Carrier oils and essential oils

Carrier oils

Carrier oils are oils that you can add to your own homemade recipes. Because essential oils can evaporate quickly, using a carrier oil will help to apply it over a larger area.

There are vegetable, seed and nut oils in your grocery store, but you want to look for a carrier oil that is cold pressed as to the ones that have been processed with chemicals.

Whether you use an essential oil with or without a carrier oils, it is always recommended to do a patch test with your essential oil.

Here is a chart of some popular carrier oils, basic uses and shelf life. With some carrier oils you may refrigerate them to extend the shelf life.

Coconut oil is a very popular carrier oil because it can be used for many different things. It is moisturizing and it is affordable.

You can also use olive oil. Just check for a natural olive oil if that is what you choose.

Some essential oils are considered “warm oils” or “hot oils” which include:

  • Cassia

  • Cinnamon bark

  • Clove

These are recommended to use with a carrier oil. If it is placed neat on your skin, it will be very warming.

So whatever carrier oil you use, it can help cover a larger area. Plus your essential oil will go further.

Do you have a favorite carrier oil that you like to use, comment below.

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Cleaning with essential oils

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Cleaning with essential oils

I’ve got to be honest, I hated cleaning my house before I used essential oils. The smell of bleach products would set a migraine off in no time. This post, How I started with essential oils, is why I use essential oils and other natural products for a lot of things around the house and barn.

As everyone knows a lot of cleaning products have harmful ingredients. I use this website to find what ingredients are safe and what is not.

Storing your homemade products

When making your own cleaning products with essential oils, it is best to use them in a glass container or glass spray bottle. Store them in a dry, dark, cool area.

Basic cleaning ingredients

Lets start with a couple basic ingredients that some people may already have around the house.

Baking soda can be used as a gentle scrub ingredient, eliminates odors.

White vinegar White vinegar has 5% acetic acid and is great for disinfecting, deodorizer , and degreaser. Be careful when purchasing your vinegar. Some have a higher acetic acid content which could be damaging to surfaces.

Castile soap soap helps lift dirt and grease. It eliminates tough stains.

Salt is a natural scouring agent, deodorizer, eliminates grease buildup.

Coconut oil or Olive oil can be used as a natural cleaner and polisher.

Essential oils for cleaning

Each essential oil has a different effect when using them. Here is a list of essential oils and what they are used for.

Arborvitae – antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
Eucalyptus – antibacterial, disinfectant
Grapefruit – astringent, purifier
Lemon – antibacterial, disinfectant, helps remove grease
Lime – antibacterial, disinfectant
Melaluaca – antibacterial, antifungal
Orange – helps remove grease
Peppermint – disinfectant
When cleaning with essential oils it is best to use them with natural products. I also love using essential oils in homemade recipes. If you want to buy a natural product already made, go to this website, type Onguard in the word search. This will bring up a few products. The laundry soap and the cleaner will be included. If you’re a DIYer, keep reading.


I love the smell of lemon in my bathroom and a clean bathroom is a must. Melaleuca is a great essential oil to use in the bathroom because it is known for its antibacterial properties.

If you want a pleasant smell in the bathroom, add 1 – 2 drops of your favorite essential oil and place on the cardboard of the toilet paper roll.


Everyone has dirty laundry and adding essentials oils to your laundry routine leaves you with a fresh smell on your clothing. You may add any of the following essential oils to your laundry soap. Adding essential oils to laundry wool balls, washcloth, or a piece of small fabric, will leave you with refreshing smell.

My favorite blend is 4 drops of calming blend (Serenity) and 2 drops of cleansing blend (Purify) on my wool dryer balls. I apply once every 4 – 5 times of use.

Essential oils for laundry

Invigorating blend (Citrus Bliss) – helps reduce germs and odors.

Lavender – antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic.

Lemon – antibacterial, disinfectant, helps remove grease.

Melaleuca – antibacterial, antifungal.

Cleansing blend (Purify) – helps reduce odors and germs.

Wild orange – helps remove grease.


You may add citrus essential oil to baking soda with a little water to make a gentle scrub for tubs or sinks.

4 drops of your choice of essential oil to 1 cup baking soda, sprinkle on carpet, sweep after 10 minutes.

Have any natural cleaning tips, comment below.

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Check out my post on Cooking with Essential oil basics if you want to use essential oils in a totally different way…

How I started with Essential Oils

Before we get started, I am not a nurse or doctor, nor do I claim to be. I am only here to share my own experience with essential oils. If you have health problems or an emergency, you should make your doctor aware of it as soon as possible. Do not leave health problems unattended.

Let me tell you how I got started.

I’ve had migraines occasionally. Then it got to the point, it was just about once a week. Something that a simple pill would help as long as i wasnt already getting sick to my stomach.

Back in 2011, I wanted something besides daily medication. Going to the Dr. or Urgent Care to have shots to help with migraines and my nausea was not fun.

I spent alot of time sleeping because of the medication I had taken , or the shots but it got to the point where I thought I didn’t have a choice. I would get sick 3 – 4 hrs without it slowing up. Shots was the only way to make it stop at the time.

So I did my research online, looked into “natural remedies”, and came across easentail oils. It’s one of those things were you think it’s going to be a waste of money. So what do I do, I order some anyways.

Starting with essential oils, I did a little research online of which ones are 100% pure essentail oils. I had come across this brand to try.

I didn’t want to spend too much money on something I wasn’t sure of, but I had to try something.

My first essential oils I tried was lavender and peppermint. As soon as I had a headache coming on, I would apply lavender to my forehead, keeping it away from my eyes. Lavender is considered calming and soothing. It worked rather well. I thought it was just a coincidence.

The next time I had a headache, I tried peppermint. It was very cooling, but with migraines, certian smells can make them worse.

So after using myself as a guinea pig, I have found that the lavender was more helpful for the headaches and migraines. The peppermint is great on my stomach when I felt sick to my stomach.

After all I had found a home remedy that kept me from going to the doctors almost every week. I have essentail oils all over my home for different uses.

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