Macerated Carrot Oil
Macerated carrot oil is just like marinating meat, except what we are using (i.e. carrot) is providing us with the essential oil by breaking through the cells. So rather than getting flavours into something, we are getting essential oil out of something. Wonderful, everyone says, something for nothing. Until they discover that they are going to have to wait for roughly 6 weeks for the natural beauty to happen! And they need to shake it every few days?! When advertised as a carrier oil, macerated carrot oil sells for about £8. Well umm some things are worth waiting for…plus saving you money.
To make macerated carrot oil
Some cold pressed vegetable oil – Anything will do most people have olive oil or sunflower in their cupboards. Don’t use specific frying oil as this has been heated up to a high temperature and has lost some of its original structure which is important in helping break down the carrots to get the oil out.
Airtight container – nothing metallic think like a jam jar or small ice cream tub and we’re good to go.
Carrots – believe it or not hairy ones are particularly good but old and crinkly, new and skinny, any will do, just remember to wash first! Bruising the carrot will help the essential oil be released quicker.
Use just enough oil to completely cover the carrots.Now combine them shaking firmly for a few minutes. Find somewhere warm and dark. Keep it there for at least 2 weeks, but preferably 4, shaking vigorously every few days to release and agitate cells and oils.
When it’s ready, you need to strain the mixture. Use a good sieve, or I’ve heard from reliable sources that muslim cloths are popping up in discount stores often making it much more affordable. Pour into a sterile container (so you don’t get any bugs into your oil) and you’ve got yourself a fantastic macerated oil that is great for skin care. Just remember to keep it somewhere cold and dark (like a fridge) and that because it is 100% natural, that it was become rancid far more quickly.
I’ve been trying to think of a recipe that would come in useful until an idea popped up with why not give something we use on an everyday basis. I know that lots of aromatherapist use it as their first example of a macerated oil. However, a client who uses this on a regular basis suggested I was doing this oil a disservice. She managed to persuade me as it also hits the frugal spot because not only does it save on expensive skincare products, its a great way to use up tired looking carrots at the bottom of the fridge! This macerated carrot oil happens to be her favourite because she has extremely dry skin which likes to tear, particularly at the thumb joint which causes her pain in everyday activities and in driving. I actually got this recipe via college when we we first introduced to macerated oils and tried it out. It helped me realise how much potential there was in aromatherapy outside of the 20 basic essential oils we were learning about.
So enjoy and let me know how you use your own macerated carrot oil!