Grapes are natural wonders for our health. They’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins and minerals. They stimulate the digestion and make the skin look radiant among others. Is Grapeseed oil a carrier oil that can be used in Aromatherapy without side effects?
How much do we know about the oil extracted from grape seeds? I will take a closer look at that and tell you about the properties and benefits of Grapeseed oil. We will see if this oil is a carrier oil, and what makes it such. I will also tell you a little bit about the controversy around its use in the kitchen.
After that, we’ll see if there’s any difference between eating it and using it on the skin (or hair). I will sum up this article with a few recipes with Grapeseed oil in case you want to use it in your hair or skin care.
Did You Know?
- Grapes contain high amounts of resveratrol (powerful antioxidant). But Grapeseed oil lacks the presence of this antioxidant almost completely. Almost being the keyword here, because it does contain small traces of many antioxidants.
The Properties and Benefits of Grapeseed Oil
Botanical name: Vitis vinifera
Texture: thin oil, doesn’t leave an oily feel to the skin
Grapeseed oil is a by-product of wine making. Wine producers have finally figured out a clever way to dispose of all the grape seeds left after they would finish making the wine. Grapeseed oil can be obtained in two ways:
- Cold pressed – powerful machines press and squeeze all the oil from the grape seeds.
- Solvent extraction – use solvents like hexane to extract the oil from the grape seeds.
The first method is the one that produces high quality and pure Aromatherapy Grapeseed oil. The method only uses machines to squeeze the oil out, which doesn’t affect its properties at all.
The oil then will preserve all its chemical compounds and properties. This is what you’ll be looking for if you’re going to use it in Aromatherapy, in skin applications.
The second method produces low quality and potentially toxic Grapeseed oil. It can be toxic because it uses hexane to extract the oil. But there’s also heat involved, which can alter and denaturize the oil’s compounds. That would change entirely the oil’s properties and benefits.
Before we get to the part of finding out if Grapeseed oil is a carrier oil, we should know what it contains:
- Polyunsaturated fat – around 70% Omega 6 (linoleic acid) and Omega 9
- Monounsaturated fat – around 17%
- Saturated fat – around 12%
- High amounts of vitamin E (double the quantity found in Olive oil)
Too much omega 6 in our body is unhealthy. Our body needs a balanced contribution of Omega 3 and 6 to function at maximum capacity. More Omega 6 than 3 can lead to all sorts of health complications and diseases.
The perfect balance of Omega 3 and 6 can be found in Olive oil, which promotes an optimal health. Because in high doses, Grapeseed oil can be toxic and unhealthy, this oil is the subject of controversy and many disagreements.
This study here, found that consuming Grapeseed oil can lower the insulin resistance in obese women. Grapeseed oil consumption can also lower inflammation.
But that’s not enough to justify eating Grapeseed oil on a daily basis. Generally speaking, Grapeseed oil is not that good to be used in the kitchen. Many of the super important antioxidants and nutrients from the grapes don’t make it into the oil at all.
However, all the polyunsaturated fat found in Grapeseed oil is very good for the skin. Is Grapeseed oil a carrier oil that can be used in Aromatherapy?
That little amount of antioxidants that do make it into the oil after extraction, and all that vitamin E do a lot of good to the skin. It is highly moisturizing and protects against premature aging. All this and more make Grapeseed oil a good choice in Aromatherapy.
The Properties of Grapeseed Oil as a Carrier Oil:
- Grapeseed oil is anti-inflammatory and antioxidant.
- It can protect against allergies. Unless you’re already allergic to grapes or his compounds.
- It is also a good antimicrobial.
- And it makes a very good anti-aging product because of its high amount of vitamin E.
- It has mild astringent properties. That means it can tighten the skin and capillaries. This action gives the skin a more firm and toned aspect.
- Can protect against sun damage.
- It is highly moisturizing.
- Because of its high content of linoleic acid (Omega 6), it can help regenerate cell membranes faster and heal wounds.
