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Caution for using ANY and ALL carrier oils: If pregnant or under a doctor’s care, ALWAYS consult your physician before using essential and carrier oils.

Carrier oils also referred to as base oils or vegetable oils are used to dilute essential oils, CO2s and absolutes before applying to the skin. They “carry” the essential oil onto the skin.

Different carrier oils offer different properties and the choice of carrier oil can depend on the therapeutic benefit being sought. Carrier oils are generally cold-pressed vegetable oils derived from the fatty portions of the plant.

Unlike essential oils that evaporate and have a concentrated aroma, carrier oils do not evaporate nor impart their aroma as strongly as essential oils.

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(Each carrier oil profile lists the properties, actions, benefits, indications, and precautions)

Carrier Oil Profiles

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Apricot Kernel (Prunus Armeniaca)

Notes: Apricot kernel oil somewhat resembles Sweet Almond Oil in its properties and consistency. Its deep, nutty flavor makes it a good oil for use in cooking.

  • Scent: Faint
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Absorption/Feel: Easily absorbed, oily texture
  • Color: Virtually Clear with a Yellow Tinge
  • Shelf Life: Up to 2 years with proper storage out of sunlight and in a cool place. Refrigeration is recommended.

Action: Emollient, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-aging, antiseptic, antioxidant

Benefits: The semi-oily texture makes it a great choice for use in massage and massage oil blends. It is specifically beneficial when doing facial massage. Apricot kernel is particularly suited for dehydrated, delicate, mature and sensitive skin, and it soothes inflammation.

It can be applied under the eyes for healing dark circles and puffiness and strengthens the skin around the eyes. With regular use, it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Apricot kernel oil promotes hair growth, reduces dry scalp issues, increases shine and when used as a hot oil treatment it conditions and nourishes hair.

Good for Skin Types: Dry/Damaged, Mature, Sensitive

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 65% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 28% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), less than 1% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: Generally considered safe to use topically. When used internally, however, it should be noted that apricot kernels contain a substance called amygdalin. This substance is converted by the body into cyanide, which is poisonous. This can lead to respiratory failure and may even be fatal.

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Avocado (Persea Americana)

Notes: When kept at low temperatures avocado oil will appear cloudy (called winterization) and may solidify. Gentle warming at room temperature will clear it. Unrefined avocado oil is unstable – it will be green and thick. Once refined, it is a beautiful, clear, golden oil.

  • Scent: Sweet, fatty and nutty.
  • Consistency: Thick
  • Absorption/Feel: Leaves a fatty, almost waxy feel on the skin.
  • Color: Deep Olive Green when unrefined, Pale Yellow to Golden Yellow when refined
  • Shelf Life: 12 months to 2 years if stored in a cool place out of sunlight. Refrigeration is recommended.
  • Action: Emollient, antibacterial, antiwrinkle

Benefits: Avocado is a nourishing oil for hair and skin. It is said to be rich in essential and trace minerals and Vitamin A and its properties and texture makes it very suitable for use in hair care. Due to its aroma and thick, oily consistency, it is typically used highly diluted in blends and formulations. Great for dry or mature skins, or those suffering from eczema or psoriasis.

It is very useful when treating sun- or climate-damaged skin because it is believed to help with regenerating skin and softening tissue. Avocado oil is used to treat thickening (sclerosis) of the skin, gum infections (pyorrhea), and arthritis.

It is usually mixed with another carrier oil such as almond or grapeseed to make up 10 – 30 % of a blend. Small amounts of this oil are typically added to other carrier oils to enrich protein and vitamin content.

Good for Skin Types: Mature/Dry, Damaged, Skin Conditions Such as Eczema and Psoriasis, Normal/Combination

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 19% saturated fat, 66% oleic acid (omega-9 fatty acid), 12% linoleic acid (omega-6 essential fatty acid), less than 5% alpha linolenic acid (omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: No known contraindications, but care should be taken as with all oils.

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Black Cumin Seed (Nigella Cativa)

  • Additional Name(s): Blackseed. Black Seed
  • Scent: Mild, Earthy, Peppery/Spicy, Woody
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Absorption/Feel: Quick absorption, leaves a slight oily sheen.
  • Color: Golden Brown to Light Amber
  • Shelf Life: 2 years with proper storage out of sunlight and in a cool area. Refrigeration is recommended.

Action: Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antirheumatic, anti-allergic, antidiabetic, anticancerous, hypotensive, antitumor, hepatoprotective, renoprotective, immunomodulatory, analgesic, antipyretic, antiviral, galactagogue, adjuvant, bronchodilator, laxative, lipid lowering, antispasmodic, anticonvulsant

Benefits: Black seed oil is known to be particularly helpful in promoting the healing of wounds and burns. There is evidence that black cumin seed oil may be helpful when used topically for eczema, psoriasis and other auto-immune skin disorders. Some research also seems to indicate it may play a role in helping to prevent or treat certain forms of skin cancer.

Black seed oil may be beneficial in helping to regrow hair on bald regions of the scalp. This oil can be applied undiluted on a tooth causing pain using a cotton ball. It is also useful for headache relief, insect stings, allergies, asthma, seizures, and bacterial infections including E.coli, salmonella, staph, MRSA.

Good for Skin Types: Dry/Damaged, Mature, Skin conditions such as Eczema, Psoriasis

Chemical Analysis: Approximately linolenic Acid (Omega-3): 0.3%, linoleic Acid (Omega-6): 56%, oleic (Omega-9): 23%

Precautions: There isn’t much information on side effects of black seed oil taken intenerally in large doses. However, a daily does of about 3 teaspoons appears to be safe. Avoid giving it to children and those allergic to black seed. In large doses, black seed can begin to become toxic, chiefly due to a substance called melanthin. Black seed may also be paralytic in high doses due to nigelline.

