Uses of Massage Oils I-O
Base Oils and Their Uses: I-O
(Botanical name: Simmondsia chinensis)
Dark yellow colored, light, highly penetrative oil. It is very stable and keeps longer than most oils.
The oil is extracted from the bean of a desert shrub.
It is a liquid wax. It is waxy solid at cold temperatures.
Ingredients contain proteins and minerals
Helps to prevent oxidation of essential oils
Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
Assists in breaking down sebum in plugged pores
Balances the brain and pituitary gland
Properties of Jojoba Oil:
Jojoba Oil Uses:
Use in beauty care
Used to treat skin disorders, eczema, acne, dry scalp, psoriasis
Good carrier oil
Use full strength or in dilution with other oils
Kukui Nut Oil
Colorless, odorless oil
Ingredients are linoleic and linolenic acid
Slightly warming effect
Light oil which dries quickly
Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, antioxidant properties
Prevents the oil from becoming rancid
Kukui Nut Oil Uses:
Good for all skin types
Usually an additive
(Botanical name: Olea euroapea)
Properties of Olive Oil:
General Properties: Olive oil is green in color. It contains proteins, minerals, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, carotene.
Olive oil has three grades
a) Extra virgin olive oil: collected from the first pressing of the fruit. This is rich, heavy with a darkish yellow green color and fruity peppery aroma.
b) Virgin olive oil: collected from the second pressing of the fruit. This has a lighter yellow green color with less pungent aroma.
c) Pure olive oil: is usually an oil blend of highly refined olive oils from more than one country.
Both extra virgin and virgin olive oil contain appreciable levels of the essential fatty acid, alpha linolenic acid.
Olive Oil Uses:
Good for all skin types
Can be used 100% on its own without dilution. However, it is rather thick in consistency; so best when diluted.
Extra virgin and cold pressed are recommended
External application of olive oil is useful for sore skin, dehydrated and inflamed skin. It prevents stretch marks during pregnancy and reduces itchiness due to pruritis.
Olive oil is a natural sun screen and filters out the sun’s rays up to 20 per cent.
It is soothing and relieves rheumatic pain.
External Application of Olive Oil
Olive Oil Used Internally
It is beneficial to prevent heart disease due to the type of fat present in olive oil, when consumed internally.
It is also a gentle laxative