Types of Carrier Oils and Their Uses

Carrier oils are normally used to dilute essential oils before applying them onto the skin while retaining the therapeutic properties of both. There are different types of carrier oils, such as coconut oil, avocado oil, sesame oil, jojoba oil, etc. Learn more about their properties, benefits, and uses here.

What are Carrier Oils?

Carrier oils, also known as base oils or vegetable oils, are used to dilute essential and absolute oils before being applied to the skin in massage and aromatherapy. They are called ‘carrier oils’ because they carry the essential oil to the skin while retaining the therapeutic properties of both.


Benefits and Uses of Different Carrier Oils

Apricot Kernel Oil

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Apricot oil is good for all skin types. It is very rich and nourishing – particularly in Vitamin A. It has very little scent, and it is absorbed by the skin quickly.

Avocado Oil

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Small amounts of avocado oil are typically added to other carrier oils in order to enrich protein and vitamin content.

Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is used to create a barrier on the skin. It is also the preferred oil for high-quality cold-process soapers.

Grapeseed Oil

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Grapeseed oil is the preferred carrier oil for many massage therapists because of its light, satin-like finish. It also has some astringent qualities and it’s good for oily, acne-prone skin.

Jojoba Oil

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In actuality, jojoba oil is a liquid wax. It closely resembles the sebum of the skin, and it is rich in Vitamin E, which promotes a glowing complexion.

Rose Hip Seed Oil

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Rose Hip Seed Oil is extremely high in essential fatty acids and it is known to help treat dry, irritated, weathered skin. It is also suitable for applying to scars and stretch marks. Not recommended for acne-prone skin.

Safflower Oil

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Safflower Oil is very popular in massage blends, as it is easily absorbed, and can be washed from sheets without heavy staining. Also a popular industry choice for moisturizing cosmetics.

Sesame Oil

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Sesame Oil is rich in Vitamin E and B, and in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. It is an excellent emollient. When diluted with other carrier oils, it is popular for massage.

Sweet Almond Oil

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Sweet Almond Oil is an excellent emollient and it is known for its ability to soften and re-condition the skin. It is rich in proteins and Vitamin D, and it is considered extremely nourishing. Can stain sheets.


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Benefits of Golden Milk and How to Make It

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Golden milk is an old Indian drink that has been gaining popularity lately. This bright yellow beverage with turmeric and other spices is touted for its many health benefits and often used as an alternative remedy to boost immunity. Learn how to prepare it now!

Benefits of Golden Milk

The key ingredient in golden milk is turmeric, a yellow spice popular in Asian cuisine, which gives curry its yellow color. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for centuries due to its strong antioxidant properties. Most recipes also include cinnamon and ginger — both of which have impressive antioxidant properties as well, that help protect cells from damage, fight off disease and infections and contribute to your overall health.

Turmeric, ginger and cinnamon, the main ingredients in golden milk, also have strong anti-inflammatory properties that may reduce inflammation and joint pain.

This drink may be good for your brain, too. Studies show that curcumin (turmeric) may help your brain to form new connections and promotes the growth of brain cells. Ginger may also boost brain function by improving reaction time and memory. Cinnamon may help preserve memory and reduce the decline in brain function from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.


How to Prepare Golden Milk

Ingredients:

  • 500ml milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • Anise or Cinnamon stick (optional)
Golden Milk Recipe

Method:

Put all the ingredients in a saucepan and whisk, then gently heat for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Strain and serve warm in cups or heatproof glasses, garnishing with a cinnamon stick or anise, if you like.


You can learn more about golden milk here

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Tongue Scraping, an Ayurvedic Ritual

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Older research suggests that using a tongue scraper twice daily can improve your sense of taste. Tongue scraping also improves the appearance of your tongue, removes bacteria, reduces bad breath and improves overall health.

What is Tongue Scraping and Why should you start?

First of all, we should all brush our teeth before we eat breakfast – not only after! Otherwise, you will be eating with a foul mouth. You can start with oil pulling, then brush & floss your teeth, and finish with a tongue scraper.

Yes, using a tongue scraper is a good habit to implement in your morning and night routine to scrape your tongue after brushing your teeth. Bacteria don’t only accumulate on your teeth – what about the rest of your oral cavity? Your gums, tongue and throat, for example, all house bacteria. Cleaning the surface of the tongue is an important part of daily oral hygiene.

Gently scraping the tongue from the back to the front five to ten times, first thing in the morning after brushing the teeth can reduce the accumulation of toxic and bacterial substances that can lead to bad breath and disturbed digestion.

