Carrier oils. Who has been told to ‘make sure you dilute your essential oil before applying to the skin’ ? Probably all of us! Neat essential oils are just TOO potent to be added without proper dilution. Just like western medicine, too much can be a bad thing. Like essential oils, carriers have unique properties and benefits! It is important to know carrier properties so you can pair the right oils for the best impact.
I’m going to touch on a few of the most common and some of my favourites.
Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba oil)
Jojoba works on all skin types. It has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. As it is penetrates the skin well, it works well as a carrier oil for essential oil application it also works to keep pores clean acting as an antibacterial. Jojoba also had protein minerals creating a waxy substance that mimics collagen making it a good facial oil. It is similar in structure to our bodies natural oils making helping balance oil production of the skin. It is highly moisturizing and gentle on the skin. Jojoba also has an SPF rating around 4.
Prunes amygdalus (Sweet Almond)
This is a super oil. It contains vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, D & E. It is high in protein and trace minerals. It works great for all skin types but especially for itching, soreness, dryness and inflammation. Vitamin E is an extremely powerful antioxidant. Oxidative stress is a major cause of the deterioration of your skin’s collagen layer. Since collagen keeps your skin looking supple and wrinkle-free, you want to stave off oxidative stress with antioxidants. Almond oil has a natural SPF rating around 5.
Cocus nucifera (Fractionated Coconut Oil)
Clear, odorless and light in texture making it great for blending with oils in perfumes or fragrances. In order to remain a liquid, the lauric acid has been removed making it an incomplete oil. Both regular and fractionated coconut oils are great sources of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). Coconut oil also has a natural SPF rating around 2-8.
Triticum ciestivum/durum (Wheatgerm Oil)
This oil has a strong odor and heavy texture and is best used in small amounts. It has vitamin E and essential fatty acids which helps reduce skin damage, fight free radicals, support healthy collagen formation and maintain even skintone. Wheatgerm works best on dry skin, psoriasis and eczema. Due to the high level of antioxidants and vitamins, wheat germ oil helps regenerate scar tissue and lubricate the skin. The best part, it has an SPF rating of 20 making it one of the higher SPF ratings.
Those are a few of my favorites and I hope you have more information to pair the perfect carrier with your essential oils.