Carrier Oils For Aromatherapy

Vegetable oils - Cold Pressed


What Are 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. 

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Aroma Of Carrier Oils

The aroma, fragrance or smell of carrier oils differ from oil to oil. Please check our reference articles on each carrier for the requested information. There are often numerous articles on each individual oil. Each author and article provides varied depts. of information.

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Processing Method


True carrier oils are generally cold-pressed or macerated vegetable oils taken from, amongst others:

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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, grapeseed oil is typically very thin, while olive oil is much thicker. Sunflower, sweet almond and grapeseed 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.

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Food provides a range of different nutrients. Some nutrients provide energy, while others are essential for growth and maintenance of the body. 

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Infused Oils


Infused oils are a combination of a carrier oil and plant material and they can be either commercially or domestically prepared. A base oil, often sunflower, is placed in an airtight container with the appropriate plant material for a time. Calendula and carrot oils are produced in this way.


Sources passionately disagree on the suitability of mineral oil as a carrier oil. In the United States, food grade mineral oil is highly refined and purified to meet the stringent requirements of the FDA. Mineral Oil marked as "USP" also meets the standards of the US Pharmacopeia.