This is a quick reference guide for essential oils base carrier for aromatherapy home recipes because essential oils are very concentrated they need to be diluted for some uses, and the best way to do this is by using base carrier oil. In addition to helping dilute the essential oil a good quality base carrier also helps the essential oils uses to penetrate the skin especially with massage use.
These are some of the most popular base carrier oils for aromatherapy;
Apricot Kernel Oil – This is a very pale yellow & contains minerals & vitamins, it has a light soothing feel and is easily absorbed with nutrition for the skin.
Avocado Oil – This is a dark green color & contains vitamins & proteins, lecithin & essential fatty acids, which is very good for dry skin, skin irritations;
Camellia Oil – This is a clear color and contains oleic acid which is an essential fatty acid, that works as a lubrication oil that leaves your skin soft & silky;
Evening Primrose Oil – This is a pale yellow and contains a high level of gamma linoleic acid, vitamins & minerals which is excellent for stimulating psoriasis & eczema and increases blood flow to the surface of the skin;
Grapeseed Oil – The color of this one is almost colorless or pale green which contains vitamins, minerals & protein, and is very light & easily absorb on you skin;
Hazelnut Oil – This color is yellow. It is very rich in vitamins & fatty acids. This is good for restructuring this skin and get the oil into the bloodstream, plus it leaves a soft silky feeling;
Rosehip Seed Oil – This oil is colorless. It contains a high levels of linoleic & fatty acids, which is particularly important for tissue regeneration;
o Wheatgerm Oil – This is a yellow to orange color. It is rich in vitamins, phosphorous, zinc, iron sulphur & essential fatty acids. It is great for nervous systems, skin irritation, scar tissue and stretched skin;
You can also use a 100% pure oil unrefined cold pressed vegetable, nut or seed oils for abase carrier oils when mixing your essential oils recipes. Not all cold pressed oils are suitable for aromatherapy massage. Some, like carrot will stain the skin if used neat, and others like olive and sesame are very heavy and will leave you feeling greasy, and some are just too too expensive to be used on there own. But, using aromatherapy you only add a small amount of these oils to the common, nullity purpose base oil because of their special properties. For uses of aromatherapy carrier oils are divided up into two categories. They are Multi Purpose Oils and Special enhancers.
Multi Purpose oils are a versatile vegetable oil and used as the main base oils in blends. Used on their own for massage oils or can be enhanced by the addition of small amounts of special enhancers.
Special enhancers, are a vegetable oil that are added to the nullity purpose carriers in small amounts to help with troubled skin conditions or as preservative for a longer shelf life.