One of the greatest powers of essential oils is their ability to affect our emotions. Most of us have experienced the uplifting aroma of citrus or coffee in the morning, the soothing scent of lavender or chamomile tea, the homey comforting aroma of ginger, cloves, and cinnamon baking in an apple pie in the fall, or the romance of floral scents like rose or jasmine. Scents evoke strong emotions and are closely linked with our deepest memories, and we can use this to our advantage throughout our days.
Each carrier oil offers a different combination of properties and characteristics. The choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit being sought. Here is a list of 27 oils that can be used as or with carrier oils for essential oil application.
Since essential oils are “oily” substances, they dilute best in other oily substances. Carrier oils are the fatty oils from plants, usually from the seeds, kernels or nuts. So while they don’t contain the therapeutic constituents of essential oils, they can play an indispensable companion of topically applied oils.