Friday, July 3, 2009

What are carrier oils?

If you have ever made your own perfumes, colognes or experimented with aromatherapy you may have run across the term Carrier Oils. But what are they?

Carrier Oils “carry” or dilute essential oils (concentrated liquids derived from flowers and plants) so they can be applied to the skin. They are commonly made from vegetables or nuts and include peanut, olive, almond, coconut, sesame, and grapeseed oils. Carrier oils don’t contain a concentrated aroma like essential oils and they don’t evaporate like them either. They can go rancid however, so if you are making something with carrier oils, make sure that you store it in a cool, dark place and throw it away after six months.

People with nut allergies can use sunflower or grapeseed oils since they are extracted from seeds.

Here is a simple formula to create your own bath oil:

2 oz of your favorite carrier oil (sweet almond, olive, grapeseed, etc.)

15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil

Blend the oils together and store in a dark-colored ja.

To use, add 2 tablespoons to bath water. Soak and enjoy!


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