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Carrier / Massage Oils

Apricot Kernel Oil

 

Apricot oil is similar to Sweet Almond oil (see below) but is usually slightly more expensive.
Its characteristics include a pale yellow colour, only slight viscosity, and it is very oily.
"Persic Oil" is the name of the fixed (carrier) oil extracted from the kernels of apricots (as well as other similar fruits such as peaches, cherries and plums) by the process of cold expression.

Odour:

Moderately strong smell, similar to marzipan.

Plant & Environs.

Indigenous to China, now grown in many locations including the Middle-East, USA and France.

 

 


Grapeseed Oil

 

Grapeseed oil is one of the most popular carrier oils used by bodywork therapists. It is a very fine oil that keeps moderately well and (when used as a massage medium) leaves skin with a smooth finish that is non-greasy.

Odour:

Virtually odourless; no distinctive smell.

Plant & Environs.

Grapevines are deciduous climbers, there are many different varieties. Grapeseed oil originated from France and is now produced in California, Italy, and Spain.

   

Peach Kernel Oil

 

Peach kernel oil is similar to apricot kernal oil and sweet almond oil, however it is usually slightly more expensive than sweet almond oil.

Odour:

No odour.

Plant & Environs.

The peach tree is a small deciduous tree of up to about 25 feet (8 m) height. It is indigenous to China, was brought to Europe by the Romans, and to the USA in the 17th Century.

   

Sweet Almond Oil

 

Sweet almond oil is one of the most popular carrier oils used by bodywork therapists. It has a pale yellow colour and is only slightly viscous (thick consistency), but very oily.

Odour:

Unrefined sweet almond oil has a delicate sweet smell.

Plant & Environs.

Indigenous to Middle-East, now also grown in the Mediterranean and South-Eastern USA.

Vitamins:

A, B1, B2, B6, E

   

Wheatgerm Oil

 

Wheatgerm oil is especially beneficial for tired muscles and so is an appropriate base oil for use for after-sports massage.

Odour:

Unrefined wheatgerm oil has a strong odour.

Plant & Environs.

A cereal grass indigenous to West Asia, now also grown in many locations across the world.

Vitamins:

A, B1, B2, B3, B6, E, F.
Wheatgerm oil is especially noted for its high vitamin E content.

Minerals:

Cl, Co, Cu, Fe, K, Mg, Mn, Na, S, Si, Zn.

   

Note: Persons allergic to wheat flour should be tested for possible skin reaction before receiving a massage or aromatherapy treatment that includes the use of Wheatgerm carrier oil.


Advice Notes: Some of the above oils may have contra-indications, and some people may be allergic to them.
Always research the side-effects of oils and do patch tests for skin sensitivity before use.
The above revision information is intended for therapists qualified in the use of carrier oils.

   

 

 
 
 

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