Grape Seed Oil has been around for thousands of years. The oil is mainly used for medicinal benefits. Here is all you need to know about Grape Seed oil:
What is it?
Grape Seed Oil is extracted from the seeds of the Vitis vinifera botanical which is used to produce wine grapes. The seeds that are usually thrown away hold the most health benefits.
Grape Seed Oil can be extracted through a cold-pressing method or through solvent extraction. Cold-pressing is when the seeds are crushed in an expeller press to separate the seed oil from the seed extracts which can be turned into wine or juice. After the oil is extracted it is set aside for 24 hours. The oil then changes color and will retain its natural aroma.
The solvent extraction method required chemical assistance by drawing out the oil from the grape seeds. This method involves applying high pressure and heat to the oil which alters its molecular composition.
History of Grape Seed Oil
Grape Seed Oil has existed for over 6,000 years. Greeks were the first to consume grapes for their benefits. Ancient Greek philosophers have recorded the plethora of health benefits from grapes. Ancient Europe used the extracts of the seeds to heal skin and eye issues.
In Ayurvedic medicine, grapes are referred to as “Drakshaa Phalottamaa” which means they are the most superior of all fruits. They have been used to treat memory loss, fatigue, depression, hypertension, diarrhea, indigestion, bloating, skin problems, stretch marks, sun damage, blemishes, soothe tired muscles, and boost immunity. Lastly, grapevines were introduced to North America. In the 20th-century Grape Seed Oil began to attract the attention of scientists. Many people now use Grape Seed Oil in soaps and for medicinal reasons.
Grape Seed Oil can reduce inflammation, fight cancer, control diabetes, boosts collagen, moisturize scalp and skin, reduce redness, regulate oil production, reduces water retention, tighten skin, and is high in antioxidants & Vitamin C. It works by being absorbed by the skin and traveling into the bloodstream.
The main chemical constituents of Grape Seed Oil are linoleic acid (omega 6), oleic acid (omega 9), palmitic acid, stearic acid, palmitoleic acid, vitamin e, and beta carotene. Omega 6 is known to facilitate wound healing, anti-inflammatory, and promote moisture retention. Omega 9 maintain radiance in the skin, boost immunity, prevent joint pain and stiffness. Palmitic acid is the most common saturated fatty acid. Stearic acid cleanses sweat and softens skin. Palmitoleic acid delays premature aging and enhances skin elasticity. Vitamin E deeply cleanses pores and balances oil production while boosting circulation. Beta-carotene exhibits antioxidant properties, soothes burns and reduces the appearance of age spots.
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