What are carrier oils?

Carrier oils are vegetable, nut or seed oils used to dilute and "carry" essential oils for use on the body. You may choose from a variety of bases depending on your individual needs and preferences. Select a base that is as high quality as your pure essential oils. There is no sense in putting therapeutic grade essential oils into a synthetic or mineral oil base. It is recommended that you always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil before using on your skin. Exceptions are lavender and tea tree oil that may be used "neat". Most essential oils are too concentrated to be used directly on the skin. Diluted in a carrier oil, they can be massaged or rubbed directly onto the skin.