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.
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