Our skin is the largest organ. Because of that, we need to give it a lot of attention and care for it since it’s exposed to so many external damaging factors. Our skin needs protection, no matter the season. The best way to protect it is by using Aromatherapy oil recipes.
The recipes you’ll find at the end of the article contain oils that can revive your skin, keep it healthy and young. You will also find information on 10 carrier oils that you’ve probably only heard about, but never actually considered using them.
They’re not as popular as Sweet Almond or Coconut oils are but luckily, they can do a lot of good to your skin. A little diversity in your homemade blends will make them a lot more interesting.
If you’re also concerned about the issue of gluten free carrier oils, then now it’s the right time to shed some light on the topic. We’ll see if carrier oils are or aren’t gluten free and what that means to oil users.
I’ll also tell you about the infused Aromatherapy carrier oils. I’ll do that so you can tell the difference between them and cold pressed carrier oils.
Did You Know?
- Maybe you thought snakes were gross because they change their skin. But human skin renews itself every month (every 28 days to be exact). Thank God the process is not that obvious!
10 Not So Common Aromatherapy Carrier Oils that Can Be Used in All Blends
There are so many carrier oils out there, but only a few are more popular than all the others. But what’s the point of having so many other options if we’re not using them? I will give you 10 of the not so common Aromatherapy carrier oils that can do wonders for your skin and health.
After reading about them you’ll probably want to add at least one in your skincare routine. I hope you do, because these next 10 carrier oils are not difficult to find, and they’re simply amazing.
Sesame Carrier Oil
Botanical name: Sesamum indicum
Texture: medium thickness.
Color: clear yellow – green.
Sesame oil is a strong oil and it should be mixed with other types of vegetable oils.
It is rich in vitamins A, D and the B complex. This Aromatherapy carrier oil is used mostly for body massages.
- It moisturizes the skin, especially after sun exposure.
- It is also good to relieve the pain caused by inflamed joints.
Always test it for potential allergies. It is a nut after all, and it can cause serious allergy issues to those more sensible.
Wheat Germ Carrier Oil
Botanical name: Triticum vulgare
Texture: thick, heavy oil.
Wheat germ is extracted from the germ of the wheat through the cold pressed method. It is part of the nutty Aromatherapy carrier oils. That means it’s potentially allergenic.
It’s very rich in vitamin E, which is a very good antioxidant. Because of that Wheat Germ is usually added to other blends, in a small quantity, to lengthen their shelf life. The best dose to use on skin, mixed with other blends is 10% of Wheat Germ oil.
For lengthening the shelf life of other blends, adding just 1% will do the trick.
It contains the B vitamins complex, vitamins A, C and a very high level of vitamin E.
- Helps forming new skin cells, especially after sun exposure.
- Improves blood circulation.
- Good against dermatitis.
Neem Carrier Oil
Botanical name: Azadirachta indica
Texture: thick, heavy smelling oil. A mix between garlic and peanuts.
Color: light and dark golden, brown (greenish and reddish) or even red.
Neem is very popular and is part of the Indian culture. Its leaves and bark, fruits and flowers have long been used to treat a wide range of ailments.
Did you know that many people in Africa, India and Middle East still chew the Neem sticks? They do it to brush their teeth and clean their tongue.
Among its many, many uses Neem carrier oil can be used to improve or prevent:
- Respiratory problems.
- Constipation (and it can also tone up the body).
- Skin problems (warts, eczema, ulcers etc.)
- Kill fungi and bacteria.
- Kill lice, mosquitos, ticks etc.
It solidifies at room temperature. It is recommended you don’t use more than 5% in your blends and don’t swallow it, unless a doctor says so.
Mullein Carrier Oil
Botanical name: Verbascum thapsus
Texture: thin oil.
Color: pale yellow or greenish (like the olive oil) if infused.
Mullein flowers or leaves can be used to get Mullein essential oil through steam distillation. But they can also be infused in vegetable oil and get a carrier oil with the same properties as the essential oil. It is usually infused in olive oil and it can:
- Relieve arthritis pain and fever.
- Disinfect and treat wounds.
- Fight against certain tumors.
- Relax the muscles.
