Palm oil. Vegetable oil. Groundnut oil. Coconut oil. Olive oil. So many oils, each having some claimant to nutritional values and thousands of lovers. Basically, everything that can be pricked has oil. Almost. You may already know this and carrot oil would still be a novelty to you.
Carrot is an edible root man consumes because, first of all, man is wired to eat anything that doesn’t kill him immediately. Mankind eats anything then looks for defence by claiming it possesses essential properties. For the carrot, they claim it has beta-carotene and fiber, whatever it means. In simpler language, carrot is a good source of Vitamin A which makes your eyes shine and helps your skin fight wrinkles.
This is why, these days, it is used in the production of beauty products by cosmetologists who have found how effective it works on the skin and hair respectively. This is the main use of carrot oil. Sorry, you can’t use it to fry plantain.
For those who will like to make beauty products for themselves at home, you can try making carrot oil with these simple steps below.
How To Make Carrot Oil
It is quite easy to do this all by yourself at home if you follow these five steps correctly.
Firstly, since it is a root plant, you would have to wash it thoroughly with water. Then, you will need a grater (a kitchen knife can work too) to scrape out the leafy green heads, black spots, and hairy skin on it until the orange skin looks clean. You will need at least two or four carrots, as two make about 1/2cup while 4 make about 1 cup, depending on the amount you desire.
After grating the carrots into fine particles, the next step is to put it in a cooker or crockpot, pour enough olive oil (or anyone you prefer) to cover the carrots, then turn on the heat to a low setting and allow it to infuse the oil for at least a time frame of 1 to 3 days.
Once the oil has been infused, you will need a bowl and sieve (the cloth kind) to strain out the oil without the carrots.
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Your carrot oil is ready. You can put it in a container with a lid, before storing it in a refrigerator to preserve it. It can last for 6-8 months without going bad but if you notice the smell or colour has changed, you can get rid of it.
You can also add other ingredients to it for it to have a nice fragrance. All you need are; sesame, coconut, or sunflower oil. Anyone you prefer to use is okay, cause it will be effective in the end.
Uses Of Carrot Oil
Carrot oil is used for hair remedies. For those who desire to have long and full hair, this oil can work as a booster. It can also be used to treat the hair every two weeks. After washing your hair with a shampoo, you will rinse it out before using the carrot oil. Leave it for 5-7 minutes, wash it out again.
You are already on your way to having healthy hair growth if you keep up with it. In as much as it helps the hair, it has a side effect when you overuse it by causing hair discoloration.
It is also used as a beauty product for our skins. You can use it on your face as a mask to fight black spots and acne since it contains beta-carotene which is good in getting rid of toxic waste on the skin.
It can make the skin smooth, if used consistently, and protect it from ultraviolet radiations. That is why people go for skin products that contain carrots as an ingredient. Excessive use can lead to skin lightening (bleaching).
It is used for medicinal purposes too as it can help with detoxifying the liver, thereby, keeping jaundice at bay. Some people use it as a massage oil, to relieve stress and exhaustion.
There are so many nutritional benefits associated with the use of carrot oil. They are;
Boosting the immune system, strengthening our bones, and also promotes good sight as it contains Vitamin A.
Naturally, the vitamins contained in it are antioxidants that fight against aging. Using carrot oil will replenish the body, making it look supple.
It helps in the growth of our hairs and prevents breakage by protecting the scalp from ultraviolet radiation.
Written by Grace O.
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