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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