There are so many carrier oils out there and it can be hard to know which one is the best choice. We don’t want to be too cheap but we also don’t need to spend a fortune on all the extras. These are the top three oils that are recommended to use when making salves, pastes or diluting essential oils. I also chose these carrier oils due to their cost-effectiveness.

carrier oils

 Almond oil

almond oil, herbs

Almond oil is probably the most commonly used oil. It has a mild odor and taste, which is great for animals that are prone to licking. It has long been known as one of the most useful, practical, used oils. Sweet almond oil is a wonderful carrier oil and makes a great addition to an herbalist medicine box. It contains fatty acids as well as vitamins A and E and penetrates easily into the skin.

Storage: Stores well under any condition but extreme heat will lessen the shelf life.

Coconut oil

coconut oil


This is a great oil with antibacterial properties and so many other benefits (more in a later post) It is one of the most revered oils for nutritional purposes. This is a great oil for general moisturizing and serves as a protective layer. Use this oil to make a paste, or poultice by adding herbs and or essential oils and wrapping over the wound or rash. You should keep in mind the difference between unrefined and refined coconut oil. Unrefined smells like coconut and refined is unscented.

One thing that could be a drawback is that this oil will start to melt at 76 degrees Fahrenheit. Turning it into a very thin liquid. When making pastes and salves this needs to be a consideration.

Soybean Oil

 soybean oil, herbs for aninimals

A natural source of lecithin, sterolins, and vitamin E, this oil makes a great base for herbal treatments intended for healing skin abrasions and rashes. Soybean oil is easily absorbed and leaves a smooth sensation to the skin. This carrier oil is great for dispersing essential oils because of its ability to be quickly absorbed into the skin. Its low cost and easy application are additional benefits.

Storage: Keep out of direct light and avoid exposure to extreme changes in temperature.


You also have to keep in mind that you have to use what works for you and your animals. Every animal is different. I hope this simple post will help make the choice just a little bit easier.

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