Carrier Oils: A Complete Guide

2 hours

Carrier Oils: A Complete Guide

What You'll Learn

  • What are carrier oils and how they differ from essential oils
  • The chemistry of carrier oils
  • How to use carrier oils therapeutically
  • How to choose the best carrier oil to use
  • How to combine and formulate with carrier oils
  • How to care for and handle carrier oils
  • Where to source high quality carrier oils


This course is every aromatherapy lover’s complete guide to the wonderful world of carrier oils. They are so much more than simply something used to dilute essential oils. In this comprehensive course, Susan Parker, who is an expert in carrier oils, shares with you her love and passion for them and all of their uses. If you work with essential oils, this course is a must-watch to take your understanding of aromatherapy to the next level.

In this course, Susan provides an overview of using carrier oils for the body, massage, skincare, as well as therapeutic applications. One by one, she explains the chemistry and therapeutic properties of the most useful carrier oils and how and why to purposefully choose one over the other depending on the intended application. She will touch upon the refining process of carrier oils, their care and handling, their sourcing, and the art and science of blending. Susan shares an assortment of printable recipes for using carrier oils in scrubs, body and massage oils, salves and balms, solid lotion bars, plain and whipped body butters, as well as facial serums and oils. From chemistry to sourcing to application, this comprehensive knowledge allows you to enhance and harmonize your aromatic blends.

Course Content

  • Introduction 11min
  • Lipid Basics 13min
  • Lipid Oil Chemistry 9min
  • Popular Oils by Fatty Acid Type and Region 24min
  • Whole Oils 14min
  • Refining Oils 12min
  • Oxygen and Storage of Oils 13min
  • Quality, Sourcing and Working with Oils 15min


Susan M Parker, author of Power of the Seed: Your Guide to Oils for Health and Beauty published in 2014, is one of the first books to focus exclusively on carrier oils rather than as diluents for aromatherapy or their use in the beauty industry.

Inspired by an herbal apprenticeship in the early 1990s, Susan established SOLUM&HERBE an herbal apothecary in 1996 focusing on skin care and topical treatments. Making herbal extracts including oil infusions from her gardens, awakened a desire to know more about the infusing oils.

Unable to find a comprehensive guide to better understand these carrier oils, she set to undertake to learn about them. With an art background but little chemistry, she worked with a chemist friend to understand the basic chemistry of lipid oils.

To help ground the learning process she began writing up her notes and self-published a small booklet on the subject in 2001. Drawing on her prior art degrees from the 1970’s, she cut and pasted the booklet together, and made 100 copies available to the local herbal community.

In 2014 Power of the Seed, much expanded and further researched, was published by Process Media, Port Townsend, WA.

A student of natural health, gardener, herbalist, flower essence devotee, mother and now grandmother, Susan studied herbalism with Pam Montgomery and David Hoffman in the 1990’s. After 22 years of creating and producing a range of products, SOLUM&HERBE ended production in 2018. Susan continues to research and teach about the lipid oils online.

Continuing Education Approvals

  • Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists (CFA)

    2 CEUs total (up to 2 CEUs Category A) -Direct Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    2 credits total (up to 2 credits Category A) -Direct Approval
  • National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA)

    2 CE credits total -Direct Approval
  • National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (Provider #1583) (NCBTMB)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours Aromatherapy) -Direct Approval
  • New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors (NHAND)

    2 CEUs total (up to 2 CEUs General) -Direct Approval
  • Vermont Office of Professional Regulation (VT OPR)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours General) -Direct Approval
  • Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)

    2 CPDs total (up to 2 CPDs Category A) -Assumed Approval
  • Arizona Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board (AZ NPMB)

    2 CMEs total (up to 2 CMEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC)

    2 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Doctors of Alberta (CNDA)

    2 continuing competence credits total -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopathic Physicians of British Columbia (CNPBC)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours Category C - Educational Courses) -Assumed Approval
  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)

    2 credits total (up to 2 credits Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Colorado Office of Naturopathic Doctor Registration (CO ONDR)

    2 PDAs total -Assumed Approval
  • Connecticut Department of Public Health: Naturopathic Physician Licensure (CT DPH: NPL)

    2 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Council for Homeopathic Certification (CHC)

    2 CEUs total (up to 2 CEUs Category 2) -Assumed Approval
  • District of Columbia Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (DC HRLA)

    2 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Hawaii Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs Professional & Vocational Licensing (HI DCCA)

    2 CEs total (up to 2 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Idaho Board of Medicine: Naturopathic Medical Board (ID BOM: NMB)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Kansas State Board of Healing Arts (KS SBHA)

    2 CEUs total -Assumed Approval
  • Maine Board of Complementary Health Care Providers (ME BCHCP)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Manitoba Naturopathic Association (MNA)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours Category B) -Assumed Approval
  • Maryland Board of Physicians (MD BP)

    2 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Minnesota Board of Medical Practice (MN BMP)

    2 contact hours total (up to 2 contact hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • Montana Board of Alternative Health Care (MT BAHC)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours General) -Assumed Approval
  • North Dakota Board of Integrative Health Care (ND BIHC)

    2 credits total (up to 2 credits General) -Assumed Approval
  • Rhode Island Department of Health: Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline (RI DOH: BMLD)

    2 hours total -Assumed Approval
  • Saskatchewan Association of Naturopathic Practitioners (SANP)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours Category C) -Assumed Approval
  • Utah Naturopathic Physician Licensing Board (UT NPLB)

    2 CEs total (up to 2 CEs General) -Assumed Approval
  • Washington State Department of Health: Board of Naturopathy (WA DOH: BON)

    2 hours total (up to 2 hours Category 2) -Assumed Approval
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