The Benefits of Grapeseed Oil as a Carrier Oil:
Grapeseed oil is very good at almost all skin or hair problems. From dandruff and hair dullness to acne and stretch marks, you can use Grapeseed oil on skin applications alone. Or you can use it in combination with different essential oils.
Grapeseed oil is:
a) Good at improving acne scars and preventing them from forming again. Grapeseed oil is a thin oil that is fast absorbed and it has anti-inflammatory properties.
Because of that, the skin can stay moisturized and protected against bacteria like Staphylococcus aureus. That way the scars have time to heal properly and prevent other eruptions from happening.
b) Good at improving dermatitis and eczema. Grapeseed oil can keep the moisture locked into the skin and help it regain its natural, healthy aspect. It should be applied at least 2 or three times a day on all the affected areas.
c) Good at reducing fine lines, wrinkles and stretch marks. Grapeseed oil can improve the aspect of wrinkles or stretch marks through daily applications for a longer period of time. It can boost the production of collagen, which is necessary to maintain your skin healthy and supple.
d) Good at preventing hair loss. Grapeseed oil, along other carrier oils is good at promoting hair growth. It can also remove the dandruff and make the hair look shiny, supple and smooth again.
e) Good at improving the aspect of dark under eye circles. No need to use anything else for under eye circles than Grapeseed oil, which is natural. Adding to it a few drops of essential oil you can make yourself very good blends against those dark circles.
Is Grapeseed Oil a Carrier Oil with Side Effects?
Low to moderate doses present no risk. That is why there are no registered studies or cases to have reported side effects. Therefore, Grapeseed oil is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS). The problems appear only when Grapeseed oil is consumed in large amounts.
Common symptoms of an overdose with Grapeseed oil are:
- Stomach pain.
- Nausea and dizziness.
- High blood pressure.
- Extra dry scalp with a lot more dandruff and itchiness discomfort.
- Allergic reactions to those allergic to grapes.
Is Grapeseed oil a carrier oil that can be taken internally?
Before considering using Grapeseed oil in food, you should know that it can interact with blood pressure medication. It can also interact with warfarin (blood thinner) and increase the risk of bleeding more.
It is recommended that you talk to your doctor about taking Grapeseed oil supplements. Do it, especially if you’re undergoing different other treatments.
Did You Know?
- Oftentimes, Grapeseed oil is used as shaving oil because of its light texture. Grapeseed oil penetrates the skin quite fast and protects the skin while shaving.
Is Grapeseed Oil a Carrier Oil? The Whys and the Hows of This Oil
We’ve seen what it contains and we’ve seen how it’s obtained. We’ve also seen what it is good for and what exactly it can do for the skin and hair (and nails too).
It is now simple to see why is Grapeseed oil considered a carrier oil. That is because it’s extracted from the seeds of the fruit. The seeds, the kernels and the fat portions of a fruit are usually “cold pressed” or “expeller pressed”.
This is usually the extraction method of carrier oils. All the other parts consisting of twigs, leaves, roots and even dried rinds, are steam distilled. That is the most common extraction method for essential oils. Of course, there are plenty other extraction methods. Some more expensive and more toxic than others, but that’s a different story.
This explains why is Grapeseed oil a carrier oil. There’s no doubt now that it can be used in Aromatherapy, with a lot of success too.
How you can use it? Well, let’s see… You could use it in:
- Skin applications – create your own blends with essential oils and apply on the targeted areas.
- Massage – Grapeseed oil is very good for any type of massage because it is easily absorbed.
- Hot oil treatments – you can warm this oil alone or add some other oils in it and use on your hair or skin. A warm environment usually helps the oils work better and get better results.
- Creams or other cosmetics – you can improve the quality of your favorite moisturizer with a few drops of Grapeseed oil.
Did You Know?
- There are around sixty species of grapes and more than eight thousand varieties of grapes. One way or another, they’re all a part of the wine and Grapeseed oil making.
Is Grapeseed Oil a Good Carrier Oil in Skin Care? 5 Recipes to Get You Started
No matter what else you hear about Grapeseed oil, it still is a very good carrier oil. It can be used in Aromatherapy for all skin types, especially for oily and acne prone skins.
