by Maria Koropecky, Homespunspa owner
Happy Canada Day!
I’m going to go out on a limb and not pick something obvious. I’ve decided to go with Holly Oil (Ilex aquifolium) this year.
Yes, I realize Holly is an invasive species and the berries are poisonous for humans to eat and it’s more associated with December 25th than with July 1st, but Holly berries are the same lively red as our Canadian flag and Holly oil is a great Canadian spa product.
Since 1993, Holly oil has been manufactured in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Canada by All Deep Neuromuscular Massage as a massage oil.
Pressed from Holly leaves and branches, Holly Oil makes an excellent massage oil because it’s a clear, lightweight, non-scented, and non-staining massage oil that travels well over skin. And it will not cause allergic reactions because it’s not a nut-based oil. And it will not clog pores or leave an oily findviagra residue on skin. Holly oil is also easily absorbed by the skin and has an unlimited shelf life.
Holly Oil Profile:
Here are some applications for Holly oil.
Home spa recipes: massage oils, aromatherapy blends, creams, lotions, soaps.
Role in cosmetic formulation: skin conditioning.
Face: Add to facials to moisturize skin, relax facial expression, de-stress.
Skin Types: Use especially on NORMAL or OILY skin.
Hands & Feet: Add to manicure or pedicure to cleanse, moisturize, condition skin, for massage, to treat nails.
Soap: Add to soap recipes.
Balances: Kapha Dosha and Water/Earth Elemental Natures and Root Chakra.
Find: online and in spas.
So that’s Holly oil in a nutshell. Let me know if you agree or disagree with my 2014 pick for the #1 spa ingredient native to Canada.