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Monday, September 28, 2009

Properties of Carrier Oils



When deciding to study aromatherapy and essential oils, many people focus on learning all they can about essential oils and what they can be used for. However, although the properties of essential oils are important, it is also important to consider the properities of the carrier in which you are going to put the essential oils.

Carriers for essential oils can include:

  • white lotion
  • bubble bath
  • shampoo
  • distilled water
  • milk
  • honey
  • oil.

Perhaps the most important of these is the carrier oil. There are many carrier oils which can be used in aromatherapy for essential oils and many carrier oils carry therapeutic properties of their own, in addition to the properties of essential oils. For example, I make up the following blend for back and neck pain:

  • frankincense (Boswelli carteri) essential oil
  • lavender (Lavendula angustifolia) essential oil
  • roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) essential oil
  • apricot kernel (Prunus armeniaca) carrier oil

Apricot kernel carrier oil, in itself, has the ability to be pain-relieving, in addition to the pain-relieving properties in the essential oils used. This is just an example of how carrier oils can enhance the overall synergestic blend of essential oils.

Many carrier oils possess therapeutic properties and many are good for certain types of skins too, making them excellent for use in skin care blends.

Over the coming weeks, I intend to profile a few carrier oils in my article writing and will provide links on Aromatherapy Notes when I do. If there is a particular carrier oil you would like to know more about or see profiled, please let me know either by e-mail or by posting a comment at the end of this post!

For further reading : Using Carrier Oils in Aromatherapy Blends

The Properties of Essential Oils

The Jojoba Plant - one of the more popular carrier oils in the USA

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