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Grapeseed Carrier Oil


Grapeseed Essential Carrier Oil
Latin name: vitis vinifera

Grapeseed oil has a fine texture that is light, almost odourless, and is easily absorbed by the skin. Due to the high linoleic acid value of grapeseed (greater than most other carrier oils), the oil is highly moisturising and leaves the skin feeling silky smooth without being too greasy. It may be used on its own or more usually enriched with other carrier and essential oils. However it is extracted using solvents, which may cause problems with sensitive skin.

Properties and uses:
It absorbs quickly into the skin, making it an excellent choice for skin preparations and for massage
It has mildly astringent qualities which help in tightening and toning the skin, making it useful for acne and other skin complaints.
It has natural non-allergenic properties so is suitable for many skin types
It is safe for people with nut allergies


 The advantages of carrier oils are:they act as a lubricant for massagethey facilitate the absorption of the essential oil into the skinthey are light and non-viscous, offering no impediment to absorptionthey are virtually odourlessthey do not evaporatethey have specific properties that are beneficial in their own right

We generally pay great respect to the value of essential oils, but we often forget the therapeutic benefits of the carrier oils themselves. Their vitamin content and their essential fatty acids are an invaluable aid in softening and enriching the skin. Some carrier oils help with skin irritations (e.g. eczema and psoriasis). They can also be used to reduce scar tissue and wrinkles.

When buying carrier oils for aromatherapy, it is important to choose quality oils from a reliable supplier. The best nut or seed based oils are cold pressed, and where there is a choice between refined or unrefined, it is always better to choose the latter, as this will ensure the highest concentrations the oils particular vitamins and fatty acids. Of course, not all oils can be cold pressed or unrefined Grapeseed is pressed but involves the use of higher temperatures, thus losing some of its potency, Calendula and St Johns Wort are infused, and Coconut is fractionated.

Of course, the carrier has to complement the essential oil. So for use on the face, for instance, Sweet Almond or Peach Kernel are light, gentle and odourless. Oils with a stronger odour, such as Avocado, are more suitable for use overnight. You can, however, blend a lighter with a heavier oil to avoid problems such as odour or even cost. The possibilities are endless and exciting.

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