If you enjoy using aromatherapy oils and are going to invest in those that appeal, then it makes sense to get the best carrier oils too. There’s far more to it than just plucking a carrier oil off the shelf however and a little thought can increase the potential of your essential oils, here’s why.
Why use carrier oils?
In the world of aromatherapy, carrier oils are pretty important. As aromatherapy oils cannot be used directly on the skin (usually) it’s wise to invest in a decent carrier oil which enables you to retain control over the ratio of oils used, assuming you are mixing your own but, they will not impact the medicinal qualities of the essential oils either. Holistically, essential oils add a little something to your life. They have so many healing properties but can be used as a tonic to the senses or to soothe, and, you can use them in meditation and to enhance your senses during yoga too.
Carrier oils and essential aromatherapy oils
There are quite a few different carrier oils available but, it’s worth noting that not all carrier oils are the same. It’s easy to overlook their benefits as the focus is always on the healing properties of the essential oils used, but, when you choose the right carrier oil, you can increase the benefits of the oils you add to it.
Jojoba oil is perhaps the oil that is most closely related to the natural oils secreted by your skin. As such, its moisturizing qualities are excellent, and you can use it with confidence on the delicate, sensitive areas of your body such as your neck and face. It is a natural anti-fungal oil so, you can combine it with pure essential oils with the same properties. It has a long shelf-life which makes it a popular purchase and it absorbs into the skin extremely well.
Use this carrier oil in a multitude of ways, but also, as a natural make-up remover. Just add some drops to a cotton wool ball and away comes any grime. Use it on fungal infections too. You can use it to boost foot health by moisturizing your feet too. So, when feet are tired-looking or, if the skin on the heels are cracked and sore, massage this carrier oil in thoroughly. There will soon be a marked improvement.
Sweet almond oil
This is another popular carrier oil packed with vitamin E so is good for the skin. It helps to regenerate new skin cells too. If you have dry skin, this may be the carrier oil for you. In addition, it’s a natural antioxidant, it helps to soothe skin when irritated or sore and can also relieve inflammation due to the oleic and linoleic acids. It is gentle enough to be used on children. Use it also to repair skin damage and to ward off wrinkles.
This carrier oil is readily available from most outlets. It is wonderful if you are preparing some anti-aging aromatherapy oils mixtures. Avocado oil mimics fatty acid found under the skin and therefore, your skin absorbs it quite readily. It’s excellent for mature skin or, for dry skin. With high concentrations of linoleic and oleic fatty acids, it’s anti-inflammatory but, it also has vitamins A, D, and E. For any sufferers of eczema or, psoriasis, this carrier oil can help to soothe skin. If you are purchasing an oil for massage purposes, the avocado carrier oil is excellent. Note, you can also mix it with sweet almond oil too.
Another popular carrier oil for using with aromatherapy oils is grapeseed which has numerous antioxidant benefits. It is anti-inflammatory, contains proteins and minerals but also, vitamin E so is excellent for the skin. It is not a greasy oil but is slightly astringent. It’s good for any skin which is a little oily or, where there is acne.
So, there you have it, four of the best carrier oils to use alongside your aromatherapy oils. Although you can use any of these, it’s worth considering your skin type and the types of treatments you are going to prepare. You don’t have to use carrier oils if you are using aromatherapy oils in a diffuser or, adding to bath water etc. But, if you are making skin treatments, always use a good carrier oil. This way, you can enhance the potential of your pure essential oils.