Safely harness the natural healing power of essential oils to enhance your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
What are aromatherapy carrier oils?
Aromatherapy is a holistic complementary therapy that uses essential oils to promote better health and wellbeing. The oils are used for their scent and essence to enhance your mood or massaged into the skin to help alleviate the symptoms of many common conditions.
While there are many benefits to aromatherapy, using essential oils in their purest form can be harmful if applied directly to the skin.
Carrier oils are used to dilute the concentrated essential oils to reduce their potency, so they can be applied without side effects.
The importance of carrier oils
Some essential oils, in their purest form, are so strong that they can cause irritation or inflammation to the skin when applied.
Carrier oils are gentler, more readily absorbed and can be mixed with smaller amounts of essential oils to dilute them, so you receive all the health-enhancing benefits with none of the side effects, like irritation, redness or burning.
While essential oils tend to be extracted from the aromatic leaves, bark, and roots of plants, carrier oils, such as coconut or avocado oil, are instead usually derived from seeds, nuts or kernels.
Different carrier oils have different properties, which means they can be adapted for a wide range of uses. Some have antimicrobial properties or are rich in fatty acids, so make effective moisturisers, while others have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal properties which can help to promote better healing of skin wounds and burns.
Why do I need carrier oils?
While most essential oils are safe to use and have many health enhancing benefits, there are some potential side effects you should bear in mind.
Essential oils shouldn’t be ingested or applied directly to the skin. Using a carrier oil helps to dilute the pure oils to reduce their potency and make them more suitable for topical use.
And if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should seek the advice of your doctor before using essential oils. If you’re unsure, always make sure you read the label thoroughly before use.
Lily & Loaf offers a wide range of carrier oils and essential oils for all your aromatherapy needs, to help enhance your overall health and wellbeing.
Argan Organic Carrier Oil (50ml)
Rich in proteins, antioxidants and polyphenols, this high quality, natural carrier oil is non-greasy, easily absorbed and helps protect the skin against premature ageing.