Back to Basics: How to Use A Carrier Oil
Knowledge is everything when it comes to aromatherapy, so when we hear people asking how do I use a carrier oil? we embrace it! At Edens Garden, we pride ourselves on providing an abundance of essential oil education, from basic to more advanced topics, and today we’re going back to basics. Out of the fundamentals of aromatherapy, comes everything else; so whether carrier oils are new to you or elementary, here’s everything you need to know about how to use a carrier oil.
What are carrier oils?
A carrier oil or base oil, is commonly derived from nuts, seeds, and kernels. Some carrier oils you may be familiar with are oils you may use in cooking, such as olive oil, canola oil, peanut oil and Grapeseed oil. Carrier oils are often obtained by cold pressing- the process of pressing the part of the plant holding the fatty acids without heat. Depending on which fatty acids a carrier oil contains, each carrier oil has unique benefits towards the skin.
Using carrier oils to dilute
One integral use of carrier oils is diluting essential oils. The constituents which make up essential oils are extremely potent and can be irritating to the skin when applied undiluted, or can cause sensitization over time. Carrier oils are mild and because they blend with essential oils to create a homogenous mixture, they are the perfect diluent for using essential oils topically.
Edens Garden’s experts go in depth on teaching you how to dilute, and include dilution charts in this blog post.
Using carrier oils in skincare
One of the easiest ways to use carrier oils, is by simply using them alone to moisturize and nourish skin. Each carrier oil has unique benefits towards skin, making them beneficial to be used alone on the skin. For example, take two pumps of Rosehip or Camellia Seed and apply to your face and neck at night, replace your moisturizer with Prickly Pear Seed or Sweet Almond, add two tablespoons of Meadowfoam or Guava Seed to your bath, rub Argan or Coconut oil in your palms and apply to wet split ends. There are a multitude of ways to upgrade your daily routine with nourishing carrier oils alone.