We all know liquid plant extracts come in little bottles as essential oils. These substances have strong smells even in tiny amounts.
Carrier oils offer an ideal way to dilute essential oils. These oils serve as standard options because they contain fat which mixes well with essential oils. The sources of carrier oils include animals such as emu and plants like the coconut trees. However, most carrier oils come from plants.
In these cases, you can use carrier oils to reduce the strong smell of essential oils. You can also enjoy the benefits of the carrier oil at the same time.
Having a perfect idea of how to dilute essential oils with coconut oils also brings out a wholesome scent and other benefits. However, you might wonder how you should start. Read on and use this article as a guide to mixing both oils to create custom personal hygiene products.
Coconut oil has a creamy thickness making it suitable for your skin. The following paragraphs reveal how you can dilute the essential oils with coconut oil.
Here’s what you need to blend both oils:
• Your preferred essential oil (see some options below for some ideas)
• Organic extra virgin coconut oil
• Mixing Spoon
• Small glass bowl
• Large glass bowl
• An opaque or dark airtight container to block light
Easy Steps to Dilute Essential Oils with Coconut Oil
Usually, you should aim at a 1% dilution which is 3 drops of essential oils for every 2 teaspoons of carrier oil. This mixture offers comfort and nourishes your skin. However, if you want an air freshener, you need to add more.
Step 1: Pour some coconut oil into the small glass bowl
Measure about 1/4 cup of coconut oil into a clean small glass bowl. You can use larger quantities for bigger batches. However, light and heat affect essential oils hence the need to use them in small amounts.
Step 2: Turn the coconut oil to liquid
Coconut oil becomes solid (which is ok for storage) at temperatures under 76 degrees. But if you want to dilute essential oils, you need to have coconut oil as a liquid.
You can begin by adding hot water to the large glass bowl. Place the small bowl with the coconut oil into this bowl. This process( when done at 80 degrees) turns the solid coconut oil into liquid. When the state of the coconut oil changes, you can remove the smaller bowl.
Step 3: Add the essential oils
You can use a single oil or a mixture of oils if you wish. For instance, when making a facial moisturizer, you can add ten drops each of lavender and geranium to get healthy skin.
Step 4: Store Adequately
After mixing perfectly, you can pour the mixture into a container. Cover and allow to cool. Small jars or pots serve as right types of containers to use since coconut oil becomes solid when cooled. With these containers, you can dip your finger and use like regular lotion or cream.
This oil mixture becomes liquid when used on the skin because of the temperature of the surface. If you plan on making candles, pour the mix into candle holders.
How to Use a Mixture of Coconut Oils and Essential Oils
Now that you know how to mix both oils let’s show you how to use this exciting combo for use in your home.
Ⅰ. Insect Repellent
Are you aware that you can use coconut oil to produce insect repellants? Yes, you read right. A mixture of oils such as citronella, lemongrass or citriodora with coconut oil can form a custom bug cream. This cream will keep you from troublesome bugs as you head out.
Ⅱ. Face Wash
Do you also know you can use coconut oil for both regular and aging skin? Although you can use it on its own as a face wash, mixing it with essential oils can make your skin look younger and healthier.
Ⅲ. Facial Moisturizer
Coconut oil has excellent moisturizing properties. Adding some essential oil boosts these properties thereby making the skin supple.
To create a custom coconut oil facial moisturizer, pour about half a cup of coconut oil into a big bowl. Then add five drops each of lavender, tea tree, geranium, and frankincense oils. Mix the whole combo into a soft fluffy cream for 2 minutes with a hand mixer. Store it in a mason jar. Use a little amount on your skin.
Ⅳ. As a Pain Reliever
Massaging a mix of essential oils in coconut oil can give you relief from headaches and other forms of body pain. You can make this cream by adding ten drops each of peppermint, eucalyptus and marjoram oils to one-quarter of coconut oil. Mix well and store in a mason jar. Apply to the affected areas on your body.
Ⅴ. Body Lotion
Dispose of your toxic body lotion and use this healthy option instead. Add about 20 drops of geranium essential oil to a cup of coconut oil. Store in a mason jar and apply to your skin after a shower or bath.
Ⅵ. Hair Growth
Not only does coconut oil help with the skin, but it also gives you healthy hair. Grab a bowl and add a tablespoon of coconut oil. Apply heat until it turns to liquid. Then add two drops each of rosemary, lavender and cedarwood oils. Mix evenly with a spoon.
Massage the mix into scalp for 2 minutes. Tie your hair and then cover it with a shower cap. After 30 minutes, wash the oil out of your hair, twice if need be.
Although there are many we can use a mixture of coconut and essential oils, the six ways mentioned, serve as our favorite examples. Now that you know how to dilute coconut oils with essential oils, how do you plan to use it?