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Carrier oils

Carrier oil, also known as base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin. Diluting essential oils is a critical safety practice when using essential oils. Oils alone are volatile because they begin to dissipate as soon as they are applied. The rate of dispersion will vary based on how light or heavy the carrier oil is. Carrier oils do not contain a concentrated aroma, unlike essential oils, though some, such as olive, have a mild distinctive smell. Neither do they evaporate like essential oils, which are more volatile. The carrier oils used should be as natural and unadulterated as possible.Cold-pressing and maceration are the two main methods of producing carrier oils.

There is a range of different carrier oils, each with a various therapeutic properties. Choosing an oil will depend on the area being massaged, the presenting conditions and the clients sensitivity and requirements. For massage, viscosity is a major consideration; for example, grape seed oil is typically very thin, while olive oil is much thicker. Sunflower, sweet almond and grape seed oils have viscosities midway between these extremes. Carrier oils can be easily blended to combine their properties of viscosity, acceptability, lubrication, absorption, aroma and so forth.

English Name Botanical Name
Almond oil sweet Prunus amygdalus var. dulcus
Argan oil Argania spinosa
Avacado oil Persea Americana
Borage seed oill Boraga officinalis
Cocoa butter Theobroma cacao
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Evening primerose oil Enethera biennis
Grapeseed oil Vitis vinifera
Hazelnut oil Corylus avellane
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Jojoba oil golden Simmondsia chinensis
English Name Botanical Name
Macadamia nut oil Macadamia intergrifolia
Neem oil Azadirachta indica
Olive oil pomace / extra virgin Oiea europaea
Rosehip oil Rosa rubignosa
English Name Botanical Name
Shea butter Butyropermum parkii
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Walnut oil Juglans regia
Wheatgerm oil Triticum aesvivum