Carrier Oils

Lavender’s Corner

July, 2012

Let’s look at some carriers you can massage with or add to holistic products. Do remember that allergic reactions can occur, even with base/carrier oils, so if you have allergies be aware of this before use. If a reaction occurs, remove the oil immediately~ a bath or quick scrub shower will help. If your worried about allergic reactions from oil use, try using a neutral oil that you shouldn’t have a reaction to-Sunflower, Evening primrose, or Grapeseed oil.  If you have an allergy to flowers, you should be o.k. to use flowered oils, however test a little on the skin if unsure. If it burns or itches, then remove the oil with soap and warm water. I have hayfever and can use flower oils, but everybody is different-keep this in mind when studying essential and carrier oils.

 

You may have a few of these carrier oils in your kitchen cupboard already ~

 

Sweet almond oil- avoid this if you have a nut allergy!

Helps; soreness, itching, dryness, swellings, inflammation, wrinkled and dry hands, reduces cholesterol, and soothes sunburns.

Blends with; grapeseed, jojoba, sunflower.

Best for; children and babies.

Colour; pale gold-yellow to colourless.

Magic; emis, Chandra, Cybele, Hecate, Zeus, Ptah and Rhea.

 

Grapeseed oil- avoid on sensitive skin, eczema and psoriasis!

Helps; moisturises skin, assists in skin repair, skin nourishing.

Blends with; any other carrier; when you add this carrier oil to another, it helps to boost grapeseed’s nutrients.

Best for; most skin types. Body massages. This oil is thin and so only a little is needed to go a long way.

Colour; pale green to greenish yellow.

Magic; Dionysus/ Bacchus, Hathor, Iznagi.

 

Olive Oil- avoid this if you have a nut allergy!

Helps; ulcers, gastritis, soothes stomach, nourishes the skin, dry skin, dry nails, dry hair, gives shine to hair, helps to condition hair, reduces scars, acne, said to give a glow to the skin, hair growth, digestion, weight loss, heals bruises, fights bacteria and infection.

Blends with; with sweet almond, it’s said to prevent wrinkles.

Best for; all skin types.

Colour; pale yellow- yellowish green.

Magic; Athena, Aphrodite.

 

Avocado oil- avoid this if you have a nut allergy!

Helps; relieves dryness, scars, blemishes, itching, eczema, psoriasis, dehydrated skin, nourishing. Protects the skin and hair against harmful UV rays. Can improve crow’s feet, dark circles and mature skin types.

Blends with; almond, coconut grapeseed oil.

Best for; mature skin types and facial blends.

Colour; refined; colourless- a slight greenish yellow, unrefined; dark green.

Magic; Earth deities; Gaia, Pan, Herne etc.

 

Jojoba oil-avoid this if you have a nut allergy!

Helps; dry, thick and brittle hair, all skin types; including acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema, red, dry and mature skin types,

Blends with; evening primrose, grapeseed or sweet almond oil.

Best for; face blends, penetrates skin easily.

Colour; pale to golden yellow, can appear orange in colour.

Magic; Earth, fruit, plant, growth, healing deities.

 

Evening primrose oil

Helps; pmt, pms [pain], psoriasis, acne, eczema, dermatitis, nourishes sensitive skin, bruises, wound healing, itching, sore throats, rheumatoid arthritis, weight loss, menopausal symptoms, breast pain, nourishing for skin.

Blends with; sweet almond, sunflower, grapeseed and wheatgerm oil.

Best for; an excellent moisturiser.

Colour; pale-light yellow.

Magic; Flora, the fae, Nut, Diana.

 

Wheatgerm oil- not to be used on children or if you have a wheat allergy!

Helps; dry skin, scar tissue and burns, aging skin, dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, tired muscles, mature skin types.

Blends with; too sticky to use alone; add to sweet almond, sunflower, or grapeseed.

Best for; can be added to other carrier oils to prolong their shelf life.

Colour; yellow to orange.

Magic; Demeter, Persephone, The Empress Tarot card.

 

Calendula oil [Marigold]

Helps; sore, chapped, inflamed and itchy skin, burns, eczema, nappy rash, varicose veins [with gentle massage], aids tissue regeneration, helps broken capillaries, stops bleeding, soothes pain.

Blends with; sweet almond, grapeseed or wheatgerm oil.

Best for; sore, dry skin.

Colour; yellow-dark yellow/golden orange.

Magic; All Indian Gods and Goddesses; wreaths of the flowers used to be placed outside Indian temples. Also all Sun deities.

 

Coconut oil-avoid this if you have a nut allergy!

Helps; damaged and sensitive skin types, protects the skin, softens the skin, strengthens the immune system, weight loss, stress, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, flaky skin, gives shine to hair, dandruff, prevention of lice.

Blends with; grapeseed, avocado, or sunflower oil.

Best for; longest shelf life of all vegetable oils. All skin types.

Colour; clear-white.

Magic; Shiva, Osiris, Sri, Isis, Aset, Asar.

 

Small carrier oil project

Place some coconut oil in a small cup or clean drinking bottle lid. Get a cotton swab and place it into the oil. Massage the oil with the swab onto your cuticles. This oil is fabulous for nourishing them. J

 

Bergamot essential oil [Also known as orange mint.]

