This short free aromatherapy ebook teaches you the basic info about 7 carrier oils used in aromatherapy.
APRICOT KERNEL OIL
Botanical name: Prunus armeniaca
Aromatic Description: Pleasant nutty aroma
Nutrients: Vitamins A, E, minerals and skin nourishing essential fatty acids
Apricot Kernel Oil Uses
General massage on all skin types including facial massage. It has a light texture and is well absorbed into the skin without leaving an oily feel on the skin.
It can be used as a 100% base which means it can be used as the only carrier oil in a massage oil mixture. It can also be used as a 10-50% additive.
Botanical name: Persea americana
Aromatic Description: Sweet nutty aroma
Nutrients: Vitamins A, B, D, E, minerals and skin nourishing essential fatty acids
Avocado Oil Uses
It is a good moisturizer and is beneficial for normal skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, mature skin, eczema prone skin and psoriasis prone skin.
Botanical name: Ricinus communis
Aromatic Description: Strong odor
It is very thick oil
Castor Oil Uses
For massage usually with other carrier oils as a 10% additive
For managing prematurely aging skin and mature skin since it is said to stimulate collagen production as well as soften and smoothen the skin.
It is also used for cleansing the face.
Castor Oil Safety Precautions
Avoid using during pregnancy and when breastfeeding
Avoid during menstrual periods.
Botanical Name: Vitis vinifera
Nutrients: The skin and hair nourishing essential fatty acid linoleic acid.
Aromatic Description: Slightly sweet
Grapeseed Oil Uses
Grapeseed oil is especially beneficial for oily or acne prone skin.
MACADAMIA NUT OIL
Botanical name: Macadamia integrifolia
Nutrients: Skin nourishing essential fatty acids and vitamin E
Aromatic description: Nutty and sweet
Macadamia Nut Oil Uses
It is especially beneficial for dry mature skin.
POMEGRANATE SEED OIL
Botanical name: Punica granatum
Nutrients: Rich in antioxidants (flavonoids) which protect the skin cells from free radical damage that contributes to premature aging.
Aromatic description: Odorless
Pomegranate Oil Uses
It is beneficial for prematurely aging skin and mature skin due to its anti-oxidants and cell regeneration properties
It is also a good moisturizer for dry skin.
VIRGIN COCONUT OIL
Botanical name: Cocos nucifera
Aromatic Description: Fragrant coconut aroma
Nutrients: Skin and hair nourishing fatty acids. It also contains caprylic acid which gives it some anti-fungal activity.
Virgin Coconut Oil Uses
For massages and it is best used when added to other massage oils as a 10% additive.
For mature and prematurely aging skin since it contains anti-oxidants and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
For sun protection since it has a SPF of 4 and also to manage sunburns.
For bruises since it has antibacterial and antiviral properties.