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Borage Seed (Borago Officinalis)

Notes: Borage Seed Oil is expensive and is usually blended in a small (often 10%) dilution with other carrier oils.

  • Scent: Light and Sweet
  • Consistency: Thin to Medium
  • Absorption/Feel: Penetrates well, leaves oil feel on skin.
  • Color: Light Yellow
  • Shelf Life: 6 months – keep refrigerated and away from natural and artificial lighting.

Action: Emollient, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antithrombotic, immunostimulant, hypotensive, antidermatitis, antioxidant, antiplatelet

Benefits: Borage seed oil has been used in aromatherapy and natural skin care to aid many skin conditions including eczema and psoriasis. It is a prized oil for its abundant dietary, health, cosmetic, and medicinal benefits. Borage seed oil is known as one of the richest sources of essential fatty acids known to man. It is the richest source of gamma linolenic acid (GLA) – up to 25%.

Clinical trials have shown that GLA encourages healthy, mobile joints, and used regularly on facial skin it helps to soften fine lines and wrinkles. Good for regenerating and stimulating skin repair. Because of the GLA, it’s possible it can help slow down diabetic neuropathy. Is also a good oil to use when treating cellulite.

Borage oil is also used for multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, menopausal problems and heart disease.

Good for Skin Types: Normal, Oily, Dry, Mature, Damaged

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 15% saturated fat, 15% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 38% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), 21% gamma linolenic acid (GLA, an omega-6 essential fatty acid), less than 1% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: If you are on medication, talk to your medical professional before using borage seed oil, as potential interactions or side effects may occur. Avoid during pregnancy and nursing, as potential risks are unknown. Borage Seed Oil should not be used in high doses or over a long period of time without prior approval from your medical professional. May cause loose stools and minor stomach complaints.

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Calendula (Calendula officinalis)

Notes: Classed as a macerated or infused oil, where the plant material is infused in oil, and the botanical material then removed, leaving the oil with some of the properties of the botanical material. It is expensive, blend a 10% dilution of calendula oil with another carrier oil.

  • Scent: Spicy, sweet
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Absorption/Feel: This greatly depends on the type of oil used to infuse the calendula flowers.
  • Color: Yellow to Amber
  • Shelf Life: 1 year

Action: Anti-inflammatory, vulnerary, emollient, moisturizing, antifungal, antispasmodic, ciruculatory stimulant, choleretic, mildly diaphoretic, antihemorrhagic, emmenagogue, astringent

Benefits: Calendula is excellent for help with stubborn wounds, abrasions, fungal infections, scars, inflammation, ulcers, bed sores, psoriasis, acne, bruises, rashes, and eczema. It is also very effective for sore, inflamed and itchy skin conditions, burns, diaper rash, and sore, cracked nipples.

Calendula is often used to effectively treat thread (spider) veins and varicose veins and also helps to regenerate tissue and stimulate circulation. This oil helps to balance excessively oily skin. Internally it is used for gastric and duodenal ulcers, indigestion, gallbladder complaints, amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea.

Good for Skin Types: All

Chemical Analysis: At least eight bioactive triterpendiol monoesters have been identified in the extracts of dried calendula flowers: faradiol-3-O-palmitate, faradiol-3-O-myristate, faradiol-3-O-laurate, arnidiol-3-O-palmitate, arnidiol-3-O-myristate, arnidiol-3-O-laurate, calenduladiol-3-O-palmitate, calenduladiol-3-O-myristate

Precautions: Should not be used by anyone who has an allergy to ragweed.

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Camellia Seed (Camellia Sinensis / Camellia Oleifera)

  • Additional Name(s): Tea Oil (Camellia Oleifera), Tea Seed Oil (Camellia Sinensis)
  • Scent: Very light, sweet, pleasant aroma.
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Absorption/Feel: Good penetration, leaving a smooth finish – non-greasy.
  • Color: Pale to Golden Yellow
  • Shelf Life: 1-2 years. Refrigeration after opening is recommended.

Action: Antioxidant, emollient, cicatrisant, antiaging, antimicrobial, lipid lowering effects, insecticidal, emulsifier, immunostimulant, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, neuroprotective, analgesic, anti-allergic

Benefits: Camellia is rich in antioxidants including Vitamin E, essential fatty acids and non-essential fatty acids including oleic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid. It is an effective treatment for acne scars, wounds, cuts and scrapes and helps to diminish fine lines and wrinkles. Camellia seed is excellent for rough/dry skin as on heels, elbows and feet, and is a terrific makeup remover.

This oil is also a good conditioner for hair when using it as a hot oil treatment. Internally, regular consumption of camellia seed helps boost immune function and reduce oxidative stress, which is a leading cause of heart disease and degenerative disease. One unique application of camellia seed is using it to coat cast iron cookware to help prevent rusting.

Good for Skin Types: All – avoid using on active acne breakouts.

Chemical Analysis: Gamma Linoleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, linoleic acid, alpha linolenic acid, erucic acid, gadoleic acid, behenic acid, arachidic acid

Precautions: No known contraindications, but care should be taken as with all oils.

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Coconut Oil, Unrefined (Cocos Nucifera)

  • Scent: Very Fragrant Coconut Aroma.
  • Consistency: Solid/Creamy at Room Temperatures of 76°F (24°C) and below.
  • Absorption/Feel: Slightly Oily Upon Application.
  • Color: Creamy White
  • Shelf Life: Highly stable

Action: Antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-aging, vermifuge, emollient, circulatory, antitumoral, anti-inflammatory, digestive, anti-infectious, antibacterial, antifungal, antiparisitic, antiviral, analgesic

Benefits: It is non-comodergenic and is suitable for all skin types. This oil is the first choice for direct application as an emollient on skin and hair, as well as for its ability to impart lathering ability to other oils in quality cold-processed soaps.

