8. Argan Oil
Best known for its anti-aging properties and promoting hair growth and repairing hair damage and split ends, if you haven’t heard of or used argan oil, you’re missing out on a carrier oil that is loaded with rich, nourishing properties and healing benefits! No wonder top-notch cosmetic companies are using it in their high-end formulations.
Argan oil is extracted from the fruit of the Moroccan argan tree (Argania spinosa). Rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A and E, and oleic and linoleic fatty acids, argan oil is especially beneficial for healing inflammation and damage caused by UV rays of the sun, reducing the appearance of stretch marks and scars and promoting healthy cuticles and nails.
It is one of the best oils to use for regenerating skin cells, making it an excellent choice for anti-aging salves and lotions.
How to use argan oil:
1. Fight Acne: Tired of using acne products that dry out the skin? Combine 1-2 drops of argan oil (a little goes a long way) with a drop of tea tree essential oil and dab onto problem areas. Tea tree oil has proven, wonderful antibacterial and antifungal properties that compliments argan oil’s anti-inflammatory properties beautifully, to get rid of acne and reduce scarring naturally.
2. Reduce Stretch Marks: Apply a couple of drops of warm argan oil and gently rub into the affected areas. Vitamin E and A in argan oil rejuvenate the problem areas and nourish the skin.
3. Anti-aging Moisturizer: Apply 1 drop of argan oil on your fingertips and tap into the wrinkle-prone areas of your face, such as around the nose and the temple area. Use the same gentle tapping motion and apply a drop under your eye area as well every night before you sleep. The rich Vitamin E and Vitamin A content in argan oil will help to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and impede premature aging.
4. Natural Hair Conditioner: Argan oil makes an excellent natural leave-in conditioner to bring back glow and shine, reduce frizz and promote hair growth. Depending on the length of your hair use 1 to 3 drops and massage in the scalp while running your hands through your hair and finally rub it in well at the end tips of your hair.
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9. Moringa Oil
Hailing from the ‘Miracle Tree,’ people all over the world are now discovering the many benefits of moringa oil! Extracted from the seeds of the Moringa Oleifera (drumstick or horseradish) tree, the oil has been used for centuries and has some amazing medicinal properties for skin and hair health.
Containing almost 70% oleic acid, an essential omega-9 fatty acid, moringa oil contains nutrients that can strengthen cell membranes and repair damaged cells and is especially beneficial for skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
Cold-pressed moringa oil is rich in antioxidants and is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Research suggests that it inhibits oxidative stress making it excellent to use for anti-aging. The vitamin A content in the oil supports the production of collagen, helping to rejuvenate dull, sagging skin and improving the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Moringa oil works wonders for the skin as a fast-absorbing natural moisturizer and can also accelerate wound healing. It makes an excellent natural conditioner to nourish the hair and scalp and can protect the hair from UV radiation and environmental damage.
How to use moringa oil:
1. Heal Scars: Apply 1-2 drops of moringa oil to scars, blemishes and minor burns. Being a natural anti-inflammatory with powerful nutrients, moringa oil naturally helps to repair scars, reduce inflammation and speed up healing.
2. Natural Hair Conditioner: Massage a little moringa oil into damp hair and leave it on as a natural hair conditioner. The oil helps eliminate dandruff, and also promotes thicker hair growth by providing essential nutrients to hair follicles.
3. Pain Reliever for Arthritis: Moringa oil’s natural proven anti-inflammatory properties work well to relieve the pain and inflammation of arthritis. Combined with powerful essential oils, its benefits are extended to provide quick relief for joint pain. Mix 8-10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil (an excellent analgesic) with 1 tsp. of moringa oil and rub into the affected areas.
10. Rosehip Oil
Extracted from the seeds of the musk rose or Rosa moschata, rosehip seed oil contains a high concentration of linoleic and alpha-linolenic acid and is extremely high in vitamins A and E making it a highly sought after carrier oil for skin care.
In fact rosehip oil is found in many cosmetics, creams and balms for eczema, stretch marks, anti-aging and more. The fatty acids and high concentrations of vitamins in rosehip oil help to restore elasticity to the skin and improve collagen production making it a better, safer choice than chemical-filled face creams and even Botox.
When using rosehip seed oil, it’s important to note that you should buy cold-pressed rosehip oil that has not been tainted by heat and therefore preserves more nutrients.
How to use rosehip oil:
1. Make Your Skin Glow: If you’re tired of paying an arm and a leg for costly cosmetic products, try rosehip seed oil! The oil makes skin soft and supple and gives a natural glow to the skin.
2. Age Spots and Sunburn: Harsh UV rays can cause age spots (discoloration of the skin) to appear on the face. Rosehip oil contains powerful antioxidants that fight sun damage caused by free radicals. Apply rosehip oil directly to age spots. Vitamin A and essential fatty acids present in the oil further help to improve pigmentation, skin tone and skin texture. To treat inflammation caused by sunburn apply a mix of rosehip oil and coconut oil to the affected areas.
3. Scars and Skin Conditions: Essential fatty acids in rosehip oil help to regenerate the skin and lighten scars, and the Vitamin A in the oil improves skin tone and texture, making the oil highly effective to use for skin conditions like eczema and lessening the appearance of acne scars.
4. Relieve a Dry Scalp: If chemically-ridden store bought shampoos are causing your scalp to be dry and itchy rub rosehip oil into your scalp to nourish your roots. Leave for an at least an hour and rinse off. The fatty acids in the oil help alleviate itching and nourish a dry scalp.
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How to Buy Carrier Oils
When shopping for carrier oils make sure to buy cold-pressed carrier oils. Cold-pressed oils are not damaged by heat and are best to use with essential oils. Cheap carrier oils may be treated with heat and could be highly refined and contain added additives which can do more harm than good. Also make sure the bottle has the proper name of the species mentioned on the label. Example for Neem: (Azadirachta Indica). If you see the word ‘fragrance’ it almost always means there are other additives.
Always go for 100% pure, cold-pressed, unprocessed oils that are preferably labeled as ‘organic,’ ‘cold-pressed,’ and ‘Non-GMO’ – this will ensure you get the best, highest quality carrier oils that retain all their natural medicinal properties and are rich in essential fatty acids, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
Since carrier oils have a high fat content some have a limited shelf life. Store your carrier oils in a cool, dark area to extend shelf life.
Side Effects and Warnings
Essential oils and carrier oils are natural but powerful. Some people may develop an allergic reaction to any oil so it’s always best to try a little by doing a small skin patch test on your inner arm or leg (never your face or neck) to make sure you don’t have an adverse reaction.
There is no fixed recipe when it comes to using carrier oils and essential oils and what might work for you might not work for someone else. Since we are all biochemically exclusive, it’s best to experiment with a variety of essential oils and carrier oils, pay attention to your body, and find the “personal blends” that work most optimally for you.