5 Carrier Oils For Blending Essential Oils
Getting into essential oils and learning to use them properly leads one to learn new terms. When I first started using essential oils and someone mentioned carrier oils, I was clueless as to what that was. Later, I figured out that a carrier oil is simply a base oil used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before use. Carrier oils carry the essential oil into the skin and do not evaporate. A good carrier oil should be as natural as possible. The oil will usually be either cold-pressed or maceration produced.
Below are a few of the more commonly used carrier oils and their benefits.
Fractionated Coconut Oil Carrier Oils
Fractionated coconut oil works well for ultra-sensitive skin. It helps keep skin hydrated. The oil is made from coconut oil. It is composed of saturated fatty acids and is rich in medium chain fatty acids. It has a long shelf life and all the good qualities of coconut oil, including an increased stability with the long chain triglycerides removed. It has antioxidant and disinfecting properties. Fractionated coconut oil is one of the most frequently used carrier oils for essential oils because it does not have any noticeable fragrance and it is a very light oil.
Jojoba Oil Carrier Oils
Jojoba oil adds gorgeous shine to hair and works great as an anti-frizz product. It can also be used as a facial cleanser and a makeup remover. The oil is produced from the seed of the Jojoba plant. This oil has a clear appearance with a slight yellowish tinge to it. Jojoba oil is non-allergenic, meaning it will not cause allergic reactions. It is antibacterial and antifungal, and can be found in many cosmetic products. It helps prevent damage from free radicals and contains many beneficial minerals and Vitamin E. It has no noticeable fragrance.
Castor Oil Carrier Oils
Castor oil is used often to help with skin conditions such as acne, dandruff, and eczema. Because of the stickiness factor of castor oil, it is best used where it will not come into contact with clothing. It is also because of this stickiness that it works so well in locking moisture into the hair and skin. It has excellent moisturizing and emollient properties. The oil is a known remedy for hair loss and thinning eyebrows and lashes. It is made from cold pressing castor beans from the castor oil plant. Castor oil is a clear, extremely thick and sticky oil. It has almost no fragrance.
Argan Oil Carrier Oils
Argan oil works well to tame frizzy hair and to rejuvenate skin. It can really help with dry and cracked heels. Argan oil has many benefits including its ability to treat skin infections, rashes, and bug bites. It is rich in vitamin A and E, and full of anti-oxidants. It really makes an excellent lip conditioner. It takes just a drop to heal and soothe dry and irritated lips. Argon oil is a thin, clear with a hint of yellow oil. It has a slightly floral scent.
Tamanu Oil Carrier Oils
Tamanu oil works well as a skin conditioner. It is ideal for cold sores, scars, eczema, psoriasis, and more.This oil helps accelerate wound healing as it promotes the formation of new skin tissue. The oil comes from the nut kernels of the Tamanu Nut Tree. The oil works as a natural antibiotic and has anti-inflammatory/analgesic properties. The oil works wonderfully for relieving pain and healing wounds. Tamanu oil reaches all three layers of the skin. The oil itself is a thin oil that typically has a dark green color. It has a sweet walnut fragrance.
There are a number of carrier oils that can be used with essential oils. Coconut, jojoba, castor, argan, and tamanu are just a few to start with. Play with them, have fun. A great way to try new carrier oils is to get a sample pack. GIO NATURALS has a kit that includes four of the oils listed above. It has the argan, castor, tamanu, and jojoba oils. It also has a make your own blend bottle included. GIO NATURALS are cold-pressed 100% pure, Organic, and Hexane-Free. They can be found on Amazon: Here
Native Organics MoodBliss
MoodBliss has a natural blend of essential oils set in Jojoba, grapeseed, and sweet almond oils. This essential oil blend was created to relax and help create a positive mood. Something to try if you don’t want to take the time to create your own. The fragrance is not strong, the overtone is of sage, followed by the sweeter scents of lavender and ylang-ylang. This oil can be found on Amazon: Here