When people hear “carrier oil” a lot of the time they are unsure of what's behind such terminology. That’s right, carrier oils are related to the essential oil family, they help “carry” the EO onto the skin to prevent irritation from hot oils.
Carrier oils come from vegetable oils derived from the fatty portions of plants, usually coming from seeds, kernels, or nuts.
Being knowledgeable about the different types of essential oils helps protect your skin and anyone else’s skin you are treating, whether it comes to your elderly, children or friendly neighbor. You need to know what essential oils are used for and the specific benefits they offer as well as which oils can cause harm if they aren’t diluted.
Hot essential oils are the oils that require generous amounts of carrier oils to help carry out the benefits. If used undiluted hot essential oils contain concentrated aromatics that can cause severe irritation, sensitization, redness, or burning in some individuals.
Oils that are considered hot include Oregano, Thyme, Cinnamon, Clove, Cassia, and even the cooling Peppermint.
Available carrier oils to use when diluting hot essential oils can also be known as base oils. Below is a list of carrier oils that can be used:
Chamomile Seed Oil
Coconut Virgin Oil
Grape Seed Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Sesame Seed Oil
By Summer Wilson Health and Holistic Blogger
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