Carrier oil of the month – Hazelnut

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This small, deciduous tree grows well throughout Northern Europe, but excels in the Mediterranean where it is widely cultivated. Hazelnut trees can still be found growing wild in British hedgerows and woodland, bearing  long, yellow catkins around March time.

The oil, which accounts for approximately 40% of the nuts weight, is extracted from the kernel by cold pressing. The oil is then left for several days to let the sediment settle before filtering.

The quality and ‘grading’ of the oil will vary according to its purpose – the cosmetic industry will often refine Hazelnut oil before adding to their own products, while the food industry tends to roast the nuts prior to extraction in order to enhance the oils flavour. Similarly, the quality of the oil will depend upon the quality of the nuts from which it is extracted. For the above reasons, it is also commendable to buy Carrier Oils from reputable suppliers who specialise in Aromatherapy products.

Main therapeutic uses
Hazelnut Oil is believed to be very nourishing for the skin as it is rich in vitamins (A, B and E), minerals and proteins. As it is easily absorbed and softens the skin, this oil is a favourite ingredient in many beauty products, particularly face, hand and body creams. Hazelnut Oil can also be found in many sun protection and after-sun lotions.

Main constituents
Oleic acid; linoleic acid; palmitic acid; stearic acid; palmitoleic acid.

Other comments
Do not use on clients with a nut allergy. Carry out a patch test if the client has a history of allergic reactions. Hazelnut oil is good for greasy skin as it is readily absorbed. The oil is amber/yellow in colour. Its Latin name means ‘little helmet’ which alludes to the shape of the nut.

Latin Name: Corylus Avellana

Common Origin: Greece

Family: Corylaceae

Made from: Kernel

Blends well with…
Sweet Almond oil – which has the same constituents. Hazelnut Oil can be added to a Cream base to make it more rich.

Disclaimer: The information provided on our blog is for personal information and educational interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or disorder. If you have any health concerns we would strongly advise you your consult your GP or health care professional. If you want to receive aromatherapy treatment we would advise making an appointment with a fully qualified aromatherapist who will conduct a full consultation of your health history and provide you with a tailored treatment programme. If pregnant or taking medication it is recommended to seek professional medical advice before using aromatherapy. The information we provide is on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. Purple Flame aromatherapy accepts no liability for the misuse of essential oils and other products or for reliance on the information we provide.Disclaimer: The information provided on our blog is for personal information and educational interest only. It is not intended to offer professional medical advice, diagnosis or cure for any medical condition or disorder. If you have any health concerns we would strongly advise you your consult your GP or health care professional. If you want to receive aromatherapy treatment we would advise making an appointment with a fully qualified aromatherapist who will conduct a full consultation of your health history and provide you with a tailored treatment programme. If pregnant or taking medication it is recommended to seek professional medical advice before using aromatherapy. The information we provide is on the basis that there are no known contra-indications to treatment. Purple Flame aromatherapy accepts no liability for the misuse of essential oils and other products or for reliance on the information we provide.