Supplemental Information: The health and beauty benefits of coconut oil are numerous and well-documented. Some of the best articles I’ve found that detail the many benefits of coconut oil include:

Good for Skin Types: All, but especially for Normal/Dry and Mature

Chemical Analysis: Coconut Oil is predominantly composed of saturated fatty acids (approximately 94%), with a good percentage (above 62%) of Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCTs) included. Fatty Acids including Caprylic- 4.6-10%, capric- 5-8%, lauric- 45.1-53.2%, linoleic- 1-2.5%, myristic- 16.8-21%, oleic- 5-10%, palmitic- 7.5-10.2%, stearic- 2-4%

Precautions: No known contraindications, but care should be taken as with all oils.

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Cranberry Seed (Vaccinium Macrocarpon)

  • Scent: Fruity, slightly bitter but pleasant.
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Absorption/Feel: Non-greasy, non-oily, absorbs very well.
  • Color: Golden Yellow
  • Shelf Life: 2 years

Action: Antioxidant, emollient, antiwrinkle

Benefits: Cranberry seed oil offers a balanced blend of omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids (omega 3 and 6 fatty acids are essential fatty acids (EFAs)) not available in other natural vegetable oils. It is also rich in both Vitamin E (tocopherols and tocotrienols) and Vitamin A. These help nourish the skin, reduce the signs of aging, and may help eczema, psoriasis and scarring.

Cranberry seed oil offers antioxidant protection, skin conditioning and restructuring, encourages enhanced cellular function, aids in the skin’s absorption and utilization of EFAs, is an exceptional skin moisturizer and helps to tighten the skin. Due to the high level of Vitamin A, it is a good choice for acne or blemished skin.

It is quickly gaining recognition as a choice ingredient in hair care formulations intended to heal, strengthen and moisturize hair and scalp.

Good for Skin Types: All

Chemical Analysis: : 70% essential fatty acids with high levels of Vitamin E. Contains the highest levels (proclaimed) of tocotrienols and tocopherols.

Precautions: No known contraindications, but care should be taken as with all oils.

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Evening Primrose (Oenothera Biennis)

Notes: Evening Primrose Oil is expensive and is normally blended in a small (often 10%) dilution with other carrier oils. Since the shelf life of this oil is very short, it is a good idea to mix it with wheatgerm oil to extend its shelf life. Can be taken internally.

  • Scent: Light and Sweet
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Absorption/Feel: Leaves a trace of oil on skin.
  • Color: Medium Yellow to Deep Green
  • Shelf Life: 6 months. Storing in a cool, dark area may extend shelf life.

Action: Emollient, antirheumatic, calmative, relaxant, astringent

Benefits: Evening primrose has exceptional moisturizing properties and used externally it is effective in helping eczema, psoriasis, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), rheumatoid arthritis and weight reduction. It is reputed to nourish skin and hair, rosacea, sun-damaged skin, sunspots, acne, hyperpigmentation, and fight the effects of aging.

Evening primrose is also reported to reduce hyperactivity in babies and young children when rubbed onto their skin. Considered an astringent and recently used for PMS syndrome.

Supplemental Information: The Benefits of Evening Primrose

Good for Skin Types: All

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 8% saturated fat, 72% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), 9% gamma linolenic acid (GLA, an omega-6 essential fatty acid), less than 1% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: Generally well tolerated, with reported minor adverse effects when taken internally including gastrointestinal upset (e.g., abdominal pain, indigestion, nausea, softening of stools) and headaches. Evening primrose oil is LIKELY SAFE for most people when used for up to a year.

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Flaxseed Oil (Linum Usitatissimum)

  • Additional Name(s): Linseed oil, Flax Seed oil, Flax Oil
  • Scent: Flaxseed oil smells much like melted butter.
  • Consistency: Thick
  • Absorption/Feel: Leaves a very oily feeling on skin.
  • Color: Pale Yellow to Golden Yellow to Medium/Dark Yellow
  • Shelf Life: Minimum 2 years with proper storage conditions (cool, out of direct sunlight). However, other experts maintain it goes rancid quickly with a shelf life of about 6 months and refrigeration is required.

Action: Emollient, astringent, anti-inflammatory, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antihypertensive, antidiabetic

Benefits: Flaxseed oil is high in essential fatty acids, vitamin E , vitamin B and minerals. It contains the alpha-linoleic acids (ALAs) which may contribute to younger looking skin. High concentration of Omega-3 essential fatty acids. Internally flax seed oil is said to lower cholesterol and help improve heart health. Externally, it is useful for oily skin, acne, rosacea, psoriasis, and eczema.

High Vitamin E level makes it useful for preventing scarring and stretch marks as well as for diminishing fine lines and wrinkles. Topical use of flaxseed oil allows the body to absorb some of the essential fatty acids required for healthy cellular activity. Flax oil can help soften skin and heal skin abrasions, reduce swelling and redness of lesions due to skin disease, as well as improve the overall health of the skin.

Supplemental Information: The Benefits of Flax Seed Oil

Good for Skin Types: All, especially Dry/Mature and Problem skin.

Chemical Analysis: Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), unsaturated fatty acids (linolenic acid, linoleic acid, and oleic acid). Oleic is a monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA).

Precautions: Avoid with known allergy or sensitivity to flaxseed, flaxseed oil, its parts, or any other members of the Linaceae plant family. Flaxseed oil is considered safe when taken by mouth in suggested doses for less than four months by healthy people, and is possibly safe when used for more than four months. It may lower blood sugar levels.

