Monday, 23 September 2013

How To Make Carrot Oil



Hello everyone!
I hope you all had a good weekend. Mine was great. I'm sure yours was too.:)
Some months back, I got a mail from a lovely blog visitor (yes, you all are lovely!!) asking me to post a recipe on how to make carrot oil. I promised her and just dumped it on the back burner.

So today, I'm here to tell how to do just that: make carrot oil.


Carrot oil is high in beta carotene, vitamins A and E which help to heal dry, cracked and sore skin, prevent and soothe skin conditions and slow down signs of ageing.  It’s nourishing for dry damaged hair as well.

I personally can attest this. Carrot oil is great for my hair and skin. I use it during the harmattan season and it keeps my skin especially my legs and feet moisturized and crack-free. I also use it as a pre-shampoo treatment and my hair literally drinks it all up!

So without further ado, here's how you can make carrot oil in the comfort of your own kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 2 large carrots unwashed
  • Any good quality oil of your choice such as olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil,etc. I like coconut oil or palm kernel oil
  • A clean glass jar.
Directions

  • Grate the carrots
  • Place the grated carrots in a clean glass mason jar and cover with oil. 
  •  Cover the jar and place in a warm spot like a window sill for about 2 weeks like so:



This process is called macerating


  •  I prefer to place mine behind the refrigerator or freezer where it's nice and warm.:)
  •  Shake every day. 
  • The beta-carotene and fat soluble vitamins will dissolve in the oil and the oil will take on a pale orange colour. 
  •  Pour the oil through a fine mesh sieve or muslin cloth into another clean jar.  If any carrot sediment remains at the bottom of the jar, you can let it settle and then pour the oil off into another container.
  • Seal the jar and store in a cool dark place.

Please Note:
Your carrot oil is at risk of growing mouldy when it's macerating because of the water content in carrots so to avoid this, fill the jar absolutely to the top with oil so that no air is in the jar.  Once the macerated oil is ready, decanter the oil in to an absolutely dry jar (I usually dry jars at a low temperature in the oven) and keep air tight.

Carrot oil, which doubles as an antiseptic is said to contain a high SPF when diluted with a carrier oil. According to a study published in “Pharmacognosy Magazine” in 2009, products containing carrot seed oil have a natural SPF of between 38 and 40. 
So you see, it keeps getting better.:)
Phew!!! That was a long write-up.
 I need some Ribena!!
Good luck!!

*sips chilled Ribena*


~ Neni ~
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36 comments

  1. Good Evening Neni !! Please wats d Usefulness of Adi -Agbo ( yoruba name ) for Coconut oil. ...one ones Skin ??

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    1. Hi Ridwan!
      It helps to moisturize your skin and minimise wrinkles and fine lines. In some cases, it even helps with stretch marks.

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  2. Ohk .....thanks a lot Neni !! Pls can it be added to ones Body Cream or Lotion ? Thanks

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  3. pls where can i get good coconut oil. ur doing good job

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    1. I get mine from sizzelle.com
      Thank you!

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    2. Thanks for the mention Neni!

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  4. Hi Neni, what effective and quick method can i use to treat dark patches on my face.Pls help out becos its really causing me embarrasment. Thanks.

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    1. Hi,
      Dab some fresh carrot or tomato juice on those areas twice a day everyday.
      There should be some improvement by then.
      Good luck!

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  5. Thanks neni! I'm so loving this blog....quickly,does it have to be a glass jar? And can I slice the carrots instead?

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    1. Hi Bella,
      No, you can use a plastic container as longer as the lid closes tightly.

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  6. I must ask that after the macerating process and sieving the carrot, wouldn't the oil go bad quickly? Can i apply it on my face (becos i want its SPF properties)? Also do i have to store in the fridge or some special way?

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    1. No, it won't provided the directions are followed but you can store it in the fridge just to be careful.
      Yes, you can use it on your face.

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  7. yvette Gudhart7 May 2014 at 14:02

    Thanx neni I must confess you doing a great job. Finally I can do my home made carrot oil

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  8. Great write-up! I will produce my first carrot oil very soon, because I will need it since am transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.

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  9. Hi neni,can carrot mixed with little coconut oil and more of olive oil which also passed through heat be used on a fair skin, and how effective can it be. Thanks

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    1. Hi!
      No, the olive oil will darken your skin especially if you're out in the sun a lot.

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  10. Thanks for the info but is macerating or do you grating? Pls

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    1. Hi!
      I don't understand your question. Can you clarify or maybe rephrase?

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  11. Hi Neni, using the same process, can we do almond and avocado same way?

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  12. hi Neni,
    can i ask can we put the jar outside in direct sunlight?

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  13. Hello. Please I really want to use carrot oil as my moisturiser to maintain my complexion, is it advisable? How do I go about it be cos I heard it's dangerous to use it in excess. I also want to use it for my hair

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  14. It depends on the type of carrot oil. The one in this post is not dangerous in anyway, just the usual avoiding of the sun like any other oil. The carrot oil you're referring must be carrot SEED oil which should be avoided during pregnancy and used sparingly on the hair to avoid hair breakage/loss.
    I hope I have answered your question?

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  15. can a pregnant woman use this?

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    1. Hi, Aneetah,
      To be the on the safe side, it's best to avoid it until after birth.

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  16. Won't the kernel oil darken? And can it be mixed with kernel and coconut oil? Or just one oil

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  17. Neni, I must say you are doing great, but for a great complexion, which oil will be better used. Tanx

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  18. Hello please must this carrot oil be place at the back of the fridge ?? Cos for people like us that stays in a cold country can't we boil it a bit on the cooker and like how long can i leave this mixture befor I start using?? Please am waiting for your reply soon thanks

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    1. Hi!
      No, it doesn't have to.
      You can put in the oven with just the oven light turned on to keep it warm.

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  19. Hi Neni,
    which is the best oil to use when making homemade carrot oil? I learnt olive oil could darken the skin when exposed to sunlight.

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  20. Nice work you are doing here,was just reading on how to infuse coconut oil with carrot oil and I stumbled on your blog from sdk,God bless you Neni

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