Essential oils are very concentrated and when used topically it is best to mix them with a carrier oil. Let’s discuss the top 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 a 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 and when extracted properly they become extremely potent. This means a little essential oil can go a long way.
Just to paint the picture for ya, one drop of peppermint essential oil is equivalent to 28 cups of peppermint tea. As you can see, essential oils are much more powerful than herbs. Because of this it is important to use caution when applying essential 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 essentials oils 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 essential 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 smell so when it is mixed with essential oils you will smell the essential oil over 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.
- Contains vitamins that are great for the skin, such as vitamin E and the 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 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 the vitamin A in it.
- 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 taste 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 harder 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 oil 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 used 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 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. ROSE HIP 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 and protect and moisturize the skin.
- Rose hip can help the body to produce more collagen, decrease in collagen is normal as you age and is the main reason for aged skin.
- Applying rose hip oil and other essential oils for anti-aging, on damp skin each morning can be very effective for improving skin tone and reducing wrinkles.
- Find rose hip 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 slight 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 sooth and reduce inflammation.
- Find hemp seed oil here.
10. FLAX SEED 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 flax seed 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 to the skin, these essential oils 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 essential 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 your essential oils in first and then top off with a carrier oil. When making a roller bottle for an adult I suggest 15-30 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.
CHECK OUT THESE POST ON MORE EFFECTIVE WAYS TO USE CARRIER OILS
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