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Natural Carrier Oils

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Carrier oils are so named because they help "carry" the scented oils of aromatherapy, which are sometimes highly concentrated and too strong to use directly on the skin. Thanks to their own properties, carrier oils-also known as natural oils, base oils or fixed oils-also can help deliver health, beauty and a state of well-being.
The most common way to use carrier oils is in combination with essential oils, which are highly concentrated aromatic plant exteracts, usually of a single plant. Because these oils are so concentrated, they are usually too strong to be used directly on the skin, which is where carrier oils come into use.

Sweet almond Oil: Pale yellow oil from the nut kernel. Rich in protein and good for all skin types. Helps relieve dry, itchy skin, and can help reduce inflammation.

Grapeseed Oil: Colorless and odorless, made from pressed seeds. Contains vitamins and minerals, and can be used by all skin types.

Jojoba Oil: Popular because it is similar to our own skin oils. Contains protein and a waxy substance that is similar to collagen. Useful in reducing inflammation and treating acne. Can be used by all skin types.

Castor Oil: Pale, unscented oil made from the seeds of the castor plant. One of the few oils soluble in alcohol. Can be used by all skin types and also can be used on hair, nails and lips.

Make a Basic Aromatherapy Kit

Lavender, tea tree, peppermint, chamomile, eucalyptus, geranium, rosemary, thyme, lemon and clove. These essential oils will help you address a wide range of health issues from headaches to insomnia.

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