Hazelnut Oil is one of many popular carrier oils used in massage, aromatherapy, and other body-work treatments.
Hazelnut oil (from Corylus avellana) is extracted by cold pressing, and is left to stand for a few days after pressing to allow time for the sediment to settle before filtering. It is yellow-amber in colour and has a pleasant characteristic smell. Because hazelnut oil has a similar composition to almond oil, it is sometimes used as a subsitute for almond oil.
The therapeutic properties of hazelnut oil for external use, e.g. as a massage carrier oil include its ability to penetrate skin quickly and easily, its light astringent action, nourishing effect on skin, and it is also said to be stimulating to the circulation. Hazelnut oil also has several cosmetic uses, such as an ingredient in products such as sun creams and lotions, and hair products such as shampoos, and soaps.
Note: There are many different carrier oils used for massage and other bodywork therapies. This section includes many popular oils but it is not a complete list.