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Organic Horse Chestnut Seed Oil

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Inci: Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil, Aesculus Hippocastanum Seed, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract

A relatively unknown oil that is great for evening out the complexion and helping eliminate spider veins on the face and legs. Loved by athletes for pre and post exercise products to clear fluid accumulation after sports injuries.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

A pale yellow liquid with characteristic aroma is made from the seeds of the Aesculus Hippocastanum tree, which is colloquially known as the Horse Chestnut. The seeds are often called conkers.The organic Horse Chestnuts are macerated inwarm (35 ̊C) organicHigh Oleic Sunflower Oil which is then filtered and 0.1% rosemary antioxidant is added to prevent oxidation of the oil.
 
The ratio is 37.1% dry horse chestnuts to 62.9% oil by weight, then 0.1% rosemaryantioxidant extract added by weight.As this is a natural product, you may find sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Filter it out should it occur.
  • Use 4% to 30%.
  • Oil soluble so cannot be used in water only products. It can be used in small amounts in water based gels that will hold it in suspension.
  • Heat stable so can be used in Stage 1 (fat stage) when making creams and lotions.
Cautions/Contraindications
Horse Chestnut Seed Oil should be avoided by children, anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding as well as anyone with liver or kidney disease or taking anticoagulant therapy of any sort.
Suggested amounts are;
Creams and Lotions use 4% to 12%
Body Oils use 10% to 30% in a blend
Whole Body Massage Oil use 10% to 20% in a blend
Spider Vein Oil blends use 10% to 20%
 
Horse Chestnut Seed Oil blends synergistically with Arnica Oil and Comfrey Oil used for pre and post sport activity.
 
Typical Fatty Acid Profile of High Oleic Sunflower Oil
C16:0 Palmitic Acid max 6%
C18:0 Stearic Acid max 10%
C18:1 Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 75% to 90%
C18:2 Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) max 17%%
C20:0 Arachidic Acid max 2%
C20:0 Behenic Acid max 3%
 
Saponification Value mgKOH / g 191
 
Cosmetic Functions:
The individual materials that make up Horse Chestnut Seed Oil are listed on the Cosmetic Ingredient Database (Cosing) here

HOW TO USE IT

  • Horse Chestnut Seed Oil balances the circulation in the skin and promotes a clear skin with an even complexion and good skin tone. It has a slight astringency which enhances these effects. Use in anti ageing creams, lotions and serums.
  • As well as this, it is one of the best oils for combatting spider veins on the face and legs. Blend with high Omega 3 oils for best results.
  • Horse Chestnuts contain a saponin called Aescin which has a very anti inflammatory effect on the skin. Use in irritate and acne prone skin skin products.
  • It is the first choice oil to use if you get swollen ankles from fluid accumulation or have tired and heavy legs from prolonged standing. Using gentle, upward massage strokes on the legs can bring a lot of comfort. Aescin has a protective effect on the collagen and elastin which tones the underlying tissues.
  • This is the same function that makes Horse Chestnut Seed Oil so popular amongst athletes as a topical application on acute sprains during sporting events to alleviate localised swelling and bruising. This is enhanced when it is combined with Arnica Oil.
  • Horse Chestnut Seed Oil in a massage oil blend is superb for pre and post massage sessions. It can relieve the aches from stiff joints and the massage improves overall performance.
  • It is an excellent oil to use in Gardeners Hand Creams or Winter creams as it helps to boost the circulation to the extremities and stop the fingers getting too cold.

Hair Care

  • The high level of Stearic Acid in Horse Chestnut Seed Oil means it will be excellent at cleansing excess sebum from the scalp whilst conditioning the hair without making it feel lank or heavy and with no sticky residue. This also protects the hair shaft from damage. Use in shampoos and conditioning hair packs.
  • The exceptionally high level of Omega 9 essential fatty acids keep the hair shaft soft and supple and stimulate the growth of stronger hair that is thicker and longer, without breakage.
  • The improvement in the microcirculation of the scalp improves blood flow to the hair follicle for optimum growth conditions.
  • As it conditions the scalp so well, dandruff is kept under control.

RECIPES & BLENDS

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TRADITIONAL USE

Traditional Aromatherapy Uses
Traditionally used by qualified aromatherapists for clients with tired or “heavy legs”.
Historical Information
When the leaf of the tree is broken off at the joint with the stem, the end looks like a small horseshoe - hence the name. The conkers were also used as horse feed.