Carrot oil is a macerated version of carrot seed or root oil. It is made by infusing the tap root (the edible portion) in a carrier oil, such as olive, jojoba or coconut. Carrot seed or root oil, however, is an essential oil that is extracted from the seeds.
Even though “carrot oil” is a diluted version of the essential oil, it still packs the same big punch when it comes to the benefits for your hair and skin. Carrot oil, like the plant it is derived from, is rich in vitamins A, C, E, and beta-carotene. The Vitamins A and E, in conjunction with the beta-carotene, are they key to its moisturizing properties. The benefits do not just end at moisturizing:
The benefits of carrot oil for hair
Improves blood circulation, thereby stimulating hair growth
Strengthens hairs, preventing split ends, and breakage.
Protects hair from the damaging effects of weather, pollution, dust, sunlight, and chemicals treatments
Helps with scalp eczema, rashes, and dermatitis
Heals damaged skin, helps with eczema, rashes, and dermatitis
Rejuvenates the skin, reducing the appearance wrinkles, and age spots
Protects skin from harsh weather
Soothes blisters, burns and scars
Used in aromatherapy to relieve stress and muscle aches when used in a bath
If you’re not ready to fully commit, you can make a version of carrot oil at home using the items in your fridge. Using organically grown carrots, wash and grate the carrots. Place grated carrots in a crock pot with carrier oil of your choice. Make sure you use enough oil to completely cover the grated carrots. Cover crock pot and cook on the lowest setting until the carrots become soft and the oil turns an orange color. Strain oil, store in a glass jar and refrigerate until you’re ready to use it. It’s that simple!
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