The best carrier oils for essential oils

Carrier oils are used in aromatherapy, a complementary therapy where various essential oils are applied to the body to aid both physical and emotional health and well-being. Carrier oils dilute the concentrated essential oils so they can be applied to the skin without side effects.

Aromatherapy is used to help with a wide range of health issues, from acne to asthmadepressionto insomnia, and migraine to worms.

In this article, we examine what carrier oils are, and how people can use them alongside essential oils.

What is a carrier oil?

Bottles of aromatherapy essential carrier oils lined up in different jars next to leaf and candle for spa experience.Carrier oils are used as a base, diluting concentrated essential oils and making them safe to use on the skin.

Essential oils are distilled from the aromatic leaves, bark, and roots of plants. If applied to the skin directly, they can cause reactions, such as severe irritation, redness or burning.

Carrier oils are used to dilute the essential oils and help “carry” them into the skin. Aloe vera gels and unscented body lotion are also sometimes used as carriers.

Carrier oils are vegetable oils, such as coconut oil or avocado oil, that have been derived from the seeds, kernels, or nuts of a plant.

To be used in aromatherapy, it is recommended that the oil is obtained through cold pressing. In this process, the oil is extracted by crushing the plants. Users claim that the fragile nutrients in the oil can be damaged if they are extracted with heat.

While some are odorless, most carrier oils have a faint smell that is sweet and nutty. Unlike essential oils, they do not evaporate.

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