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I’ve had many people ask me “But what if my essential oils freeze?” In fact, I’ve had that same concern. There are, after all, medications that cannot be frozen without changing their properties, so what about essential oils? Will essential oils freeze? And if they do, what does that mean?
Will Essential Oils Freeze?
The quickest answer is, yes. Just like every liquid in this world, there is a freezing point for all oils. Some oils need very very low temperatures to freeze, some will freeze in a refrigerator, and others can even be solid or crystallized at room temperature. There is no oil that will not freeze or crystallize. It doesn’t matter if you use Young Living, doTerra, Rocky Mountain, or any other type of brand of oils. They all have a freezing point.
If My Oils Freeze, Does That Say Something About Its Purity?
If an oil freezes or crystallizes, it says absolutely nothing about its purity or the presence of additives. It’s a liquid. It will freeze at some temperature. Yes, depending on the menthol levels within peppermint, it will effect its freezing point. But you cannot make a judgment call about the purity of essential oils based on whether or not they freeze.
Can I Use My Essential Oils If They Freeze?
Yes! Absolutely. Essential oils last longest if they are are kept cool. Freezing is just one form of keeping them cool. Damage will not be done if they have been frozen or reached a crystallization stage. However, it is best to not re-heat your essential oils as a form of unfreezing them. If they have been frozen, let them naturally come to a temperature where they are liquid again. While freezing essential oils will not hurt the oil components, heating them could.
So will essential oils freeze? Yes, they can. It is unlikely that you will experience this on a regular basis. But all oils have a temperature point at which they freeze or crystallize. And if they do, there is no need to fret. Just let them come back to their liquid state and begin using them again!
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