5 Carrier Oils You Should Use To Dilute Essential Oils

In recent years, essential oils have taken over the health industry. What was once considered hippie is now more widely accepted as more people have started seeking out natural remedies. Plus, thanks to their versatility, essential oils have countless uses. They are especially popular as homemade toiletries thanks to the lack of harsh chemicals and toxins.

They are also game changers when it comes to health. While some aid in fighting acne and infections, others ease pain caused by conditions like arthritis and even menstrual cramps. So, these oils are truly your skin’s new best friend. The only catch? You always need to dilute them with a carrier oil. Essential oils are extremely concentrated liquids. Applying them directly on your skin increases the risk of irritation, especially in the case of intense oils like tea tree oil. Research has found that direct contact with tea tree oil can bring on dryness, irritation, and redness, which you could certainly do without.1

Fortunately,

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there are many carrier oils you can choose from to prevent such reactions. They also boast benefits of their own, making them great additions to essential oils. All in all, the combination will do wonders for your skin. Choose a carrier oil depending on your needs. If you’re not sure where to start, check out these five great carrier oils for your face and body.

1. Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil works well as a carrier oil if you have mature skin or excessive breakouts

Is your skin angry and irritated? Use jojoba oil for its anti-inflammatory effects. Jojoba oil also promotes wound healing and controls infections, making it ideal for aggressive breakouts. Mature, aging skin will also benefit from jojoba oil.2

2. Olive Oil

Use olive oil as a carrier oil if you have dry, flaky skin

To

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control dryness and flaking, reach for olive oil. And yes, you can use it right out of the pantry. According to a 2017 study in Pharmaceutical Development and Technology, olive oil is a potent moisturizer. It has also been found to possess photoprotective properties, which prevent exposure to harmful light rays.3

3. Castor Oil

Castor oil works well as a carrier oil if you have dry skin

Castor oil absorbs UV light, which serves as natural protection from the sun.4 It’s also extremely thick and moisturizing. However, castor oil also has a strong odor so it might take some getting used to.

4.
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Coconut Oil

Castor oil works well as a carrier oil if you have dry skin

Thanks to its high level of fatty acids, coconut oil has benefits beyond the kitchen. It can enhance the skin barrier and increase collagen, so it’s an excellent choice if you have thin or weak skin. Its anti-inflammatory activity also controls irritation – both sun-induced and otherwise.5

5. Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is the ideal carrier oil for you if your skin breaks out often

The

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proteins and vitamins A, D, and E in avocado oil are ideal for chapped and dry skin. And if you’re dealing with a cut or popped pimples, avocado oil can speed up tissue growth over the wounds, which is a process called epithelization.6

As a general rule of thumb, 5 drops of essential oil need 1 tbsp of carrier oil. Mix the two well before applying to the skin. If you’re trying a new essential or carrier oil, do a patch test first to steer clear of allergic reactions.

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