Citrus bergamia.

Associated with; Mercury, Hermes, Fortuna.

 

Bergamot essential oil is now used in confectionary and in Earl Grey and Lady Grey teas. Used extensively for decades, in Italy it is now becoming a new favourite. The fruit form of Bergamot oil looks like a lime or a Lemon, yet smells different. You can get Bergamot trees, as a great holistic addition to your garden. They begin green and ripen to a yellow colour, so they appear as smaller lemons. Among it’s other attributes, Bergamot is also an antiseptic. So it can make a good addition to a self made compress. It also makes a great deodorant and perfume. You can use it in an oil burner to uplift the spirits and disperse bad odours.

 

correspondences of Bergamot;

Type of Oil~ Top.

Planet~ Sun.

Element~ Fire.

Deity~ Fortuna.

Chakra~ The 3rd chakra. The solar plexus; to improve on confidence and courage. Also the heart Chakra; compassion, unconditional love and empathy.

Archangel~ Gabriel, Uriel, Hngel, Sandalphon, Jophiel, Zechiel.

Planetary angel~ Gabriel.

Metal~ Gold/Iron.

Tarot cards~ The Sun.

Symbols~ The wheel, the flame, candles, fire, yellow lion, coiled serpent.

Crystals~ Citrine, Amethyst and Rose Quartz/malachite.

Colours~ Green.

Star sign/s~ Leo, Aries, Sagittarius.

Physical uses~ mouth infections, cold sores, sore throats, colds, nasal decongestion, acne, eczema, boils, loss of appetite, flatulence, anorexia,  nervousness and PMS.

Other uses~ Opens hearts that have been closed by grief or other pain, encourages healing, peace, shyness, S.A.D, fear, helps depression, feelings of happiness, peaceful sleep, soothes nerves, brings courage. Also relieves tension and stress.

Rituals~ money, hex-breaking and protection.

Other names~ Orange mint, bee balm, horsemint.

Parts used~ expression of the fruit and rind of the fruit.

Blends with~ Basil, Clary sage, Chamomile, Cypress, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Orange, Jasmine, Juniper, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Neroli, Rosemary, Sage, Sandalwood and Ylang-Ylang.

Precautions~ Phototoxic. Can irritate sensitive skin types.

 

This month’s blend

 

Bergamot foot massage oil. Some people hate the idea of touching feet, and some even hate the idea of massaging their own. But believe me; it can work wonders, even if your unsure of what your doing at first. This makes a great blend to try, it nourishes the skin and uplifts the spirits to encourage, and inspire. Massage in circular motions and when you get bored doing these try small strokes.

 

Carrier/ Base~ 20ml Olive oil

Bergamot oil~ x5 drops

Lavender oil~ x2 drops

 

Mix them together in a small jar or pot. Swirl them about a little. Clean your feet, before you begin. If you have any skin or nail disorders or deep cuts and your worried, you can wear plastic gloves. Or apply a plaster to the area. Then massage the feet, let them be free of socks and for a while. Feel good about yourself! Take some time to remember your achievements, even doing this is massage is one J Then you can either wash them, or put them back in socks and shoes. You can dab your feet with a towel. It is considered more beneficial for over-all health [to gain the properties of the oils] if you keep them on the skin for at least 24 hours after massage.

 

Happy massaging!

 

Bergamot is classed as a phototoxic oil. Meaning it should be avoided to be on the skin in long periods of sunlight and UV lighting.  You will find this with mainly, many Citrus oils. You shouldn’t bathe in this oil, then go out into the sun; burning can occur to your skin. Avoid this oil in Pregnancy. The safest way to use oils in pregnancy is with an oil burner through smell. There are some you should never use in pregnancy; do research or if very unsure avoid all oils…it will be safer that way!

 

Along with Lavender, Bergamot is extensively used in toiletries. It also forms the fragrance of eau-de-cologne.

 

The name Bergamot is derived from the city Bergamo in Lombardy where the oil was first sold. Like other herbs and oils, it has become more wide-spread today.

 

You can add Bergamot to unscented hand wash or a bland hand cream. For a more robust, masculine scent try blending Bergamot, Black pepper and Sandalwood~ at around 2 drops each. For a more feminine scent try blending Bergamot, Geranium and Jasmine together~ at around 2 drops each. If you dislike floral scents try Bergamot x4 drops, Nutmeg x2 drops and Black pepper x1 drop. You may want to just try blending Bergamot, Orange and Lavender for a fruity-subtle scent~ at around 2 drops each.

 

Blessed be,

Thanks for reading.

Lavender’s Corner

June, 2012

This month I think it’s important to cover safety and Carrier oils. Carrier oils also have their own properties, each one is different to the next and these too can be blended together for different reasons. Olive oil For example is thick in consistency so you may wish to add a little grapeseed oil, which is a very thin oil. Most Carrier oils lack smell, but are rich in nourishment. They make a great base oil for an essential oil blend.

