Carrier Oils and Bases
Carrier oils, also called base oils, are used as the foundation for building scented body and facial oils, for the purpose of massage or application, and bath oils. The carrier oils allow you to properly dilute essential oils in order for them to be applied to the skin.
Ideally, these vegetable, nut, and seed oils should be cold-pressed, unrefined, and additive-free.
The main carrier oils used externally for massage and some aromatherapy treatments form the base of the carrier. Those main carrier oils are sometimes supplemented with other beneficial oils, such as avocado oil, borage seed oil, calendula oil, and evening primrose oil.
The selection(s) you make for a base will depend on the treatment or type of skin care or specific use. See the following links for more information:
- Main Carrier Oils Used in Massage and Aromatherapy
- Supplemental Carrier Oils Used in Massage and Aromatherapy
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