List of Carrier Oils


I've created a list of carrier oils and their properties, because I feel very strongly that it is an area of aromatherapy that is under-used. Incidentally, since this page is long and unwieldy (to say the least) I have also put this list of carrier oils into an ebook for you to download for your own files.

Carrier oils are often seen as a way to simply dilute and carry essential oils but in fact used properly these lipids can create a whole new dimension of healing to your blends.

Acai Berry Carrier Oil

Euterpe oleracea


  • Acne

  • Dry chapped or ageing skin

  • Dry hair

  • Reduces swelling

  • Eases aching muscles

  • Increases sex drive

  • Balances menopausal symptoms

  • Increases energy and circulation

  • Use in blends in a concentration of up to 100%

Safety: no contraindications known for topical use.

Andiroba Seed Carrier Oil

Carapa Guianensis


  • Ear infections

  • Ear mites in pets

  • Insect bites

  • Sore muscles and joints

  • Throat

  • Dry cracked skin

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Prevents hair loss

  • Reduces appearance of bruises

Use in blends in a concentration of up to 100%

Alma Indian Gooseberry Carrier Oil

Embelica officinalis


  • Mature skin

  • Strengthens hair

  • Healthy immune system

  • Prevents constipation

  • Improves memory

  • Discourages headlice

  • Safety: do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding

Not suitable for people with bleeding disorders

Aloe Vera

Aloe barbadensis

  • Cold sores

  • Psoriasis

  • Shingles rashes

  • Fungal infections

  • Dry or mature skin

  • Wound recovery

  • Itchy skin relief

  • Reducing inflammation

  • Dandruff

  • Antiperspirant

Safety: no known contraindications

Amaranth Seed Carrier Oil

Amaranthus caudatus


  • Mature skin

  • Dry skin

  • Itchy skin

  • Acne

  • Hair loss prevention

  • Strong hair

  • Reduces swelling

  • Reduces sagging skin

Safety: not suitable for use during pregnancy or breastfeeding

Andiroba seed carrier oil

Carapa guianensis


  • Ear infections

  • Ear mites in pets

  • Insect bites

  • Sore muscles and joints

  • Throat

  • Dry cracked skin

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Prevents hair loss

  • Reduces appearance of bruises

Safety: No contraindications known for topical use.

Apricot Kernel Carrier Oil

Prunus armeniaca


  • Dry skin

  • Sensitive skin

  • Baby skin

  • Mature skin

  • Reduces swelling

  • Facial massage

  • Safety: not suitable for those suffering from nut allergies.

Argan Carrier Oil

Argania spinosa



  • Very dry skin

  • Mature skin

  • Acne

  • Dissolves excess sebum

  • Reduced appearance of wrinkles

  • Stretch marks

  • Scars

  • Warts

  • Fungal infections

  • Strengthens nails

  • Strong healthy hair

  • Safety: do not use with nut allergies

Arnica Macerate

Arnica montana

  • Arthritis

  • Reduces appearance of bruises

  • Insect bites

  • Hair loss

  • Sports injuries

  • Reduces swelling

Safety: not suitable for

People with allergies to ragweed or similar plants

People with any digestive problems

Two weeks prior to surgery

Open wounds or sores

During pregnancy or breastfeeding

People with contact hypersensitivity

Always dilute to less than 30%

Avocado Carrier Oil

Persea gratissima


  • Dry skin

  • Sensitive skin

  • Mature skin

  • Improved skin elasticity

  • Skin impurity removal

  • Scalp care

  • Scars

  • Psoriasis

  • Reduces appearance of sun damage

Safety: not suitable for people with nut allergies.

Babassu Carrier Oil

Orbignya oliefera


  • Eczema

  • Itchy skin

  • Dry skin

  • Dry hair

  • Brittle hair

  • Antibacterial properties

Safety: not suitable for those with at nut allergy.

Boabab Carrier Oil

Adansonia digitata


  • Inflamed gums

  • Fungal infections

  • Dry skin

  • Mature skin

  • Sensitive skin

  • Dry hair

  • Stretch marks

Safety: no contraindications known for topical use

Black Cumin Seed Carrier Oil

Cuminum cyminum


  • Preventing skin, wound and eye infections

  • Acne

  • Eczema

  • Mature skin

  • Dry hair

  • Headache relief

Safety: do not use in pregnancy

Black Raspberry Carrier Oil

Rubus occidentalis


  • Improved skin elasticity

  • Damaged skin

  • Mature skin

  • Softens cuticles and calluses

  • Stretch mark prevention

  • Dry brittle hair

  • Scars

  • Healing burns

Safety: do not use during pregnancy

Blackcurrant Seed Carrier Oil

Ribes nigrum


  • Mature skin

  • Sun damaged skin

  • Hair loss

  • Dermatitis

  • Immune system aid

  • Reducing inflammation

Safety: do not use during pregnancy

Do not use two weeks prior to undergoing surgery.

Blueberry Seed Carrier Oil

Vaccinium corymbosum


  • Mature skin

  • Sensitive skin

  • Oily skin

  • Teenage spots

  • Acne

  • Conditioning hair and scalp

Safety: no contraindications known for topical use.

Borage Seed

Carrier Oil

Borago officinalis


  • Mature skin

  • Dry skin

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Menopausal imbalance

  • Hot flushes

  • Reduces swelling

  • Increases clotting factor

  • Decreases blood pressure

Safety: do not use during pregnancy

Do not use two weeks prior to undergoing surgery.

