Types of Carrier Oils
Basic Oils: Use with or without essential oils. Pale, not too thick and have very little smell.
EX: sweet almond, apricot kernel, grape seed, and sunflower
Special Oils: More viscous, heavier, and more expensive. Typically as part of a mix constituting only 10-25%.
EX: avocado, sesame, rose hip, and wheat germ.
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.
EX: Calendula and Trauma Oil
Properties of Carrier Oils
Almond Oil: Emollient, nourishes the skin, soothes inflammation, and relieves itching in eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, dry scaly skin. Absorbs slowly.
Grape Seed: Gentle emollient, leaves skin with a smooth and satin finish without feeling greasy.
Sunflower: Skin complaints, bruises, and is effective on leg ulcers.
Apricot Kernel Oil: Anti-itching, emollient, eczema, wrinkles.
Jojoba: Anti-inflammatory, anti-itching, wounds, psoriasis, carrier oil closest to the pH of the skin.
Wheatgerm: Wounds, eczema.
Avocado: Acne, eczema, emollient, anti-wrinkle.
Calendula: Macerated, sunflower oil, and calendula flowers.
St. John’s Wort: Olive oil and St. John’s Wort.
Coconut Oil: Nice for mixing potentially irritant essential oils such as clove, tea tree, and oregano for application.