Sep 302019
Carrier Oils For Essential Oils – What Is A Carrier Oil?

What is a carrier oil? Do you know any of them? 

Carrier oils are usually used in aromatherapy – which is a complementary therapy in which therapists apply various essential oils to the body to aid physical/emotional health and well-being.

Essential oils are diluted using carrier oils. The purpose is to reduce the number of side effects on the skin.

Companies distill essential oils from the aromatic roots, bark, and leaves of plants. When you apply these oils to your skin directly, they can cause reactions – for instance, burning, redness, or irritation.

So, why use carrier oils for essential oils? Their purpose is to dilute essential oils. This helps carry them into your skin. Sometimes, unscented body lotions and Aloe Vera are used as carriers.


Also, carrier oils such as avocado oil, coconut oil, and vegetable oils are derived from kernels, seeds, and nuts of plants.

If people want to use them in aromatherapy, experts recommend obtaining the oil through cold pressing. The process involves crushing the plants.

Also, carrier oils such as avocado oil, coconut oil, and vegetable oils are derived from kernels, seeds, and nuts of plants.

If people want to use them in aromatherapy, experts recommend obtaining the oil through cold pressing. The process involves crushing the plants.



Carrier Oils For Essential Oils: Best Options

Carrier oils can be used when the topical application of any essential oil. The use of carrier oil can help keep the essential oil on the skin for longer.

I have noticed that when an essential oil is used directly on the skin without carrier oil it evaporates very quickly and the aroma leaves soon what I would like.


However, when diluting the essential oil with a carrier oil, the aroma lasts longer as more of the oil is absorbed through the skin and is protected by the carrier oil evaporates too quickly.

Different carrier oils have unique properties and use. So, their use depends on the type of aromatherapy treatments and the desired outcomes.

Some of the best carrier oils are Coconut oil, Black cumin seed oil, Jojoba oil, Evening primrose oil, Rosehip oil, Grapeseed oil, and others. These are the carrier oils that we have found to be the best for use with essential oils:

  • Almond oil is good for dry skin. It brings a lot of vitamins, including vitamin E that is balanced for skin hydration and nutritious for a healthy glow. Almond oil is amazing for dry or itchy skin, as it packs incredible soothing qualities. As an additional bonus, almond oil is a deep conditioner for dry hair.


  • Avocado oil. Another deep moisturizer is avocado oil. It is full of vitamins A, D and E, which offers enormous antioxidant benefits for the skin. Avocado oil is amazing for very dry and cracked feet, cracked skin, and dry or damaged hair.



  • Coconut oil. Two types of coconut oil are used for our carrier oils – virgin coconut oil and fractionated coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil is solid at room temperature. We use it in our kitchen for cooking, but also in recipes for rubs and foot scrubs.


  • Fractionated coconut oil is liquid as well as a great oil for full-body massages. Fractionated coconut oil has no odor and is, therefore, a favorite to dilute perfume oils for roller recipes.


  • Grape oil is silky and smooth. It is quickly absorbed into the skin. Because it has a slight wine smell, I like to dilute very strong odor oils like thieves and basil. Be sure to find a cold-pressed variety. Most of the grape seed oils that I have seen in my health food store were effectively transformed with solvents.


  • Jojoba oil. It is very good for use on oily skin. It is easily absorbed in the hair and skin and does not leave a greasy feeling. I love this oil in summer because it is lighter in feel than some of the other carrier oils available.


  • Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex is a Young Living product. It has a long shelf life and nourishes the skin without clogging the pores. Enhanced Vegetable Oil Complex is a great carrier oil for night massage since it does not stain clothes or sheets. It is a combination of fractionated coconut oil, sesame seed oil, grape seed oil, sweet almond oil, wheat germ oil, sunflower seed oil, and olive oil.




Carrier Oils For Essential Oils: Why Castor oil?

The most effective way to reap the benefits of essential oils is through skin absorption. It is through the skin that your body utilizes the benefits of castor oil.

Essential oils and castor oil in combination are effective natural therapies for helping your body heal itself.

You can easily enhance the effects of castor oil by adding a few drops of your desired essential oil.

This way, you can promote healing of your skin, reproductive system (for women), and naturally boosting your fertility.


People use castor oil to increase blood circulation to different organs of the body, promote detoxification, as well as help the body in breaking down adhesions.

You can likewise use it to boost your immunity, reduce inflammation and pain.

Castor oil is one of the best therapeutic carrier oils. You can use it to dilute essential oils with the primary purpose of carrying it into your skin.



Carrier Oils For Essential Oils: Combine castor oil with essential oils

An interesting question that we would like to address. You can add 1 oz. castor oil to an amber glass bottle or a sterilized glass jar with a tightly fitting lid.

Then add 3 to 5 drops of your essential oil. The next step is to cap it tightly and agitate to mix. That’s it! Simple!


Besides, if you are using castor oil as a carrier oil, then experts recommend that it must be pure and cold-pressed.

At the same time, essential oils must be high-quality, pure, and therapeutic grade.


Carrier Oils For Essential Oils: Castor oil can treat your infertility. 

This is one of the easiest and cost-effective ways to boost vitality and support healing. Castor oil also intensifies the use of essential oil by the addition of enjoyable scents.



A Few Final Thoughts

To read my recommendations for purchasing castor oils, please click here. 

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Reader Comments

  1. It’s great to see how many benefits carrier oils have. My knee tends to get swollen from time to time, especially after jogging. Can I use these oils to reduce inflammation?

    1. Hi Ivan,
      The following essential oils are believed to have anti-inflammatory properties: thyme, clove, rose, eucalyptus, fennel, and bergamot. Just add 5-10 drops to a container of the carrier oil and you are all set. To read about my recommended essential oil brands, please click here.
      All the best.

  2. Hello Catherine! Thank you for this article! I knew that castor benefited the skin but I had no idea that it helps balance out fertility. And I’m sure it can be of even more beneficial when the right essential oils are added to it.

    1. Hi Dancia,

      This is very true. There are several essential oils that can be used to support your fertility journey. For example, ylang ylang, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, cinnamon, neroli, and cardamom are commonly believed to have aphrodisiac qualities. Clary sage, geranium, lavender, rose, and ylang ylang and believed to promote your hormone balance.

      Have a green day!

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