Updated: Apr 16, 2020
Just like any movement we do, we gotta break it down before we build it back up. No sense in getting into the nitty gritty just yet!
The art and science of using naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize, & promote the health of the body, mind, & spirit. - Canadian Federation of Aromatherapy
Volatile vs. Non-volatile
Volatility is the ability of a substance to change from their liquid (or solid) state into a gas. Essential oils are a volatile substance meaning it is easier for it to vaporize.
Any medium used to dilute your oils. Examples are avocado, jojoba, olive, coconut, or sweet almond oils, each having their own benefits.
To dilute or not? 😕
Diluting essential oils you have purchased may seem like you're decreasing the potency of the oil, however, when applied topically with a carrier oil, absorption of the EO through the pores of the skin is increased & also allows for easier spread on your body. This also decreases the likelihood of any sensitivity reactions occurring.
Yes, depending on the oil you are using (categorized as 'neat') it may not require any dilution at all. I like to er on the side of caution and always dilute my oils when used topically.