Aromatherapy Carrier Oils
Aromatherapy Carrier oils are oils that you mix with essential oils to make them useable on the skin. Most essential oils are too concentrated and harmful to the skin if undiluted. Lavender essential oil an tea tree essential oil can be used neat, or directly on the skin. See
There are so many aromatherapy carrier oils out there, that I'm going to name the more common, special, and easy to use ones.
Sweet Almond Oil
This oil is great. It has a nice nutty scent. It contains vitamins, minerals and protein that is absorbed into your skin. Almond oil softens, nourishes, and revitalizes dry, sensitive, irritated skin. This one is a good
multipurpose massage or facial oil. The
texture is medium light.
Apricot Kernel Oil
This is a light oil. Also rich in minerals and vitamin E. Apricot kernel oil good for inflamed skin conditions, aged, and dry skin sensitive skin. This is mainly used in beauty care.
The unrefined oil is a dark green and very rich oil that is high in vitamins and amino acids. The refined oil is a pale yellow with little odor and has less nutrients then the unrefined kind. Avocado oil is often used in making soaps, cosmetics and body care. It's very nutritious to the skin and is used in many skin conditions like dry dehydrated skin, aging skin and eczema.It's best used in combination with a lighter oil like sweet almond.
Borage Seed Oil
This aromatherapy carrier oil Is used for cosmetic and can be used in food. It has abundant health and beauty uses. Keep refrigerated. The main use of this oil is for skin rejuvenation. Borage seed oil is good for all types of skin, but especially good for dry, aging or scarred skin. It's also used for eczema, psoriasis, pms and menopausal problems. Because it is a heavy oil, it usually is mixed with a lighter oil like sweet almond.
This oil is light textured and shines when it comes to healing wounds, scars, burns, and other injuries. It helps to regenerate the skin.
This is an infused oil from the calendula flower and is usually in a oil like sunflower seed oil. Calendula oil is good for all combinations of skins. This is really good with a little lavender in it to help damaged skin or just chapped hands from yard work.
This oils is high in beta carotene, minerals, vitamins, and is especially high in vitamin A. It needs to be kept cool and out of light. Carrot oil is good for aging, dry, itchy skin conditions and nail infection. This is used in low dilutions only. Mix with other aromatherapy carrier oils.
This is a very thick sticky oil with a strong odor. It's been used in the past as a laxative and as a protective barrier on the skin. Castor oil is used for making drawing packs, and is said to be good for hair care. It conditions dry, brittle damaged hair, and is said to be good for treating hair loss.
This is one of my favorite aromatherapy carrier oils. I use the unrefined. It smells like coconuts and really makes the skin feel good, because of it's high fatty content. Unrefined or natural coconut oil can be used for both cosmetics and for cooking. (It's great in brownies.) It is solid, but it melts at 76 degrees. I use this with lavender essential oil or just alone. It has a long shelf life.
The refined is is also called fractionated. It also solidifies at cool temperatures. It's extremely light, clear and odorless and does not go rancid with age. The fractionated oil is easily absorbed and makes a wonderful general lubricant, massage oil, perfumes, and general purpose carrier oil.
Evening Primrose Oil
This oil has a beautiful golden fine texture that is rich in vitamins, minerals, and high in GLA or gammalinolenic acid. It's used in health, cosmetics, and culinary. Store away from light or heat. Evening Primrose oil is good for many conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, pms, and menopausal problems. It's great for dry, chapped, or aged skin.
This one is a popular massage oil because of it's low odor and nice texture.
This aromatherapy carrier oil is a fine, pale yellow oil that has a nice nutty scent. It contains vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and proteins. It is absorbed easily and good for all skin types. Hazelnut oil is slightly astringent and is good for inflamed conditions of the skin. This oil is used for cosmetics, but not good for soaps. Usually this oil is diluted with other aromatherapy carrier oils.
Hemp Seed Oil
This rich nutty scented oil is high in essential omega fatty acids and proteins. Hemp seed oil absorbs easily into the skin and is good for body care products. This oil needs to be refrigerated.