This quick and easy ritual can eliminate the white and sometimes yellowish coating found on the tongue, as well as enhance the function of taste buds, which stimulate the oral enzymes (the key sensory organ in digestion). When the brain and mind accurately perceive ‘taste’, only then does your food digest properly. Scraping the tongue stimulates this process, the digestive tract and your digestive fire.

A healthy tongue should be pink in colour and free from any coating. Your tongue is a map of your digestion, and it can really tell you what is going on in your gut. So, next time you wake up and go to brush your teeth, check out your tongue too. Is there stickiness or a coating? If so, then it’s definitely time to add tongue scraping to your morning routine!


Which type of tongue scraper should you buy?

I would recommend using a stainless steel or copper U-shaped scraper. You buy one online from AliExpress for example.

Tongue scrapers are inexpensive and now widely available, but a good-quality copper one will last a lifetime – copper is a non-toxic metal and has healing properties of its own, including healing mouth ulcers.


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Benefits of Using a Neti Pot Daily

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A neti pot is a container designed to rinse mucus from your nasal cavity. You might use it to treat symptoms of nasal allergies, sinus problems or colds. Perform a nasal cleaning every morning with a neti pot and see the difference!

What is a Neti Pot?

According to recent research, the human nose isn’t just able to smell 10,000 scents but has the ability to differentiate between at least a trillion different scents. There are millions of microglands in your nasal passages that have a direct connection to your nervous system. Living in an urban environment means that we can lose our sensory sharpness. So why would we not nurture and protect our nasal senses?

Nasal cleaning with a neti pot is becoming one of my favorite daily rituals. It really feels good! The traditional yogic practice of nasal irrigation using warm sterile saline water and a neti pot is truly amazing. It looks similar to a teapot, flushes out mucus from your nose. You can buy one at your local pharmacy or online.


Benefits of using a Neti Pot

  • It clears the sinuses and helps clear blockages
  • It helps to prevent allergic reactions
  • It relieves cold symptoms (and possibly snoring)
  • It pulls out toxins from inner mucosa

How to use a Neti Pot

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This practice is best done once a day, in the morning, usually after your oral cleansing practices. Using comfortably warm sterile water, mix with 1/4 tsp powdered rock salt in your neti pot. Tilt your head forward and tilt to one side and, using the pot, allow half of the water to trickle in one nostril and out the other. Take a breath and repeat on the other side. Blow your nose to clear the solution, along with the excess mucus.

Neti pot irrigation can be followed up where appropriate by oil cleansing of the nostrils, known as pratimarsha nasya. You can use a medicated oil such as any thailam, but sesame oil or ghee are just as beneficial. To perform nasya at home, you can take a slightly warm liquid ghee, tilt your head backward and administer 1-2 drops in one nostril, while closing the other. Take a deep inhalation, and repeat on the other side. You will feel the oil in your throat, which you can spit out.

Nasya protects the eyes, nose and throat against diseases. It has also been said to prevent premature greying of the hair and hair loss. It can nourish the facial skin and strengthen the voice, so it is a great practice for vocalists and public speakers.


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Reasons to Start the Day with Warm Lemon Water

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Drinking warm lemon water stimulates the digestive system to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste, and it boosts your immune system and helps your skin to glow with Vitamin C, amongst other benefits. Learn more about it here!

Drink Lemon Water Every Morning

Drinking fresh lemon with warm water on an empty stomach after your morning cleansing practices, you can gently cleanse your digestive system on a daily basis.

Although lemons are acidic on the palate, the post-digestive properties turn to alkaline, which allows the body, and especially the liver, to detoxify. The anti-bacterial properties of lemons can also prevent the build-up of toxins and bacteria in the first instance.

Drinking lemon water can also enhance digestion, reduce any sluggish and bloated feelings and aid daily elimination. What’s more, lemons are high in antioxidants, so you can help combat free radicals and give your skin a radiant glow. On top of that, the vitamin C present in lemons helps boost your immune system.

I am a firm believer in learning from first-hand experience – so go on and try it!


Benefits of Drinking Warm Lemon water

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Improves Digestion

Drinking hot or warm lemon water stimulates the digestive system to absorb nutrients and eliminate waste.

Boosts immune system

Vitamin C in lemons is a poweful antioxidant that shortens the duration of the cold and flu.

Helps skin to glow

Vitamin C in lemon boosts collagen production, which prevents wrin and builds healthy skin tissue.

Helps with weight loss

Drinking warm lemon water helps to curb hunger and keeps you feeling fuller longer.

Increases water intake

Increase your water intake by adding a few slices of lemon or squirts of lemon juices.


You can also buy a bottle like this one online and take it with you everywhere you go, so you don’t forget to drink your lemon water!

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