What Are Carrier Oils?

The Basics

Essential oils are by their very nature, both concentrated and volatile. Because of their high level of concentration, applying some essential oils directly to the skin can cause irritation and inflammation. 

The volatility of essential oils causes the them to dissipate as soon as they are applied to the skin. 

When you use carrier oils with your essential oils, the dilution allows them to safely interact with, and be "carried" to the skin. On top of this, the carrier oils prevent immediate dissipation of the oils into the air. 

Choosing a carrier oil

There are many great carrier oils to choose from, each possessing its own characteristics and providing distinct therapeutic properties. Choosing a carrier oil with the desired therapeutic benefit is very important. 

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Rich with antioxidants and vitamin C, coconut oil possesses both cleansing and moisturizing properties. It's excellent for nourishing the hair, nails and skin.

Aloe Vera Liquid

Aloe Vera is well know for its cooling, soothing and moisturizing benefits, as well as being popular for healing sun burns and other skin ailments.

Sweet Almond Oil

The high vitamin E content of sweet almond oil works well for dry skin, regenerating skin cells, offering relief from itchiness and dryness.

Avocado Oil

Great for damaged, mature and undernourished skin, avocado oil penetrates deep layers of the skin, offering great topical protection. 

Tamanu Oil

Popular for its amazing skin healing properties, Tamanu oil's powerful antioxidants can help reduce the appearance of scars and aging spots.

Shea Butter

Shea butter is a fantastic facial moisturizer. Nutrient-rich, it helps heal burns, reduce blemishes and minimize the appearance of skin imperfections.

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