All kinds of aromatherapy products can be bought from online suppliers. Again, when buying carrier oils or aromatherapy massage oils, it’s always worth reading the label to check the ingredients are all natural. Adulterated aromatherapy supplies, such as those with synthetic aromas added, won’t have the same healing properties as pure or organic oils. There are several excellent suppliers of aromatherapy skin care products and essential oils online. Internet retailers also supply a wide range of aromatherapy diffusers, from oil burners to soy candles. A carrier oil that has been traditionally used in many cultures is olive oil. However, this can have pungent aromas that can overpower more delicate fragrances of aromatherapy essential oils, and can leave an oily layer on the body. Other aromatherapy carrier oils include grapeseed oil. However, there are concerns among some aromatherapists that traces of the solvent used in extracting this oil may affect the therapeutic qualities of the essential oil added to it, and it is prone to going rancid fairly quickly.
Aromatherapy carrier oils are used to dilute pure essential oils to make them safe to apply to the skin. On it’s own, aromatherapy essential oil is highly concentrated and should not be applied directly to the skin unless under the advice of a qualified aromatherapist, in case it causes sensitization or an adverse reaction. However, adding just a few drops of aromatic plant oil to a larger volume of carrier oil can enable it to be carried onto the skin safely. Aromatherapy massage oils, often made from blends of different plant essences, are made in this way.
There are several types of aromatherapy carrier oils, all of which have their own properties. Cold-pressed vegetable oils are thought to have more therapeutic benefits. Which carrier oil is used as a base depends on what it will be used for, and the particular essential oil blends chosen. For instance, sweet almond oil is commonly used in as it is reasonably priced, widely available and not too heavy on the skin. Although more expensive, Jojoba oil or wax can be lovely in aromatherapy skin care preparations, as it is easily absorbed, and lasts a long time. It’s own aroma is not over-powering either.