Recently I started sharing bits and bobs about carrier oils on my Instagram and a few things became clear.
- Most of you are interested in learning more about carrier oils.
- Some of you don’t know what a carrier oil is.
Let’s begin from the start: a carrier oil is a vegetable oil that has medicinal uses and can be used for cosmetic purposes. There’s such a huge variety of carrier oils that I’ve handpicked my favourites and will now explain their properties and give you some examples of how I use them.
Coconut oil properties: antioxidant, antifungal, antiinflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial. Best used for facial and hair masks, ideal to treat dandruff (see a great recipe here), apply on skinsparingly or before sleeping as it takes a while to absorb. If you’d like to use it as skin moisturiser, find my very own recipe here.
Olive oil properties: antiinflammatory, highly moisturising, antioxidant. Great for hair masks, dry feet, can be used as a gentle make-up removal. I use it to fill up vegetable capsules together with essential oils, such as the natural antibiotic made with Oregano and Thieves.
Jojoba oil properties: moisturising, antiinflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal, emollient. Highly recommended for daily use in facial care especially if you suffer from oily skin, despite how contradictory it sounds, as it unclogs pores. Moisturising especially for dry skin (can be used to calm sunburn), promotes hair growth, ideal for acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Argan oil properties: moisturising, antiinflammatory, skin regenerative, antiage, antioxidant. Strongly recommended for daily use in facial care just like jojoba, repairs hair and split ends, promotes wound healing, will grow healthy strong nails. I use it to make my facial serum together with Frankincense and Lavender.
Sweet almond oil properties: moisturising, antiinflammatory, hypoallergenic, antioxidant, rich in vitamin E. Great for delicate and dry skin (baby skin), can be used as a massage oil. I make my own anti-cellulite with EOs and almond oil.
And a bonus for reading all the way to the end! Calendula oil properties: antiinflammatory, skin regenerative, antimicrobial, highly moisturising, antibacterial. Easy-peasy homemade recipe: place calendula dried flowers in a glass jar and cover with the carrier oil of your choice. Close the lid and leave in a dark place to infuse for at least one month. Afterwards, strain the flowers, and it’s ready to be used! This is one of the carrier oils I include in a very special Baby-Belly-recipe to avoid stretch marks.
Thanks for taking your time to read this! I hope it’s been valuable to you, and remember that any information or recipes not provided here, you’ll get full access to once you join my team! Curious?