Carrier oil of the month – Grapeseed

Grape Seed

The plant is a deciduous, climbing vine that grows to about 20-30 metres. There are around 300 cultivated varieties, with each grape only producing usually no more than 2 seeds.

It is thought that grapeseed oil was first produced in France during times of hardship, though its main producers today are California, Italy and Spain.

Latin Name: Vitis vinifera

Family: Vitaceae

Made From: Seeds

Grapeseed is one of the cheapest base/carrier oils used by therapists as the seeds it is made from are a by-product of wine making. The seeds are washed, dried, ground and then pressed with the aid of heat (which is necessary as the seeds are only 12-13% oil). Grapeseed is not available cold pressed. The extracted oil is then refined, making it very pale green in colour and practically odourless.

Main Properties:
Emollient

Main therapeutic uses:
As the oil is ideal for greasy skin it is often used in soothing skin preparations by the cosmetic industry. As this oil is cheap and has good slippage, it has become a favourite massage medium over the years, however its therapeutic properties do pale slightly when compared to those of almond, apricot and other carrier oils.

Main constituents:
Linoleic acid, oleic acid, steric acid, palmitic acid, palmitoleic aci.

Other Comments

  • Almost colourless and odourless (once refined – in its crude state it is a dark oil).
  • Often used in cooking as it’s naturally cholesterol free and has one of the lowest levels of saturated fat (9%).
  • Vitis is Latin for ‘vine’ and Vinifera means ‘wine bearing’.
  • No know contra-indications.
  • Non-toxic.

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