Carrier_Oils_In_Aromatherapy by JamesFrist

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Carrier Oils In Aromatherapy


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Summary:
Essential oils in aromatherapy are highly concentrated and potent. Essential oils have adverse effect on skin
if used undiluted. Though there are some essential oil exceptions that can be used directly on the skin. It is
ideal to dilute essential oils with carrier oils.


Carrier oils are of a vegetable origin possessing highly therapeutic properties. Extracted from nuts and seeds
by cold pressing as this process does not destroy the essential fatty acids & vitamins content...



Keywords:
Aromatherapy essential oils, carrier oils, aromatherapy.



Article Body:
Essential oils in aromatherapy are highly concentrated and potent. Essential oils have adverse effect on skin
if used undiluted. Though there are some essential oil exceptions that can be used directly on the skin. It is
ideal to dilute essential oils with carrier oils.


Carrier oils are of a vegetable origin possessing highly therapeutic properties. Extracted from nuts and seeds
by cold pressing as this process does not destroy the essential fatty acids & vitamins content.


Carrier oils provide much needed lubrication allowing hands to move freely over the skin, helping with the
absorption of essential oils into the body. Carrier oils are light, non sticky and effectively penetrate the skin.
They should be 100% pure, unrefined and cold pressed.


1 drop of essential oil = 1 tsp of carrier oil for 1% dilution. 2 drops essential oil to 1 tsp of carrier oil = 2%
dilution and so on.


Commonly used carrier oils


- Apricot Kernel Oil - light, easily absorbed and moisturizes both the body and face well. Contains vitamin
E. Extracted from the kernel of apricot fruit, it is pale yellow in colour. Vitamins A & B help in healing and
rejuvenating skin cells. Good for all skin types especially for sensitive, inflamed and dry skin. Excellent oil
for facial, leaving the face soft and supple.
- Avocado Oil - Rich in lecithin, vitamins, A, D, & E. Easily penetrates the skin, acts as sunscreen and helps
in cell regeneration. Mix zinc oxide in half bottle of avocado oil and apply on skin that is exposed to the sun.
Delays anti aging as it is rich in essential fatty acids. For intensive facial treatment for mature skin, refined
Avocado oil is preferred as it lacks odor.


- Grape seed Oil - Odorless unlike most oils, it is light and good for skin not absorbing other oils. No greasy
feeling after application. Slightly astringent, it tightens, tones the skin and alleviates acne. An ideal carrier
for body massage.


- Jojoba Oil - One of the best oils for hair and skin. Penetrates the skin quickly, excellent for skin
nourishment. Heals inflamed skin, psoriasis, eczema, or any sort of dermatitis. Controls acne, oily skin or
scalp as excess sebum dissolves in jojoba. Good for all skin types, but clogs pores sometimes. Good base oil
for treating rheumatism and arthritis. Promotes healthy, glowing complexion.


- Rosehip Oil - Called the queen of carrier oil. Good oil for cosmetic, cell regeneration prevents premature
skin aging and softens wrinkles. Good for eczema, psoriasis, PMS and menopause. When combined with
calendula oil, it treats stretch marks, burns or scars. Cold pressed from the seeds of rose hips, it pale yellow
light texture. Wonderful carrier oil for skin care.


- Sweet Almond Oil - Popular carrier oil in body massage. Lubricates and moisturizes the skin. Good for all
skin types, especially eczema. Quickly absorbs into the skin, leaving your skin to feel soft and non greasy.
Provides relief from itching, soreness, dryness, inflammation. Rich in proteins and vitamin D.


- Calendula Oil - infusion of marigold flowers, renowned for its soothing properties. Balances excessively
oily skin, can be used alone or blended with almond or grape seed oil for body massage.


- Evening primrose oil - Perfect skincare oil for moisturizing, softening and soothing to dry and irritated
skin.


- Wheat germ oil - highly nourishing oil with vitamin E. Perfect oil for dry, mature and lifeless skin.


- Sunflower oil - Used for facial treatments and body massage. Has good softening and moisturizing
properties.


- St. John Wort oil - Infusions from the Hypericum bush; it is excellent for all types of sensitive, red and
sore skin.


- Coconut Oil - Perfect moisturizer for body and hands. Light, easily absorbable into the skin giving smooth
satin effect. Moisturizes and conditions brittle, dull or dry hair.
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