Carrier Oils and Bases


Carrier Oils used in Aromatherapy

carrier oilsAlmond Oil, Sweet is a light to medium carrier oil that is non
greasy and easily absorbed into the skin.

Aloe Vera Gel is very light, cool and refreshing and has healing benefits for the skin. It has
been widely used for cuts, burns, inflamed skin and wound healing.

Apricot Kernel Oil is a fine light carrier oil providing hydration for dry, damaged, and mature
skin and is used widely in beauty and skin care products.

Avocado Oil is somewhat of a heavier carrier oil that is very rich in nutrients. It is mostly
used in products for dry scalp, damaged hair and skin problems such as eczema.

Beeswax is the substance secreted by worker honeybees and is pure. It is great to use in
cosmetics, salves, body care products, and lotions.

Enzymes are proteins derived from vegetables and fruits.

Epsom Salt contains magnesium sulfate. It dissolves easily making it perfect for soothing sore
muscles, relaxing soaks, or foot baths. You can also use it in creating body scrubs and bath salt mixtures with sea
salt.

Grapeseed Oil is a very fine light non greasy fast absorbing carrier oil that has no odor. It
is widely used in aromatherapy products and is hypo-allergenic.

Jojoba Oil is actually a liquid wax and is best used to moisturize and re-hydrate skin.

Olive Oil is a heavier vegetable oil that has hydrating, nourishing and moisturizing benfits.
Extra Virgin Olive oil is the best. Olive oil is usually mixed with another carrier oil when used.

Sea Salts are very mineralizing to the skin. Soaking in a tub of sea salts helps to remove
toxins and dead skin cells.

References: Jennifer Hochell; Passport to Aromatherapy by Joel
Wallach

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