While many essential oils can be used directly on the skin (Peppermint oil on the temples for a headache or Lavender Oil on a cut or scrape), many oils are too potent to be used undiluted directly on the skin. You also need to add essential oils to a carrier oil to be able to use them on your skin as a lotion or massage oil. But what exactly is a carrier oil?
A carrier oil comes from the fatty portion of a plant, typically from the kernels, seeds, or the nuts. When looking for carrier oils to use with your essential oils, you want those that have been cold-pressed. This practice keeps the healing nutrients of the carrier oil intact whereas heat extraction can change the chemical makeup of the oil.
While I do use and endorse Young Living oils, quite frankly, the carrier oil that they sell is a little pricey for me and after all, I am a frugal gal at heart! Instead, try some of these five best carrier oils for essential oils.
Funny, but jojoba oil isn't an oil at all but a wax. It's natural properties is as an anti-inflammatory agent and is perfect to use with essential oils to reduce inflammation on the skin. It is also the oil you want to use if you have acne or oily skin. Jojoba oil has a light, distinctive scent and it absorbs very well into the body.
Sweet Almond Oil
The most used and most popular carrier oil is Sweet Almond Oil. It works well with all essential oils and has a sweet, nutty scent that is very pleasing. It does leave a slight oily feel to the skin and doesn't absorb as well as jojoba, but it does have a pretty good absorption rate. Those people allergic to almonds will want to test a portion of their skin before using sweet almond oil.
Grapeseed oil is extracted from different grape varieties with Chardonnay and Reisling being the most popular grape varieties to use. Grapeseed oil contains linoliec acid which is an essential fatty acid. One thing to note with Grapeseed Oil is that it has a short shelf life and needs to be used sooner rather than later.
Avocado Oil is used primarily with essential oils used for hair and skin care. It is a bit thicker than other oils as it is full of essential and trace minerals and is very high in Vitamin A. Avocado Oil is not typically used in large applications like a full-body massage oil, but more for like face oils or to aid in a natural hair care regimen.
The least expensive carrier oil will be Sunflower Oil. Make sure to buy the unrefined oil especially if using this topically. It goes on the skin smoothly and doesn't leave behind an oily film. It is a great choice!
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