Carrier Oils For Aromatherapy



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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.

carrier oils


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

08/08/2016 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.09/14/2016 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.

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