Essential oils are very concentrated, and when used topically, should almost always be diluted in a carrier. Below are the 10 best carrier oils for essential oils.
Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the leaves, flowers, stems, roots, bark, resin, seeds of plants, or from the peel of a fruit. They can be used to benefit skin, mood, health, flavor, and beauty. They are either steam distilled or cold-pressed from the source. When appropriately extracted, they become extremely potent. This means a little essential oil can go a long way.
Just to paint the picture for you, one drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. As you can see, essential oils are far more powerful than any herb. Because of this, it is important to use caution when applying the oils onto the skin.
I always suggest diluting essential oils, especially if you are using them on a child or someone with sensitive skin. The best way to dilute them is with a carrier oil. Let’s discuss the top 10 best carrier oil options and their benefits.
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TOP 10 BEST CARRIER OILS FOR ESSENTIAL OILS
1. FRACTIONATED COCONUT OIL
- Fractionated coconut oil (FCO) is my favorite carrier oil because it is a very light oil and has many health benefits.
- FCO is different from regular coconut oil because it stays liquid. It prevents oxidation, making it effective for extending the shelf life of your oils.
- Though it is made from regular coconut oil, FCO is tasteless and odorless.
- FCO is very moisturizing to the skin and can give your skin a smooth and healthy glow.
- It also can be very conditioning to your hair and protect against split ends while helping with unruly hair.
- Use a little bit of FCO on a clean cloth to remove makeup; it works great and is all-natural!
- Find fractionated coconut oil here.
2. JOJOBA OIL
- Jojoba oil has a mild scent, but when mixed with essential oils, it will overpower the scent from the jojoba oil.
- I find that jojoba oil doesn’t stain clothes like other oils can, making it a good carrier oil option, especially for kids.
- Jojoba penetrates the skin well and is a great option for anyone with ultra-sensitive skin.
- Promotes skin health and hair growth.
- It contains vitamins that are great for the skin, such as vitamin E and B vitamins.
- Studies have shown jojoba oil as a successful natural treatment for acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
- Find jojoba oil here.
3. SWEET ALMOND OIL
- This oil has a slightly sweet and nutty aroma. This oil can cause skin irritation to anyone with a nut allergy.
- It has a medium consistency and is known for its moisturizing properties.
- Loaded with vitamin E, sweet almond oil keeps your skin cells healthy and can protect your skin from UV radiation damage.
- When applied daily, it can help your skin to look and feel more smooth and protect against anti-aging.
- Sweet almond oil can be used to fight acne naturally. It is effective for this because of its vitamin A properties.
- Often Found in Beard Oils
- Find sweet almond oil here.
4. OLIVE OIL
- Olive oil is my least favorite out of all the carrier oils for two main reasons, smell and texture.
- With its very distinct smell that tastes fabulous on chicken and in salad dressing, I don’t prefer the scent on my skin.
- It is also a very thick oil, making it hard to get out of roller bottles and leaving behind an oily film.
- On the flip side, olive oil is high in antioxidants and very healing to dry, patchy skin.
- If making a roller bottle, you may want to avoid olive oil because of its thickness, but it still makes for a great carrier oil. Use olive oil when making homemade salves with essential oils.
- Find olive oil here.
5. COCONUT OIL
- Coconut oil solidifies at 75 degrees, so this one is not a good option to add to your roller bottles.
- However, it is great to use in homemade salves and when you are trying to cover a larger surface area with your essential oils. For example, if you are experiencing back pain, add 10-15 drops of peppermint essential oil to 1/4 cup coconut oil and massage it into the back.
- Coconut oil has natural antibacterial properties making it great for skin infections, wounds, and rashes.
- It can be used to treat acne and protect the skin from harmful bacterias.
- Coconut oil is full of vitamins and nutrients that can benefit your skin and health.
- Find coconut oil here.
6. AVOCADO OIL
- Studies describe avocado oil as a superfood and the best option for oil to use while cooking.
- It is very hydrating and an excellent moisturizer for dry skin.
- Avocado oil is rich in fatty acids and can make an excellent moisturizer for the skin.
- It contains vitamin E, potassium, lecithin, and many other nutrients that can nourish, help with anti-aging, and moisturize the skin.
- Avocado oil is very “oily” and thick, so it will leave behind a thicker residue than some of the other options.
- Find avocado oil here.
7. GRAPESEED OIL
- This oil is popular in the culinary world and a very popular carrier oil for essential oil users.
- GSO is a favorite carrier oil because of its light texture, leaves little residue on the skin, and has wound healing properties.
- This carrier oil has amazing properties for anti-aging and can help with fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots.
- Find grapeseed oil here.
8. ROSEHIP OIL
- Rosehip oil is loaded with fatty acids and antioxidants, which are important for cell regeneration in the skin.
- Using it daily can help reduce the appearance of anti-aging as well as protect and moisturize the skin.
- Rosehip can help the body to produce more collagen. The decrease in collagen is normal as you age and is the main reason for aged skin.
- Applying rosehip oil on damp skin each morning can be very effective at improving skin tone and reducing wrinkles.
- Find rosehip oil here.
9. HEMP SEED OIL
- Hempseed oil is harvested by cold-pressing hemp seeds.
- It’s has a light green color to it and has a slightly nutty flavor.
- Hemp seeds are great for the skin because of their source of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids.
- Many people use it on the skin because of its moisturizing properties and its ability to soothe and reduce inflammation.
- Find hemp seed oil here.
10. FLAXSEED OIL
- Flaxseed oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids and has been shown to have several benefits for the skin.
- It can be used for skin rashes, eczema, and other skin issues.
- Using flaxseed oil with essential oils is a great option for those prone to skin imperfections.
- Find flax seed oil here.
HOW TO USE CARRIER OILS WITH ESSENTIAL OILS
Some essential oils are very hot and should never be applied directly to the skin. Other oils are OK to apply directly on the skin; these are known as neat oils. However, I always suggest diluting if you are unsure. Diluting essential oils in a carrier oil does not make the oil less effective. The carrier oil will actually help it to penetrate the skin even quicker.
You can make a roller bottle to dilute essential oils with a carrier oil. Simply add the essential oils first and then top off with a carrier oil. When making a roller bottle for an adult, I suggest 15-30 drops of essential oil in a 10mL roller bottle and 5-15 for a child. Learn more about making roller bottles for kids in this post.
If you aren’t making a roller bottle, you can dilute 10-30 drops of essential oil in 1/4 cup carrier oil and apply like lotion.
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