Nut & Nut-Free Aromatherapy Carrier Oils

Nut & Nut-Free Aromatherapy Carrier Oils
June 28, 2018 Leave your thoughts

Nut and Nut-Free Oils: Nourishing Your Health While Managing Allergies

To understand what a is considered a nut, I searched the Wikipedia definition which states, A nut in botany is a simple dry fruit in which the ovary wall (shell) becomes increasingly hard as it matures, and where the seed remains unattached or free within the ovary wall.” So, a seed is contained within a nut, however it is not a nut.

Keep in mind, not all nuts trigger allergies. It is important to assess and know which nuts you have an allergy or sensitivity to.  For example, argan oil is derived from a nut, however, there are few allergies to argan oil, in comparison to say, almond oil. The key is to know your body chemistry, know the plant, quality of ingredients, source of plant material and the location and environment of product processing.

Nut Oils

Nut oils are derived from the nuts or fruits of trees and shrubs. They include:

  • Almond
  • Argan oil
  • Coconut*
  • Hazelnut oil
  • Kukui Nut oil
  • Macadamia oil
  • Shea butter

*There is some contradicting information about the classification of coconut oil, so recommend using your own personal judgment. Read, research and evaluate information then decide where you stand on using it.  I’ve added it to the Nut List as referenced on the recommendation of the Food Allergy and Research Education list, and to err on the side of caution. In 2006, the FDA classified coconut as a nut, however, many sources do not.


Nut-Free Oils

Nut free-oils are derived from anything other than the nuts or fruits of a tree or shrub.  They can be extracted from seeds, leaves and flowers. With that said, if a carrier oil is processed or manufactured in a facility that also processes and manufacture nut products, there is the possibility of cross-contamination, meaning it can still trigger nut allergies.  When researching your nut-free products, they need to disclose that the products was indeed produced and handled in a nut-free environment. Nut-free oils include:

  • Apricot kernel oil
  • Arnica oil
  • Avocado oil
  • Calendula oil
  • Castor oil
  • Coconut*
  • Evening Primrose oil
  • Grape Seed oil
  • Hemp seed oil
  • Jojoba
  • Nigella sativa (black cumin seed)
  • Palm oil
  • Pumpkin Seed oil
  • Rosehip Oil
  • Safflower Oil
  • Sunflower seed oil


Nut-Free Relaxing Massage Oil

1 ounce arnica oil
1 ounce evening primrose oil
1 ounce jojoba oil 
1 ounce sunflower oil
12 drops Lavender essential oil, Lavandula angustifolia
8 drops Roman Chamomile, Anthemis nobilis
6 drops BergamotCitrus bergamia
5 drops Clary Sage, Salvia sclarea
5 drops Marjoram, Origanum marjorana
4 drops Ginger, Zingiber officianale

Combine all carrier oils into a glass measuring bowl with a lip spout. Then add in your essential oils and mix well.  Pour this carrier oil mixture into a bottle, label and store in a cool, dark place in between uses.


The information shared was created solely by Certified Clinical Phyto-Aromatherapist & Aromapreneur™, Jennifer H. Pressimone. Copyright2018. No portion of this content may be reproduced, shared, or copied without written permission from the author. Any such reproduction in any form would constitute plagiarism.


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