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Back to Basics: How to Use A Carrier Oil

Back to Basics: How to Use A Carrier Oil

Knowledge is everything when it comes to aromatherapy, so when we hear people askinghow 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 inthis 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.

Want more carrier oil info? Check out these posts:

What Is A Carrier Oil?

5 Reasons Why We Love Avocado Oil

Why You Need Prickly Pear Seed Oil In Your Skin Care Routine

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Edens Garden

September 10, 2018

Hi Ian! That’s a wonderful idea, and one I will suggest to our writers. In the meantime, you can learn more about our carrier oils on their product pages.

Ian Salsman

September 10, 2018

I would love to see a blog that outlines, at least, the major carrier oils: what are the differences, why and when would I choose one over the other, health benefits of each…for instance. Not so much for cosmetic reasons but also for medical/health reasons. At the moment, I just grab whatever is closest or I am in the mood for but ti would be nice to choose based upon some sort of knowledge.