Wheatgerm Oil is one of many popular carrier oils used in massage, aromatherapy, and other body-work treatments.
Wheatgerm oil (extracted from Triticum vulgare) is extracted from the germ of the wheat, that is - the germ that is seperated from the white flour by the process of milling the grains. Oil is then extracted from the germ using a process similar to maceration, though other technquies such as solvent extraction and hot pressing are also used.
The constituents of wheatgerm oil vary between batches according to the exact extraction method used but generally wheatgerm oil contains high levels of vitamin E. This oil is used as a massage / aromatherapy carrier oil and has several valuable properties for external use. For example, because it is rich in lipid (fat) soluble vitamins it is good for dry skin. It is also thought to relieve symptoms of dermatitis, and be helpful for tired muscles. One disadvantage of wheatgerm oil is its strong odour.
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.