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Best carrier oils
How to choose the best carrier oils for your survival kit

Regarding aromatherapy, there's much more than meets the nose!
One of the most important things you can do is to have essential
oils and carrier oils as part of your survival kit. It's important to
dilute your
essential oils before applying them on your skin, and
one of the best ways to do that is with organic carrier oils.

Carrier oils, as their name implies, "carry" the essential oil onto
the skin, which in turn absorbs into the bloodstream to spread the
healing powers. Another benefit of carrier oils is that they are
often nutrient-rich oils that can help skin maintain elasticity,
vitality and also add moisture.

There is a range of different carrier oils, each with a various
therapeutic properties. Get to know the best carrier oils for
preppers and homesteaders with our list below...

Best Carrier Oils for Your Essential Oils
The variety of carrier oils available is extensive. As a prepper you
can look at the benefits of various carrier oils to help you choose
the best carrier oils for your needs.

Here's our list of the best carrier oils:

#1: Almond oil (sweet almond oil).
For mature or dry skin, choose sweet almond oil, but choose it
also for acne prone skin! Sweet almond oil is popular because of
it's high concentration of oleic and linoleic fatty acids. Sweet
almond oil absorbs easily into your skin giving it needed moisture
and it doesn't clog pores, making it a top carrier oil.

High in minerals, protein and vitamins, sweet almond oil contains
resveratrol, touted as being the "fountain of youth." Sweet
almond oil also is high in Vitamin E, which helps protect against
UV damage. Young and old will appreciate almond oil, because
along with a potent supply of Vitamin E, sweet almond oil has
Vitamin A to help prevent breakouts.

Try Sweet almond oil as a massage oil and you will love the silky
feel! Look for a sweet almond oil that's been refined through a
chemical free cold press process to make it more transparent,
stable, and odor free. Sweet almond oil is a very versatile carrier
oil and one of the best for preppers.

  • How to use sweet almond oil as a carrier: Use sweet
    almond oil as a carrier oil to dilute eucalyptus, Lavender,
    Peppermint or Tea Tree. Sweet almond oil has applications
    similar to apricot kernel oil.

  • Acne uses. Because almond oil won't clog pores, you can use
    this carrier oil directly on your face for healing acne. In fact,
    it has a lipid content similar to your skin and Vitamin A.

  • Psoriasis and eczema uses. Sweet almond oil helps sooth
    inflammatory skin conditions.

  • Massage uses. Essential oils for a massage that work well
    with sweet almond oil include chamomile, jasmine, lavender,
    rose and ylang-ylang. Or try it with lilac fragrance oil.

  • NOTE: About bitter almond oil. Do not use bitter almond oil
    the way you'd use sweet almond oil. Technically bitter
    almond oil is an essential oil and not a carrier oil.

#2: Apricot kernel oil.
Because this carrier oil is extremely mild, apricot kernel oil ideal
for cancer patients. Apricot oil is a known anti-inflammatory, but
more importantly apricot kernel oil also contains amygdalin (B17),
natural alternative cure for cancer* which is found helpful in
tumor eradication made famous by alternative medicine.  

As an natural
antiseptic, apricot kernel oil reduces risk of infection
in open wounds and cuts. Traditional Chinese medicine uses
apricot kernel oil to treat tumors and ulcers.

  • How to use apricot kernel oil as a carrier: Apricot kernel oil
    has applications similar to almond oil. Massage apricot
    kernel oil into dry, parched skin anywhere on your body.
    Apricot kernel oil as a carrier oil can help with breast cancer
    to help carry thyme oil, which is rather volatile when applied
    directly to skin around the breast. The highest quality you
    can buy is organic apricot kernel oil.

#3: Argan oil.
Argan oil is a liquid wonder for the skin, but you may have other
ideas. If you read
Fifty Shades of Grey, you may have been
intrigued by an unusual use of argan oil (no, it's not in the

Gentle enough for a baby's bottom and more, indeed argan is has
been best-kept secret of Moroccan women for the millenia. The
real secret about Argan oil is that it's ideal for your face!

Loaded with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, Moroccan Argan
oil is nature's gift extracted from the nut of the argan tree. With
a mild and nutty scent, argan oil is especially great for sensitive
and acne-prone skin, and even contains healing properties to
diminish stretch marks. Go ahead, you deserve a brand spanking
new bottle!

  • How to use argan oil as a carrier: Massage to soothe
    chaffed skin or use argan oil to hydrate your face. The
    highest quality argan oil you can buy is organic argan oil.

