What are Carrier Oils?

Author: Natural-Beauty
June 17, 2011

Carrier oils or base oils are used to dilute essential oils. Oils used in aromatherapy penetrate the skin, so they need to be diluted properly so you reap the best benefits from your massage session. A carrier oil is basically used to carry the essential oil and open the gateway for them to make an entry into the skin and render the health benefits from your aromatherapy session. These carrier oils are also referred to as cold-pressed vegetable oils and they are easily absorbed into the skin. Some types of aromatherapy carrier oils include almond, coconut, jojoba, grape seed, and aloe vera. Almond oil is also a great moisturizer and suitable for all skin types. Another often-used carrier oil, is olive oil.

Most of the oils that we find in grocery stores are heated, and not cold pressed, so they have less health benefits. You or your therapist has to balance your aromatherapy carrier oil with the essential oil to maximize the health benefits of your session.


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