Aromatherapy oils are also known as carrier oils because of their property to carry the benefits of essential oils. These essential oils are fragrant and highly potent in their undiluted state, if essential oils are applied directly to the body it may cause skin irritation, rashes or other allergic reactions, hence it is important to mix them with aromatherapy oils or carrier oils. Aromatherapy utilizes a mix of essential oils and carrier oils to help transfer the benefits to the body through the skin. As these oils are applied to the body, carrier oils are important as they reduce the concentration of essential oils making them fit to be applied on the body.
Aromatherapy oils are essentially vegetable and plant oils. These oils are produced from plant fats which are available in the nuts or seeds of the plant, however certain exceptions are there in oils which are produced from animal fat. Scientifically speaking, carrier oils have a larger molecular structure than essential oils making them friendly to apply on the skin, while essential oils are absorbed by the skin into the blood stream, carrier oils do not enter the blood stream.
Here are some of the known types of aromatherapy oils and the origins:
Emu Oil: This aromatherapy oil comes from animal fat. It is naturally anti-bacterial and non greasy. It is also known to have anti-inflammatory properties and hence can be applied to rashes or burns.
Jojoba Oil: Very similar to the skin, jojoba oil is like liquid wax. Due to the structural similarity of this oil with the human skin it is also sometimes referred to as skin’s twins. Containing minerals, proteins, Myristic acid and plant wax, jojoba oil is a pure oil that absorbed by the skin efficiently. This oil is used in the treatment of psoriasis and eczema. Being non-oily and soft on the skin it is one of the best carrier oils.
Evening Primrose Oil: With a high content of the skin rejuvenating substance called as gamma linoleic acid, Evening Primrose oil is excellent for dry skin. If you are suffering from dandruff, then this oil can help in curing it to a certain extent. It is known to reduce the formation of wrinkles and other premature aging signs.
Rosehip Oil: This is derived from plant seed and is a great moisturizing agent. Allergic, aging or over sensitive skins can make use of this oil as it gives a soothing effect. Rosehip oil is also said to reduce stretch marks on the body as it contains the all important vitamins C and E that are good for the skin. It also contains certain derivatives of Vitamin A which are also beneficial to the skin.
Sweet Almond Oil: This oil is extremely protein rich and contains vitamins like B6, B2, B1, E and A. Suitable for almost all skin times it is used in massages frequently. Itchy or dry skin can be relieved with this oil. Inflammation or burns can also be treated equally well with the application of Rosehip oil.
Article Written by Andrew Ellis from www.steamandshower.co.uk experts in aromatherapy and spa treatments