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Carrier oils are extracted from different parts of plants like seeds, fruits, kernels, etc. These oils have very little or no scent and are used to dilute the essential oils. As the name suggests these oils carry all the nutrients, minerals & vitamins of essentials to deeper layers of skin. Carrier oils are extremely beneficial to treat different ailments, but it’s crucial to use pure & unrefined oil. In the market, there are many types of oils available. Many of them are pure but refined, and some of them are extracted by heating the seeds of the kernel. But oils extracted from cold-pressed methods are considered carrier oils.
Types of Carrier Oils
● Sweet almond oil
● Avocado oil
● Grapeseed oil
● Hazelnut oil
● Hemp oil
● Neem oil
● Safflower oil
● Sesame oil
● Sunflower oil
● Coconut oil
● Olive oil
Jojoba oil is also referred to as a carrier oil, but technically it’s wax, not an oil.
How to Choose a Carrier Oil?
You should look at a few things while purchasing any carrier oil.
● Discover what suits you best and choose according to your needs.
● The best way to figure it out is to buy smaller bottles of different oils and test them with a patch test.
● Read the label carefully and look for purity.
● Always purchase cold press oils, the oils derived from other techniques are not truly carrier.
● Go for organic, natural, ayurvedic oil; these oils are not highly processed & nutrients remain intact.
These tips are general & about figuring out the quality of the oil. Now let’s deep dive into the concept and understand for skin & hair which carrier oils are good.
Carrier oil for skin
For the face, you should buy thinner oils such as sweet almond oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil neem oil, sunflower seed oil. These oils don’t clog pores and keep acne at bay.
Carrier oil for hair
For selecting oil for hair you should consider the texture of your hair. For extremely dry & damaged hair, coconut oil will be the best pick. Argan oil would be more helpful for those who have fine hair.
How to Use Carrier Oils?
The best way to use carrier oils is as a massage oil. To create a massage oil for applying it on skin, hair & body, carrier oils are mixed with essential oils. Mix 4-5 drops of any essential oil with 10-15ml of carrier oils. Mix them well and apply them to the face, hair. Carrier oils penetrate the skin deeply and carry all the benefits of essential oils into the deeper layer of skin.
Before using any carrier oil patch test is recommended. Carrier oils are just meant for massaging; they can’t be ingested. These oils should be kept away from direct sunlight at warm places for longer shelf life. It’s recommended to buy ayurvedic & pure oil for best results.
Q.1. What are cold-pressed carrier oils?
A.1. The technique of deriving the carrier oil is different from refined oils. Nuts or flesh of plants are pressed with higher pressure, and later this extracted oil is not refined. In another method, the plant-based milk is fermented at room temperature to extract the oil. This technique is gentle and keeps all the nutrients intact.
Q.2. How to Do a Patch Test for Carrier oils?
A.2. Take a very small amount of oil on a cotton pad and apply it to your neck behind your ears. Now leave it there for 24 hours to check any reaction.
Q.3. How many drops of essential oil should you put in 10 millilitres (ml) of carrier oil?
A.3. 4-5 drops of essential oil is sufficient to be mixed with 10ml of carrier oil.
Q.4. How long does carrier oil last?
A.4. Carrier oils last from 6 months to 2 years.
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