An Essential Oil Quick Guide: Carrier Oil vs Essential Oil - What are the differences?
Carrier oils are used in aromatherapy as a base to dilute essential oils before they are applied topically. They help "carry" the essential oils onto the skin. In this post I share their similarities and differences, as well as how they can BOTH benefit your health and wellness.
Carrier Oil vs Essential Oil
|Natural oils made from the fatty part of a plant, usually from the seeds, nuts, or kernels||Concentrated oils made from a variety of plant and tree parts, like leaves, roots, flowers, seeds, bark, wood, resin, and fruit|
|Most common extraction method is cold pressed||Most common extraction method is steam distillation (citrus oils are usually cold pressed)|
|Fixed oils; they don't evaporate||Volatile oils; they evaporate quickly|
|Can apply liberally to the skin as is (no dilution needed), or can be used as a base to dilute essential oils||Too strong to apply to the skin, should be diluted in a carrier oil before applying topically to the skin|
|Bland, little to no aroma||Highly aromatic|
|They nourish and moisturize the skin, as well as protect it||They offer therapeutic properties and unique aromatherapy benefits|
Examples of Carrier Oils
Skin is your body's largest organ so it is important to keep it healthy. The nourishing and moisturizing properties of carrier oils can help you accomplish this. Here are a few favorite carrier oils:
Examples of Essential Oils
Here are some examples of essential oils:
- Lavender essential oil
- Patchouli essential oil
- Lemongrass essential oil
- Tangerine essential oil
- Sweet Marjoram essential oil
Benefits of Using Carrier Oils with Essential Oils
When using essential oils, it is best to use the smallest amount of drops necessary to achieve the desired benefits.
Diluting them with a carrier oil helps achieve this without lessening the effect of the essential oil. In fact, using them together actually saves money, prevents wasting precious oils and allows more time for the essential oil to absorb into the skin.
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