Using Oils from Flowers and Herbs
Carrier oils derived from floral or herbal sources are most commonly used in beauty treatments because their components complement those of the essential oils.
Oils that are derived from flowers and herbs, such as St. John’s Wort and borage, make up one of the main categories of carrier product. Floral and herbal carrier oils are particularly useful as massage oils, or as the base of essential oil blends for massage, due to their active ingredients, such as essential fatty acids and vitamins. These can help you to treat chronic skin problems such as acne and eczema, as well as being beneficial for bruises, swellings, burns and scars.
Caring for your skin – These types of carrier oils are also excellent ingredients for general skin care products because they can help to keep skin elastic and well toned, and they even have anti-ageing effect. To this end, they are often added to skin care products such as creams, lotions and even face masks. The carrier oils in this category derive from herbs and flowers and bring their own properties to skin care blends.
Common active ingredients – Some common ingredients of herb and flower oils are :
- Carotene – This tones kin, maintains elasticity and prevents premature ageing.
- Linolenic acid – This rejuvenates, moisturises and regenerates skin and treats eczema, acne and itchiness.
- Vitamin A – This antioxidant improves your skin’s texture and prevents wrinkles from developing.
- Vitamin C – This enhances the effect of vitamin A.
- Vitamin E – This antioxidant helps tone skin and reduce wrinkles and stretch marks.
Many vitamins can be found in fruit and herb oils. Apply herb or flower oils to dry or damaged skin.