Carrier oils are cold-pressed vegetable oils from plants fatty parts. They help to dilute the highly concentrated essential oils before they are applied onto the skin as undiluted essential oils can cause burning and irritation. Unlike essentials oils, they do not evaporate and contain little or no aroma. However, they have a shorter life span.
They can be used for bath oils, massages, creams, lip balms and lotions. Carrier oils must always be used with babies, small children and individuals with sensitive skin. They should also be unadulterated and as natural as possible.
There are various carrier oils with different properties and features. Your preferred choice will depend on your desired therapeutic benefit. Below are some carrier oils and their benefits.
Types of Carrier Oils
Coconut Oil (Fractionated) – one of the best natural moisturizer, this oil is great for dry environments.
Jojoba Oil- Jojoba – absorbs easily into the skin.
Sweet almond oil- helps the skin to maintain its elasticity, promotes better circulation and is a natural UV blocker.
Hemp seed oil – great moisturizer oil that prevents brittle hair.
Hazelnut oil -helps to prevent eczema and acne.
Apricot kernel oil- one of the best for creating skin-healing oil blends, it helps to hydrate and nourish the skin and encourage skin cells regeneration.
Others include grapeseed oil, olive oil, avocado oil, cranberry seed oil, sunflower seed oil, macadamia nut oil, sesame oil and evening primrose oil.