Essential oils, absolutes, CO2s, and other concentrated aromatics can cause severe irritation or reactions if applied to the skin undiluted. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential and other oils before applying to the skin. They are also referred to as vegetable oils or base oils. Carrier oils are in soaps, cosmetics, and massage oils.
Common Carrier Oils:
Dilution recommendations by National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy:
For infants and young children:
.5-1% dilution = 3-6 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
Sensitive skin: .5 to 1 percent dilution = 3 to 6 drops per ounce
Normal, healthy skin: 1 to 2.5 percent dilution = 6 to 15 drops per ounce
2.5% dilution = 15 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
3% dilution = 20 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
5% dilution = 30 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
10% dilution = 60 drops of essential oil per ounce of carrier
Shop for carrier oils that are cold pressed or cold expelled pressed. This indicates that the oils are pressed without the use of added heat. High temperature processing methods can harm the fragile nutrients in the oil.
Vegetable butters are not carrier oils; however, butters like cocoa butter and shea butter are suitable for use in aromatherapy. Again, shop for butters that are cold pressed.
Avoid mineral oil and petroleum jelly! They are the byproducts of petroleum. They can clog pores, prevent the skin from breathing naturally, prevent essential oil absorption, and prevent toxins from leaving the body through the natural process of sweating.
You should protect your skin all year round. If you want alternatives to sunscreens full of chemicals, try natural oils! Many carrier oils are rich in antioxidants and vitamin E to protect and heal skin exposed to UV light. Red raspberry seed, carrot seed, wheatgerm, macadamia, and jojoba oils have a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) to maintain the well-being of your skin.
Mystic Paths carrier oils are