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How to Choose a Base Oil for Aromatherapy
Contributor By RayLynn, eHow Contributing Writer

Not all oils are the same when it comes to using them for aromatherapy, some work better then others for certain situations. Read the following for tips to help you pick which oil will work best for the situation that you would like to use it for. Each oil has different properties that are great to have with the essential oils you choose to use with.

From Quick Guide: Aromatherapy How to categorize essential oils.

Aromatherapy oils are natural plant oils and because of their gentle way of healing,


Essential Oils must always be diluted in a Carrier Oil before they are applied to the skin.

Difficulty: Moderately EasyInstructions
How to Choose a Base Oil for Aromatherapy
Step 1: First read through the following information on the base oils. The oil is listed first, the source second, the oil's contents third, the oil's uses for the skin fourth and the percentage to use fifth. Not everyone can use nut oils due to allergies; so keep this in mind when mixing essential oils into a base oil. You can use just one base oil; or mix several together. Below are some examples.

1) Sweet Almond Oil
2) Kernel
3) Minerals, vitamins, protein, polyunsaturated fatty acid
4) Good for all skin types, relieves itching, soreness, dryness, inflammation, chapped skin
5) 100 percent

1) Apricot Kernel Oil
2) kernel
3) Minerals, vitamins
4) Good for all skin types, prematurely aged, sensitive, inflamed, dry
5) 100 percent

1) Avocado Pear Oil
2) Fruit
3) Protein, lecithin, vitamins, fatty acids
4) Good for all skin types, dry, dehydrated, eczema
5) 10 percent

1) Borage Seed Oil
2) Seed
3) Vitamins, minerals, gamma linolenic acid
4) Good for all skin types, good for regenerating and stimulating the skin, psoriasis, eczema, prematurely aged skin
5) 10 percent

1) Carrot Oil (often used as a base oil but is an essential oil)
2) Root
3) Beta-carotene, vitamins, minerals
4) Rejuvenating, reduces scarring, premature aging, psoriasis, eczema, itching, dryness
5) 10 percent

1) Evening Primrose Oil
2) Plant
3) Vitamins, minerals, gamma linolenic acid, fatty acids
4) Psoriasis, eczema, helps to prevent premature aging of the skin
5) 10 percent

1) Grapeseed Oil
2) Seed
3) Minerals, protein, vitamins
4) Good for all skin types, astringent action
5) 100 percent

1) Hazelnut Oil
2) Kernel
3) Minerals, protein, vitamins
4) Good for all skin types, slight astringent action
5) 100 percent

1) Jojoba Oil
2) Bean
3) Minerals, protein, a waxy substance that mimics collagen
4) Good for all skin types, inflamed, psoriasis, eczema, acne, hair care, highly penetrative
5) 10 percent

1) Olive Oil
2) Fruit
3) Minerals, vitamins, protein
4) Soothing, rheumatic conditions, hair care, bruises, insect bites
5) 10 percent

1) Peanut Oil
2) Seed
3) Minerals, vitamins, protein
4) Good for all skin types
5) 100 percent

1) Safflower Oil
2) Seed
3) Minerals, vitamins, protein
4) Good for all skin types
5) 100 percent

1) Sesame Oil
2) Seed
3) Minerals, proteins, vitamins, lecithin, amino acids, fatty acids
4) Good for all skin types, psoriasis, eczema, rheumatism, arthritis
5) 10 percent

Step 2: Next, look at the contents if each oil. You may want to use an oil that contains amino acids or beta-carotene verses an oil that doesn't.

Step 3: Next is to consider what the use of the base oil will be. For example, sweet almond oil is great for sensitive, dry, or inflamed skin.

Step 4: Next is to figure out how much of the base oil you would like to use. For example if you want to use jojoba oil, which is used in a 10 percent dilution, so 90 percent of your base needs to be a different oil. Some base oils can be used without having to mix with another oil.

Step 5: When you know what you are going to do with the base oil you can mix in your essential oil. Once the base oil and essential oils are mixed, it's ready to be used for the current situation you prepared it for.

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