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How to Make Massage Oils

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 2 Jul 2013 | comments*Discuss
 carrier Oil Aromatherapy Essential

Carrier Oils

Aromatherapy carrier oils are used for mixing blends of essential oils in order to massage oils. They are fixed oils and are mainly extracted from nuts and seeds. Carrier oils should always be cold pressed. This method of extraction ensures that they retain their natural vitamins and therapeutic fatty acids. Most essential oils must be diluted in a carrier oil before they are applied to the skin because of their concentrated strength. Popular carrier oils include:

Avocado Oil (Persea Americana)

This oil contains the vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E Pantothenic acid, protein, lecithin and fatty acids. It penetrates the skin easily and is nourishing for dry and dehydrated skin. It improves elasticity and softens the skin, which make it valuable for mature skin blends.

Apricot Kernel Oil (Prunus armeniaca)

This oil contains several vitamins and minerals and is particularly rich in vitamin A. It is excellent for skin protection, since it is both emollient and nourishing. Its light texture causes it to be readily absorbed by the skin. It is beneficial in relieving the itchiness caused by eczema and is most suitable for sensitive skin or dry and aging skins. It is also beneficial for aging skin.

Borage Seed Oil (Borago officinalis)

Borage seed oil is one of the richest sources of gamma linoleic acid (GLA). This is a fatty acid which the body converts to prostaglandin. Prostaglandin, in turn acts as a blood thinner. To prevent oxidation of this valuable component the oil should be stored in a cool dark place. It is easily destroyed by heat, light, humidity, and exposure to oxygen. It is beneficial for psoriasis, eczema, and prematurely aged skin; good for regenerating and stimulating skin cell activity.

Cranberry Seed Oil (Vaccinium Macrocarpon)

Cranberry Seed Oil contains a perfectly balanced blend of Omega 3. Omega 6 and Omega 9, essential fatty acids. These fatty acids are essential to the body and affect the health of the brain, heart and skin tissue. Cranberry Seed Oil helps the skin absorb these acids.

Grape Seed Oil (Vitis vinifera)

Grape seed contains vitamins, minerals, protein, linoleic acid and is cholesterol free. It is suitable for use with al skin types and penetrates the skin easily. It also helps to tighten and tone the skin.

Macadamia Nut Oil (Macadami integrifolia, tetraphylla, or ternifoli)

This oil contains palmitoleic acid, oleic acid, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and is very stable. It is very stable and contains the highest level of palmitoleic acid of any plant oil. It tones aged or dry skin. It also has skin-softening and wound healing properties.

Sweet Almond Oil (Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis)

This oil contains glucosides, minerals, vitamins A, B1, B2, B6 and E. It is also rich in protein. It heals itchy skin and dryness caused by eczema. It is also beneficial for psoriasis, most types of dermatitis. Sweet almond oil can also relive the discomfort of minor burns.

To make a massage oil simple add 4-6 drops of your favourite oil or blend to 1 cup of carrier oil and shake to mix well.

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