List of Carrier Oils And Their Uses

If you are new to working with essential oils, you may have heard “Carrier Oils” mentioned, but may not be sure what that is, and which ones to use for what purpose.


This is why I wanted to take this opportunity to create a little guide so that you can use it as a reference for your essential oil practice!


What are carrier oils:

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Carrier oils are those oils that are used to blend with essential oils for dilution purposes. Some of the essential oils are incredibly strong and would not be able to be used as massage oils, or for many other purposes if they were not first diluted. Actually, there are some essential oils you should never use in a non-diluted form when there is a potential for skin contact.


Depending on what you are trying to accomplish, and which essential oil you are using, you should carefully choose which carrier oil you use, as they have quite a few different properties of their own.


Here is a quick overview:


Apricot oil – one of the best carrier oils for massages! It easily penetrates most skin types and does not leave an oily film, while keeping its own scent to a minimum, so it can be tolerated even for those who are very sensitive of smells

Grape seed oil – has its own powerful properties, such as that of lowering blood pressure (use caution – not a good carrier oil for POTS patients, or others with low blood pressure!) It also speeds wound healing, which in itself is amazing!

Avocado oil – are you trying to prevent premature aging, or would like that extra benefit when using essential oils? Then this is the carrier oil for you!

Olive oil – high-quality olive oil is known for its health benefits, when consumed, but also makes a great – classic – carrier oil – that said, it does have its own scent, so an essential oil that is very light in scent may be overpowered by this strong health giant

Sesame oil – traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine it is a rich oil, that is surprisingly easy to absorb into the skin. A must if you are trying to create a warm blend for Abhyanga massage.


Evening primrose oil – a very balancing and grounding carrier oil, that has a high nutritional content.

Camellia Seed Oil: this carrier oil has a mild aroma that is pleasant, and calming while being excellent for those with a more sensitive or mature skin

Jojoba oil – not actually an oil – even though it is very popular as a carrier oil – it is a liquid wax. But do not let this discourage you from using it, as it can extend the life of your homemade essential oil blends – which is precisely while it is so widely used in the cosmetic industry

Emu oil – not a plant-based oil and therefore not suitable for vegetarians and vegans. It is created from the fat of the Emu bird. It benefits all of the layers of your skin with ease – if you can get over the origin, that is of course. This “oil” is very easily tolerated by those who have a hard time with other types of carrier oils due to skin sensitivities.

Nuts oils: there are a variety of nut-oils available that are very useful for carrier oils, but should be used with caution in even the smallest amounts around someone who has nut allergies of any kind. Here is a short list:

  • Walnut oil
  • Peanut oil
  • Pecan oil
  • Macadamia oil
  • Fractionated coconut oil
  • Hazelnut oil
  • Cocoa butter
  • Sweet almond oil


Of course, you should always consider any allergies you may have before using any of them, even if they would be ideal for the chosen purpose.


I hope you enjoyed this short guide to carrier oils. Stay tuned for more information on other essential oils, and essential oil blends!


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