Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Few Newbie Questions on Essential and Carrier Oils

Glass vial containing Eucalyptus Globulus Esse...Image via Wikipedia

I'm trying out an idea I had for purification purposes, and I find that I could use some help. The plan was to make natron, and use that in combination with juniper oil in the shower. In my Google wanderings, though, I've found both juniper berry oil and extract, and while I grasp the difference between the two I have no idea which would be better suited to my purposes. I've also come across the tidbit that essential oils shouldn't be used directly on the skin, as it can cause blistering and irritation, and to dilute it with a carrier oil instead. I can't for the life of me find any decent instructions, though.

So, does anyone know if extracts or essential oils would be better? If I go with extracts, do I need to dilute it like I would with essential oils? If I go with essential oils, does anyone have any tips on picking a carrier oil, or what ratio of essential:carrier is good? Do I store it already mixed, or separately?

Thanks for your help! I really have no idea what I'm doing.

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