Lāʻau Lāpaʻau – What Is a Carrier Oil?

Destined to be spOILed

A carrier oil is derived from the seed, kernel or nut of a plant. Coconut, olive, and safflower oil are all examples of carriers used to dilute essential oils before they are applied topically. These oils get their name because they “carry” the essential oil onto the skin. Diluting with a carrier oil doesn’t limit the effectiveness of your essential oils. It allows you to extend the life of your EO’s, preventing waste.

Carrier oils do not contain a concentrated aroma, although they may have a mild distinctive smell. Cold-pressed, natural and unadulterated carrier oils should be used whenever possible to keep consistent with holistic aromatherapy. Vegetable shortening, baby oil, butter, mineral oil or any other petroleum derivative should be avoided as a carrier oils. They can prevent the skin from breathing properly, cause the essential oils not to absorb, keep your body from releasing toxins and clog pores.

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