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Macadamia Nut Oil

Macadamia Nuts Foliage of the Macadamia Tree Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia Nut Oil is said to act as a natural anti-inflammatory (perhaps due to its oleic acid content). Its possible anti-inflammatory action combined with its viscosity and slip make it a good candidate for massage applications.

If not used in a small dilution with another vegetable oil, Macadamia Nut Oil may overpower a blend.

Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage by Len Price mentions that Macadamia Nut Oil contains approximately 15% saturated fat, 60% oleic acid (an omega-9 fatty acid), 2% linoleic acid (an omega-6 essential fatty acid), and up to 2% alpha linolenic acid (an omega-3 essential fatty acid). [Len Price with Ian Smith and Shirley Price, Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage (United Kingdom: Riverhead, 1999), 97.]

Botanical Name

Macadamia integrifolia


Sweet, Fatty and Nutty. More Fragrant than Sweet Almond Oil and Other Nut Oils.




Leaves an Oily Film on the Skin


Clear with a Yellow Tinge

Shelf Life

12 Months

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General Safety Information

Use caution when trying any new ingredient, including carrier oils on the skin or in the hair. Those with nut allergies should consult their medical practitioner before coming into contact with nut oils, butters or other nut products. Do not take any oils internally without consultation from a qualified aromatherapy practitioner. Safety information can be found by visiting the Safety Information page. For very in-depth information on oil safety issues, read Essential Oil Safety by Robert Tisserand.

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