Macadamia Carrier Oil
Botanical name: Macadamia integrifolia
Texture: thick oil.
Color: pale yellow to clear yellow.
Macadamia oil has a stronger nutty scent. It’s stronger than the other vegetable oils extracted from nuts. It is mostly suited for skin massages and used in low doses. Its strong scent can overpower some blends. It contains the B vitamin complex, and vitamins A, E and C.
- It moisturizes deeply.
- Softens the skin, minimizing wrinkles.
- It’s very compatible with the hair and skin.
Borage Seed Carrier Oil
Botanical name: Borago officinalis
Texture: light to medium thick oil.
Color: clear, pale yellow.
Borage is still being studied. So far, some studies have shown that it is good for:
- Treating arthritis, because it is a good anti-inflammatory.
- Regenerating the skin and speeding up its repairing process.
Borage is an expensive oil. It is recommended you don’t use more than 10% of it in your blends. And always dilute it with other carrier oils. Aromatherapy oil recipes that contain Borage oil can be very useful in any household.
Calendula Carrier Oil
Botanical name: Calendula officinalis
Texture: thin oil.
Color: golden, pale yellow.
Calendula is easily obtained through infusion. Its flowers are dipped in another vegetable oil. Luckily, calendula can easily grow in gardens too. Which means you could also make your own aromatherapy calendula oil.
Calendula oil can:
- Heal the skin.
- Be astringent, thus it’s a good anti-aging oil.
- Treat skin issues like infections, acne, eczema, wounds etc.
- Be mixed with other carrier oils that can enhance its properties.
Hemp Carrier Oil
Botanical name: Cannabis sativa
Texture: medium thickness (neither thin nor thick).
Color: dark to light green (unrefined), colorless when refined.
Hemp oil is obtained from the seeds of the hemp. It is a heavy oil that may clog the pores.
But it has:
- Anti-inflammatory properties.
- Improves skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
- Anti-dandruff properties.
- Astringent properties, which makes it a good anti-aging oil. It is also toning.
- It can improve the blood circulation when massaged into skin.
Hemp oil contains the most balanced levels of omega 3 and 6. They are fatty acids that play an extremely important role in health. Your skin will be thankful for being massaged with Hemp oil.
Chickweed Carrier Oil
Botanical name: Stellaria media
Texture: medium to thick oil (depending on the oil used for infusion).
Color: emerald if infused in olive oil.
This carrier oil is easily obtained through the infusion of the chickweed plant. The oil used for infusion can be almost any vegetable oil you like or have. From Olive oil to Jojoba oil, the latter being more expensive.
- Relieve joint pain.
- Cool down skin inflammations.
- Improve diaper rashes and children’s eczema.
- Be effective as anti-aging oil because of its astringent properties.
In case of swallowing large doses it can be toxic. It’s better to be safe and use it on skin applications in moderate doses.
All these Aromatherapy carrier oils deserve all our respect and attention. Their properties are really valuable to us. Mixed with certain essential oils, you can get really powerful and efficient blends. Blends meant for treating, preventing or improving almost all types of ailments.
Did You Know?
- Our skin sheds 50.000 cells each minute. Luckily, we have essential oils that replace those skin cells in a fast manner. New skin cells renew the aspect of the skin, making it look younger.
Aromatherapy Oil Recipes that Revive Your Skin and Deal With Other Minor Conditions
Maybe you happen to be looking for a natural shampoo, or you would like to treat a nasty earache. Or, you’re worried your stretch marks will be too obvious when you go to the pool.
Or maybe you’re simply looking for an Aromatherapy oil recipe for a smooth and young looking skin. Whatever it is that you’re worried about or need, hopefully you will find it here among the following Aromatherapy oil recipes list:
Recipe #1 – Essential Oils Body Lotion
- Neutral body lotion base: 235 ml (8 fl. Oz). These neutral bases can be found at most essential oils sellers.
- Sandalwood: 20 drops (or 25)
- Patchouli: 10 drops (or 5 drops if the smell is too strong)
- Neem oil: 5 drops
Whisk all the essential oils in the body lotion, mix well and then pour them in a tall recipient. Patchouli will rejuvenate the skin and Sandalwood will complement the other ingredients. Your skin will look more revived than ever.
