Carrier oils - their properties and use in diluting pure essential oils

Carrier oils are used to dilute pure essential oils.

Essential oils are not to be used in their natural, pure state when it comes to preparation of skin care recipes and remedies.

Known as "base oils", they have lots of fatty acids, vitamins, and moisturizing nutrients in them. Not only do they serve as a lubricant when used in massage therapy, they also contain substances that leave the skin soft and elastic.

Diluting the essential oil

  • 2-3 drops of essential oil per 1 teaspoon of CO
  • 7-8 drops of essential oil per 1 tablespoon of CO
  • 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of CO
  • 500 drops of essential oil per quart (liter) of CO

CO = Carrier oil

CO What it is/what it does
Almond (sweet) Relieves itches, softens skin, for all skin types
Apricot karnel Restores the glow, rehydrates, used in facial massage
Avocado For dry skin, easily absorbed, plumps up prematurely lined skin
Borage Treats eczema and psoriasis, anti-aging properties
Calendula Heals rashes and cracked skin
Carrot seed Reduces premature aging and scarring, restores elasticity, and rejuvenates
Coconut Great for brittle or cracked skin, retains skin's moisture
Evening Primrose For dry skin, rich in fatty acids
Grapeseed For full body massage, odorless and easily absorbed
Hazelnut For oily skin, easily absorbed
Jojoba Anti bacterial, anti inflammatory, hydrating and emollient
Macadamia Maintains natural moisture of the skin
Olive Oil Disinfecting, healing, excellent to soothe cracked skin
Passion fruit Maintains skin's elasticity
Roseship Regenerates tissue, good for scars, burns and wrinkles
Safflower Easily absorbed
Sesame Natural sunscreen, odorless
Sunflower Softens skin, maintains skin's natural moisture
Wheat germ For dry skin, antioxidant, has strong odor


List of most commonly used essential oils

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