Essential oils and carrier oils are like an old married couple; you never find one without the other close behind. Just like wine brings out the taste of food and beer pairs perfectly with pizza, carrier oils supplement and emphasise the best features of essential oils. They also make it possible to use essential oils safely for nearly every purpose imaginable.
But with so many carrier oils out there, how do you know which makes the best investment for your purposes? While you really can’t go wrong with a high-quality carrier oil, it always helps to know each oil’s specialties and unique uses.
Argan Oil: Moisturiser, Hydrating , Rejuvenate.
Produced from the nuts of the Argan tree that grow only in Southwestern Morocco, Argan oil is known by many as “liquid gold”. It boats essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals that promote overall health without any negative side effects like harmful toxins and parabens found in other beauty care products.
It’s superb moisturising properties make Argan oil ideal for face moisturiser, hydrating toner, rejuvenating face mask, leave-in conditioner, and moisturiser on pregnant bellies. Blended with essential oils for specific cosmetic purposes, Argan oil is unstoppable.
Make sure that you only purchase Argan oil made from raw, un-roasted pits.
Coconut Oil: Moisturise, Treat Skin Conditions, Strengthen Hair, Boost Immunity
As you most likely know, coconut oil’s popularity has absolutely exploded in Western society in the past few years. It’s now available at every major grocery store thanks to its classification as a superfood. So how exactly does coconut oil function as an essential oil carrier?
This anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiviral oil is the perfect base for homemade ointment and skincare products like diaper rash cream and lip balm since it is so beneficial for the skin. Coconut oil remains solid at room temperature and melts around 70 degrees, so it’s best to use this for any essential oil use in which a solid carrier oil is acceptable.
Grape Seed Oil: Treat Oil and Acne, Anti-Ageing, Moisturise
You may know grape seed oil best for its culinary uses, but it also makes a great addition to homemade essential oil lotions and creams. It’s colourless, lightweight, and glides easily over the skin for a great massage oil. Grape Seed Oil’s Essential Fatty Acids, vitamin E, and flavonoids make it an asset in treating various health conditions, especially on the skin.
Hemp Seed Oil: Clear Acne, Soothe Eczema, Strengthen Hair and Nails
Though very popular in Eastern cultures, hemp seed oil is just recently gaining popularity in the Western world as a multi-purpose natural remedy. Its essential fatty acids boost the immune system, brain, hair, skin, and nails. Try it with select essential oils to clear away acne, eczema, and nourish your skin with a host of vitamins.
Jojoba Oil: Clear Skin, Antibacterial, Protect from Free Radicals
This oil is wildly popular in the natural wellness world thanks to its hydrating tendencies. Blend with Tea Tree or lavender oil and massage into the skin to enjoy its benefits! You can also use it for makeup removal, hair conditioner and face cleanser.
Sweet Almond Oil: Soothe Dry Skin, Relieve Itching, Massage
We all know that almonds are the perfect heart-healthy to-go snack, and almond milk is a well-loved alternative to cow’s milk, but do you know about the power of almond oil? Its health benefits of beauty values are highly sought after; in fact, sweet almond oil is even gentle enough to be used on a baby’s skin. Try blending it with your favourite essential oil to deeply cleanse your skin, remove dark circles, and even relieve eczema and psoriasis.
Whichever carrier oil you choose, your body will benefit! Search for specific recipes to target your exact problem or purpose for best results.
Blend a few drops of Rosemary essential oil with 2 tbsp of Sweet Almond Oil. Massage into temples.
Relaxing Massage Oils
Blend one ounce of Jojoba Oil with 15-30 drops Clary Sage or Roman Chamomile oil. Massage for calm and peace.
Combine 1-2 drops of Lavender essential oil with 2 tbsp coconut oil and massage on baby’s stomach, back, and feet.
Combine 10 drops of Tea Tree oil into 1 ounce Hemp Seed Oil. Use as a leave-in conditioner for shiny, extra-strong hair.