Vitamin E Content in Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy

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Vitamin E Content in Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy
Vitamin E Content in Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy

Vitamin E Content in Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy

Vitamin E Content in Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy
Vitamin E Content in Vegetable Oils for Aromatherapy
Vitamin E is one of several components that is naturally found in many vegetable oils used in aromatherapy. It has a number of benefits for aromatherapy skin care and massage. Vitamin E is a complex chemical substance and it comes in various formats, so it is beneficial to have a basic understanding of vitamin E if you are going to formulate your own aromatherapy skin care products.

Types of Vitamin E

Vitamin E exists in eight different formats and can be broken down into two major chemical groups; these groups are tocopherols and tocotrienols. Tocopherols and tocotrienols can be again sub-divided into alpha, beta, gamma, and delta forms. Tocopherol is the type of organic compound that is found in many skin care products; alpha-tocopherol is the strongest format of vitamin E available.1

Alternate Names for Vitamin E

You may find Vitamin E described as any of the following names on a product label, although the INCI name should be ideally used (in the United States):

  • tocopherol

  • tocopherol acetate

  • tocopherol phosphate

  • tocopherol linoleate

  • tocopherol succinate.

Benefits of Vitamin E for Aromatherapy Topical Use

Vitamin E has several benefits when applied externally but the primary reason that vitamin E is added to aromatherapy skin care products (and used in massage oils) is its value as an anti-oxidant. Anti-oxidants prevent the formation of free radicals in the body, a group of atoms that can cause cell damage and contribute to the aging process. Vitamin E also helps to repair tissues, reduce scarring, strengthens capillary walls, and promotes healthy skin.1

Vegetable Oils That Contain Vitamin E

Vitamin E is found in many cold-pressed vegetable oils which are used in aromatherapy skin care products and massage practice. Vegetable oils that are rich in vitamin E content include:

  • carrot (Daucus carota)

  • corn (Zea mays)

  • linseed/flaxseed (Linum usitatissimum)

  • peanut (Arachis hypogaea)

  • soy (Glycine soja)

  • wheatgerm(Triticum vulgare)


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