Essential Oils 101 – Quick Guide to Carrier Oils

Today:

  • Quick Guide to Carrier Oils
Carrier Oil Viscosity Information
Apricot Kernel
SPF 2-6
Medium Good for all skin types, including mature skin, to moisturise oily skin, balance hormone reactive skin and sensitive skin of babies and children
Recommended for oily skin
Rich, nourishing and soothing
Absorbs easily into the skin
Does not leave an oily residue on the skin
Light nutty scent
Good shelf life (1year) if refrigerated after opening
Avocado
SPF 4-15
Heavy Good for many skin types including skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, sensitive, irritated, severely dry, mature or aged skin
Deeply nourishing and soothing
Slightly thick consistency
Leaves a sticky, waxy feel on the skin especially when used in large areas
Typically mixed with other carrier oils
Good shelf life (1year) if refrigerated after opening
Coconut
Fractionated
SPF 4-8
Light Good for all skin types including mature skin
Good for applications for the hair and head
Absorbs easily into skin
Odourless
Does not leave oils residue on skin
Does not clog pores
Restores skin’s pH balance
Very good shelf life (18 – 24 months)
Evening Primrose Light Good for all skin types including psoriasis, eczema, damaged, and wrinkled aged skin.
Soothes inflammation
Used for PMS Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and Menopause
Strong odour compared to other carrier oils
Dilute to a maximum of 10% of the blend due to its oily residue
Leaves an oily residue on the skin
Shelf life (6 months) if refrigerated after opening
Grape Seed
SPF 4
Light Great oil for acne prone and oily skin
Non-allergenic: It is great for sensitive skin types
Astringent
Heals wounds quickly with fewer scars
Absorbs easily into the skin
Odourless
One of the lightest carrier oils
Does not stain sheets
Good shelf life (1year) if refrigerated after opening
Hemp Seed
SPF 6
Medium Good for acne, minor abrasions, psoriasis and eczema
Great for dry skin and hair
Helps prevent premature aging
Effective in maintaining moisture balance
Earthy, Nutty scent
Absorbs quickly into the skin
Good shelf life (1year) if refrigerated after opening
Jojoba
SPF 4
Heavy Good for all skin types, from dry or mature to oily, acne-prone skin
Heals acne, warts and mouth sores
Deeply moisturising to help with dry, chapped, and cracked skin
Reduces the appearance of pores over time
Reduces superficial wrinkles and stretch marks
Carrier oil with the closest properties to the skin’s natural oils; helps to balance skin’s oil production
Anti-inflammatory and an anti-oxidant
Does not clog pores
Does not leave a greasy feeling on the skin
Absorbed easily into the skin
Pleasant, soft odour
Excellent shelf life. It is high stable and is often used to prolong the shelf life of other carrier oils
Rosehip Light Good for dry, weathered, dehydrated skin, aged, damaged skin
Ability to regenerate skin cells
Reduces scars, stretch marks, wrinkles, UV damage, sun spots, premature aging
Considered a “dry oil”, low viscosity, light texture, easily absorbed, non-greasy
Penetrates skin layers to hydrate and lock in moisture
Can be used straight from the bottle as a moisturiser
Good shelf life (1year) if refrigerated after opening
Sweet Almond
SPF 5
Heavy Great for all skin types including dry, irritated, wrinkled and aging skin
Popular all-purpose oil
Soothing and reconditioning for skin
Normal absorption into the skin
Leaves a slight oily residue on the skin
Very little scent
May stain sheets if used for massage
Good shelf life (1year) if refrigerated after opening

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

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Essential Oils 101 – Carrier Oils – Hemp Seed – Sweet Almond

As mentioned last week, by no means is this an exhaustive list of carrier oils, they are the ones I chose because of my sensitive and now maturing skin.

Today:

  • Carrier Oils
    • Hemp Seed
    • Jojoba
    • Rosehip
    • Sweet Almond

Hemp Seed (SPF 6)

Hemp seed oil is composed of omega-3, omega-6, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) essential fatty acids. Essential fatty acids are important for healthy cell creation and skin wellness.  Hemp seed oil closely matches our skin’s lipids, and the essential fatty acids are easily absorbed into the skin, preventing skin aging and also maintaining a healthy moisture balance.   Hemp oil has a light, non-greasy texture, making it ideal for use in facial oil blends for all skin types and can also be taking internally.

Not only does it contribute substantially to younger looking skin and creates a moisture barrier, it relieves psoriasis, eczema, dry skin, acne and minor abrasions, osteoporosis, arthritis, rheumatoid, poor circulation, PMS, irregular hormone levels, menopause, cancer, multiple sclerosis, immune deficiency, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, low energy levels, low metabolism, weight loss, Crohn’s disease, cardiovascular disease, gallstones, kidney degeneration, HIV virus and Tuberculosis.

Jojoba (SPF 4)

Jojoba oil is one of the most popular carrier oils, although it isn’t an oi, it is a liquid wax and is the least oily carrier oil.  Jojoba oil is an incredibly stable, resilient material, and will not easily deteriorate or turn rancid because it consists of wax esters.  It is rich in vitamin E and contains vitamin C, E and B complex, cobalt, copper, iodine, sulphur and zinc. It contains a high percentage of iodine making it one of the most powerful natural healers.  Jojoba oil may go cloudy in cool temperatures and will return its clear state with heat.

