Aromatherapy Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils as necessary. Many pure essential oils are so highly concentrated that they are often diluted before use. Dilute 1 percent of essential oils in carrier oil per volume. There are approximately 10 drops per ml, so a 60 ml bottle will need about 6 drops. Some oils are more intense than others: rose, jasmine, vanilla.

Apricot Kernel Oil

Obtained from the cold-pressed kernel, very similar to Sweet Almond Oil. Best used for mature skin, prematurely aged skin, and dry or sensitive skin. It may be used to calm inflammation. Possible nut allergy reaction. May be used on its own or blended with almond, grapeseed or jojoba oil.

Grapeseed Oil

One of the more popular carrier oils. It is tasteless, odorless, hypoallergenic and inexpensive. It is obtained from the seed of the grape, which is washed, dried, ground and pressed. It contains vitamin F. It is a favorite with those who do body work as it leaves the skin smooth. Be aware that most grapeseed oil, although guaranteed natural and expeller processed or cold pressed, may, in fact, be soaked in chemicals before being expelled to yield more volume. This light, odorless, easily absorbed oil is one of the most popular choices for massage, especially blended with sweet almond. Light, easily absorbed, tightens and tones the skin. Suitable for all skin types. Use on its own or blend with other carrier oils.

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba is technically a liquid wax obtained from the jojoba bean. It is a very stable oil. This carrier is good for acne and oily skin as it dissolves sebum. It is also useful in the treatment of psoriasis, eczema or inflamed skin. It contains myristic acid which has anti-inflammatory properties and may help relieve the pain of rheumatism or arthritis. It is great for massage as it leaves the skin feeling silky and is often used as a base for perfume blends due to its long shelf life. It has antioxidant properties. Good for hair and facial care. Great emollient. Good for any skin type.

Sesame Seed Oil

Obtained from sesame seeds, tends to have more color and odor than other carrier oils. It is rich in Vitamin A (protects the skin) and Vitamin E (stimulates muscular activity). It is best used for psoriasis and eczema, rheumatism and arthritis, or inflamed skin conditions. It is noteworthy for its stability, as some of its components act as an antioxidant. Antioxidant, sun protection, good for hair & body care.

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Almond Oil is obtained from the cold-pressed kernel. It contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and a small amount of vitamin E which will helps it keep longer. Best used for relieving itching caused by eczema, dry skin and inflammation. It is pale yellow and viscous and is a popular oil to use for massage. Possible nut allergy reaction. Lubricates the skin well, an all-around body and facial oil. Good for all types of skin. Use on its own or blend with grapeseed or jojoba oil for example.

Author: Life Enthusiast Staff