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APRICOT KERNEL OIL
Apricot kernel oil is made from apricot seeds, also known as kernels. It’s an emollient oil high in fatty acids and vitamin E. It absorbs easily into the skin and has a slightly sweet, nutty scent. Apricot kernel oil is thought to help soften and calm irritated, itchy skin. Use it as a carrier oil to make massage oils, bath oil, and hair care preparations.
Argan oil can help treat dry skin and hair, wrinkles, and skin inflammation. This makes it a terrific carrier oil for general skin care and massage oils. inside the fruit of argan trees, which are native to Morocco. The oil is edible and is traditionally used to nourish the body inside and out. It has a nutty aroma and is rich in vitamins A and E, and monounsaturated fatty acids.
Avocado oil is high in oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid thought to help dry, damaged skin.This can be a good carrier oil for dry skin remedies and body creams — unless you’re dealing with acne. Avocado oil may increase sebum production, so if your skin is acne-prone, check with your dermatologist before use.
BLACK SEED OIL
Black seed oil is made from the Nigella sativa plant. Although it’s lesser known than other carrier oils, it’s rich with unsaturated and saturated fatty acids. It’s also thought to have anti-inflammatory abilities. Black seed oil is often used as a folk remedy to soothe skin conditions including eczema, acne, and psoriasis. With this in mind, it’s a great choice for facial care, massage oils, and general skin care.
Castor oil is a natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory which makes it great for healing skin infections, and treating topical fungal infections and sunburns. Ricinoleic acid is excellent for fighting acne as it kills bacteria that clogs pores while also moisturizing the skin at the same time. Omega-6 fatty acids in castor oil give hair a natural glow, improve circulation in the scalp and accelerate hair growth.
Coconut Oil contains skin-nourishing fatty acids and polyphenols, which make it a great carrier oil for massage oils and skin care preparations.
Flaxseed oil contains the highest concentration of alpha-linoleic acid amongst all vegetable-based carrier oils making it a powerful anti-inflammatory. Flaxseed oil is highly beneficial in treating inflammatory skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema and also joint inflammation caused by conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
Grape seed oil is rich in vitamin E, a nutrient thought to heal the skin and reduce wrinkles, although scientific research is inconsistent. Grape seed oil is lightweight, easily absorbed by the skin, and has a neutral scent. It’s a good carrier oil to use with essential oils to make body oils and massage oils.
HEMP SEED OIL
Hemp Seed Oil is obtained from the Cannabis Sativa plant, hemp seed oil has suffered a bad rep, but in actuality it provides some pretty amazing health benefits. With high concentrations of both linoleic and alpha-linolenic acids, hemp seed oil is a brilliant anti-inflammatory and has valuable antioxidant properties which help with skin cell regeneration and preventing premature aging. Being non-greasy it is great to use on oily skin or for full body massages. Hemp seed oil is also a natural analgesic (pain-reliever), making it a good choice for muscle and joint pain, especially when mixed with essential oils that have analgesic properties like peppermint essential oil and lavender essential oil.
Jojoba Oil is actually a wax with powerful moisturizing properties. Known to closely mimic sebum, skin's natural oil. Jojoba oil absorbs easily in the skin and doesn’t clog pores. This makes it a good carrier oil option for massage oils, facial moisturizers, and bath oils.
NEEM SEED OIL
Neem oil is an excellent carrier oil for everything from treating hair and skin conditions, to eliminating parasites and serving as an insecticide, to improving oral health and even treating your pets! Recent research suggests that neem "stimulates collagen production, good for aging skin," and also that the vitamin E content in neem "acts as a free radical scavenger, by hindering the oxidizing processes in the skin. It promotes soft and supple skin, helps in reducing old scars and promotes healing."
OLIVE OIL/EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
Olive oil comes from pressed olives. It’s best known as a healthy, edible oil with a fruity aroma, but it’s also used in aromatherapy as a carrier oil. Extra-virgin olive oil is the preferred variety for aromatherapy and skin care preparations. Olive oil’s scent may interfere with the scent of some essential oils. It’s packed with fatty acids and plant sterols, which make it easy for cleansing and moisturizing dry skin. Use olive oil as a carrier oil for massage, facial cleansers, hair care, and homemade soaps.
Rosehips are the seeds of the Rosa rubiginosa bush or the Rosa moschata bush. The flowers of both bushes look different from traditional roses. When these flowers die and drop their petals, the rosehip is left behind. Rosehip oil is pressed from rosehips. Rosehip oil doesn’t smell like a rose, though. It has a nutty, earthy scent. Rosehip oil is high in vitamins A and C. Vitamin A is a natural retinoid that helps fight aging, and both vitamins can help reverse the effects of the sun on your skin. Use it as a carrier oil for dry skin remedies, massage oils, and moisturizers.
Safflower Oil is an excellent for helping to balance the sebum levels in the skin. And with its light, non-greasy consistency, safflower oil is absorbed quickly into the skin, making it an excellent moisturizing facial oil suitable for all skin types.
Sunflower oil is an edible oil extracted from sunflower seeds. It has a neutral odor. The oil is said to act as a skin barrier against toxins and germs that cause infection, making it a great choice for irritated skin.
It’s thought to help soften skin, moisturize skin, and soothe irritation, so add this carrier oil to your massage oils or use for general skin care.
SWEET ALMOND OIL
Sweet Almond Oil has a strong nutty aroma. The oil is lightweight and absorbs easily, and is a great moisturizer for dry skin. Sweet almond
oil is one of the most popular carrier oils for skin care. It’s great in massage oils, bath oils, and soaps.
Coco is high in fatty acids, which is why it's often touted for its ability to hydrate and nourish the skin and improve elasticity. The fat in cocoa butter forms a protective barrier over skin to hold in moisture. ... One common use of cocoa is to smooth scars, wrinkles, and other marks on the skin.
Mango Butter contains essential fatty acids and antioxidants that make it a wonderful choice for mature skin as well. The rich, nourishing nature of Mango Butter can even help benefit those suffering from skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.
Shea butter works like an emollient. It might help soften or smooth dry skin. Shea butter also contains substances that can reduce skin swelling. This might help treat conditions associated with skin swelling such as eczema.
Activated Charcoal is known to be highly beneficial in the treatment of acne. Soap with activated carbon will also adsorb toxins and remove skin impurities and oils on and below the skin.
Bentonite clay helps to remove toxins from your pores, allows skin to heal and reduces inflammation. Bentonite clay helps in the lightening of acne marks on the face. Can help heal the skin and reduce inflammation and redness.
Kaolin Clay is great for acne prone skin. This is the best clay you can use to mildly exfoliate sensitive skin. When applying this soothing slip as a natural facial mask, toxins are gently drawn from the skin while enhancing elasticity in otherwise dry skin.
Rose Clay is rich in minerals including Silica, Pink Clay masks help to restore and replenish skin with moisture, draw out impurities and lightly exfoliate the complexion with its slightly grainy texture.
***Cautionary Note: If you’re allergic to tree nuts, you shouldn’t use oils derived from tree nuts. This includes sweet almond oil, argan oil, and apricot kernel oil.
Resources/blog: upnature.com ; WebMD; healthyline.com; naturallivingideas.com, and herbaldynamicsbeauty.com.
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