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The Basics of Carrier Oils

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.

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