Carrier oils are used as a base for various natural products, diluting them so you can apply them to your skin without developing side effects. They’re used with essential oils distilled from the leaves, bark and roots of medicinal herbs and plants. Oil from popular herbs like lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus are far too strong in their original form to be used without diluting them.
Typically, if you can ingest something you can use it on your skin. That makes edible oils the perfect option for use with medicinal herb oils. Almond oil, coconut, avocado or olive oil are the first that come to mind, and these are derived from the nuts or seeds of the plants they are named for.
The best oils to use as carriers are those obtained by a process called cold pressing because heat is believed to damage the fragile nutritional benefits of the oil. The plants or seeds are crushed to release the oils without using any form of heat, and the oil strained to separate it from the particles.
Most carrier oils have no odor, while others have a gentle, slightly nutty scent. These typically don’t evaporate, either, which makes your herbal essences last longer. They also act as a kind of preservative, which helps maintain the properties of the essences.
Most carrier oils are chosen because they have individual properties that make them ideal for specific purposes:
There are multiple additional oils that are used less commonly, including apricot kernel, castor, flaxseed, macadamia nut, amaranth, raspberry seed oil, and others. If you want to know about using any particular oil with your medicinal herbs, its properties, benefits, and uses, please contact us with your questions.