A carrier oil is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes. They are diluted before use on the skin, so that the essential oils are safer. Some can give a burning sensation when applied without a carrier oil, so it’s always beneficial to use them. The term carrier oil comes from the fact that they carry the oils and benefits into your skin, olfactory system [the part of the brain, that allows smells to be detected] and for emotional benefits.

Essential oils evaporate and Carriers do not. There is a wide range of carriers out there to choose from. Some will benefit people with mature skin types and some [much like some essential oils] should not be used if you have an allergy.

You will find that the oils you use in cookery can be used for massage~ who says being thrifty can’t be fun! Oils like sunflower; are beneficial and cheaper than say Olive oil, which is thicker in consistency. It depends upon what you have available to you, if your unsure and can’t afford to get the branded labels from aromatherapy shops…then the kitchen isle at a supermarket may be just what you need.

Keep these oils away from sunlight~ cupboards help here. Although I keep mine out, because of a slight accident as a child…I was getting some sunflower oil down from a high shelf, whilst standing on a chair. I fell backwards and the large plastic bottle spilt all over the kitchen floor.

Plus I find it more convenient to have it handy.

On average, the carrier oils last for about 6 months with essential oils. Keep them somewhere cool and dry, usually in a dark glass bottle. The higher the amount of essential oils added; the longer it’s shelf life…do try not to add too many oils though, it’s synergy will be ‘off’.  As a general rule you can measure as follows [as many people have other ways of doing this]~

1; 10ml carrier to 3 drops essential oil,

2; body size…say someone is a size 12, use 12ml carrier to up to 5 drops essential oils.

3; 30ml carrier to 10 drops essential oils.

Generally a slight guessing game, but use your intuition and judgement, if your unsure-always go with less essential oils than you think; just in case.

Next month, I go through the properties of some carrier oils and I go through Bergamot essential oil. learning them too helps with your Aromatherapy knowledge. I personally enjoy learning the folklore of oil uses.

Anyway, let’s get on with safety. This is key to all kinds of learning in this field, even if you don’t want to use the oils for aromatherapy. You may want to use oils in domestic cleaning or ritual work…it still helps to know!

Contra-indications [reasons that prevent use]

Pregnancy, abnormal temperature, infections, post operations [leave at least 6months-1 year before using oils], heart conditions, circulatory disorders, asthma, epilepsy, skin disorders, recent sprains, cancer, cuts, abrasions, bruises, recent fracture, inoculations, recent operations, taking medications, menstruating, thrombosis, embolism, varicose veins, after heavy meals [vomiting can occur], under medical treatment, inflammations, before sport, diabetes, dysfunction of the nervous system.

These are in accordance with professional standards. However, you know your own body. For example you can massage yourself to a degree, and it should be your choice! I had a bruise on my leg, when I clumsily fell a few months ago…it’s not there anymore-I massaged it with oils and a day after- Aloe Vera gel; which I believe helped and healed.

Some oils you have to be careful about your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, you should avoid Rosemary, and Eucalyptus. If you have low blood pressure, you should avoid Lavender.

Healing carriers; almond, calendula, jojoba, olive oil, and st.john’s wort.

Face oils; almond, aloe vera, apricot kernel, avocado, evening primrose, jojoba, peach kernel.

Body oils; grapeseed, peanut, sesame, soya, sunflower and sweet almond.

This month’s blend; Hand massage oil

You may have dry skin, eczema or you might want to try hand massage.  Try this blend~

Olive oil 1 teaspoon

Sunflower oil 1 tablespoon

Add these to a mug or small container [if you have one]. Massage in as you would creams. Try circular motions, stoking, rubbing, back and forward motions…or you may like to get a book out from a library; reflexology that has hand reflexology in it. This can be very interesting and helpful. It can also give you something else to learn.

A little something on essential oils~

Classed in 3 different types; when beginning blend 1 of each in a blend.

Top~ lasts 10 hours in the body

Fresh and light oils.

Immediately apparent. Fast evaporation rate. Gently stimulating.

Middle~ lasts 24 hours in the body

The heart of the fragrance. Slightly sedative. Generally balancing oils.

Benefits the bodily organs.

Base~ lasts up to 5 days in the body

Rich and heavy.

Emerges slowly. Lingers. Fixative. Relaxes the body and mind.

Project idea;

You may be thinking what do I want to do for a great project this year? I have an Aromatherapy folder. I first made it when I began learning Aromatherapy at college. Now, I have added more into another folder. Well, it’s actually a photo album. You can pick 3 different colours for top, middle and base oils. The other side for any other oils or for more information you collect. I used yellow for Top oils; as these tend to be more citrus oils and I associate them with yellow. Then I used blue for middle and pink for base-you can pick any colour you’d like. The colours actually also help as a learning tool as well. You can add magickal knowledge if you like. When you don’t remember you can look at it, you can begin with a handful of oils if you find it hard to remember things and use the oils you have in your folder-this helps your learning too. When you use them practically, it helps you learn mentally.  I added some pictures as well that I have from magazines, I add the uses of the oils, a keyword to remember them by; like stimulating or calming, I add precautions, what they blend with and how they are expressed.

I think this is a good learning project. It may not be September, but we can still learn at any time or any age.

Blessed be,

Again, thanks for reading J