Authors Note: The information on this page has been gathered from many sources, among them books by Susanne Fischer-Rizzi; Valerie Worwood; Ann Berwick, Shirley Price, Roberta Wilson, and Sylla Sheppard-Hanger, plus my own explorations and experience. Many thanks to the family members and friends who have allowed me to use them as guinea pigs while I've been learning what works, and what doesn't! Note: re stability and shelf life of unrefined oils: Carrier oils high in Saturated Fatty Acids will be more stable than those high in Unsaturated Fatty Acids. Oils high in Vitamin E also should have a longer shelf life, as well.
Contains (unrefined) 50% lauric acid. Refined coconut oil, according to Sheppard-Hanger, is closest substance to human sub-cutaneous fat and more compatible with skin than vegetable oils. She states that it has a virtually unlimited shelf life, since it can not turn rancid, and that it can not clog pores, making it an ideal carrier for oily or troubled skin. However, Shirley Price points out that fractionated (or refined) coconut oil is produced by heat, rather than cold pressing, and is usually deodorized since it's natural odor is overwhelming, and asks if we really want to use a fractionated oil in aromatherapy, since it is not a complete product..
My *personal* opinion on the above is "it depends." I vastly prefer a "natural" oil, and yet under some conditions the use of a 'totally natural' carrier can compound the problem. i.e., if applying EO's to severely damaged skin, a totally natural carrier could also introduce fungi, molds, or bacteria to the skin as well. Using a refined and sterilized carrier under these conditions could prevent further problems. I have personally used it as a carrier for skin conditions that had proven resistant to any earlier treatment. I also think its "light" texture will make it a wonderful "summer use" oil, when the richer, heavier oils seem too sticky on the skin.
It also will wash out of sheets, towels, etc. much more easily than most carrier oils, making it a boon to the massage therapist.
Uses: dryness, itching, sensitive skin, tanning aid. Use as base or 10-50% additive.
Contains: gamma linolenic acid, vitamins, minerals
Uses: internally for PMT, MS, menopausal problems, externally psoriasis, eczema; helps to prevent prematurely aged skin, aids wound healing and any sort of dermatitis. Goes rancid very easily. Use at 10% dilution.
Contains:Vitamin F, lipids, glycerides and saturated fatty acids.
Uses: Analgesic, useful for sciatica, rheumatism, skin ulcers; use 100% for shingles, caution with sensitive skin, may be irritating. Useful for scar healing, physical and chemical burns. Lovely green color.
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Note by Rob Stitt added in 2014:
Since I spent a lot of time in 2009 researching the presence of Myristic Acid in Jojoba Oil, I think I should let you in on what still seems to be a well kept secret on the internet (although I get #1 in Google for raising the question):
There is NO Myristic Acid in Jojoba Oil!
This is well documented in my article on the aromaconnection blog:
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