Brazil Nut Carrier Oil

Bertholletia excelsa


  • Mature skin

  • Dry skin

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • External lubrication

  • Hair conditioner

  • Chemically treated hair

  • Dry or curly hair

  • Afro-Caribbean hair

Safety: do not use with a nut allergy.

Broccoli Seed Oil

Brassica oleracea italica

  • Oily skin

  • Dull hair

  • Silicon hair product alternative

  • Inflamed skin

  • Dermatitis

  • Psoriasis

Safety: no contraindications known for topical use.

Buriti Carrier Oil

Mauritia flexosa

  • Post-sun exposure care

  • Mature skin

  • Burns

  • Wounds and cuts

  • Scars

  • Brittle and frizzy hair

  • Reduces skin redness

  • Improves skin elasticity

Safety: no contraindications known for topical use.

Calendula Maceration

Calendula officinalis

  • Oily skin

  • Sensitive skin

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Acne

  • Fungal infections

  • Pregnancy stretch marks

  • Promotes just circulation

  • Baby skin

Safety: no contraindications known for topical use.

Camellia Seed Carrier Oil (Green Tea Seed Oil)

Camellia oleifera

  • Mature skin

  • Dry skin

  • Baby skin

  • Acne

  • Improves complexion

  • Excellent make-up remover

  • Hair growth

  • Dry damaged hair

  • Invigorate scalp

  • Heals wounds

  • Reduces stretch marks

Safety: no contraindications known

Carrot Seed Carrier Oil

Daucus carota

  • Mature skin

  • Dry chapped skin

  • Rejuvenates skin

  • Dry damaged hair

  • Reduces stretch marks

  • Reduces menstrual pain

Safety: avoid during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Castor Oil

Ricinus communis

  • Mature skin

  • Blackheads

  • Corns and calloused skin

  • Reduces stretch marks

  • Reduces menstrual pain

  • Reduces arthritis pain

  • Chemically damaged hair

  • Antibacterial

  • Ringworm worm

  • Warts

  • Laxative

Safety: maybe irritating to the skin in large dilutions. Only use in dilutions of 30%

Cherry Kernel Carrier Oil

Prunus avium

  • Dry skin

  • Baby skin

  • Nappy rash

  • Dry hair

  • Maintains healthy hair

  • Prevents dandruff

  • Wrong nails

  • Varicose veins

  • Laxative

Safety: not suitable for people with nut allergies

Chia Seed Oil

Salvia hispanica

  • Dry skin

  • Mature skin

  • Acne

  • Dermatitis

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Autoimmune skin conditions

  • Reduces scars

Safety: no contraindications known for topical use.

Chilean Hazelnut

Guvuina avellana

  • Dry cracked skin

  • Mature skin

  • Baby skin

  • Rejuvenates skin

  • Improves complexion

  • Exfoliant

  • Brittle damaged hair

  • Maintains hair colour

Safety: do not use if you have a nut allergy

Cocoa Butter

Theobromo cacao

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Deeply moisturising

  • Heals chapped lips

  • Mouth sores

  • Wonderful for shaving cream

  • Softens rough patches on skin

  • Promotes immunity

Safety: do not use during pregnancy

Not suitable for acne prone skin.

Coconut Oil

Cocus nucifera

  • Dry skin

  • Sensitive skin

  • Acne

  • Dry hair and split ends

  • Indigestion

  • Fungal infections

  • Prevents coughs and colds

  • Blood thinner

  • Reduces dental plaque

Safety: do not use if you have a nut allergy

Coffee Blossom Carrier Oil

Coffea arabica

  • Relieves shaving rash

  • Strengthens nails

  • Invigorates scalp

  • Reduces fever

  • Stimulates appetite

  • Relaxes muscles

Safety: do not use during pregnancy

Comfrey maceration

Symphytum officinalis

  • Relieves inflammation

  • Reduces bruising

  • Mouth all this

  • Eczema

  • Dermatitis

  • Reduces scars

  • Promotes healing of broken bones, sprains and strains

Safety: do not use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Do not use on open wounds

Corn Germ Carrier Oil

Zea mays

  • Dry skin

  • Hair conditioner

  • Reduces blood pressure

  • Vasodilatory

  • Supports immune system

  • Delicious for frying food

Safety: do not use during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

Do not use on open wounds

Cotton Seed Carrier Oil

Gossypium herbaceum

  • Dry skin

  • Mature skin

  • Reduces swelling use line boost cognitive function

  • Prevents infection in wounds

  • Supports immune system

  • Fabulous for frying food

  • Beautiful for baking

Safety: no contraindications known for topical use.

Cranberry Seed Carrier Oil

Vaccinium macrocarpon

  • Dry skin

  • Itchy, irritated skin

  • Eczema

  • Psoriasis

  • Acne

  • Reduces blemishes

  • Baby skin

  • Stretch marks

  • Strengthening hair and scalp

Safety: no contraindications known for topical use.

Daisy Maceration

Bellis perennis

  • Dry skin

  • Course or hard skin

  • Mature skin

  • Dermatitis

  • Reduces bruising

  • Reduces swelling

  • Firms skin post-pregnancy

  • Menstrual pain

  • Mouth ulcers

Safety: no contraindications known for topical use.

Emu oil

Dromaius novaehallandiae

  • Dry, cracked skin

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Shingles

  • Dermatitis

  • Promotes healing of wounds

  • Reduces swelling

  • Ear infections

  • Arthritic pain

  • Breast sensitivity when nursing

Safety: not suitable for use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding


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