutes.
Apply to forehead and neck to cool down.

Treat your scalp to some rejuvenation!
We’re looking for beach days, not bad hair days! Get your scalp feeling clean and fresh with this recipe.

In a small bowl, mix:

A small amount of coconut oil
2 drops of Lime
2 drops of Cedarwood
Massage into the scalp for 3-5 minutes.

Wash your hair as normal.

Revitalize the fridge
Open your refrigerator door and experience a cool lime breeze!

Add a few drops of Lime to a fresh box of baking soda.
Store in the fridge to absorb odors.
Scrub away your troubles
Sometimes the most relaxing thing of all is seeing your house absolutely sparkle.

In a bucket or spray bottle for cleaning:

Add 10 drops of Lime
Add 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of white vinegar.
Use as an all-purpose cleaner.

For an extra boost of citrus throughout the house, add a few drops of Lime to your Thieves Household cleaner.

Lime Scented Bath Salts

3 parts Epsom Salt
2 parts Baking Soda
1 part Sea Salt
Mix together and add:
Lime Essential Oil as desired (Approx. 10 drops per 1 cup of Epsom Salt)

Make your bath a tropical getaway! Simply add lime and coconut oil to your Epsom salts and enjoy your personal oasis.

Add Lime Vitality Essential Oil To a glass of cold water or NingXia Red

Enjoy staying hydrated and add variety by infusing your water with a drop or two of Lime Vitality
Add 2 drops of Lime Vitality
Throw in a handful of fresh or frozen raspberries

Tropical Scented Spray
In a spray bottle, mix the following:

3 drops of Lime
5 drops of Citronella
3 drops of Lemongrass
1 drop of Peppermint
8 ounces of water
Spritz to your heart’s content!

Lime Essential Oil In Your Diffuser
Because Lime Essential Oil blends well with so many other oils, the sky is the limit! Try our tangy blend of Lime, Orange, Tangerine, and Lemon when you want to bring the outdoors in, or get creative and make your own diffuser blend!

Combine Lime, Geranium, Northern Lights Blue Spruce, Grapefruit, and Lemon Myrtle for an amazing Blue Volcano diffuser blend!

Pure Lime Vitality Essential OilLime vitality essential oil

Lime Vitality and other Young Living Vitality oils can be used in a wide range of dishes.

Enhance the flavor of meat and veggies by adding Lime Vitality to your favorite marinade recipe.

Include a drop to your stir fry to bring dimension and add a great depth of flavor.

Add some zing to your favorite guacamole recipe by adding 1-2 drops of Lime Vitality.

Add a little Lime Vitality oil to berry dishes to complement their natural sweetness

Lime Infused Guacamole Recipe
2 avocados
2 drops Citrus Fresh™ Vitality
1 drop Lime Vitality
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chopped red onion
1–2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
Pinch salt
Pinch black pepper
1. Remove the pit from the avocados and scoop the flesh into a bowl, mashing roughly with a fork.
2. Add all other ingredients and stir until mixed.
3. Garnish with cilantro.
4. Enjoy with tortilla chips or with your favorite Mexican-inspired dishes!

Add 1 drop of Lime Vitality to a vegetarian gel capsule and take daily or as needed as a dietary supplement.

Pure Peppermint Essential Oil

Pure Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint is a favorite essential oil of most people. It’s an energizing pick me up or a cooling wind down at the end of the day, plus a whole lot more. Here are 10 uses for Peppermint oil you will want to try!

1. Cool down after a busy day.
Peppermint is a “hot” oil so you can dilute it with 1 drop of Peppermint with 4 drops of V-6 or another carrier oil; then rub on the temples, forehead, and back of the neck. Avoid your getting it in your eyes! The menthol and menthyl acetate constituents create a nice cooling sensation.

2. Add Peppermint to your water.
Add a drop or 2 of Peppermint Vitality to your drinking water for an energizing boost. Start out with one drop. It’s a strong one.

3. Stimulate your morning shampoo.
Add 2-3 drops of Peppermint to your morning shampoo and massage your scalp for 2 minutes get your day off to an energized start.

4. Breath freshener.
Put a drop of Peppermint Vitality on your tongue to freshen your breath whenever you feel the need or after a meal with garlic or onions.

Pure Peppermint Essential Oil

Peppermint Vitality Essential Oil

5. Support digestion.
Add a drop or two of Peppermint Vitality to a glass of water or a cup of tea to support normal digestion and help with gastrointestinal discomfort. Peppermint Vitality can support normal digestion and reduce feelings of discomfort after large meals.*

6. Find your focus.
Fill your office or study space with energizing aromas by diffusing this blend when it’s time to buckle down on a project.

7. Soothing Gel.
Add a few drops each of Peppermint and Lavender to aloe vera gel for a soothing after sun cooldown.

8. Cooling chest rub.
Mix a drop of Peppermint with eucalyptus and a small amount of V-6 and rub it onto your chest for a cooling sensation.

9. Cool off on a hot day.
Add two drops of Peppermint to a cold, damp washcloth and place on the back of your neck, your forehead, or your chest to help cool down on a really hot day.

10. Use Peppermint in cooking. Add 2 drops of Peppermint Vitality to chocolate brownie or chocolate cookie recipe, or 1 drop to hot chocolate.

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