Most Common Base Oils Used in Aromatherapy
Vegetable and herbal oil are used in creams, lotions, massage, facial and body oils, gels, and salves.
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Sweet Almond ( Prunus amygdalis var. dulcis) and Apricot Kernel ( Prunus armeniaca): emollients, can relieve itchiness and dryness.
Arnica ( Arnica montana): indicated for bruises, varicose veins, burns, strains and sprains, arthritis, and myalgia.
Avocado ( Persea americana): wonderful oil for regenerative skin care, indicated for dry, itchy, or mature skin, antioxidant, nourishes the skin.
Baobab ( Adansonia digitata) and Marula ( Scelerocara birrea): emollient, soothes inflamed skin, dry skin, sunburn.
Borage ( Borago officinalis) and Evening Primrose ( Oenothera biennis): excellent regenerative skin care oils, nourishing, indicated for psoriasis, eczema, inflamed and dry skin conditions.
Calendula ( Calendula officinalis): anti-inflammatory, wound healing, soothes dry irritated skin, insect bites, cell regenerative.
Coconut ( Cocos nucifera): emollient, slightly occlussive to the skin, blend with other oils, cooling, useful for dry skin.
Jojoba ( Simmondsia chinensis): indicated for acne, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, anti-inflammatory, regenerative skin care, great for hair and nails.
Rosehip Seed ( Rosa rubiginosa): excellent cell regenerative oil, preventative for premature aging skin, nourishing, soothes inflamed skin conditions.
Sea Buckthorn ( Hippophae rhamnoides): anti-inflammatory, soothes inflamed skin conditions, sun damage, wound healing and antioxidant.
Sesame ( Sesamum indicum): warming, regenerative skin care, dry skin, soothing to the skin, antioxidant, great for hair and nails.
St. Johns Wort ( Hypericum perforatum): Anti-inflammatory, indicated for muscular aches, pains and strains, insect bites, dermal inflammation, slow healing wounds.
Tamanu ( Calophyllum inophyllum): wound healing, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, promotes healthy scar tissue formation, relieves muscular aches and pains.