I was thinking about this post and I feel as though I may be cheating you a bit by not including my sources. While I won't go back to add footnotes and links for everything, at the end of this series I will have a post with all my references.
Now back to our scheduled programming.
Vitamin A is the star of this show. You have probably heard of the two main vitamins, beta-carotene and retinol. A great source of Vitamin A is carrots. And this is where I source it for my Palmar-Plantar Erythrodysesthesia (PPE) product.
When Vitamin A is applied to the skin, it is first converted to retinaldehyde and then, finally to it's bio-available constituent, retinoic acid. This chemical has the ability to modulate gene expression and influence cell processes in both the dermis and epidermis.
I wanted to include beta-carotene versus retinol as retinol can be drying and irritating to the skin. In PPE, your skin is sloughing off and I hesitate to encourage any exfoliation.
I'm open to any feedback, so if you have suggestions, thoughts, comments...lay it on me!
Please remember that I am NOT a doctor. Please discuss any treatments, even herbs with your physician(s).
Scroll below to see how I infused my oil.
Carrot-Infused Sunflower Seed Oil
I used about 12 oz of carrots, cut up in slices. I dehydrated them for about 5-8 hours and roughly ground them up in a spice grinder. I then added them to a beaker, added sunflower oil on top, and proceeded to gently heat the oil in a double-boiler for about 3 hours.
I strained the material through a coffee filter and was left with a beautiful, vibrant orange oil.
The oil has a lovely, fruity scent and it adds gorgeous color to my finished salve recipe.
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