If you frequently visit websites discussing essential oils, chances are you have come across “carrier oils” over and over again. Wondering what they are? Wonder no more because this article will help you get to know them better.
Most essential oils are so powerful that they cannot be applied directly on the skin. They have to be diluted first in order to weaken their concentration, making them perfect for carrying out whatever therapeutic benefits that they are scientifically-proven to bring about.
No, you cannot dilute essential oils with water, baby oil or just about any liquid within your reach. The right ones for the job are the so-called carrier oils which allow essential oils to perform their jobs much better.
There are many different carrier oils to choose from, each one of them is perfect for use with any essential oil of your liking. These carrier oils, however, do share some common traits:
- They are derived from plants, from various parts such as the leaves, flower and seeds.
- They are not volatile like essential oils, meaning they won’t evaporate quickly.
- They smell neutral, though some of them may have mild to moderate scents.
- They tend to go rancid, so they have to be stored in airtight containers, away from the sun.
- They have certain properties that sometimes help boost the benefits of essential oils.
All of these are some of the things that are common among many carrier oils. Basically, the one that’s perfect for you is something that suits your preferences and budget — some carrier oils on the market carry cheap price tags while some of them are on the expensive side of the fence.
So without further ado, here are some of the most popular carrier oils available out there, together with a few helpful pieces of information so that you may shop for one that’s perfect for your needs:
- Olive oil. This is one of the most well-known carrier oils because it is available at any supermarket. Rich in healthy fats, olive oil tends to leave a greasy film on the skin.
- Coconut oil. Another very popular carrier oil out there is coconut oil. It’s antimicrobial so it great for the skin. However, the smell of coconut oil can easily overshadow the scent of essential oils.
- Jojoba oil. Many different skincare products out there contain jojoba oil. That’s because this is something that is easily absorbed by the skin, saving you from feeling greasy.
- Grapeseed oil. Since it is non-greasy, grapeseed oil is perfect for various skin and hair preparations that require the dilution of essential oils to have their concentration weakened.
- Macadamia nut oil. Just like grapeseed oil, macadamia nut oil is easily absorbed by the skin without leaving it greasy, thus it’s perfect for use on both skin and hair.
- Avocado oil. Another well-known ingredient in most skincare products is avocado oil. It’s the perfect carrier oil if the goal is to have various inflammatory conditions of the skin remedied naturally.
- Almond oil. Because it is packed with vitamin E which is an antioxidant so good for the skin, it comes as no surprise why this carrier oil is ideal for various essential oil preparations for the skin.
- Sesame seed oil. Other than for cooking, sesame seed oil is ideal as carrier oil especially if the goal is to make the perfect massage oil containing essential oil whose fragrance is proven to relax body and mind.
- Sunflower oil. Just like sesame oil, sunflower oil can also double as carrier oil. It’s perfect against the likes of psoriasis and eczema, plus it’s excellent as massage oil.
- Cocoa butter. Possessing a lovely chocolate aroma, cocoa butter can outshine the smell of essential oils. Also, it tends to be solid at room temperature so it needs to be melted beforehand.
- Shea butter. This is just like cocoa butter that requires melting first. The good thing about shea butter is it’s excellent for numerous skin preparations using various essential oils.