Essential oils are very versatile in their usage. They can be used for skincare moisturizing, used for hair care, used for oral care and for the lovely fragrance they provide in homes -aromatherapy. These essential oils can be chemically too strong on your body when you use them. Some can be very toxic and irritating to the skin especially if you have sensitive skin. This is why you need to dilute them. Diluting helps you apply them safely on your skin without worries and for any other purpose, like if you intend using them for oil pulling or aromatherapy. Carrier oils is the general name given to oils used for diluting essential oils and one of them is the coconut oil which is about one of the best. It has so many benefits and comes with a versatile usage just like the essential oils themselves. It can be used to dilute essential oil for skin care, hair care, oral care and for fragrance purposes. But you need to know how to dilute essential oils with coconut oil before you can start using them.
Here’s a Highlight of Some of the Benefits Coconut Oil Offers and Why you Should Use it for Diluting.
- Has high moisturizing power for the skin due to the presence of medium-chain fatty acids
- Comes with anti-microbial properties that are good for the skin (especially the facial skin)
- It’s free of toxic chemicals and additives.
- It contributes to the fragrance you will get from the entire mixture
- Protects your skin from the Ultra-Violet rays of the sun
- Promotes healthy dentition
Here you will learn how to dilute your essential oils with the coconut oil to enjoy the combined benefits that the mixture offers. Continue reading to find out.
How to Carry Out the Dilution
Before you start, there are some basic things you will need to keep in place. You’ll be needing the following;
- A large glass bowl
- A small glass bowl
- An airtight container that isn’t transparent
- Organic virgin coconut oil
- Your essential oil (there are many of them, the choice is yours)
- A mixing spoon
When all this is ready, then you are good to go. So let’s hit it right away.
A general rule when it comes to dilution is to use 1% dilution. This implies that you should use about 3 drops of essential oil for every 2 teaspoons of your carrier oil and in this case – the coconut oil. With this kind of dilution, even the most sensitive skins can be tolerant of any essential oil you are topically applying on your skin. If however, you want to use them for home fragrance, 2% or 3% would do.
Step 1: Add about a quarter cup of coconut oil to the small glass bowl you were required to keep. You are free to scale it up if you are going to be using it on a larger scale but its best you do it little by little. This is because essential oils are quite sensitive to light and heat. They respond to these two elements and react with them.
Step 2: You need to work with coconut oil in its liquid state. Although it’s okay for it to be in its solid-state if you are storing it, if you want to work with it as the situation demands here, it has to be liquefied. You can liquefy by melting the solid into a liquid. To do this, pour hot water into a huge glass bowl. Then you can place the coconut oil you’ve poured into the small glass bowl in the huge glass bowl so that the hot water can warm it into the liquid state. At about 80 degrees, it would begin to liquefy. When this is achieved – the liquefaction, take the small bowl out which now has the liquid coconut oil and proceed with the next step below.
Step 3: Now you can then add the essential oil of your choice to the liquid coconut oil. To do this, add about 20 drops of essential oil to the quarter cup of liquid coconut oil. You can blend two oils together depending on what you want or you can make things simple by using just one. After adding the essential oil to the coconut oil, use a clean spoon to do the mixing. Stir continuously until the essential oil and coconut are completely mixed and identification of each becomes difficult.
Step 4: You are done with the dilution, now it’s time to store it for usage. Pour the diluted essential oil into a container and cover it to allow it cool. Since the coconut oil can easily revert back into its solid state when it’s been cooled, it’s best you use a jar or an open container. This will enable you to dip your finger into the cream or lotion whenever you intend using it. When the solid lotion (or call it a mixture since it contains both coconut oil and essential oil) gets to your skin it turns into liquid again and warms up to your body temperature.
Here Are Some Uses of the Diluted Essential Oil You’ve Just Made
- Can be used for hair treatment
- Can be used for oil pulling: a process where oil is swooshed in your dentition to detoxify and clean your gums and teeth
- For aromatherapy as seen in candles
- For skin moisturizing
Now that you’ve known how to dilute your essential oils before using them, you should also know that you have to select your essential oil according to the purpose you want to use it for. If you’ll be using it for skin moisturizing you should choose an essential oil that is suited for such purposes like Lavender, Geranium or frankincense. This also varies when you want to use the essential oil for oil pulling or hair care. Purpose should define your choice in summary. You should, however, seek counsel from a pediatrician before applying the mixture on kids. You can now begin your journey to enjoying all of the benefits that the combo (Essential oils and Coconut oil) provides.