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WHAT ARE CARRIER OILS?

 

Carrier oils also referred to as base oils or vegetable oils are used to dilute essential oils, CO2s and absolutes before applying to the skin. They “carry” the essential oil onto the skin. Different carrier oils offer different properties and the choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit being sought.

Carrier oils are sometimes called base oils and become the vehicle in which the essential oils travel through your body,  they slow down the rapid movement of the essential oils as they journey  in and out of your system so that you enjoy the benefits longer.   Essential oils are very concentrated and need to be diluted to be used properly.

Some Common Carrier Oils

Name

Colour

Contains

Uses

Base Oil

Sweet Almond Oil

(from the kernel)

very pale yellow

glucosides, minerals, vitamins, rich in protein

good for all skin types, helps relieve itching, soreness, dryness and inflammation

can be used as a base oil, 100 per cent

Apricot Kernel Oil

(from the kernel)

pale yellow

minerals and vitamins

all skins, especially prematurely aged, sensitive, inflamed and dry

can be used as a base oil, 100 per cent

Avocado Pear Oil

(from the fruit)

dark green

vitamins, protein, lecithin, fatty acids

all skins, especially dry and dehydrated, eczema

use as an addition to a base oil, 10 per cent dilution

Borage Seed Oil

(from the seeds)

pale yellow

gamma linolenic acid, vitamins, minerals

PMT, multiple sclerosis, menopausal problems, heart disease, psoriasis and eczema,prematurely aged skin

use a 10 per cent dilution

Carrot Oil

(an essential oil in its own right, but often used in bases)

orange

vitamins, minerals, beta-carotin

premature ageing, itching, dryness, psoriasis and eczema, reduces scarring

use a 10 per cent dilution - DO NOT use undiluted on skin

Corn Oil

pale yellow

protein, vitamins, minerals

soothing on all skins

can be used 100 per cent

Evening Primrose Oil

pale yellow

gamma linolenic acid, vitamins, minerals

PMT, multiple sclerosis, menopausal problems, heart disease, psoriasis and eczema

use as 10 per cent

Grapeseed Oil

almost colourless, pale green

vitamins, minerals, protein

all skins

can be used as 100 per cent

Hazelnut Oil

(from the kernel)

yellow

vitamins, minerals, protein

has slight astringent action, suitable for all skins

can be used 100 per cent

Jojoba Oil

(from the bean)

yellow

is actually a wax, rather than an oil that mimics collagen, vitamins, minerals, protein

inflamed skins, psoriasis, eczema, acne, hair care, all skin types, highly penetrative

use a 10 per cent dilution

Olive Oil

green

vitamins, minerals, protein

rheumatic conditions, hair care, cosmetics, soothing

use a 10 per cent dilution

Peanut Oil

(Arachis Nut)

pale yellow

vitamins, minerals, protein

all skin types

can be used 100 per cent

Safflower Oil

pale yellow

vitamins, minerals, protein

all skin types

can be used 100 per cent

Sesame Oil

dark yellow

vitamins, minerals, protein, lecithin, amino acids

psoriasis, eczema, rheumatism, arthritis, all skin types

use a 10 per cent dilution

Soya Bean Oil

pale yellow

vitamin, minerals, protein

all skin types

can be used 100 per cent

Sunflower Oil

pale yellow

vitamins, minerals

all skin types

can be used 100 per cent

Wheatgerm Oil

yellow/orange

vitamins, minerals, protein

eczema, psoriasis, prematurely aged skin, all skin types

use a 10 per cent dilution

 

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