Recipe #2 – Fading Stretch Marks Lotion
- Borage oil: 10 drops
- Wheat Germ oil: 2 tsp.
- Grapeseed: ½ tbsp.
- Sesame oil: 2 tbsp.
- Carrot oil: 5 drops
Mix well all the ingredients and store in a dark recipient in a cool, dark place. For better results massage the stretch marks daily for a longer period of time.
Recipe #3 – No More Dark Circles Under Your Eyes
- Aloe Vera gel or Macadamia carrier oil : 30 ml ( 1 fl. Oz)
- Roman Chamomile: 1 drop
- Lavender EO: 1 drop
Mix well and gently massage a drop of this blend on the area under your eyes each night, before bed.
Recipe #4 – Beautiful Young Neckline with Aromatherapy Carrier Oils
- Macadamia carrier oil: 1 tbsp.
- Rose essential oil: 10 drops
- Clary Sage EO: 6 drops
Massage your neck with upward moves, each night and morning if possible. Keep at it and your neckline will improve its appearance in a few weeks.
Recipe #5 – Fight Off Cellulite!
- Wheat Germ oil: ¾ cup
- Neem oil: 2 tbsp.
- Witch Hazel oil: 3 tbsp.
- Juniper essential oil: 15 drops
- Grapefruit EO: 30 drops
- Cypress EO: 30 drops
Stir well all the ingredients in the base ones and keep them out of the light, in a cool place. Grapefruit improves blood circulation. Cypress flushes out all toxins from the skin, and the Witch Hazel oil tightens and refines skin over time.
Juniper will also help with the circulation. In time, this blend will help even out the aspect of cellulite. Ideally it should be used twice a day (mornings and nights after a scrub).
Recipe #6 – SPA Manicure Treatment at Home
- Neem oil: 2 drops
- Sesame carrier oil: 40 ml (1.35 fl. Oz)
- Lemon essential oil: 5 drops
- Wheat Germ oil: 1 tsp.
- Bottle: 1.70 – 2 fl. Oz (50 ml)
Blend all oils in the bottle with gentle rolling moves between your palms. Neem oil will protect against fungi and the vitamin E in Wheat Germ will nourish the cuticles. Rub this Aromatherapy oil recipe into your nails and fingers daily.
Recipe #7 – No Hard Feelings Acne!
- Lavender essential oil: 10 drops
- Lemon essential oil: 5 drops
- Tea Tree essential oil: 10 drops
- Grapeseed or Watermelon seed carrier oil: 2 Oz. (60 ml)
This blend must be kept in a dark glass bottle, in a cool place. Massage your face, back, arms and everywhere you have acne at least once a day, preferably before going to bed with half an hour.
Recipe #8 – Bye Bye Menstrual Cramps!
- Mullein carrier oil: 30 ml ( 1 fl. Oz)
- Lavender: 3 drops
- Peppermint or Spearmint essential oil: 5 drops
- Cypress EO: 4 drops
Mix well all the ingredients and keep them stored in a dark colored bottle, in a cool place. Every time you get menstrual cramps, massage a small amount on the painful area.
Recipe #9 – Remedy for Earaches
- Calendula oil: 1 tbsp.
- Olive oil: 1 tbsp.
- Roman Chamomile essential oil: 3 drops
- Tea Tree essential oil: 2 drops
- Lavender: 2 drops.
Blend well with gentle moves, and use on a warm compress over your ear. Or massage the blend all around your ears, cheek bones and the involved neck part.
Recipe #10 – Natural Calendula and Peppermint Shampoo
- Peppermint essential oil: 2 drops
- Filtered water: ½ cup
- Calendula oil plus neutral shampoo lotion or regular shampoo: ½ cup
- Dark squeezable bottle or old shampoo bottle.
Add the oil drops over the shampoo lotion and calendula oil and lastly, add the water. Mix gently and use normally. Your scalp will be nourished and the dandruff kept under control.
This blend is among the easiest Aromatherapy oil recipes. On top of being simple and easy, it can also do a lot of good to your hair. You’ll be thrilled after using it. A healthy, shiny hair looks well on a revived skin.
