Aromatherapy essential oils are extremely concentrated and powerful. Undiluted essential oils can have a negative effect on the skin. Some essential oils can be applied directly to the skin, but there are exceptions. It is a good idea to mix essential oils with carrier oils.
Carrier oils, which are vegetable-derived, have high therapeutic properties. Cold pressing is used to extract the essential fatty acids and vitamins from nuts and seeds.
Carrier oils are a great way to lubricate the skin and allow hands to move around the skin. This helps with essential oil absorption. Carrier oils are lightweight, non-sticky and penetrate the skin effectively. They must be pure, unrefined, and cold-pressed.
1 drop essential oil equals 1 tsp carrier oil for 1% dilution. 2 drops essential oil to 1 teaspoon carrier oil = 2% diluting.
Carrier oils that are commonly used
Apricot Kernel oil – Light, absorbable and moisturizing. It contains vitamin E. This oil is extracted from the kernels of apricot fruits and is pale yellow in color. Vitamins A and B are good for skin cell regeneration and healing. All skin types, especially sensitive, dry and inflamed skin. It is a great oil for facials, making the skin soft and supple.
Avocado Oil – A rich source of lecithin and vitamins A, D & E. It easily penetrates the skin and acts as a sunscreen. Use half a bottle of avocado oil to mix zinc oxide and apply it on skin that has been exposed to sunlight. It is rich in essential oils, which delays the aging process. Refined Avocado oil is a great choice for intensive treatment of mature skin. It lacks an odor.
– Grape Seed Oil – It is odorless and does not absorb other oils. After application, there is no greasy sensation. It is slightly astringent and tightens the skin. Ideal for body massage.
Jojoba Oil – One of the most effective oils for hair and skin. It penetrates quickly and is great for skin nourishment. It can be used to treat eczema and psoriasis as well as any other dermatitis. Excess sebum in jojoba dissolves, reducing oily skin and scalp. It is safe for all skin types but can clog pores occasionally. Excellent base oil to treat rheumatism or arthritis. It promotes a healthy and glowing complexion.
Rosehip Oil – Known as the queen of carrier oils. It is a good oil for cosmetics, cell regeneration and prevents premature skin ageing. It is good for eczema and psoriasis as well as PMS, menopause, and PMS. It can be combined with calendula oils to treat stretch marks, burns, and scars. It is cold pressed from the rose hip seeds. It has a pale yellow-light texture. It is a great carrier oil for skin care.
Sweet Almond Oil – A popular carrier oil for body massage. It moisturizes and lubricates the skin. It is suitable for all skin types, including eczema. It quickly absorbs into the skin and leaves your skin feeling soft and non-greasy. Itching, dryness, irritation, and inflammation are all eliminated. High in vitamins D and proteins.
Calendula Oil is an infusion of marigold flowers that is well-known for its soothing properties. This oil can be used to balance oily skin. It can also be mixed with almond or grape seed oils for body massage.
Evening primrose oil is a great skincare oil to moisturize, soften and soothe dry or irritated skin.
– Wheat germ oil is a highly nourishing oil rich in vitamin E. It’s the ideal oil for dry, aged and lifeless skin.
Sunflower oil – Useful for body massage and facial treatments. It has good moisturizing and softening properties.
– St. John Wort oil Infusions from Hypericum bush. It is great for sensitive, red and itchy skin.
Coconut Oil – A great moisturizer for your body and hands. It is light and easily absorbed into the skin, giving it a smooth satin finish. Conditions dry, brittle or dull hair by moisturizing it.