Use caution if you have diabetes or hypoglycemia, or are taking drugs, herbs, or supplements that affect blood sugar.

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Grapeseed (Vitus Vinifera)

  • Additional Name(s): Grape Seed
  • Scent: Light, slightly nutty and sweet.
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Absorption/Feel: Easily absorbed, leaves a glossy film
  • Color: Virtually Clear with nearly un-noticeable tinge of Yellow/Green
  • Shelf Life: 6-12 months

Action: Astringent, emollient, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant

Benefits: Grapeseed Oil is commonly used in aromatherapy as it is a fairly all-purpose oil and can be used in a wide variety of ways ranging from massage to skin care. Since it has astringent qualities, this oil helps to tighten and tone skin, making it useful for acne and other skin complaints.

Grape seed oil has regenerative and restructuring properties and is a phenomenal skin moisturizer. It reduces the appearance of stretchmarks and fine lines around the eyes, helps restore damaged tissue, and is excellent for oily skin. It is also a great base for perfume making.

Good for Skin Types: Oily/Acne Prone, Normal/Combination

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 11% saturated fat, 15% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 69% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), less than 1% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: No known contraindications, but care should be taken as with all oils.

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Hemp Seed (Cannabis Sativa)

Note: Hemp oil is typically almost free of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and has no psychoactive properties.

  • Scent: Slightly nutty – faint
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Absorption/Feel: Easily absorbed into the skin.
  • Color: Light to Medium Green
  • Shelf Life: 6-12 Months (Keep Refrigerated)

Action: Antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, skin regenerative, cardioprotective

Benefits: Hemp oil is also used in paints and lubricant, and as a body care product. It may be rubbed directly onto the skin to treat cracked, dry skin, or it can be blended into body oils, body creams, and other personal care products. Hemp oil contains several fatty acids which are really healthy for your skin and nourish and moisturize the skin.

Hemp oil helps prevent skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema, acne and dry skin. Hemp seed oil is also beneficial for hair, helping with dry hair and scalp, dandruff and hair loss. Hemp oil is also taken internally for it’s high fatty acid and protein content.

Good for Skin Types: All, especially good for acne-prone and mature skin.

Chemical Analysis: Approx. 8% saturated fat, 12% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 55% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), 25% linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid).

Precautions: Hemp Seed is safe but sensitive individuals should check with their doctor before use.

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Hazelnut (Corylus Avellana)

  • Scent: Light, nutty and sweet.
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Absorption/Feel: Leaves a slight oily film
  • Color: Light Yellow
  • Shelf Life: 12 months

Action: Emollient, astringent, toning, regenerative, soothing, stimulates skin circulation, digestive, vermifuge

Benefits: Hazelnut penetrates well and is a good choice for oilier skin. It is a good all-purpose oil that can also be used in aromatherapy applications ranging from skin care to massage. It helps to tone and tighten skin while strengthening capillaries and assisting in cell regeneration which means it might be useful against thread (spider) veins.

Encourages cell regeneration while stimulating circulation. It very good moisturizing qualities which makes it a good oil for dry or mature skin. It also acts as a weak filter for damaging sun rays.

In addition, hazelnut has good astringent qualities which helps maintain the skin’s firmness and elasticity. This makes it a superb carrier oil to use on oily and combination skins. It is excellent when blended with Rose hip seed oil for skin wounds or surgical scars. In folk medicine, hazelnut has been used to massage children with respiratory problems.

Hazelnut is used internally in cases of urinary stones, kidney problems and tapeworms.

Good for Skin Types: Normal/Combination, Mature, Dry/Damaged, Oily/Acne Prone

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 9% saturated fat, 74% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 17% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), less than 1% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: This product contains tree nuts.

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Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis)

  • Scent: Light to Medium, distinct but pleasant.
  • Consistency: Medium – Jojoba is not really an oil, but a liquid wax.
  • Absorption/Feel: Absorbs well
  • Color: Golden Yellow
  • Shelf Life: Indefinite/highly stable

Action: Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant, emulsifier, moisturizing, antifungal

Benefits: Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is quickly absorbed and is excellent for dry and mature skins as well as inflamed conditions. It acts as an emulsifier with the skin’s natural sebum and gently unclogs the pores and lifts grime and embedded impurities. Over time, the use of Jojoba oil significantly changes the appearance of pore size.

Helps to control acne and is also an antioxidant. Recommended after the sun to soothe the skin, it is also revitalizing for dehydrated and tired skin. Jojoba is well tolerated by people with skin problems. It does not aggravate acne or clog pores Jojoba is excellent at breaking down oils, cleaning hair follicles and removing dirt.

When used on the scalp it can have the same oil-regulating effect it has on greasy skin.

Good for Skin Types: All

Chemical Analysis: Palmitic, palmitoleic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, linolenic, and arachidic, eicosenoic, behenic, and erucic and lignoceric fatty acids. Contains vitamins E and B complex and has the minerals silicon, chromium, copper and zinc. It has a very high percentage of iodine, almost 81.7%. The iodine concentration gives the Jojoba oil a great power to heal.

Precautions: No known contraindications.

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Kukui Nut (Aleurites Moluccana)

  • Additional Name(s): Candlenut
  • Scent: Light, sweet, pleasant and nutty.
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Absorption/Feel: Absorbs well and quickly, leaving trace of oil on skin Color: Clear with Yellow Tinge
  • Shelf Life: 1 year

Action: Emollient, antioxidant

Benefits: Because it absorbs quickly and slows down water loss, kukui nut is excellent in treating many skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema, and aging skin. It’s essential fatty acid content makes it especially nourishing to the skin. Kukui nut is one of the lightest oils for facial skin. Kukui nut is used in Hawaii to protect the skin from saltwater, sun and wind. This oil is very helpful for dry skin, burns, lesions and chapped skin.

