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Carrier Oils

 –  The tradition of using scent to improve mood and promote well-being is thousands of years old. Today, that method of healing with fragrance is known as aromatherapy. Studies show that aromatherapy can have a positive effect on the body and mind, and drugstore.com is here to help you reap its benefits. We carry everything that is needed to enjoy aromatherapy treatments at home. In this product selection, you'll find all of our carrier oils for creating your own aromatherapy solutions.
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What Is a Carrier Oil?

A carrier oil is a substance that is used to prepare aromatherapy solutions. The products are typically oils that are made by pressing seeds, kernels and nuts of natural plants and include jojoba, avocado, sweet almond or apricot kernel oils. In aromatherapy solutions, the carrier oil is used to deliver an essential oil to the skin. Essential oils are highly concentrated, fragrant oils derived from plants with aromatherapeutic benefits. Typically, most of an aromatherapy solution is comprised of the carrier oil with just a few drops of one or more essential oils added to give the mixture a noticeable scent.

Why Use a Carrier Oil?

Because essential oils are so highly concentrated, they should never be applied directly to the skin. Mixing an essential oil with a carrier oil dilutes the essential oil. While you can still detect the scent of the essential oil, the addition of the carrier oil allows for safe topical use. You can use an aromatherapy solution made with a carrier oil to dab an essential oil under your nose to reap the benefits of its scent. Solutions with carrier oils may also be placed on the pulse points at the wrist and neck or utilized as massage oils.

Essential Oils in Carriers

If you want to benefit from topical aromatherapy solutions but don't want to mix your own, you can purchase essential oils that are already mixed with carrier oils. These products will be clearly labeled as being an essential oil in another oil. You can check the product names and descriptions to learn more about the ready-made essential oil and carrier oil solutions in this product selection.

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