It closely resembles sebum, a natural moisturising factor (NMF) of the skin. The role of NMFs is to maintain skin hydration which decrease with age. Products that are NMFs will help attract moisture from the environment drawing it into the skin.  Using an NMF helps prevent dry cracking skin, helps irritated skin, increases elasticity, promotes skin repair and regeneration.

Jojoba oil is great for all skin types.  Similar to grapeseed oil, it is not a nut oil so suitable for anyone with sensitive skin. It does not clog the pores or aggravate acne and with regular use it will minimise fine lines and wrinkles, decreases pore size, reduce stretch marks and enhance skins suppleness.  It also helps treat eczema, psoriasis, cuts and athlete’s foot. It is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal helping to destroy many common skin bacteria’s.

Rosehip Seed 

Rosehip seed oil is extracted from the seeds of the musk rose. Not to be confused with the rosehip fruit, rosehip seed oil all-trans retinoic acid, a natural form of vitamin A, as well as vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D and B-carotene, a form of vitamin A, which are all antioxidants which help fight free radicals.  It’s rich in essential fatty acids, but more specifically oleic, palmitic, linoleic and gamma linolenic acid (GLA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (vitamin F), also known as an essential fatty acid (EFA), and when absorbed through the skin, these fatty acids convert to prostaglandins (PGE), which are involved in cellular membrane and tissue regeneration.  Rosehip seed oil corrects dark spots and hydrates dry, itchy skin, all while reducing scars and fine lines.

Sweet Almond (SPF 5)

Almond oil is pressed in the mature, shell-free seeds of the almond tree. The kernels consist of 40–50% fatty oil, protein, vitamin E and B and vital minerals. They contain fatty acid omega-3, which enhances brain function and circulation. The nutritional content has made it a dietary source of these ingredients.  Almond oil is exceptional for the skin as it slows down the skin’s aging process.

Almond helps with skin irritation, including swelling and itching making it beneficial for very dry or irritated skin and is suitable for all skin types and those with nut allergies.  Almond oil is wonderful for sun damaged skin, sunburns, wrinkles and other signs of damage related to aging, along with skin cancer and is a favoured massage oil.

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.

Essential Oils 101 – Carrier Oils – Apricot Kernel – Grape Seed

By no means is this and next weeks post an exhaustive list of carrier oils, they are the ones I chose because of my sensitive and now maturing skin.

Today:

  • Carrier Oils
    • Apricot Kernel
    • Avocado
    • Evening Primrose
    • Grape Seed

Apricot Kernel (SPF2-6)

Apricot kernel oil is chemically similar to sweet almond oil, however, has an incredibly light consistency and bouquet making it particularly ideal for treatments.  It absorbs quickly and has a very fine texture which makes it suitable for use on oily skin. Due to its texture, and also for its anti-aging qualities, apricot kernel oil is a perfect carrier for facial massage and moisturizing blends.

Apricot kernel oil is rich in gamma linoleic acid (GLA), which comes from essential fatty acid omega-6. The GLA content helps the skin to stay moisturised and plays a role in toning and firming skin. Apricot kernel oil contains vitamin E and A which slows the aging process of the skin and has an anti-inflammatory effect and soothes eczema and other skin irritations.

Avocado (SPF 4-15)

Avocado oil has a slow drying time and is good for mature skin which tends to be thinner with a much slower rate of cellular regeneration and also rehydrates and nourishes damaged sun-dried skin.  Due to its slow drying time and thick consistency, it makes it a good base for aromatherapy massage oil blends.

Avocado oil is high in sterolins and sterols. Sterolin is extremely moisturising and helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles. It contains vitamin A, D and E which is effective in fostering collagen production as well as in treating age spots. With its advanced level of vitamin E, avocado oil can be beneficial on cracked skin, reduce itching as well as inflammation of the epidermis.

Evening Primrose

Evening primrose oil is a rich source of gamma linoleic acid (GLA), omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which nourish the skin. It also soothes inflammation and can be used in dandruff applications.  Small amounts are often added to other carrier oils for fortification.

Evening primrose (unrefined) oil helps nourish the skin and hair, reduces signs of eczema and psoriasis, fights the effects of aging, is used to help with symptoms of many debilitating health issues and hormone imbalances and acne. Unrefined means the oil is left in a virgin state after being pressed. The oil is not filtered or processed, therefore has a stronger fragrance but maintains more health benefits.

GrapeSeed (SPF 4)

Grapeseed oil is one of the lightest carrier oils and is extracted from the seeds of grapes. The dried grape seeds are pressed and extracted.   It is the preferred carrier oil because of its smooth glide and light, satin like finish and will not stain sheets. It also has some astringent qualities and is good for oily, acne prone or sensitive skin.

Grapeseed oil soaks into your skin quickly, and does not leave an oily coating on your skin and helps the body repair wounds faster on the skin with fewer scars.   It actively combats acne and itchy eczema helping to fade the appearance of sun damage and deep wrinkles. Working on the cellular level, grapeseed oil’s powerful antioxidant properties protect against tissue damage, yet remarkably gentle and is rich with vitamin E and other nutrients.

 

DISCLAIMER

Information provided is for personal information and interest only, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and does not offer medical advice or treatment for any condition. It is recommend you consult your doctor or aromatherapist if you are pregnant, nursing, take medication, have any health/medical conditions and want to include using essential oils.