Good for Skin Types: Dry/Damaged, Mature/Aging

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 9% saturated fat, 20% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 42% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), 29% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: No known contraindications, but care should be taken as with all oils.

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Macadamia Nut (Macadamia Integrifolia)

Notes: If not used in a small dilution with another vegetable oil, Macadamia Nut Oil may overpower a blend.

  • Scent: Sweet, nutty, fatty and more fragrant than other nut oils.
  • Consistency: Thick
  • Absorption/Feel: Readily absorbed, leaves oil film on skin
  • Color: Clear with Yellow Tinge
  • Shelf Life: Users can expect a shelf life of 2 years with proper storage conditions (cool, out of direct sunlight). Refrigeration after opening is recommended.

Action: Anti-inflammatory, emollient

Benefits: Great for dry, aging skin, reduces fine lines and wrinkles and has proven to be one of the best regenerative oils available. It is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, and closely resembles sebum (the oil naturally produced by skin to help protect it).

Macadamia oil is a terrific protective oil with a high absorption rate, and has been successfully used as a healing oil for scars, sunburns, minor wounds, and other irritations.

Good for Skin Types: All, but especially Dry/Mature

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 15% saturated fat, 60% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 2% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), up to 2% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: None known, but should not be used by those with nut allergies.

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Meadowfoam Seed (Limnanthes Alba)

  • Scent: Virtually odorless
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Absorption/Feel: Penetrates well.
  • Color: Pale Yellow
  • Shelf Life: Indefinite, highly stable

Action: Emollient, antiwrinkle, antioxidant, slows TEWL (Trans Epidermal Water Loss)

Benefits: Meadowfoam Seed Oil is rich in Vitamin E, and offers antioxidant activity. This makes it a good oil for use in antiaging applications and also helps make it a highly stable oil. It is especially good for dry, sensitive, or damaged skin as it is very restorative. It does not generally cause skin irritation and is very gentle.

Like jojoba oil, meadowfoam seed oil is slightly waxy and closely resembles human sebum. Some research has shown that meadowfoam oil has antiaging benefits as it helps to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

This oil adheres to the skin and doesn’t easily disintegrate, resulting in moisturizing benefits that last for hours after application. This also helps skin to maintain the best possible moisture balance without losing much moisture to the atmosphere.

It works by creating a type of moisture barrier over the skin’s top layer, preventing moisture from evaporating and ensuring skin stays hydrated. Although it should not be used on by itself as a sunscreen, meadowfoam oil can protect skin and lips from the sun’s UV rays.

Good for Skin Types: All

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 1% saturated fat, 2% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 9% erucic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 60% ecosenoic acid, less than 4% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), less than 4% delta linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid), less than 1% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: No known contraindications, but care should be taken as with all oils.

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Neem (Azadirachta Indica)

  • Additional Name(s): Margosa
  • Scent: Bitter and strong.
  • Consistency: Thick – solid at room temperature.
  • Absorption/Feel: Absorbs fairly well, leaves slightly oily residue.
  • Color: Light to Dark Brown, to Rich Green.
  • Shelf Life: 2 years – storage in a dark, cool area is recommended.

Action: Insecticidal, antiseptic, spermicidal, antiparasitic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, immunostimulant, analgesic, antimicrobial, emollient

Benefits: Traditionally used by men to regrow hair and prevent baldness and both men and women used neem to help combat lice, help skin allergies and dandruff. Neem is used externally for ringworm, eczema, psoriasis, herpes, allergies, scabies, syphilitic sores, chicken pox, sunburn, itching, lice, and fungal infection as well as for painful joints and muscles.

It is also used to deter mosquitoes, fleas, flies, ticks, and mites. Beauty uses include the fighting of acne and pimples as well as improving skin elasticity.

Neem is very effective against fungi including trichophyton, epidermophyton, microsporum, trichosporon, geotricum and candida. It is also effective against bacteria with an antibacterial action against both gram-negative and gram-positive microorganisms including M. tuberculosis and the streptomycin-resistant strains, salmonella typhora, s. aureus and in invitro tests it was shown that it inhibits vibrio cholerae, klebsiella pneumoniae, m. tuberculosis and m. pyogenes.

Good for Skin Types: Oily/Combination, Problem/Acne-Prone, Sensitive Skin

Chemical Analysis: Oleic acid, stearic acid, palmitic acid, linoleic acid; triterpenes including limonoids such as azadirachtin, salannin, meliantriol, nimbin, nimbidin, meliantriol, deacetylazadirachtinol, salannin, salannol, 3-deacetylsalannin. Various lower fatty acids.

Precautions: Neem should NOT be given internally to the weak, very young or the old and must be avoided by any pregnant women, or women trying to become pregnant. High continuous intake can cause liver problems. Neem can, when taken internally, produce a toxic effect in humans and result in diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, acidosis and encephalopathy.

Taking neem internally is not recommended and taking internal doses as small as 5 ml have killed infants. Do not use on pets.

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Olive Oil (Olea Europaea)

Notes: Olive Oil’s heavy viscosity, oily texture and aroma makes it less ideal than other oils for skin care and aromatherapy. If not carefully used or used in a small dilution with another carrier, it can overpower a blend.

