In the part one of this topic I talked about Essential Oils. Today’s discussion is about Carrier Oils.
Carrier oils carry the essential oil onto the skin or area of application. They are also known as base oil or vegetable oil and are usually derived from seeds or nuts. Carrier oils are best used as extra virgin and unadulterated as possible. Cold pressing and maceration are the two main methods of producing carrier oils. Using heat to derive carrier oils robs the oils of their nutrients. Carrier oils make great moisturizers, strengtheners and are very nourishing for hair care.
Carrier oils are gotten from the fatty portion of a plant, mainly the seeds and nuts. Carrier oils carry the essential oils to the area of application because when essential oils are used in their pure form, it may cause severe irritation. Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils. Most of them are odorless while some have a faint sweet smell. A carrier oil with a strong smell has likely gone rancid.
Below are common and effective carrier oils you can incorporate in your hair care regimen:
In the next and final part of this topic, I shall be talking about what to look out for when shopping for hair oils 🙂
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