Macadamia Oil is one of many popular carrier oils
used in massage, aromatherapy,
and other body-work treatments.
Macadamia Oil (from Macadamia ternifolia, M. integrifolia)
is extracted by cold pressing (at 30-35 °C). This oil is generally
available refined or unrefined, solvents not being used in either case
- hence the oil retains its natural properties.
The therapeutic benefits of Macadamia Oil as a pleasant massage oil
include it's longevity - as it has a greater resistance to rancidity
than many other comparable carrier oils. It is an excellent skin lubricant
and is easily absorbed. Macadamia oil is especialy used for gentle massage
of elderly people - due to its high palmitoleic acid content, a substance
also found in human sebum but which is present in lower quantities in
This oil is also used in some sun protection products, and in hair-care
products such as hot conditioning preparations.
This website also includes a general page about many Carrier
Oils for Massage and Bodywork Therapies.