Small recap on why is Grapeseed oil a good carrier oil:
- It’s very rich in vitamin E, which is among the best thing you could put on your skin. It’s known to be a strong antioxidant that can keep the skin looking supple and healthy.
- It is almost entirely made out of linoleic acid (Omega 6). It helps the skin heal faster, keep it moist and improve the aspect of many skin conditions.
- All the other fatty acids can nourish the skin keeping it “fed” with all the nutrients necessary for a healthy look.
We’ve finally got to the end of the article. Here you can find 5 recipes that contain Grapeseed oil for your hair, nails and skin. Pick the one you fancy most and maybe later on you’ll let me know how you two got along.
Recipe #1: Make Your Own Moisturizer
- Grapeseed oil: 3 tablespoons ( 1,5 Oz)
- Rose essential oil: 6 drops
- Lavender essential oil: 6 drops
- Bergamot(without bergapten) essential oil: 6 drops
You can also add one tablespoon of hydrosol. It can be anything you like. Mix well all the ingredients and shake well before use. This blend is meant to moisturize your skin and keep it fresh and clean. The chosen essential oils can also keep it soft and supple. It’s a good anti-aging blend too. Store it in the fridge and try to use it within 3 months.
Recipe #2: Simple Way to Remove Makeup
- Grapeseed oil: one tablespoon
- Tea Tree essential oil: 3 drops
You can double the quantity if you want, and you can also add more essential oils. Give them a stir together and use a cotton pad to soften your eye makeup and then wipe gently towards the exterior.
Use as many times as necessary until the pad comes out clean. You can either use a bit of water to rinse it off, or leave it like it is. Your skin will be nourished, clean and protected against bacteria.
Recipe #3: Delicious Body Scrub
- Grapeseed oil: 4 tablespoons
- Coffee: 2 teaspoons
- Raw cocoa powder: 2 teaspoons
- Geranium essential oil: 15 drops
- Patchouli essential oil: 15 drops
Stir well all the ingredients in a ceramic bowl with a wooden spoon or stick. Feel free to add a few more drops of Grapeseed oil if you think the paste is too thick. You’ll want a paste that’s easy to spread all over the body without falling off.
This blend is meant to eliminate dead cells and improve the appearance of stretch marks and cellulite. Another result will be that your skin will look and feel soft and firm.
Recipe #4: Hot Oil Hair Treatment
- Grapeseed oil: 2 – 4 tablespoons (depending on the length of your hair)
- Coconut oil: 2 teaspoons
- Rosemary essential oil: 15 drops
Mix well all the ingredients and warm them in the microwave oven or in a larger pot filled with hot water. Make sure you don’t drop water in your blend and don’t overheat them.
Apply on the hair and scalp and leave on for at least 30 minutes. Wrap your head in a hot towel or put on a shower cap to preserve the heat inside. Carrier oils and essential oils work better in a warm environment.
This blend should get you rid of the dandruff and improve any itchiness or dryness symptom on the scalp. It will also help your hair grow faster and give it back its natural shine.
Recipe #5: Protect Your Nails from Discoloration
- Grapeseed oil: 2 tablespoons
- Lemon essential oil: 12 drops
Mix the two ingredients and massage your nails and cuticles with this blend. If you paint your nails often, especially with dark colors, this blend will restore your nails’ natural color. It will also take care of your cuticles. All that’s left is to push them in with a wooden tool and you’ll have a perfect manicure without too much effort.
Is Grapeseed oil a carrier oil? To sum it all up, I say it is. It is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids that do your skin a lot of good. It’s true, not all the antioxidants and vitamins from the grapes make it into the oil. But that’s enough to make Grapeseed oil a good carrier oil to be used in Aromatherapy.
I’d also say there’s a big difference between eating Grapeseed oil and using it on skin and hair applications. The latter category doesn’t involve the risk of overdosing. Whereas, using it in the kitchen can be pretty unhealthy, especially if it’s consumed in large quantity.
Have you ever used Grapeseed oil in your Aromatherapy blends? I’m curious how you got along with it and if you’d use it again.