What are the best carrier oils out there?
Your interest in essential oils is taking off and you’re now Googling everything you can. So, here you are, online searching for how to use essential oils, and the first thing that you have probably learned is that you cannot use them on the skin undiluted. Hmm.., What does that mean?
Essential Oils are highly concentrated and need to be diluted with a “carrier oil” before using it topical (on your skin). Undiluted essential oil can be dangerous and can cause damage to your skin. (There are some exceptions, such as treating bee stings or acne, but there is so much controversy involving those kind of applications that I will not get into!) Essential Oils can also evaporate quickly. When adding your essential oil to the carrier oil it helps it not evaporate so quickly and the good stuff gets onto your skin to take its journey through your blood vessels throughout your body!
By now you have probably already researched your ailment and discovered that maybe an essential oil can help in ways that modern day medicine cannot. (I get mine from Purely, they are not super expensive and they’re all natural with some pretty awesome reviews.) So, now you have ordered your essential oil online and you’re looking for the perfect carrier oil. I have had a lifelong journey of trial and error with different vegetable oils due to my horribly cursed dry skin (that thanks to jojoba oil you’d never know that I have!) I have prepared for you my top 5 picks for carrier oil! You can continue to read below for more information regarding these 5 carrier oils.
Of course jojoba oil is number one on my list. I have used this oil for more than 20 years! Jojoba Oil, pronounced /hōˈhōbə/, is derived from the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) plant, usually grown in Arizona, Southern California, and Mexico. Native Americans used the oil from jojoba seeds to treat sores and wounds. Today it has been found that jojoba oil can help treat acne, has antibacterial properties, and reduces inflammation. My favorite essential oil to use with jojoba as a carrier is peppermint. I use jojoba and peppermint to make a leg massage oil to help revive tired muscles and soothe my legs and feet. I find it especially helpful if I have a day ahead of me that requires me to stand for long periods of time. I also apply this oil blend at the end of a tiresome day to relieve muscle pain in my legs. The peppermint aroma also opens up my sinuses from my horrible morning allergies. Here is a link to the jojoba oil that I use most (I find it more affordable than other brands with great reviews) and here is a link to the peppermint essential oil that I like to use (again cost efficient with great reviews).
Next on my list is coconut oil. I began using coconut oil on my hands, nails, and cuticles about 5 years ago. I remember reading an article somewhere about how healthy it was for your nails and such so I wanted to give it a try. What I found out was that it also helped heal the eczema that I had on my hands! I wasn’t even expecting that. Coconut oil comes from, you guessed it, coconuts. It comes from the meat of the coconut rather than the nut of the fruit as most other carrier oils. You can get refined (goes through additional process to remove impurities that may expose the oil to chemicals), unrefined, (In its natural state and still has the impurities, usually listed as “organic” or “all natural”) or fractionated (a steam distillation and hydrolysis process that removes the long chain fatty acids to keep it at a liquid state). Like Jojoba Oil, coconut oil is an antibacterial. However, coconut oil is also an antioxidant with Vitamin E. That means it helps skin elasticity and fights off signs of aging and sagging skin. It’s easily and quickly absorbed too. This anti-aging property makes it my go-to oil for my face, neck, chest, and hands. Frankincense Essential Oil is my number one for using with coconut oil. Frankincense Essential Oil has anti-aging properties as well and fights acne, reduces large pores, supports sagging skin, and reduces the appearance of wrinkles. My husband is a decade younger than me, so it is important to me to use these particular oils to keep my face, neck, chest, and hands looking young… and this oil combination is really doing the trick for me! Here is the coconut oil that I use and here is the Frankincense Essential Oil that I use.
Number 3 on my list is almond oil. Almond oil comes from the almond nut, and it is suggested that we use (and eat) only sweet almond oil, as the bitter almond oil can be toxic. Almond oil is packed full of Vitamin E, and has antibacterial and fungicidal properties. Almond Oil is great to use as a massage oil as it absorbs quickly and leaves the skin feeling less greasy. This also makes it a great carrier oil for any face treatment blend (such as with coconut oil listed above) if you have more oily skin. If you have oily skin but want to try to use Frankincense Essential Oil with a carrier oil for your face and eyes, I would suggest almond oil because it does tend to be less greasy-feeling on the face. I have super dry skin and I use coconut oil rather than almond oil on my face and neck. Almond oil is also great for treating a dry scalp. Mix in some Tea Tree Oil to fight dandruff, or apply it on your feet if you are battling athlete’s foot! You can click here to see what Almond Oil works best for me.
Argan Oil is number 4 of my list of top 5 carrier oils. Argan oil is a plant oil that is derived from the kernels of argan tree fruit. Inside the fruit is the pulp, underneath the pulp is a seed, and inside the seed are the kernels. This carrier oil can be a bit expensive if it is 100% argan oil, due to the production being hand made only. I like to use argan oil directly on the tip of my hair after I wash it. It prevents me from getting those aggravating split ends. A little goes a long way! My favorite part of argan oil is that the texture is almost not even oily! You can use argan oil on any skin type. This is great for making a blend with Sandalwood Essential Oil to use for wrinkle fighting your eye area if you have naturally oily skin. My favorite, however, argan oil use is for SUNBURN! Argan oil is full of antioxidants and healing properties. It speeds up the healing process of the burn while it soothes the pain. It even helped my red skin not to peel, and it actually turned brown! When applying argan oil to a sunburn add Lavender or Frankincense Essential Oil to the oil, as both of those essential oils carry healing properties. If you are looking for more pain relief, try Eucalyptus or Peppermint Essential Oil added to the argan for more of a cooling relief. You can get your argan oil here and see what has worked best for me. Don’t forget to check out Lavender Essential Oil, Frankincense Essential Oil, Eucalyptus Essential Oil, and Peppermint Essential Oil to see what works best for your sunburn.
Last but not least on my top 5 Carrier Oils is avocado oil. Derived from the avocado fruit, beta carotene, protein, lecithin, fatty acids, and vitamins A, D, and E are found in this carrier oil. Beware, however, if you have acne prone skin. Avocado oil is very thick, slow absorbing, and can cause acne to worsen. Avocado oil is best for those with super dry, damaged skin, that is thirsting for a rich and thick treatment oil. Conditions such as chapped skin, psoriasis, and dry itchy skin may benefit from the healing properties of Avocado Oil. I decided to add avocado oil to my list of top 5 for one reason: HAIR! I have very dry, naturally curly, and thin hair. Avocado oil stimulates blood circulation in the scalp, strengthens hair follicles, and promotes hair growth while it conditions and tames frizzy hair. When I apply avocado oil to my hair, I add Peppermint Essential Oil. The Peppermint Essential Oil has antibacterial properties to help ward off skin infections in the scalp, help keeps dandruff away, and promotes hair growth. I apply the avocado oil and Peppermint Essential Oil blend to my scalp and leave it in for about 15 minutes. Some people I have heard do this and leave it on overnight?! After my 15 minutes is up, I shampoo my hair as I normally do and let it air dry. I go for the all natural hair look on hair treatment day because it’s so shiny and less frizzy. You can get your avocado oil here and see if what works for me may work for you. You can also get your Peppermint Essential Oil here.
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Remember, always test a small area on your skin and hair in advance. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. I am not a doctor, and don’t claim that products above will heal or treat a health condition. You have stumbled upon this reading due to your interest in natural remedies and oils. Oils and remedies in this blog are for your informational purposes only.
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Click the pic below to learn more about all carrier oils that I mentioned above. Be sure to check out the oil sets that feature super affordable oils to see what works best for you!