#4: Avocado oil.
While avocado oil doesn't last long for your cooking needs, it's a
still a great choice for your skin and has an acceptable shelf life
for use with your carrier oils. Avocado oil nourishes and restores
dry, dehydrated and mature skin. Rich in vitamin E, beta carotene,
potassium, and lecithin, it moisturizes the skin and hair.

Organic avocado oil is also edible! Its high concentration of oleic
acid helps lose weight when taken orally.

  • How to use avocado oil as a carrier: Avocado oil is a rich,
    heavy oil that's best blended with other carrier oils. A good
    one to pair with it is sweet orange essential oil. Avocado oil
    also has anti-itch properties (it alleviates sunburn and
    dandruff) making it a great addition to your skin care recipes.
    It's also gentle enough for treating diaper rash.Blend with
    other oils for a variety of skin conditions.

#5. Castor oil (Ricinus communis).
Castor oil is beneficial for your hair to deal with very thin, coarse,
brittle, frizzy, or naturally curly hair. While castor oil is not the
first carrier oil that comes to mind when starting with essential
oils, it is among the most effective.

Caster oil acts as a humectant, attracting moisture to the skin to
both nourish and hydrate making it an ideal choice as an
essential oil carrier. Derived from the seeds of the castor bean
plant, caster oil simultaneously detoxifies and cleanses the skin.

Castor oil is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. Your great
grandmother likely used castor oil at the first sign of illness to
boost immune function. Dr. Josh Axe says, "One of the major
reasons castor oil has strong immune-enhancing effects is
because it supports the body’s lymphatic system."

A sideline benefit of caster oil is that it's extremely beneficial for
your hair. Castor oil promotes better hair growth! Castor Oil has a
very high concentration of antioxidants, vitamin E, and essential
fatty acids, which will help repair your dry, damaged skin and hair.
As a hair care product this oil will give you soft, thick, healthy

The best-selling castor oil is pictured right by Sky Organics. Made
using organic, chemical-free substances, this brand of caster oil is
perfect for all skin and hair types. Because it's free from artificial
additives, it won’t cause any allergies and irritations when you
use it.

  • How to use castor oil as a carrier: Caster oil is no longer a
    typical carrier oil, but it is effective for a variety of skin
    conditions. It's also extremely beneficial for lung cleansing,
    but heed the caution that castor oil will stain just about
    anything it touches.

  • WARNING: While caster oil supports breast and ovarian
    health, and generally it's an excellent carrier oil for women,
    it's not suitable during pregnancy. Caster oil has ricinoleic
    acid, which is absorbed in the intestine and induces
    unwanted effects of early labor and nausea. It has a laxative
    effect and also is known to induce labor.

#6: Coconut Oil (and fractionated coconut oil).
Coconut oil is considered a  soft oil as it has a fluffy state
(though sometimes it's also a liquid). Coconut oil is among the
most widely used carrier oils. Coconut oil can almost turn back
time on your skin by reducing the appearance of fine lines, and
wrinkles. It rejuvenates and softens skin and moisturizes your
hair too.

While you can use a coconut oil the same as used for cooking as
an essential oil, many choose a fractionated coconut oil for use as
a carrier oil. The caveat mentioned previously for either is that
coconut oil of either kind is not ideal for those who have nut

  • Fractionated Coconut Oil. What makes a "fractionated"
    coconut oil different from an ordinary coconut oil?
    Fractionated coconut oil has had the long-chain fatty acids
    removed via hydrolysis and steam distillation. Fractionated
    coconut oil is a fraction of coconut oil. To make fractionated
    coconut oils, manufacturers remove the long chain
    triglycerides. The saturation gives the oil stability and a long
    shelf life. Fractionated coconut oil stays in liquid from, unlike
    regular coconut oil. Fractionated coconut oil is a carrier that
    never goes rancid. It basically has an indefinite shelf life and
    is in a perfectly clear liquid form. Plant Therapy Fractionated
    Coconut oil, pictured right, is a fully digestible, healthy
    cooking oil!

    Other advantages of fractionated coconut oil are:

  • Fractionated coconut oil can be mixed with other, more
    expensive, carriers to increase shelf life. It can also be
    used it to create different cream textures.

  • Fractioned coconut oil is odorless and colorless. It won't
    stain and easily washes out of clothing and sheets.

  • Fractionated coconut oil absorbs into the skin while
    reducing essential oil evaporation. It's excellent on skin;
    a natural and very safe moisturizer, softener and safe,
    non-irritant lubricator.,a nd leaves skin smooth with no
    greasy feeling. It does not aggravate skin problems and
    it won't clog pores.

