Aromatherapy Carrier Oils
Because essential oils are highly concentrated, they may not always be used directly on the skin. They need to be added to carrier oils which are vegetable, nut, or seed oils. Many of these carrier oils have therapeutic properties of their own. However, they aren’t just any vegetable oil you buy in the grocery store. They need to be cold pressed and have only the oil with no additives, preservatives, or other impurities. Cooking oils have usually been prepared with questionable processing.
Here at Rocky Mountain Oils we have F.C.O. (Fractionated Coconut Oil) and Jojoba oil. We like F.C.O. the best because it doesn’t stain sheets (which makes it great for massage therapists), absorbs well into the skin, and has no scent. Since the particles that go rancid in oils have been pulled out, it has an indefinite shelf life. Also, some people who have severe allergies to nuts have had no reaction to F.C.O. (Further studies are pending.)
Some other possibilities are Grapeseed, Olive, Apricot Kernel, Corn, Borage Seed, Evening Primrose, Hazelnut, Peanut, Safflower, Soy Bean, Aloe Vera, and Sunflower. Each has its own use and own properties. It’s best to try different ones out until you find the one that best suits your personality.
An important point to remember: if an essential oil used neat (undiluted is too hot for your skin, never use water to dilute it. The water traps them against the skin and they will burn you even more. Instead, use a carrier oil, which buffers the burning effects while still giving you the therapeutic effects you are seeking. Some oils that are considered hot oils are the spices, the mints, Ajowan Seed, Blue Tansy, Oregano, Pennyroyal, and Thyme.
We sell over 70 essential oil blends, many of which are already mixed with a carrier oil. These are ready to use straight from the bottle.