Basic Guide to Carrier Oils for Essential Oils

Basic Guide to Carrier Oils for Essential Oils

Carrier oils are essential for diluting and delivering the benefits of essential oils in a safe and effective manner. They are typically derived from plants and seeds and serve as a base for essential oils, allowing them to be applied topically or used for various therapeutic purposes. The term “carrier” oil indicates oils usefulness as vehicles for therapeutic plant extracts, but they’re also unique therapeutic substances, with amazing benefits for holistic skin care too. In this guide, we’ll cover a basic list of carrier oils and their skin benefits.

How They’re Made

There are several methods for extracting vegetable oils, such as cold pressing, solvent extraction, super critical fluid CO2 extraction.

What’s in them?

  • saturated fatty acids: lauric acid, myristic acid, palmitic acid and steric acid
  • monounsaturated fatty acids: palmitoleic acid and oleic acid
  • polyunsaturated fatty acids: linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, punicic acid, and gamma linolenic acid
  • fat-soluble vitamin & nutrients: phytosterols, squalene, tocopherols/vitamin e, vitamin a, beta carotene, vitamin d, and lecithin

What do Carrier Oils do?

Dilution: Essential oils are incredibly potent and can be too strong to apply directly to the skin. Carrier oils act as a dilution agent, allowing essential oils to be safely applied in a more diluted and manageable form.

Enhanced Absorption of Essential Oils: Carrier oils can help essential oils penetrate the skin more effectively, allowing for a better absorption of the essential oil’s therapeutic properties.

Therapeutic Benefits: skin barrier protection, creates a barrier on skin to prevent moisture loss, restore, barrier function, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory

Introduction to Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are natural, plant-based oils used to dilute essential oils before applying them to the skin. They are essential for safe and proper use of essential oils, as undiluted essential oils can be too potent and may cause irritation or other adverse reactions. Carrier oils also aid in the absorption and dispersion of essential oils into the skin.

Jojoba Oil

Origin: Derived from the jojoba plant seeds native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.

Benefits: Mimics the skin’s natural oils, making it an excellent moisturizer, helps control oil production, and is non-comedogenic.

Sweet Almond Oil

Origin: Extracted from the nuts of the sweet almond tree, native to the Middle East and South Asia.

Benefits: Rich in vitamins and fatty acids, hydrates and soothes the skin, and supports a youthful complexion, a good emollient.

Coconut Oil

Origin: Obtained from the meat of coconuts, primarily found in tropical regions.

Benefits: Moisturizes, has antimicrobial properties, and may aid in treating skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis.

Rosehip Oil

Origin: Extracted from the fruit of rose plants, native to various parts of the world.

Benefits: Contains essential fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins, aiding in skin regeneration and reducing scars and fine lines.

Argan Oil

Origin: Produced from the nuts of the argan tree found in Morocco.

Benefits: Nourishes and moisturizes the skin, rich in antioxidants, and helps reduce the signs of aging.

Other carrier oils

  • herbal oils, oils that are infused with herbs
  • fruit, nut, or seed oils
  • butters
  • gels
  • water-based emulsifier

Things that are not carrier oils/things that do not dilute essential oils

  • witch hazel
  • alcohol
  • water
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • epsom salt
  • honey
  • sugar
  • wax
  • clay

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