With these Aromatherapy oil recipes you can make your skin look and feel great and refreshed. But you can also ward off against a few minor health issues like headaches or earaches.
Did You Know?
- Ravintsara, Camphor and Ho Wood oils all come from the same tree – the camphor laurel tree. The only difference is the location and the part of tree on which they grow. The Madagascar camphor tree gives Ravintsara. The tree bark gives us Camphor essential oil and the leaves give us Ho Wood essential oil.
Is There Any Gluten in Carrier Oils?
The problem of gluten intolerance refers to all existent gluten issues. Issues like celiac or non-celiac disease, wheat allergy and gluten sensitivity. Apparently, this issue affects more and more people each year.
Gluten intolerance has quite common symptoms. Because of that people have a hard time in getting a clear diagnose.
- Chronic fatigue after eating gluten.
- Mood swings, joint pain.
- And hormonal imbalance.
These are only a few of the gluten intolerance symptoms.
You should be careful when using certain carrier oils. Especially if you suspect that you or your family members might be suffering from gluten issues. Or if you already know you do. Some of the Aromatherapy oil recipes above suggest using carrier oils that may contain gluten.
Most Aromatherapy carrier oils are gluten free. Those that come from botanical sources are usually safe. And so are the essential oils.
Maybe there are one or two exceptions, like the Hay absolute. But essential oils are extracted from flowers, barks, roots, twigs and leaves. While carrier oils come from fruits, seeds or grains – which makes them more suspicious.
- Special care should be given to Wheat Germ oil and Rice oil if you’re gluten intolerant.
- Allergy tests should always be performed before using carrier oils on large portions of skin.
- Always consult a medic before thinking of swallowing any of the wheat oils.
- Also, make sure you know what products your seller has to offer. And know their extraction method. Cold pressed or cold expeller pressed is the best when it comes to quality, organic aromatherapy carrier oils.
Most Aromatherapy oil recipes are safe. But it wouldn’t hurt to double check the ingredients for the existence of gluten.
What are Infused Carrier Oils and How are They Different from Carrier Oils?
Unfortunately, for most of us it’s too difficult to make our own essential oils at home. Steam distillation requires serious tools and practice. Luckily, the same process doesn’t apply to Aromatherapy carrier oils!
Yup, you too can make your own infused carrier oils at home. Once you’ve mastered the simple way of mixing essential oils with carrier oils.
Infused carrier oils are vegetable oils mixed with herbs and flowers. The herbs leave their essences into the vegetable oil through sun heat. There are 3 popular types of vegetable oils used to macerate or infuse herbs:
- Fractioned Coconut oil
- Sunflower oil
- Extra virgin Olive oil
These oils will have double power. Their own properties will blend with the properties of the infused plant. The infusion can then deliver potent carrier oils.
This carrier oil can then be used as you would normally do. It can be mixed with a few drops of essential oils or on its own. An infused carrier oil is good to use in cosmetics or for massages. But it is also good to treat different ailments. Plus, it’s a lot cheaper and if the carrier oil you’re using is good quality, then your infusion is 100% organic.
Carrier oils are cold pressed oils from fruits. Infused carrier oils are vegetable oils plus the essence of the plants. Now the difference between them is that the infused oil is much stronger than a simple carrier oil. This strength depends on the added herbs and their quality.
By making your own infused Aromatherapy oil at home, you can have all the ingredients for your favorite aromatherapy oil recipes at hand. Now, that’s a happy thought! 🙂
All the Aromatherapy carrier oils presented here are extremely helpful. And they can totally replace other more popular carrier oils.
Also, all the recipes I gave you will count for when you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something new and different. But at the same time, still get the same efficiency from your new blends like you used to get from your old blends.
Is it safe to make your own Aromatherapy oil recipes and infuse your own carrier oils? It is more than safe and simple too. As long as you’re certain you don’t have allergies or gluten intolerance you can practice and test essential and carrier oils every day.
In case of gluten intolerance, you can check the oils by performing an allergy test on the elbow crease. Or simply avoid those oils you’re unsure of.
Have you ever used one of the 10 Aromatherapy carrier oils I mentioned above?I am looking forward in finding out more about your experiences with essential and carrier oils.