1. If the carrier is being used to promote transdermal absorption (transdermal is a route of administration wherein active ingredients are delivered across the skin for systemic distribution.*) of the essential oils and there are NO skin issues to take into consideration, you can often use the lotion, cream or carrier oil that you have available. It is important to make sure your carrier does not have mineral oil in the ingredients; mineral oil molecules are larger than our skins poreswill sit on the top of the skin and prevent transdermal absorption of your essential oils. Mineral oil is also a by-product of petroleum distillation, it may contain toxins, it can clog pores and it does not contain any skin nourishing nutrients. Carrier oil recommendations include Olive Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut or Fractionated Coconut Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba.
2. If the skin is young (child) Calendula, Jojoba, Fractionated Coconut, or Sesame Oil are recommended.
3. If the skin irritates easily, is thin, (older people tend to have thin skin), or has an existing skin condition, consider using a blend of carrier oils i.e. Rosehip, Calendula, or Tamanu in a base of Jojoba or Fractionated Coconut Oil. As with essential oils, carrier oils have unique chemical constituents and properties; often the most effective carrier will be a blend.
Sweet Almond Oil Prunis dulcis – good for all skin types to soothe, soften, and protect and is helpful for dryness, itching, eczema, and dermatitis.
Calendula Calendula officinalis – Calendula oil is gentle and soothing for dry, inflamed or irritated skin, use for small wounds, acne, bed sores, varicose veins, rashes, diaper rash, eczema, psoriasis or for all over skin care.
Fractionated Coconut Oil Cocos nucifera – Fractionated Coconut Oil is odorless, clear, lightweight, non-greasy, easily absorbed, and highly stable (resists rancidity). Makes a good base when combining carrier oils or when diluting if you are mixing in bulk and product will not be used quickly.
Jojoba Simmondsia chinensis – has anti-inflammatory properties; it is especially compatible with skin because it closely resembles skin’s natural oil, sebum, and does not clog pores.
Rosehip Rosa mosqueta – is used to soften fine lines and wrinkles, help repair sun-damaged skin, reduce scarring, improve elasticity, and protect the skin from environmental damage.
Tamanu Calophyllum inophyllum – is useful for insect bites, minor burns, small cuts, blisters, and scrapes; it is helpful for nerve pain conditions such as neuralgia, shingles, and sciatica.