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An Oil for Scars

by Andrea Butje on May 15, 2017

If I’m making a butter or oil for scars or old wounds, one of my favorite carrier oils to use is tamanu.

Tamanu oil comes from Madagascar and the Polynesian Islands, and has a very intense, nutty, curry-like aroma. In some areas of the Polynesian Islands it’s been used as a traditional medicine for healing skin conditions, old wounds, and scars. 

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Aromatic Carrier Oils and Butters (+ a perfume recipe!)

by Andrea Butje on March 13, 2017

Blending with essential oils and creating amazing scents is what often pops up first in our minds when we think of Aromatherapy.

It’s also fun to blend with aromatic carrier oils and butters, learning their properties and the ways they affect your recipes. Some carrier butters and oils have amazing aromas. Others are very mild, like jojoba—unless we add essential oils or other carrier oils! 

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Going Green with Avocado Oil

November 07, 2011

Are you using avocado oil (Laurus persea) in your aromatherapy and massage blends? If not, check out this natural, fresh oil! While you and your clients enjoy the scent and texture of avocado oil, it goes to work behind the scenes restoring and rejuvenating skin naturally. Avocado oil is highly penetrating, deeply nourishing, and softens dry skin. It’s known to help the skin's upper layers retain moisture. Repeated applications of moisturizing butters, oils or lotions made with avocado oil increase hydration in the upper layers of skin, and improve skin's elastic properties. Whether you’re looking for an oil to use as a carrier with essential oils, or something to blend with other moisturizing oils in a product, avocado oil plays well with others. How is the oil derived from the fruit we commonly know as a salad topping or the main ingredient in guacamole? Avocado oil is expressed from dried avocado fruit flesh. The fruit is peeled, the pit removed, and the fruit is sliced and dried to remove any water. The dried slices are cold-pressed to remove the oil. The process is time-consuming and complex—and true, organic, high quality, cold-pressed, unrefined oil is a real gem. Avocado oil has at least a one-year shelf life, and it's recommended to store it at room temperature--not to keep it in the refrigerator, as it may form deposits and congeal when chilled. As avocado oil gets older, the color turns from olive green to brown. […]

Natal Mahogany (Trichilia emetica)

December 07, 2010

Recently I was introduced to a really fabulous new carrier oil called Natal Mahogany (also called Mafura oil or Cape Mahogany). The Natal Mahogany tree (Trichilia emetica) is a majestic hardwood tree. It can grow over 65 feet tall. The aromatic flowers are creamy and yellow, and the fruit is filled with bright red seeds, full of rich oil. The aroma of the oil is rich, nutty and full of character. […]

Tamanu Oil (Foraha)

August 29, 2009

Tamanu oil, extracted from the fruit of the Calophyllum inophyllum tree, is renowned for its remarkable skin healing properties. […]

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