Ahhhh the primary substance in an oil blend: the vegetable oil. Novice oil user me, thought Fractionated Coconut Oil was the only vegetable oil used for blending, but I was so wrong. There is a whole world of vegetable oils out there and I want to walk you through some prime differences.

For aromatherapy, we use vegetable oils in:

  1. Oil based blends for massage.
  2. Oil based products for the body or face.
  3. In handmade creams or lotions.
  4. In concentrated gels (e.g. aloe vera).
  5. Salve preparations.
  6. Body butters and/or lip balms

The application of high quality, unrefined organic vegetable oils offer an array of valuable nutrients to support, nourish, and enhance the functions of the skin.

While most vegetable oils are found in supermarkets, I have a hard time trusting labels of those unless it’s from a brand I’m personally familiar with. I really love ordering my vegetable oils from Mountain Rose Herbs. I’ve been happy with their quality and their pricing overall (and they ship overseas where I currently live so that’s a win).

Let’s get to the specifics and the cliff notes:

There’s a couple of main nutrients your oils could contain for the maximum benefit in a blend you are creating:

Vitamin E is one of the most important antioxidants, which means that it is able to prevent cell damage from the destructive elements of free radicals.

Vitamin A is an essential vitamin for cellular growth and repair of body tissues.

Beta-carotene has stronger immune stimulating and thymic supportive activity than vitamin A.

Vitamin D works with calcium to build bones, teeth and healthy skin (avocado oil is the only oil that contains Vitamin D).

Lecithin is a powerful emulsifying agent and helps to remove fats and cholesterol from the blood.

So you can see how when you’re looking for a carrier oil to use with your blend how it’s beneficial to think of the end result or the desire in using the blend. Do you have an abrasion? Some rashing or hives? Maybe a burn? Which vegetable oil would be most beneficial to the healing?

Common Carrier Oils and What They Are Best Used For

Almond Oil: it protects and nourishes the skin. Helps relieve itching, soreness, dryness, and inflammation of the skin, e.g., eczema. Good for all skin types particularly dry skin.

Jojoba Oil: used for acne to dissolve clogged pores and support the skin’s natural pH balance. It has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it helpful for eczema, psoriasis, and inflamed skin.

Sesame Oil: Useful for eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, rheumatism (stimulates muscular activity). Natural sunscreen.

Sunflower Oil: Great texture for massage and skin care preparations.

Rosehip Oil: One of the best tissue regenerators for scars, skin burns, premature aging (not oily or acne skin as it blocks the pores)

Tamanu Oil: Wound healing, promotes the formation of new tissue, accelerates healing and growth of healthy skin.

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I just threw a lot of vegetable oils at you and if you’re feeling lost or overwhelmed, this is where my expertise can come in handy. I can create a custom blend for your ailment using one or multiple of these vegetable oils enriched with essential oils to promote maximum healing. If this is something you are interested in, send me an email at hello@laurencecora.com.