Hey there…long time no blog post!
We’re about to fix that right now. Today’s post will feature tips on how to store your carrier and essential oils, as promised here. I would also like to include a link to a web page whose notes on the topic were succinct and very relevant to this post. You’ll find them below.
Your oils should be stored in a cool, dry place.
Persons living in countries such as the United States or those in Europe that experience great variations in temperature will probably find different ways to apply this tip than say, their West Indian counterparts. Eg. For the former, it might only be necessary to store carrier oils in the refrigerator during the summer months when temperatures reach sweltering highs. Meanwhile in the Caribbean, it might be possible to keep your vials, bottles and jars of goodies out year round, and simply store them in a kitchen pantry not in the direct path of sunlight, as temperatures might never get cold enough to change the composition of your oils, or so hot that they ruin them. The point is to find a healthy balance so that the immediate environment they are stored in is not too hot or too cold. And of course, oils have different properties so what obtains for one might not for another. Trial and error may be your best bet in that regard, but when in doubt, always do your research on the individual oil first, then choose a location to suit you.
Which brings us to a next key point- both carrier and essential oils, particularly essential oils, should be protected from light, especially the purest and most powerful source of all- sunlight!
This is because light speeds up the deterioration process of an oil. A second safeguard to ensure you get maximum bang for your buck is to store oils in dark coloured containers. There is a preference for dark, glass, coloured containers .
Where essential oils are concerned, amber glass, as pictured below, is a recommended staple.
The containers for storing essential oils should also be small, to reduce the rate at which air can enter the container, change the properties of your peppermint or lavender baby and potentially reduce its efficiency.
How do I know if my carrier oil is still fit for use?
- The aroma –if it suddenly seems to have a strong, almost bitter aroma, it may have gone rancid
- By comparison- if it’s possible, compare the suspect with a container of oil that you know to be fresh. Sniff the culprit out-if there’s a noticeable difference in smell-there’s your answer!