The Best Carrier Oils to Use in Massage Therapy, Part II
Here are the rest of the recommended carrier oils for massage therapy in addition to Sweet Almond Oil and Apricot Kernel Oil:
3. Grapeseed Oil has major Essential Fatty Acids in it along with astringent properties. Its satiny afterglow is due to its thin viscosity. With a comparatively short shelf life, it is great for skin that is prone to acne and other skin disruptions.
4. Sesame Seed Oil has many wonderful properties despite its thick consistency. Great for chronically dry skin, it is detoxifying, anti-fungal, an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, and is a natural protector against UV light. Filled with antioxidants, protein, Vitamin E, lecithin, and various minerals, it is great for increasing circulation.
5. Jojoba Oil is not actually an oil, but a liquid wax that resembles oil. Filled with B Vitamins and Vitamin E, it is very quickly absorbed into the skin and may require reapplication during a massage.
6. Sunflower Oil with its sweet odor offers good penetration into the skin with no residual oily residue. Great for mature skin it contains B Vitamins, Vitamins A, E and D, and Essential Fatty Acids,
7. Camellia Oil, used often in Asia, contains antioxidants and both Essential and Non-Essential Fatty Acids. With its slightly herbaceous scent, it is also a great moisturizer for hair and nails.
What to do when you get your own massage oil
When you get a massage, you might want to have your own carrier oil with you rather than relying on whatever the massage therapist has on hand. Carrier oils do eventually become rancid if not used in a fairly timely manner. It is good to store them in a cool, dry place in the dark. You can increase their useful lifespan even further by storing them in dark glass bottles with tightly fitted tops. Some oils may be stored in the refrigerator to prolong their lifespan, with the exception of avocado oil. Another way to increase the lifespan of your carrier oil is to add Vitamin E to it.
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