  • Scent: Smells somewhat like olives.
  • Consistency: Thick
  • Absorption/Feel: Absorbs into skin at average speed, slight oil feeling left on skin.
  • Color: Light to Medium Green
  • Shelf Life: 1-2 years

Action: Conditioning, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antiwrinkle, astringent, cleansing, softening, absorbs easily, antioxidant, penetrating, soothing, promotes healthy digestion and can help prevent ulcers (when used internally)

Benefits: Olive oil is by far the most universal oil used for a multitude of purposes including cosmetics, as a carrier oil, for hair care solutions, and in cooking. It is good for inflammation, acne, bruises, sprains, high cholesterol (internally), hearth health (internally), and increasing bile secretion (internally).

Applied externally it is useful for dehydrated, sore and inflamed skin and is also used as a remedy for arthritis.

It is effective for periodontal issues, sun burn, rashes, wounds, insect bites – it helps with the itching and speeds up healing. There are a lot of benefits of using olive oil including relief from ear pain and joint pain. Olive oil is a terrific emergency oil to use if you don’t have anything else on hand.

Olive oil contains a lot of proteins, vitamins and minerals which can help smooth skin and rejuvenate hair’s lost shine and smoothness. It’s great for diaper rash, too.

Supplemental Information: The Amazing Health and Beauty Benefits of Olive Oil

Good for Skin Types: Normal/Combination, Dry/Damaged, Mature/Aging

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 10% saturated fat, 60% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 11% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), less than 1% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: Olive Oil can cause sensitivity or allergic reactions in some individuals.

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Peanut (Arachis Hypogeae)

  • Scent: Light, Nutty, Fatty
  • Consistency: Thick
  • Absorption/Feel: Leaves heavy, oily film on skin. Penetrates well.
  • Color: Virtually Clear
  • Shelf Life: 1 year

Action: Mildly antifungal, high nutritional profile, emollient, anti-inflammatory

Benefits: Because of its oiliness, peanut oil is said to be a good choice for massage blends and is helpful for arthritis and rheumatism. It is a good oil to use to help improve circulation. Because of its penetration quality it is beneficial for getting the essential oils into the circulatory system.

Peanut oil is used in skincare to reduce acne and blackheads and to soothe sunburn. The oil spreads easily and does not absorb too quickly making it ideal for use in ointments intended to soothe the skin.

Good for Skin Types: Normal/Oily, Acne Prone, Normal/Combination

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 17% saturated fat, 50% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 25% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), less than 1% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: Peanut Oil should not be used by anyone that has an allergy to peanuts.

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Pecan (Carya Pecan)

Notes: If not used in a small dilution with another vegetable oil, pecan oil may overpower a blend.

  • Scent: Very light, nutty
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Absorption/Feel: Good penetration, leaves oil film on skin.
  • Color: Virtually Clear
  • Shelf Life: 1 year

Action: Emollient, moisturizing, anti-inflammatory

Benefits: Pecan oil is a light but rich, nutrient-packed oil. It’s a good choice for formulations for mature or dry skin. It is high in oleic acid and very moisturizing. Internally, pecan oil is very good for cardiovascular health and digestion.

Good for Skin Types: Dry/Mature

Chemical Analysis: High fiber content, EFAs – linoleic, palmitic, stearic

Precautions: Not for use by those with nut allergies.

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Pomegranate Seed (Punicum Granatum)

  • Scent: Nearly odorless
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Absorption/Feel: Light and penetrates well
  • Color: Yellow
  • Shelf Life: 2 years with proper storage conditions (cool, out of direct sunlight). Refrigeration after opening is recommended.

Action: Anti-inflammatory, anticancer, antioxidant, antibacterial, emollient, restores pH balance, antiwrinkle

Benefits: It is a good choice for use on dry, irritated skin or aging skin. It helps smooth fine lines and wrinkles and nourishes skin. Deeply nourishing to the outer epidermal layer, pomegranate seed oil provides powerful antioxidant benefits for numerous skin ailments, and gently challenges free radicals that damage and age the skin.

Because of this, pomegranate seed oil is used to renew, protect, and moisturize dry, cracked, mature, and irritated skin, and brings elasticity back to the skin. Studies have apparently demonstrated that Pomegranate Seed Oil may offer protection against free radicals and may help destroy cancer cells.

Good for Skin Types: Dry, Mature, Irritated

Chemical Analysis: Rich in lipids, punicic, ellagic acids and fiber

Precautions: None known.

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Rose Hip (Rosa Mosqueta)

  • Scent: Mild and Slightly Earthy
  • Consistency: Light
  • Absorption/Feel: Leaves a hint of oil on the skin
  • Color: Virtually Clear to Yellow-Orange to Reddish Orange
  • Shelf Life: 6 months to 2 years if kept out of direct sunlight and in a cool place. Refrigeration is recommended.

Action: Fixative, astringent, refrigerant, diuretic, emollient, antioxidant

Benefits: Excellent in treating many skin conditions. It is expensive and is usually blended in a small (often 10%) dilution with other carrier oils. Known to help treat dry, irritated, weathered skin, and suitable for treating burns, scars and stretch marks. There are concerns it can aggravate acne.

Helps reduce the signs of aging, especially fine lines around the eyes (crows feet) and lines around the mouth. In research by Dr Bertha Pareja and Dr. Horst Kehl, it was found that daily applications of rose hip oil helped with reducing wrinkles, as well as fading areas of sun damage on the skin.

It helps skin heal and regenerate and prevents formation of keloid scar tissue (thickening of the skin when forming scar tissue) and helps in healing burns, scars and stretch marks. In a further study, rose hip oil was found useful when used on surgical scars (applied twice daily).

Less visible scars, more skin elasticity and significantly improved skin color were noted when compared to patients not using rose hip oil. The same success is reported on burns when the oil was used to reduce scarring and returning the tissue to its normal and natural coloring.

