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Botanical Carrier Oils

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Carrier (sometimes known as base) oils are most traditionally used in body massage.  A full body massage tends to use 15-20ml of carrier, depending on the size of the person and the condition of their skin.  To use for aromatherapy measure off the required amount of oils into a small container, and then add the essential oils (counted in by drop).  This ensures that the essential oils are diluted correctly, before they are applied to the skin. 

Botanical oils are lovely to use on younger skin.  We recommend our organic calendula oil as an alternative to commercial baby oil - which tends to contain mainly mineral oil and synthetic fragrances.  Instead, very young skin responds very well to an unscented calendula oil and is particularly good to relieve sore, chafed skin.  Whereas a mineral oil will mainly sit on the surface of the skin, organic carrier oil will sink in to provide gentle moisturising qualities.

Carrier oils can also be used to disperse aromatherapy grade essential oils in bath water.  Only a small amount of carrier oil is needed (perhaps one or two teaspoons) but then take great care when getting into and out of the bath since the oil will make the bath surface slippery.  Rinse thoroughly after use.

These botanical oils are perfect to use as carrier oils for aromatherapy body massage.  Always dilute essential oils in a carrier/base oil before applying to the skin.  Our botanical carrier oils are particularly good to use when the skin is feeling dry and in need of moisturising.  Application of a botanical carrier oil, will tend to improve skin texture more effectively than a lotion (which is mainly water), and the oil should sink in quickly to provide lasting hydration.  We have chosen some of the more common oils, some are certified organic oils and others are more affordable standard cosmetic grade oils but all are Leaping Bunny approved.  These are supplied in 100ml blue PET plastic bottles with a handy flip top lid which has a narrow pourer to prevent spills.  Choose from:

Organic Jojoba oil - simmondsia chinensis

Jojoba oil is an oil with a long history of use as a topical skin remedy.  It is native to North America, often growing in desert regions, and organic cold pressed jojoba has a slightly nutty aroma.  Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax, so don't be surprised if it solidifies during cold weather.  It's chemical make-up is very similar to the skin's natural sebum, making it suitable for use on all skin types as a natural skin moisturiser helping to prevent dry skin or flakiness.  It's often used by people with oily skin types, since it appears to help regularise the production of sebum and can be helpful with acne.  It is also beneficial for use on the hair, and scalp massage.  This is a heavier oil, so can be used on it's own or blended with other lighter carrier oils.

Organic Calendula oil - calendula officinalis

Calendula is said to be a macerated oil, which means that a botanical oil to infused with calendula flowers before being filtered.  This means that the oil takes on the properties of the calendula, making it soothing and suitable for use on sensitive skin.  Ours is an organic calendula oil, with the base oil being organic sunflower oil.  Organic calendula is a lovely choice to use on baby skin, eczema and for anyone with skin sensitivities.  Organic calendula oil is a lovely yellow colour, but it won't stain the skin.  It's a fantastic moisturising oil for soothing irritation and restoring a smooth skin texture.  It's one of our favourite carrier oils for aromatherapy body massage. 

Organic Sunflower Oil - helianthis annuus

Organic sunflower oil is a nice choice of carrier oil for all skin types.  It has a light texture that's easy to apply to the skin, and has a lovely gliding quality when used for aromatherapy body massage.  Ours is certified organic oil, high in oleic acids, and vitamins A, D and E.  Sunflower oil is a good choice for all skin types and can be used as an alternative to sweet almond oil if the user has a nut allergy.   

Sweet Almond Oil - prunus amygalus dulcis

Sweet Almond oil is a wonderful oil for body massage, since it's slightly heavier texture allows for lots of glide across the skin but it absorbs easily to increase skin hydration and softness.  It's no surprise that it's often the first carrier oil that massage therapists choose, since it's such a good all rounder being suitable for use on eczema, psoriasis, and sensitive skin.  It  has a long history of use in beauty products where it was highly valued for it's skin softening properties (Marie Antoinette famously mixed sweet almond oil with rosewater and wax to soften her hands).  It is rich in vitamins, minerals and proteins and resists oxidation - which means it lasts for longer than many other carrier oils.  Since sweet almond oil is produced from nuts, it is not recommended for use by nut allergy sufferers.

Apricot Kernel - prunus armeniaca

Apricot kernel is a lovely oil that is a little lighter than sweet almond oil, but shares many of it's moisturising properties.  It's finer texture makes it well suited to gentle facial massage blends, but it also works well as a body massage oil.  It is suitable for normal, dry, sensitive and eczema skin types, promoting supple, moisturised skin without excess oiliness.  We tend to recommend apricot kernel oil as a cost effective alternative to sweet almond oil where the user has a nut allergy.

 

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