This is the oil you find listed in many hair conditioners. The chemical structure is close to our skin's natural oil, so it absorbs very nicely. This makes it an excellent moisturizer. It has an anti-inflamatory agent in it. Jojoba won't turn rancid, and has a long shelf life. This makes it ideal for things that you won't use up quickly like perfumes. Jojoba oil is odorless and non-allergenic. This is the most versatile aromatherapy carrier oil for beauty care and massage. Jojoba oil works for all skin types and will actually help unclog the pores. You can use it on dry skin or blemishes. Great for hair and as a sunscreen. This one is great for beauty care.
Kukui Nut Oil
This oil comes from the Kukui nut tree in Hawaii. It's said to be great for sunburns, chapped skin, cosmetics, eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin. Kukui nut oil is easily absorbed and contains linoleic and alpha-linolenic essential fatty acids.
Macadamia Nut Oil
This aromatherapy carrier oil is high in mono-saturated fatty acids that are close to the sebum oil our own skin produces. It's both protective and it absorbs well. Macadamia nut oil is used for scars, sunburn, and skin irritations.
Good for food or cosmetics.
Meadowfoam Seed Oil
This oil is said to contain 98% long-chain fatty acids. It's great for moisturizing and rejuvenating the skin. Meadowfoam seed oil is used for both the hair and skin.
This oil is used in natural pest control, creams, dental and hair care products. It has anti-viral, anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. I think it doesn't smell very good. Neem oil should be diluted with other aromatherapy carrier oils.
What I like about this oil is how easy it is to get. The extra virgin cold-pressed is dark and has a olive scent to it. This may or may not make a difference in the way you are using it. It's nice and rich in minerals, vitamins, proteins, and fatty acids. This is a good oil for irritated skin, and it can even condition the hair. (just put a drop in your hand and a drop of lavender and rub it on your hair. Olive oil is a natural sun screen, so I like it in the summer when I'm out in the yard working on my flowers all day. It's great for dehydrated skin and it can even prevent and treat stretch marks. Talk about jack of all trades! The down side is it can be heavy, depending on what type you buy. No problem, just mix it with a lighter oil if you want. This is a good all-purpose oil.
Palm Fruit Oil
This reddish orange aromatherapy carrier oil is very stable and is a rich source of vitamin E and antioxidants. It has a mild aroma. Palm fruit oil is very moisturizing.
Palm Kernel Oil
This moisturizing oil is almost scent free and is suitable for soap-making. Palm kernel oil increases the lather and hardness in soaps. It is liquid at about 80 degrees.
Peach Kernel Oil
This is a sweet smelling, delicate, fine textured, pale golden oil. It contains vitamin E, minerals and other vitamins. Peach kernel oil is absorbed easily and is used for thread veins, dry and sensitive skin and aged skin. Good for beauty treatments.
Pumpkin Seed Oil
This aromatherapy carrier oil is said to be one of the most nutritious oils available. It contains Omega 3 and 6. Vitamin A, E, C and zinc. Pumpkin seed oil's aroma is mildly rich and pleasant. It can be used for food and cosmetics.
Rose hip Seed Oil
This oil is rich in vitamins, and contains up to 35% linoleic acid and 44% gammalinolenic acid or GLA. Because it's high in essential fatty acids, rose hip seed oil is perfect for wrinkles, scars, weathered skin, tissue regeneration , eczema, psoriasis, pms, and menopausal problems.
This oil is high in linoleic and oleic acids. Safflower oil is deeply moisturizing and ideal for skin care.
Sunflower Seed Oil
This light aromatherapy carrier oil is golden yellow and has a slightly nutty scent. The unrefined oil is higher in minerals, essential fatty acids and vitamins, especially vitamin E. Sunflower seed oil is a useful all purpose massage and skin care oil It's good for all types of skin.
Wheat Germ Oil
This is a heavy, dark, reddish orange, slightly sticky oil that has a strong earthy scent. It's rich in vitamins, especially vitamin E, proteins, and minerals. Wheat germ oil is used for skin regeneration, wrinkles, scars, stretch marks, and aging skin. Mix up to 15% of this oil with other less stable vegetable carrier oils to prolong their shelf life.
Like in any other products if you have a sensitivity or allergy to any aromatherapy carrier oils, discontinue use and try something else. I hope you find this useful. Enjoy. :)
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