The doc is in! Read below to see what dōTERRA’s Dr. Hill, an industry expert on wellness and essential oils has to say about using carrier oils with essential oils, how to properly store essential oils and how they interact with out bodies!
Q What is a carrier oil and when should it be used?
A A carrier oil is any lipid-based substance used to dilute essential oils. The most popular varieties are pure vegetable oils, including grape seed, avocado, and almond oils; however most readily available carrier oils are unstable and go rancid quite easily. I prefer fractionated coconut oil because it is stable at all temperatures and in all environments. It is also non-aromatic and therefore does not alter the aromatic properties of essential oils. Many people mistakenly believe that using carrier oils somehow reduces the effectiveness of the essential oil, when in face, there are many benefits from diluting oils. Dilution increases the surface area of absorption, enhances absorption through dry skin, and prevents sensitivities. It is never wrong to dilute, especially when using oils with a more potent chemistry. Determining when and how to dilute is a personal decision that should be based on usage preferences, oil chemistry, and personal sensitivity.
Q When can essential oils be stored in plastic?
A We know that essential oils interact with many forms of chemistry, including some plastics. Many varieties of plastics exist, some of which are more impervious to essential oils than others. While this is a concern, not all plastics are as delicate as others and not all essential oils affect plastics in the same way. Citrus oils, in particular, have a chemical composition that is know n to interfere with the chemistry of plastics. We should only use plastics that will not breakdown when exposed to essential oils. For instance, dōTERRA uses plastic parts (lids, orifices, diffusers, etc.) that are made of HDPE plastic and will not be broken down by essential oils. Another alternative is using vessels made of other materials such as glass or certain metals.
Q How do essential oils interact with our bodies?
A There is a lot of information available on essential oils and their biological activity in the body. We understand more about the physiologic mechanisms of essential oils than ever before. We know that essential oils are lipid soluble and readily absorb through tissue places and mucosal layers. Not only do essential oils induce localized effects, but they enter systemic circulation regardless of the application method. The safety and effectiveness of each application method has been well validated by scientific evidence. When determining how to apply an essential oil it is important to use the oils in a context that is comfortable for you. Though the effects may be less pronounced by certain application methods, each application method has powerful health benefits, both locally and systemically.