Essential oils are rarely used undiluted and one of the easiest approaches to diluting them is to use a carrier oil. Carrier oils act as a means to carry essential oils molecules and enable an equal amount of these molecules to be spread over the whole body or any particular part of the body for a massage treatment or any type of body rub. This is to ensure safe application on the skin and to avoid any irritation. Generally, carrier oils are comprised of vegetable oils derived from seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables.
Each carrier oil has its own characteristic and therapeutic properties. A blending of carrier oils can have therapeutics healing potential that, when combined with essential oils, add to the overall potency.