We talked a little bit about carrot oil when making the Orange Cream Lip Balm but I feel carrot oil deserves an entire post just on its own, along with a step by step tutorial for making your own.
I talked about the healing benefits of carrots in Natural Skin Care Ingredients, but here is a quick reminder if you don't want to link back to that post. Carrots can be taken internally and used externally for radiant skin; the high level of beta-carotene acts as an antioxidant to cell damage and slows down the aging of cells; beta-carotene converts to vitamin A when taken internally which protects the skin from sun damage as well as dryness to the skin, hair and nails, vitamin A prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. With all of those skin health benefits you will want to be using this oil in everything!
I will be showing you how to make it with carrot powder because that is what I always have on hand and I don't like all the water the fresh carrots can put into the oil, if you missed the post on making carrot powder you can check it out here. This can also be done with dehydrated carrots.
I like to make my oil in a small batch so it won't go bad before I am ready to use it all. Use 1 part carrot powder and 2 parts oil of choice, I love to use avocado oil because it pairs well with the skin nourishing properties of the carrot. Stir well, screw the lid on comfortably, and place in a pan with a towel on the bottom (to prevent your glass from breaking) and water that goes up to the oil line. Bring the water to a soft simmer and let the oil infuse for a minimum 4-5 hours and up to 72 hours, shaking periodically and making sure to keep the water at oil level. You could also use the crock pot method explained on my page for making an herbal infused oil.
Once the infusion is finished, strain the oil through a cheesecloth, cotton cloth or tea net, like the one I am using. Squeeze all the oily goodness out and discard the carrot pulp in the compost. Label with the date,and what type of oil I used.
You can use this oil in place of any oil you might use in your face cleansers, lotion, body butter, and other recipes we will be using this month, along with using it straight up. For the straight up method I like to pour my oil into an amber glass dropper bottle with a few drops of carrot seed essential oil for an added boost. Carrot seed essential oil is great for sensitive and mature skin, it tones and stimulates skin elasticity, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, fades age spots and heals scar tissue.
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