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Carrier oils are vegetable oils derived from the fatty portion of plants, usually from the nuts, kernels or seeds.
When essential oils, absolutes, CO2s and other concentrated aromatics are applied directly to the skin undiluted, they can cause severe irritation, sensitization, redness or burning, or other reactions in some individuals.
Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils and other oils prior to topical application. The term carrier oil is derived from their purpose in carrying the essential oil onto the skin.
Each carrier oil below offers a different combination of therapeutic properties and characteristics. The choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit being sought.