Monday, September 13, 2010

Carrot Seed Essential Oil

This essential oil is steam distilled not from the seeds of domestic carrots but from the wild carrot AKA Queen Anne's Lace. Yes this lacy plant that grows wild everywhere yields an oil that is absolutely marvelous in skin care. It has a rather earthy fragrance and really doesn't have a lot of use in blending as far as perfumery goes. I do like it blended with lavender or patchouli for skin care and to improve the smell.

Wild carrot seed oil is a must in blends for older and mature skin. Just so you know ladies, mature skin is generally defined as anyone over the age of 25, so I'm not just talking about wrinkled old ladies. It does help to moisturize dry skin and combat wrinkles, but it also improves the texture of the skin and correct scarring. So if you weird texture or scars from doing battle with acne (and using alcohol based toners) then carrot seed will help your skin look younger and healthier.

You can make your own facial oil by combining no more than 25 drops of essential oils in 1 ounce of carrier oil. Buy a cobalt blue or amber glass bottle with a dropper top. For oily/acne prone skin the best carrier oils are grapeseed or hazelnut oil. For essential oils try lavender, geranium, palmarosa and add a drop or 2 of carrot seed. For mature skin try avocado or apricot kernel oil with your choice of lavender, neroli, rose, patchouli, jasmine, with carrot seed added.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about specific oils!

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