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; Artemis, 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.
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.]
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.
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.
Tarot cards~ The Sun.
Symbols~ The wheel, the flame, candles, fire, yellow lion, coiled serpent.
Crystals~ Citrine, Amethyst and Rose Quartz/malachite.
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.
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.
Thanks for reading.