Some undiluted essential oils when applied topically and other concentrated aromatics can cause severe irritation, rashes and other negative reactions for some people. This is why carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils prior to topical application and other uses. The term carrier oil was coined because of its purpose of carrying the essential oil onto the skin. What exactly is the best carrier oils? We have narrowed them down to the most common and the best when mixed with your favorite essential oils.
Here’s the list:
1. Almond Oil
“Sweet almond oil is obtained from the dried kernels of the almond tree and it is an excellent emollient (softening and soothing to the skin) and also helps the skin to balance its loss and absorption of moisture. It is further a great moisturizer suitable for all skin types, helps relieve irritation, inflammation and itching, and is greatly lubricating and because it is not an overly fast penetrating oil, it is a good massage medium to use to help spread the oil and essential oil mixture, while still allowing you time to do a good massage before it is absorbed by the skin.”
2. Olive Oil
“Olive Oil (OO) is most often associated with culinary pursuits. However, I’ve included it here as a “go to” oil when you need something in a pinch. Perhaps at 2:00 in the morning when a little one wakes up with an earache. If nothing else is on hand, OO is a great oil to use. Its strong scent is the main reason you don’t see it in more aromatherapy or massage blends, but don’t let that stop you from using it. Use 10 percent OO to another carrier oil for larger application. Beautiful green in color and chock full of proteins, vitamins and minerals, OO is soothing for rheumatic conditions, adds shine to hair and is often found in soaps and shampoos.”
“Unlike most other carrier oils, grapeseed oil is solvent extracted and may have trace amounts of chemical solvent remaining. I have heard mixed reports on the shelf-life of grapeseed (some have said it goes rancid rather fast). I usually go through a bottle of grapeseed once each six months and have not discovered any problems with rancidity when stored in an amber bottle in a cool dark area. Grapeseed oil is a powerful anti-oxidant and is light enough to use on delicate facial skin.
Energetics: Very cleansing and purifying, grapeseed oil is amazing for removing toxins from the body. Try mixing it with tea tree oil and applying to blemishes.”
“It is particularly helpful for dehydrated, delicate, mature and sensitive skin, and it helps to sooth inflammation. This finely textured oil spreads easily and is particularly rich in both oleic acid and linoleic acid. The moisturizing, nourishing and revitalizing properties of apricot kernel oil combine well with your selected essential oils, to give a superb facial massage.”
“…are perfect for nourishing the skin in an overnight treatment, but are a little too heavy to use in body massage. They have a strong odour that some people do not like, but please don’t let that put you off! They are excellent, deep nourishing oils that will provide essential fatty acids and nutrients to soften your skin.
Through experimentation and by exploring various types of carrier oils and essential oils, you will find that certain combinations complement each other more than other blends. In addition, there will be certain oils will be better for specific uses than others. Always check with your doctor first if you are to ingest any of these oils. Diffuse your favorite EOs using BellaSentials Diffusers for a perfect aromatherapy experience in the comforts of your home.