Working with Thick Essential Oils

Most essential oils are quite ‘thin’ – they drip easily from their bottle. Others are quite thick, viscous like honey, and that can make them clog up diffusers and difficult to mix in blends or dilute. Vetiver is a great example of a thick oil. Many absolutes (‘essential oils’ extracted by alcohol methods rather than steam distilled) can also be very thick.

Diluting thick essential oils

One way to work with these thick essential oils is to dilute them in alcohol-based diluents rather than carrier oils. An example is to use witch hazel as the diluent to be able to make a spray.

Heating thick essential oils

Another method is to heat the thick essential oil. The risk with using heat is that it can break down or change the chemical components of essential oils, which leads to them no longer having the same therapeutic effects or the chemicals can become more toxic.

To avoid over-heating, a gentle heat can be applied for a short period. One way to achieve this is called the Rice Method. Microwave a cup of dry rice for one minute and mix so that it is warmth is even throughout the container. Push the essential oil bottle into the warm rise and leave there for a minute or so. The oil should then be less viscous and easier to drip.

Water Bath Method

Alternatively, the Water Bath Method works by warming a small bowl of water, and placing the essential oil bottle in the water. This method can ruin bottle labels, though.

It can help to also warm the carrier oil to help with the mixing.

We hope you can apply these ideas and you enjoy working with the thick essential oils.

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Author: Rebecca Tichbon

Rebecca Tichbon originally qualified as a Medical Scientist and then she fell into a health and science teaching career higher education Beck now runs two successful wellness businesses in Bunbury, Western Australia, and is about to publish her first book. To get to where she is now, Beck has been through many trials and tragedies; she shares her story in her book. Beck is passionate about women’s wellbeing and finds fulfilment in supporting others on their own wellness journeys through her all of her work.

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