Carrier Oils: Vegetable carrier oils, constitute the bulk of material used in aromatherapy. Vehicle for administering the essential oils or as lubricants. Fixed Oils: Carrier oils are also known as fixed oils because they do not evaporate. Different chemical family than essential oils which is why their properties are so different. Cold Pressed Oils: Processed at 60 degrees or less to maintain the natural characteristics of the oil.
Types of Carrier Oils: Basic Oils: Use with or without essential oils. Pale, not too viscous and have very little smell. Sweet almond, apricot kernel, grapeseed and sunflower. Special Oils: More viscous, heaver and more expensive. Avocado, sesame, rose hip and wheat germ. Rarely use avocado and wheatgerm on their own. Usually as part of a mix. (total 10-25%) Macerated oils: Additional properties because of the way they are produced. Plant material is added to selected fixed oil, agitated and left for a few days.
PROPERTIES/POSSIBLE USES Almond Oil: Emollient, nourishes the skin, soothes inflammation. Relieves itching in eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, dry scaly skin. Absorbed slowly. Grapeseed: Gentle emollient, leaves skin with a smooth and satin finish without feeling greasy. Hot processed but rescued before refining. Anti microbial. Sunflower: Skin complaints, bruises and is effective on leg ulcers. Great for shampoo bars. Apricot Kernel Oil: Anti itching, emollient, eczema, wrinkles. Jojoba: Anti inflammatory, anti itching, wounds, psoriasis. Closely relted to the sebum in the skin. Wheatgerm: Wounds, eczema. Great for winter application. Avocado: Acne, eczema, emollient, anti wrinkle. Calendula: Macerated olive oil and calendula flowers. St. John’s Wart: Olive oil and St. John’s Wort Coconut Oil: Nice for mixing potentially irritant essential oils for application. (clove, tea tree, oregano) Neem: Anti-Psoriasis, anti-eczema, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, memorable aroma