Good for Skin Types: Dry/Damaged, Mature, Injured

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 6% saturated fat, 13% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 43% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), 36% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: Rose hip oil may aggravate acne in high concentrations, and for some it may cause light sensitivity if it gets into the eyes.

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Seabuckthorn Berry (Hippophae Rhamnoides)

Notes: If used in massages, this oil will stain the skin, but washes off easily. Shake well before use.

  • Additional Name(s): Sea Buckthorn
  • Scent: Strong, musky smell.
  • Consistency: Solid at cold temperatures and lumpy at room temperature
  • Absorption/Feel: Oily – best to dilute to about 1%-5%.
  • Color – Seabuckthorn Berry Seed Oil: Pale to Medium Yellow
  • Color – Seabuckthorn Berry Fruit Pulp Oil: Deep Orange
  • Shelf Life: 1 year

Action: Emollient, antioxidant

Benefits: Seabuckthorn is one of the best sources of natural antioxidants due to it’s high Vitamin C content. Antioxidants such as vitamin E and betacarotene help to regenerate skin cells, effectively diminish wrinkles and combat dryness, as well as help other symptoms of dry, aged skin.

This oil can also be used in the healing of burns, eczema, radiation injury ulcers and small wounds or cuts. The healing effect of Seabuckthorn is due to the pro-vitamin A (betacarotene) that it contains.

In addition, the oil boasts a moderate absorption in the UV-B range which makes it a good oil to include in sun care cosmetics. It is a terrific choice as part of an aromatherapy blend, a massage blend, as well as in all types of manufacturing.

Good for Skin Types: Dry, Mature/Aged

Chemical Analysis: Beta carotene- 254 I.U./100 g, vitamin E- 123 mg/100g, lycopene- less than 1%, linoleic- 6.8%, oleic- 28.4%, palmitic- 31.3%, palmitoleic- 29.7%, stearic- 1.1%

Precautions: No known contraindications, but Seabuckthorn can stain sheets and skin; do not use more than 5% to enrich creams and lotions.

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Sesame Seed (Sesamum Indicum)

Notes: Sesame seed should be blended with other carrier oils so it doesn’t overpower a blend.

  • Scent: Faint with a sweet, nutty, sesame aroma
  • Consistency: Medium to Thick
  • Absorption/Feel: Leaves oily film on skin
  • Color: Pale Yellow
  • Shelf Life: 1 year

Action: Emollient, antiaging, soothing, detoxifying

Benefits: A good source of vitamins E and B complex and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Sesame oil further contains protein as well as lecithin. It is used for eczema, psoriasis as well as mature skin as it contains excellent moisturizing properties.

Sesame seed oil also has some sunscreen properties, but should not be solely relied on as a sunscreen except in an emergency. Sesame seed oil is good for blemishes, cuts, dandruff, scrapes, wounds, wrinkles, cooking and inflamed and sprained joints.

Supplemental Information: Great article on the Health Benefits of Sesame Seed Oil

Good for Skin Types: Acne/Oil, Normal/Combination, Dry/Damaged, Mature/Aging

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 16% saturated fat, 40% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 44% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), less than 1% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: No known contraindications, but care should be taken as with all oils.

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Shea Butter (Butyrospermun parkii)

  • Scent: Slightly nutty aroma
  • Consistency: Solid but permeable at room temperature.
  • Absorption/Feel: Leaves oily/waxy feeling on the skin.
  • Color: Off-white
  • Shelf Life: Up to 2 years if stored in airtight container in cool, dry location.

Action: Emollient, anti-inflammatory, UV protectant, soothing, humectant.

Benefits: Shea Butter is not considered a carrier oil, but its natural and beneficial properties make it suitable for aromatherapy work. Shea Butter is very moisturizing and has a smooth, creamy texture. It can be used in massage blends, lotions, creams and other natural skin care products.

Shea butter is primarily well known for its nearly unequaled softening and emollient qualities. It penetrates skin easily, leaving it soft and supple without a greasy feeling.

It is beneficial for very dry skin, chapped or burnt skin and to prevent wrinkles. Shea Butter is rich in antioxidants, includes vitamins A & E and helps to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks and skin discolorations.  It is often used as a hair oil to treat devitalised, dry hair and scalp, as well as to soothe and calm rashes, eczema, dermatitis.

Shea butter is ideal used as a base for an ointment to help with sprains and rheumatism. It is known by the African people to have anti-inflammatory properties and they have traditionally used it to cure inflammations.

Shea butter is known to play an active role in screening UV rays from the sun due to its cinnamic acid content. This level of protection can go up to SPF6, although this may vary depending on the origin and quality of the oil. It can be used in sun product recipes. It is nevertheless not adequate to offer full UV protection.

More information: Shea Butter can become gritty if not melted and cooled properly. It needs to be heated to a minimum 175 degrees F and kept heated to that temp for at least 20 minutes. If possible, let it cool in the refrigerator. Once it has cooled, it does not need to be kept in the refrigerator.

Good for Skin Types: Dry/Damaged, Mature/Aging

Chemical Analysis: Shea butter contains the following fatty acids: oleic acid (40-60%), stearic acid (20-50%), linoleic acid (3-11%), palmitic acid (2-9%), linolenic acid (<1%) and arachidic acid (<1%).

Precautions: A natural constituent of shea butter is latex (a natural rubber) . If you have an allergy or sensitivity to latex, avoid shea butter or perform a skin patch text prior to use.

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Sunflower (Helianthus Annuus)

  • Scent: Faint and Sweet
  • Consistency: Thin
  • Absorption/Feel: Penetrates well without leaving significant oily residue.
  • Color: Clear with a Yellow Tinge
  • Shelf Life: 1-2 years – Refrigeration after opening is recommended.

