Grapeseed Oil (Vitis vinifera): This wonderful cold pressed oil is a favorite for massage application because it offers anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties with little scent of its own. The cold pressed oil of grapes offers a slightly nutty aroma and flavor in a colorless liquid which has a thin consistency (light molecules) which allows it to penetrate the skin easily. Thus, it’s a favorite carrier oil to use with essential oils (SHeMeN).
Grapeseed oil works well for a full body or “spot” massage. It is often used by itself for massage, in addition to being a carrier oil.
Massage Application: Use by itself for massage OR add essential oils. When using with essential oils for massage, blend 8 – 9 drops of grapeseed oil to 1 – 3 drops of essential oil. For body massage safety, it’s best to keep your essential oil at 1 – 2% with the carrier oil being 98 – 99% of total volume to be appropriate to amount of skin area to be massaged.
Oil from grapes are extracted from seeds which are discarded while processing grape wine. The seeds from the fruit are then cold pressed to obtain its oil which contains vitamins, minerals and fatty acids such as linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid. Other properties include phenols, natural steroids and Vitamin E.
Historical and Traditional Uses Include: Used in relation to health issues such as free radical damage, diabetes and heart disease. Used to help to relieve symptoms related to chronic venous insufficiencies, blood pooling in legs causing pain, swelling, fatigue and edema.
Grapeseed extract is often utilized for lowering bad cholesterol, reduce high blood pressure (hypertension), and has been researched and used for the prevention and intervention of excess growth relating to breast, colon, prostate, stomach and lung radical cells (cancer).
Cold Pressed: Seed