What are Carrier Oils?

A carrier oil, in short, is just that, a base oil that carries essential oils through the skin. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils prior to topical use. Essential oils applied to the skin undiluted, or neat, can cause skin irritation.

Most carrier oils are pressed from the fatty part of plants usually the nuts or seeds. Each carrier oil, like essential oils, offers a different combination of beneficial properties and characteristics. The choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit that you are seeking. Your choice of carrier oil can make a difference in color, aroma and shelf life of your essential oils as well. Carrier oils do not usually contain a concentrated aroma like essential oils.

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