Types of Carrier Oils and Their Uses

Carrier oils are normally used to dilute essential oils before applying them onto the skin while retaining the therapeutic properties of both. There are different types of carrier oils, such as coconut oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil, etc. Learn more about their properties, benefits, and uses here.

What are Carrier Oils?

Carrier oils, also known as base oils or vegetable oils, are used to dilute essential and absolute oils before being applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are called ‘carrier oils’ because they carry the essential oil to the skin while retaining the therapeutic properties of both.


Benefits and Uses of Different Carrier Oils

Apricot Kernel Oil

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Apricot oil is good for all skin types. It is very rich and nourishing – particularly in Vitamin A. It has very little scent, and it is absorbed by the skin quickly.

Avocado Oil

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Small amounts of avocado oil are typically added to other carrier oils in order to enrich protein and vitamin content.

Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is used to create a barrier on the skin. It is also the preferred oil for high-quality cold-process soapers.

Grapeseed Oil

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Grapeseed oil is the preferred carrier oil for many massage therapists because of its light, satin-like finish. It also has some astringent qualities and it’s good for oily, acne-prone skin.

Jojoba Oil

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In actuality, jojoba oil is a liquid wax. It closely resembles the sebum of the skin, and it is rich in Vitamin E, which promotes a glowing complexion.

Rose Hip Seed Oil

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Rose Hip Seed Oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids and it is known to help treat dry, irritated, weathered skin. It is also suitable for applying to scars and stretch marks. Not recommended for acne-prone skin.

Safflower Oil

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Safflower Oil is very popular in massage blends, as it is easily absorbed, and can be washed from sheets without heavy staining. Also a popular industry choice for moisturizing cosmetics.

Sesame Oil

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Sesame Oil is rich in Vitamin E and B, and in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. It is an excellent emollient. When diluted with other carrier oils, it is popular for massage.

Sweet Almond Oil

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Sweet Almond Oil is an excellent emollient and it is known for its ability to soften and re-condition the skin. It is rich in proteins and Vitamin D, and it is considered extremely nourishing. Can stain sheets.


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Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil for Oral Hygiene

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Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 20 minutes. This action helps drawing out toxins in your body, to improve your oral and overall health.

Benefits of Oil Pulling

There are some daily health rituals that you can follow on a day-to-day basis for the benefit of the self-development of both the mind and the body. Oil pulling is one of those simple little things that can help you to bring balance to your life.

Once you get Oil Pulling into your routine, you’ll wonder how you ever started the day without doing it. In the morning, most of the people usually only brush their teeth after they have breakfast, before leaving for work. The problem is that you are eating with a foul mouth, and it just doesn’t feel right! You should take care of your oral hygiene before food, right after you wake up.

Traditionally, in the ancient days, teeth were cleaned with the fingers or with a twig, using herbal powders and oil. I’m not suggesting you go back to chewing sticks, but there are a few subtle adjustments that can still help you improve your oral health. Not only for removing bad smells but to prevent diseases of teeth, mouth, ears, eyes, digestive and respiratory systems, and in some cases even of the heart.

Brushing in the morning before food prevents metabolic toxins accumulated overnight in the mouth from being reingested by your system, which cannot be further broken down by the liver.

Oil Pulling in 5 Easy Steps

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