One of the most common methods of use of essential oils is by topical application. Essential oils are very powerful, concentrated and fairly expensive. When using them topically on your skin, you do need to mix them with a carrier oil.
What is a Carrier Oil?A carrier oil is a cold pressed vegetable oil that ‘carry” essential oils into the body. They help to dilute and spread essential oils over the body in a controlled way. In aromatherapy we only use cold pressed vegetable oils, animal fats and mineral oils are never used.
There are numerous vegetable oils which can be used as carrier oils such as olive oil, grape seed, almond, sunflower, etc. The problem with these oils is that they tend to oxidize in a fairly short time, leaving an unpleasant rancid smell.
For our Aromandina Body Oils we carefully looked for the best vegetable oils in which to put our high quality essential oils. We also wanted our base oil to have a longer shelf life and therapeutic properties. We came up with a specific blend of fractionated coconut oil, golden jojoba and calophyllum inophyllum. This blend is absorbed quickly by the skin and it doesn’t leave it greasy or sticky.
You can apply any of our Body Oils directly on the skin or dilute your essential oils and essential oil blends in our Therapeutic Carrier Oil.
Ingredients in the Therapeutic Carrier Oil and Body Oils:
Fractionated Coconut OilFine, nourishing therapeutic carrier oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil is separated out from whole coconut oil to produce a superior carrier oil that won’t go rancid. The non-chemical separation process leaves no toxic residues to worry about.
• Remains liquid even at very low temperatures
• Infinite shelf life, never goes rancid
• Ideal for massage therapy – absorbs more readily into the skin
• Does not stain massage table sheets
• Is the lightest of all the carrier oils
• Leaves skin feeling silky smooth – no greasy feeling
• Colorless and odorless
Therapeutic Carrier Oil with Well-Known Healing Qualities
Calophyllum Inophyllum, also known as Foraha or Tamanu Oil, is renowned for its remarkable healing properties. It has been shown to aid healing of wounds, including severe cuts and burns, and acts as an effective germicide to kill or prevent infection.
• Rejuvenating to mature skin
• Assists with pain relief
• Speeds healing with cuts and burns
• Relieves sunburn
• Very effective on dry or scaly skin
Golden Jojoba OilRich, nourishing therapeutic body oil
Jojoba is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree. One thing that is interesting about it is that it isn’t actually an oil, but rather a liquid wax. Jojoba oil resembles the sebum of our own skin so it makes a superb moisturizer and is suitable for all skin types. It unclogs the pores and, in so doing, makes the skin free from impurities. This rich, golden oil actually seals moisture in; it is, after all, what helps the jojoba desert plant survive long summer droughts
• Richly moisturizing
• Easily absorbed into skin
How to dilute your essential oils in the Carrier Oil:
You can make your own personal creations by combining your favorite essential oils and our Therapeutic Carrier Oil.
The recommended dilution rate for general purposes is 2% – 3% for adults and 1% for children, pregnant women and elderly people.
2.5% DILUTION RATE:
1 tablespoon carrier oil + 7 drops
1 ounce carrier oil + 15 drops
4 ounces carrier oil + 60 drops
1% DILUTION RATE
1 tablespoon carrier oil + 3 drops
1 ounce carrier oil + 6 drops
4 ounces carrier oil + 24 drops
If you are interested in creating your own customized body oil, read this article here:
HOW TO CREATE A CUSTOMIZED BODY OIL FOR A PERSONAL AROMATHERAPY GIFT
© 2014, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.