Grape Seed Oil
Grape Seed Oils pressed from specific grape varieties including chardonnay and riesling grapes are available. In general, however, Grape Seed Oil tends to be solvent extracted. Be sure to check the method of extraction for the oil that you purchase.
Grape Seed Oil is commonly used in aromatherapy as it is a fairly all-purpose oil and can be used in a wide array of applications ranging from massage to skin care. From a nutritive standpoint, the most noteworthy aspect of Grapeseed Oil is its content of the essential fatty acid, linoleic acid. Grape Seed Oil, however, has a relatively short shelf life.
Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage by Len Price mentions that Grape Seed Oil contains approximately 11% saturated fat, 15% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 69% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), and less than 1% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid). [Len Price with Ian Smith and Shirley Price, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage (United Kingdom: Riverhead, 1999), 76.]
Light. Slightly Nutty and Sweet.
Leaves a Glossy Film on the Skin
Virtually Clear. Has a Virtually Unnoticeable Tinge of Yellow/Green.
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General Safety Information
Use caution when trying any new ingredient, including carrier oils on the skin or in the hair. Those with nut allergies should consult their medical practitioner before coming into contact with nut oils, butters or other nut products. Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For very in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand.