Aromatherapy essential oils are very concentrated and strong. If applied undiluted, it could have adverse impact on skin. Although you will find some essential oil exceptions that can be utilized directly on the skin, it’s best to thin down essential oils with carrier oil.
Vegetable Origin Carrier Oils
Carrier oil is also known as base oil of vegetable origin; different from those used for cooking. This oil possesses therapeutic properties created from the fatty portion of a plant namely seeds, kernels or nuts. The extraction is done by cold pressing as this procedure would not destroy the vital fatty acids & vitamins content.
These oils tend not to contain concentrated aroma neither will they evaporate like essential oils, that are volatile. The oils are light, non-sticky and effectively permeate into the skin thus heal the body. They give the necessary lubrication allowing hands to move freely over the skin, helping with the absorption of essential oils into your body. These oils ought to be 100% pure and unrefined. A drop of essential oil mixed with a tea spoon full of carrier oil would achieve 1% dilution.
Various Carrier Oils
Sweet Almond, Apricot Kernel, Grape Seed, Sesame and Jojoba oils are some of the popular carrier oils you can purchase in the market.
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