We’ve gathered some of the best carrier oils known for having exceptional effects for aromatherapy and topical application when combined with essential oils. Also called base oils or fixed oils because they do not evaporate, carrier oils contain vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Many of them soften and improve the condition of the skin.
Before essential oils can be used in aromatherapy they must be diluted in a 'carrier', because they are too powerful to use neat. A typical ratio is 1 drop of essential oil for every 5 ml of the carrier. The use of carrier oils combines the benefits of the essential oils PLUS those of the carrier oils. There are various carrier oils to choose from, and it’s important to know which ones to use for what application. Carrier oils make up 98% of a typical aromatherapy treatment, so choosing one is an important decision. See product descriptions for more on each oil.