Introduction to Aromatherapy Carrier Oils

Carrier (base) oils are the foundation of all essential oil blends. Most essential oils are not suitable to be applied directly to bare skin. They can be very irritating and, in some cases, cause a reaction like a burn.

Carrier oils carry essential oils through the skin and into the bloodstream where they can do their work. Base oils have their own therapeutic properties and form the greater part of any blend; however, they are secondary in importance to the essential oil. Carrier oils come from the flesh, kernels, or seeds of various plants.