  • How to use fractioned coconut oil as a carrier: Mix with
    other oils to increase shelf life and cut costs.

#7: Cocoa Butter.
Cocoa butter is consider a brittle oil. It's hard unlike shea butter.
A good quality organic cocoa butter will smell like milky chocolate
because it's unrefined and in the most pure form possible.

Essential Depot
Organic Cocoa butter, pictured right, is just that.
Because it's hard, you'll need to scrape off a chunk and then melt
it into your skin by rubbing it. Your body warmth will help you
melt it in and it's at this point you can introduce the essential oil
into your skin by continuing the massage.

  • How to use cocoa butter as a carrier oil: Look for an
    organic cocoa butter and remember it will be hard unlike
    shea butter.

#8: Grapeseed Oil.
Grapeseed oils are generally very thin in comparison with olive oil
which is much thicker. Absorbed by the skin easily, grapeseed oil
is a light and yet penetrating oil for massage and is also used to
create lotions, balms, creams and soap. The scent is mild and

Grape seed oil is known to have number of benefits. This oil is
very good for skin toning and moisturizing.

  • How to use grapeseed oil as a carrier oil: This is fine
    textured oil which has almost no odor of its own, which
    means it blends well with other oils.

#9: Hemp seed oil (Cannabis chinense, Cannabis
indica, Cannabis sativa, etc.).
An exceptionally rich oil that's high in essential omega fatty acids
and proteins, hemp seed oil penetrates the skin easily and is
particularly moisturizing for dry skin. It does have a nutty smell
and deep green color like olive oil.

That hemp oil has healing and regenerative components make it
an ideal carrier oil for skin remedies and for mature skin.

Great in soaps, creams, lotions and for massage, hemp seed oil
works great with essential oils. Hemp seed oil is highly emollient
and can be used directly on the skin to nourish and regenerate to
help with acne, minor abrasions, psoriasis and eczema.

  • How to use hemp seed oil as a carrier: Hemp seed oil is
    known to improve the immune system. Try hemp seed oil
    with the immune building power of thieves oil or germ
    fighting essential oil blend. Cancer patients can also choose
    hemp seed oil as a carrier oil for frankincense a known cancer-
    fighting essential oil.

#10: Jojoba Oil.
Jojoba oil, for example, contains many nutritional compounds,
such as long-chain essential fatty acids and fatty alcohols which
benefit your skin. Because it's similar to what the body produces,
jojob oils  absorbs easily into the skin and can provide a
penetrating massage for your essential oils and much more. In
need of healthier hair, or softer skin?
Jojoba oil provides the
answer and is also an excellent oil for general bath care and
massage therapy. Jojoba oil, from the Simmondsia chinensis
shrub, is arguably one of the most popular cosmetic oils available

  • How to use jojoba oil as a carrier: Jojoba oils is ideal for
    use with essential oils to fight acne. Jojoja oil blends very
    well with chamomile. Right you'll find the Healing Solutions
    chamomile oil product is 10% chamomile and 90% jojoba oil.

    Jojoba oil can be used on the lips to heal. Try jojoba oil with:
  • Blue tansy essential oils
  • Chammomile oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Orange peel oil
  • Peppermint oil (if you can brave the sensation)

#11: Olive Oil.
You may be surprised to find that the same olive oil you use in
your kitchen is a really god carrier oil for your skin. Rest assured
that olive oil is a carrier oil that's been used since antiquity! This
very versatile carrier oil

Olive oil is much thicker than grapeseed oil, which is typically very
thin. Choose olive oil when you want a calming effect, but don't
mind the smell. Olive oil as a carrier calms and moisturizes. It
can be used pure or in blends for burns, sprains, bruises, insect
bites and to relieve itchy skin.

  • How to use olive oil as a carrier: Dr. Josh Axe says, "One of
    the major reasons castor oil has strong immune-enhancing
    effects is because it supports the body’s lymphatic system."

The best carrier oils to use when you are sick are oils you can
also eat straight from the bottle and olive oil is one of them.

#12: Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii).
Shea butter is a cosmetic industry staple, but perhaps you haven't
heard of
shea oil, which make an excellent carrier! Excellent for
dry skin, rashes, eczema, aging, wrinkles, scars, psoriasis, as well
as for stimulating hair growth, shea butter is unlike cocoa butter.
As a carrier oil it has amazing uses in part because it is soft and

Shea Oil, derived from Shea butter, is cold pressed of the fruits of
the “Shea Tree” or Karite Tree. The result is an ivory/yellowish
colored fat that melts at body temperature, absorbs rapidly into
the skin, and has good waterbinding properties.

