Carrier Oils can derive from a vegetable, nut or seed oil, which are used to dilute essential oil(s). These oils have therapeutic properties and presents a good source of nutrients and energy. The following oils can be used on their own, or with essential oils.
Popular Carrier Oils:
- Almond Oil: Non-greasy, spreads & absorbs easily and also is great for nourishing the hair.
- Apricot Kernel Oil: Good for dry hair. Rich in essential fatty acids, Oleic and Linoleic acid. Spreads easily on the skin.
- Avocado Oil: Very light. Avocado oil is very nourishing to the hair and contains vitamins A and E and especially large amounts of vitamin D and potassium. The avocado has the highest protein content of any fruit.
- Castor Oil: Acts as a humectant by attracting and retaining moisture to the hair. In combination with other oils, it makes a wonderfully emollient!
- Grapeseed Oil: A light, odorless oil which contains vitamins, proteins and minerals. Contains Vitamin E and Steroids. It’s an emollient and moisturizing.
- Hazelnut Oil: This oil is a medium weight oil and is a very penetrating oil. This oil contains oleic acid and a small amount of linoleic acid.
- Jojoba Oil: This oil resembles sebum, which is the oil the scalp secretes. For massage blends, it is best to mix approximately 50% Jojoba Oil with another carrier oil. Jojoba oil can be applied without being diluted.