A guide to using Base/Massage oils

There is a whole host of oils out there which can be used for any number of different treatments. Here are the oils we have available to order and what they are for.

Base Oils:

Sweet Almond Oil –  The Almond Tree is native to the Middle East and South Asia but has since been grown in various other areas including southern Europe and the warmer parts or United States. The fruit of the tree is not actually a nut but a drupe, which means a fleshy outer skin with a hard shell inside it that contains the seed.

Sweet Almond Oil is very similar to Peach Kernel and Apricot Kernel. It is suited for nourishing dry skin and also for various other skin complaints like eczema and dermatitis. It also has mild anti-inflammatory properties.

Latin Name : Prunus Dulcis.

Grapeseed Oil – As the name suggests, Grapesseed Oil is extracted from the seeds contained in the fruit of the common grapevine. Grapes have been harvested and used by humans for food, medicine and various other things for over 10,000 years.

Grapeseed Oil is great on the skin. It is non greasy and leaves the skin feeling soft.

Latin Name : Vitis Vinifera.

Jojoba Oil – The Jojoba Plant grows in the deserts of North and Central America and has many different names including the pig nut goat nut and wild hazel.

It is a very hardy plant and has been to prevent desertification in some areas of the world.

Jojoba Oil has many positive effects. The oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is said to work well for arthritis. It’s also great for the skin, having positive effect on eczema, dry skin, sun burn, psoriasis and chapped skin.

Latin Name : Simmondsia Chinensis.

Apricot Kernel Oil – Like the Peach, the Apricot was brought to Europe from the Middle East by the Romans. Over the years it has become widely grown in many of the warmer European countries and has also become widely grown in the US.

The oil is great for the skin and easily absorbed. It is said to be useful for itching and eczema.

Latin Name: Prumus Armeniaca.

Fractionated Coconut Oil – Coconut Oil in it’s purest form is solid at room temperature. The process of ‘fractionating’ the oil removes some of the proteins and fatty acids from the oil and in the process makes it a liquid.

Coconut Base Oil is widely used in a number of applications. It is a good moisturiser for the skin and when applied to hair it helps to retain proteins.

Latin Name: Cocos Nucifera.

Hempseed Oil – Hemp has been used all over the world for many years. It is a very useful plant and to this day is still used for everything from high tensile fibres, plastics and fuels to animal bedding soil purification and jewellery. It literally has so many uses that they won’t all fit on this page.

Hempseed Base oil itself is just as useful. In it’s refined form it is generally used in cosmetic and personal care products and in Aromatherapy. The oil is a great skin moisturiser.

Latin Name: Cannabis Sativa

Avocado Oil – The Avocado is originally from Mexico and as far as we can see it did not make it’s way across to Europe until some time in the early 16th century. The Bulk of Avocado crops today still come from central and South America and many hundreds of years of selective breeding and different climates have produced several different types of fruit.

Avocado Oil is great for the skin. It is easily absorbed and it is said to help with skin complaints such as eczema. It’s also good for ageing skin as it is believed to help improve the skin’s elasticity.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s