Action: Emollient, expectorant, diuretic

Benefits: Sunflower oil, which is deeply nourishing and conditioning for the skin, is used for many skin ailments and conditions including dry skin, sensitive skin, bruises, diaper rash, cradle cap and mature/aging skin. It is said to help reduce bad cholesterol, break down fat cells, and regenerate skin tissue.

Sunflower oil helps soothe hemorrhoids, sinusitis, and rhinitis. Sunflower is an especially good choice for a carrier oil for those allergic to nuts.

Good for Skin Types: Normal/Combination, but highly recommended for Mature/Damaged skin.

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 12% saturated fat, 64% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid). Standard sunflower oil contains approximately 20% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), high oleic sunflower oil contains approximately 80% oleic acid.

Precautions: No known contraindications, but care should be taken as with all oils.

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Sweet Almond (Prunus Amygdalus var. Dulcus)

Notes: Sweet Almond Oil is considered to be an affordable all-purpose carrier oil to keep on hand. It is one of the most used carrier oils in aromatherapy massage.

  • Scent: Light, sweet and nutty
  • Consistency: Medium
  • Absorption/Feel: Leaves a slight hint of oil on skin. Absorbs fairly quickly.
  • Color: Virtually Clear with a Yellow Tinge.
  • Shelf Life: 12 months to 2 years if stored out of direct sunlight and in a cool place.

Action: Emollient, sclerosant, immunostimulant, antihepatotoxic, laxative, analgesic, muscle relaxant, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antidandruff, cicatrisant

Benefits: Sweet Almond helps relieve skin irritation, inflammation and itching, and is very lubricating. It helps protect the surface of the skin and has significant value as an emollient and skin soother and softener. This oil conditions the skin and promotes a clear, young-looking complexion. It also helps to relieve muscular aches and pains.

It is known to help relieve itching, soreness and dryness as well as other forms of inflammation. Sweet almond is considered a natural sunscreen in a limited way, filtering out approximately 25% of harmful sun rays. Almond oil is mostly used on its own as a carrier oil, it also works well by diluting with 10% wheatgerm to help give it a longer shelf life.

Good for Skin Types: All, especially good for dry or irritated skin.

Chemical Analysis: Approximately 8% saturated fat, 65% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid) and 27% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid)

Precautions: No known contraindications, but care should be taken as with all oils.

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Watermelon Seed (Citrullus Vulgaris)

Notes: Other thicker oils and those with shorter shelf lives can be blended with this oil to lighten their texture and scent, as well as extend their overall shelf life.

  • Additional Name(s): Ootanga Oil, Kalahari Oil
  • Scent: Faint, slightly nutty
  • Consistency: Light
  • Absorption/Feel: Penetrates well and quickly, non-greasy.
  • Color: Yellow
  • Shelf Life: Indefinite – highly stable

Action: Emollient, noncomedeogenic, hydrating, penetrating, dissolves sebum, antioxidant, detoxifier, anti-inflammatory, antihelmintic, diuretic, anti-aging

Benefits: Watermelon seed is a good choice for use with oily/problem skin but can be effective with all skin types. Its viscosity, mild scent and long shelf life make it a good all-purpose carrier oil for use in aromatherapy, as well as a very good oil to add to baby oil formulations. Watermelon seed oil does not clog pores or prevent the body from naturally eliminating toxins through the skin.

It is highly nourishing and helps restore skin elasticity. It is also helpful for people with dry, irritated skin in conditions like eczema and psoriasis. The oil can be applied directly on the skin as it is gentle and generally safe.

For the hair, watermelon seed oil reduces frizz and provides nutrition. It can be used as a hot oil treatment to achieve smooth, shiny, but much less greasy, hair.

Good for Skin Types: All

Chemical Analysis: EFAs – Linolenic, linoleic, oleic, palmitic, stearic, lauric, palmitoleic; lycopene, magnesium

Precautions: No known contraindications, but care should be taken as with all oils.

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Wheatgerm (Triticum Vulgare)

Notes: For massage oil blends, it is recommended that you dilute to 5%-15%. Do not heat.

  • Additional Name(s): Wheat Germ
  • Scent: Heavy, earthy aroma that is pleasant.
  • Consistency: Thick, sticky.
  • Absorption/Feel: Easily absorbed without leaving oily residue.
  • Color: Amber/Brown
  • Shelf Life: 2 years with proper storage conditions (cool, out of direct sunlight). Refrigeration after opening is recommended.

Action: Emollient, antioxidant, antiwrinkle, regenerative, anticoagulant

Benefits: Due to its antioxidant and regenerative properties, wheat germ oil is a phenomenal ingredient to add to body care and cosmetic products. Wheatgerm oil is very nourishing to the skin and therefore is effective for skin irritations including skin roughness, sunburned skin, cracking, and chaffing and assisting in healing scar tissue as well as stretch marks. It is used to successfully to help reverse the effects of wrinkling.

Wheat germ is beneficial for tired muscles, making a good base for after sport massage. Internally, wheatgerm oil can be taken alone, drizzled on top of salads, vegetables, pasta, pesto, or other meals. It is rich in natural vitamins A, B, D, and E, Proteins and Lecithin.

In growing children, the oil helps to maintain healthy spines, bones and muscles. It can also be taken to help prevent eczema, indigestion and the development of varicose veins.

Good for Skin Types: Dry/Damaged, Scarring, Mature

Chemical Analysis: EFAs: Palmitic, palmitoleic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, linolenic, arachidic, gadoleic, behenic

Precautions: It should not be used by those with wheat or gluten allergies, either externally or internally.

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