Aug 3, 2015

What are some essential vocabulary words for essential oils?

Dear Oily,

I’ve been reading up on essential oils a lot lately, but it seems like you oily people have your own language! Neat, diluted, carrier, hot. Do I need to be a card carrying member of some secret club to understand these things?

Explain the oily lingo to me, please!


Language Learner

Vocabulary and lingo for essential oil users | Hot Pink CrunchDear Learner,

I can’t tell you anything until after your initiation and the special ceremony where we will teach you the secret handshake!

Okay, for real. I know it sounds like us “oily people” speak a different language, but I’m going to be nice and let you in on a few of our trade secrets. Yeah, I’m feeling generous today.

Oily Vocab and How to Use the Words in a Sentence

Essential Oils 

A liquid that is the lifeblood and essence of a plant, containing the beneficial, complex compounds from the plant. It is not really an oil in the sense that olive oil and coconut oil are oils. Find a more comprehensive explanation here.
     I love to sniff my essential oils all day long!

Carrier Oils

Carrier oils literally carry the essential oil around on your skin. They should be plant based oils (produced from the fatty portion of a plant like the seed, nut, or kernel) not from an animal product (like butter or margarine). They can be solid or liquid. Examples: coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, almond oil.
     Coconut oil is my favorite carrier oil for my essential oils.


An essential oil that is very warm to the skin. These oils can cause skin irritation and should be diluted. An oil being “hot” has no relation to the physical attractiveness of the oil.
     Thieves is a hot oil, so I always use a carrier oil like coconut when putting it on my skin.


Applying an essential oil by itself onto the skin without any carrier oil. This should not be done with hot oils. These are also not as messy as other oils (just kidding!).
     I always use Lavender neat on my skin.


Mixing an essential oil with a carrier oil to apply to the skin. Essential oils can also be diluted in other carriers such as alcohol, witch hazel, aloe vera gel/juice.
     I like to dilute my PanAway essential oil in coconut oil before rubbing it into my muscles after a workout.


Spreading essential oils through the air using a diffusion apparatus aka a diffuser.
     I diffuse Lavender and Cedarwood every night in my diffuser to help me fall asleep faster.


Taking essential oils internally. This can be done in several ways, including in a capsule, on a spoonful of a carrier, in water.
     I love ingesting Lemon and Peppermint essential oil to support my overall wellness.


Applying essential oils onto the skin either neat or diluted.
     Did you know that you can apply Lavender topically for happier skin?


Mixing two or more essential oils together to achieve a desired result.
     I like to blend Oregano and Basil together to support my immune system.

There will be a test on all these words later.