If you are new to Essential Oils you may have heard the term “Carrier Oil”. Carrier oils are used for mixing with essential oils for the protection of your skin. They also help with cooling and preventing irritation and redness when applying certain “hot” oils. It is important to use cold pressed carrier oils, as these have probably not been exposed to heat, pressure or solvents. Below are a few carrier oils I use when making blends for roller ball application, all over essential oil applications, lotions, sunscreens, lip balms and sugar scrubs.
Coconut Oil: One of the most popular used carrier oils because it is almost odorless. It is great for mixing with oils that will be applied to the scalp or hair. It can also be used in sunscreens due to its natural ability to block 20 percent of UV rays. It also has an acid base making it good for killing bacteria, fungus and viruses.
Olive Oil: Known for its anti-inflammatory properties it can be used both topically and internally. Topically it can relieve dry, irritated skin associated with things like dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis. It helps revitalize skin and protect against free radicals.
Grapeseed Oil: A non-allergenic oil used as a gentle, odorless, tasteless moisturizer. It can aid in wound healing, increase circulation, blemishes, skin discoloration and scars. It has been said to help with varicose veins, spider veins and hemorrhoids due to is circulatory properties and capillary integrity.
BeesWax: Used as a thickening agent in lotions, creams and lip balms. It tightens pores without clogging them, making it a great option for those with acne prone skin.
Shea Butter: Used for its healing properties, shea butter is waxy and oily at the same time. It can come in multiple different forms including solid blocks or in a jar. It is a great moisturizer for the skin and is used in many baby products. It can also help with tissue rejuvenation.
Sweet Almond Oil: One of the most highly used carrier oils. It is easily absorbed, very oily and has a very light sweet smell. It can help relieve dry, irritated skin associated with things like contact dermatitis or eczema. It is great for application to large areas of the body.
Vitamin E Oil: helps prevent cell damage from free radicals in our environment. These can cause things like skin cancer, tissue damage, scarring and skin discoloration. It is good for sun protection and burns as well.
Most carrier oils have an average shelf life of 6-9 months when kept in a cool and dark environment however this can change depending on contamination when mixing. Always check the smell and appearance of the oil before using. Also, oil consistency can change within the environment that it is in, for example Coconut oil can be a solid but also a liquid depending on the warmth of the environment. For a more solid or creamy consistency always keep it in a cool environment.
Choosing the right carrier oil is completely up to you and your need. There isn’t a right or wrong or better or worse. Experiment with different carrier oils and have fun!