Carrier oil is a base oil, used when essential oils
are used for massages. Since essential oils are so powerful and
concentrated, they should never be applied to the skin in their
undiluted form. To apply essential oils to the skin, "carrier oils"
which are pure vegetable oils are used to dilute the essential oils and
"carry" them to the skin. Base oils are normally pure vegetable oils
such as almond, olive oil or sunflower seed. Following are a few carrier
Wheat germ oil: It is rich in protein and in vitamins B and E. It
is suitable for dry, damaged, ageing skin and will help to prevent
stretch marks during pregnancy. Do not use wheat germ oil if you have a
Avocado oil: It is rich in vitamins A, B, and D and all of these
vitamins are good for skin problems.
Jojoba oil: It is not oil, but rather a wax from fruit of the
desert plant simmondsia chinensis. The wax is useful as a base for hair
oils. It is a balancing oil, good for treating acne & oily skin as well
as dry & dehydrated skin.
Soya oil: It is very nourishing and easily absorbed oil. Soya oil
can be used in a massage for Acne sufferers.
Olive oil: Contains useful levels of the essential fatty acid
alpha linoleic acid. It is particularly beneficial for treating
rheumatism, aches & pains and dry or inflamed skin.
Sunflower oil: Sunflower oil contains Vitamins A, B, D & E. it
makes an excellent massage oil base.
Almond Oil: It is non-irritant to most skin types and is easily
absorbed by the skin (its specially good for itchy skin conditions).