  • How to use shea oil as a carrier. Shea oil  is an excellent
    carrier oil with a thick consistency. Blend shea oil with other
    carrier oils such as jojoba, coconut, olive and more when you
    want to increase viscosity.

Is aloe vera a carrier oil?
Another option to help carry oil to your body is aloe vera gel,
though technically this is not an oil. While it has similar
properties to a carrier oil, it's actually less congealed in juice form.

How to choose the right carrier oil for your
essential oil
Choosing an essential oil may seem daunting at first, as each one
has different properties, including thickness and aroma. A carrier
oil kit allows you to explore, which is best for you and the blend
you're creating.

The best carrier oils are those that are cold pressed, since the
cold press process uses no chemical agents in the processing.
There's no need to add chemicals to the essence of this plant-
based therapy.

What are carrier oils?
The purpose of a carrier oil is, in part, to dilute essential oils,
which are quite volatile, but also to provide mechanism for a
stimulating massage in aromatherapy and carry the essential oils
to the body for healing. A carrier oil does not dilute the essential
oil itself, but dilutes its volatile potency of contact on the skin.
There's false information going around the Internet that a carrier
oil is a vegetable oil when it's not necessarily. While olive oil,
which is a popular carrier oil, is technically a fruit oil and not a
vegetable oil as commonly believed. And jojoba oil is a liquid wax.

It's more accurate to explain carrier oils as plant-based oils,
which are extracted. Castor oil is extracted by pressing the seeds
of the castor plant

Why do you need a carrier oil?
Most essential oils can't be used straight on the skin (or "neat" as
it is also called) because they have a reaction on the skin that's
akin to a natural chemical burning. One of the few exceptions is
lavender essential oil, which has properties that even most
sensitive skins can handle. (Don't use lavender essential oils on
young children without a carrier oil.)

What oils can be applied neat, without a carrier oil?
When applying a carrier oil neat, the feet are the best mode of
transportation. Tea tree oil is an essential oil that can be applied
neat directly on toe nails to fight fungus, for example, but skin
can "burn" in sensitive areas.

The KidSafe essential oil line, pictured right, is specifically
formulated for the sensitive skin of children ages 2-10 by Robert
Tisserand, a well known leader in the aromatherapy world. A
coconut oil effectively can create a calming effect when combined
with the Kidsafe brand; however kids with tree nut allergy should
avoid coconut oil as a carrier oil.

What constitutes a carrier oil?
Generally, carrier oils don't have a concentrated aroma. Though
olive oil and hemp oil can have a nutty smell, and coconut oil can
have a mild and distinctive smell, most do not. They also don't

Carrier oils used should be as natural and unadulterated as
possible. Many people feel organic oils are of higher quality.

Cold-pressing and maceration are two methods of producing
carrier oils.

Choosing an oil will depend on the area being massaged, the
presenting conditions and the clients sensitivity and
requirements. For massage, viscosity is a major consideration; for
example, grapeseed oil is typically very thin, while olive oil is
much thicker. Sunflower, sweet almond and grapeseed oils have
viscosities midway between these extremes. Carrier oils can be
easily blended to combine their properties of viscosity,
acceptability, lubrication, absorption, aroma and so forth.

How to use a carrier with essential oils
Massage carrier oils directly in your skin to help transport your
favorite essential oils and benefit from the healing.There's no one
right carrier oil, but no matter which carrier oil you choose, avoid
using essential oils on sensitive areas such as near eyes, around
ears or genitals.

Avoid these oils:
  • butter, margarine, or vegetable shorteningg. Never use
    animal oils as a carrier oil. Use only plant-based oils.
  • corn oil (mostly because it's GMO)
  • peanut oil (mostly because it's an allergen)
  • petroleum jelly nor the derivatives, such as mineral oil, and
    baby oil

Now you know a little more about how to choose the right carrier
oil for your essential oil. Experiment and see what carrier oils are
right for you by giving yourself the gift of a variety pack.

Happy endings...
While essential oils have an aroma to transport your senses all
on their own or through a diffuser (pictured above right), they
also can be absorbed directly through the skin. A carrier oil is a
plant-based oil that helps transport the essential oil safely,
enabling healing.Carrier oils work in tandem with your favorite
essential oils to promote natural healing.

Related are these essential oil articles you may like...

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