If you are into the world of essential oils, chances are you’ve heard about carrier oils and/or have used them already.
Carrier oils are mainly oils extracted from the nuts, seeds or kernels of plants –which combined with essential oils make for one potent and effective remedy for a specific ailment; or simply for your enjoyment.
As they are fairly neutral, carrier oils compliment essential oils and are an excellent choice for diluting essential oils. With that in mind, it is also important to know, which are some of the best carrier oils –for essential oils.
1# Coconut Oil
By far coconut oil is one of the most popular carrier oils used to dilute essential oils and for good reason. Coconut oil, derived from the fruit of the coconut tree, is a super-oil full of naturally present antioxidants and is an excellent antifungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. It is exceptional for nourishing the hair, nails and skin. It is also great for dry skin and treating skin conditions as it has natural deep moisturizing properties.
#2 Olive Oil
With 75% oleic acid, this popular cooking oil is excellent for your heart and cardiovascular system and can actually lower bad (LDL) cholesterol and increase good (HDL) cholesterol. It is also a potent anti-inflammatory and helps to reduce resistance to insulin.
#3 Jojoba Oil
Comprised of over 75% eicosenoic acid, a long omega-9 fatty acid that cannot be digested by humans, but most closely resembles human sebum – jojoba oil is famous for being the carrier oil that is closest to mimicking the natural oil secretions of human skin! This makes it an excellent moisturizer for using on areas like the face and neck that may otherwise look oily with other carrier oils.
Cracked Feet and Hands: Soak hands and feet in warm water for 10 minutes, dry with a towel and massage in the oil.
Protect From Sunburn: Reduce inflammation by applying jojoba oil to affected areas.
#4 Sweet Almond Oil
It’s high vitamin E content makes it an optimal choice for nourishing the skin, regenerating new skin cells and keeping in moisture, making it a great choice for those who have dry skin.
It’s natural antioxidant properties help protect from the damaging effects of the sun, and it’s high concentrations of both oleic and linoleic acids help to relieve inflammation and soothe irritated skin.
#5 Argan Oil
Best known for its anti-aging properties and promoting hair growth and repairing hair damage and split ends. This carrier oil is loaded with rich, nourishing properties and healing benefits! It is one of the best oils to use for regenerating skin cells, making it an excellent choice for anti-aging salves and lotions.
Reduce Stretch Marks: Apply a couple of drops of warm argan oil and gently rub into the affected areas.
Anti-aging Moisturizer: Apply 1 drop of argan oil on your fingertips and tap into the wrinkle-prone areas of your face, such as around the nose and the temple area.
#6 Castor Oil
Obtained from the seeds of the castor bean plant, castor oil has been used for centuries to treat constipation, ailments of the skin and improve hair health. Castor oil can also increase the count of a type of white blood cell in the body that can help to kill bacteria, viruses, fungus and even cancer cells.
Joint and Muscle Pain Relief: Relieve joint and arthritis pain naturally with castor oil. Massage a few drops of oil to aching muscles and joints.
Dandruff and Scalp Infections: Being both anti-fungal and antibacterial, castor oil is an excellent home remedy for clearing dandruff.
#7 Moringa Oil
Containing almost 70% oleic acid, an essential omega-9 fatty acid, moringa oil contains nutrients that can strengthen cell membranes and repair damaged cells and is especially beneficial for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
Heal Scars: Apply 1-2 drops of moringa oil to scars, blemishes and minor burns.
Natural Hair Conditioner: Massage a little moringa oil into damp hair and leave it on as a natural hair conditioner.
Pain Reliever for Arthritis: Moringa oil’s natural proven anti-inflammatory properties work well to relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis.