July 12, 2017 Know Your Oils

Nature’s Juice

Join the healthy life, it’s not an epidemic but a new way to live, by enhancing the benefits of each ingredient used on your skin and ingested by the body. Treat your body well by adding a few of these oils to your routine, and you just might be surprised by the benefits they provide. From the olive oil craze to the essential oil epidemic, there are several more oils that are worth an extra look.

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AVOCADO OIL

– Most oils are found from the seed of a plant, but Avocado oil is uniquely pressed from the fleshy pulp that surrounds the avocado pit.

Benefits: Avocado oil can prevent the development of diabetes, high cholesterol, high triglyceride levels and obesity due to its rich composition of monounsaturated fats (good fats) and low doses of saturated fats (bad fats). Avocado is unique because it is high in beneficial fats and is loaded with potassium and protein! This oil is great for cooking, as it has a high smoke point of 400 degrees, but also for hair and skin – it is soaked with vitamin E that helps to soften skin and reduce wrinkling.
How to Buy: Best used within six months of opening, opt for organic, extra virgin and cold-pressed.

SESAME OIL

– Sesame oil, which is extracted from sesame seeds is a less common oil with vegetable origin. It is light and nutritious and has several uses. In Ancient Indian culture, sesame oil was used to alleviate the body from disease. Thus, sesame oil is the oldest extracted oil in human civilization.

Benefits: Sesame oil is most common in Asian cuisine, but has grown increasingly more popular over the years in other dishes. Sesame oil supports hair health, skin health (it is rich in zinc, making it a natural sun repellent), heart health and bone growth. It has moderate wound healing properties and helps to remove toxins from the body.
How to Buy: When buying sesame oil, opt for organic and store in a cool, dark place.

FLAXSEED OIL

– Also known as lindseed oil, comes from flaxseed and dates back to the Neolithic Era. It is a rich source of vegetable sourced omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid and omega-6 fatty acids, that contribute to the prevention of stroke and skin problems like acne.

Benefits: Flaxseed oil is rich in Omega-3s which are associated with healthy brain function and heart function, as well as better mood, decreased inflammation and healthier skin and hair. Flaxseed oil is even rumored to have a delicious flavor! Adding flaxseed oil to your daily routine can aid in weight loss, relieve constipation and diarrhea, fight cancer, remove cellulite and reduce eczema.
How to Buy: Best to purchase organic and cold-pressed and should be stored in an opaque bottle to reduce oxidation.

ROSEMARY OIL

– (essential oil) What was considered a sacred oil by ancient cultures, has managed to stick around the health and wellness world today.

Benefits: Rosemary is part of the mint family and is said to boost mood and maximize brain power, due to its makeup of flavonoids. Flavonoids are metabolites found in plants that have antioxidant effects. Rosemary oil can also soothe the respiratory system, encourage healthy hair growth, promote healthy and youthful skin and relieve muscle aches and pains.
How to Buy: All essential oils must be therapeutic grade.

ARGAN OIL

– Argan oil is extracted from the Moroccan Argan tree - notorious for being a hearty snack for goats. Dating back to ancient life, people relied on Argan oil for healing and enhancing beauty.

Benefits: Argan oil is rich with Vitamin A, C and E and is loaded with antioxidants and fatty acids. Due to its powerful anti-oxidant action, when applied to the skin, it stimulates cell turnover and results in healthier and fresher looking skin. When used in a culinary matter, Argan oil can stimulate the nervous system, reduce joint pain, calm hypertensive tendencies, increase pepsin that facilitates digestion and stabilize blood sugar levels. All in all, it’s an extremely powerful oil, used for both beauty and health alike.
How to Buy: Must be 100% pure Argan oil and cold-pressed, also look for additive free.

GRAPESEED OIL

– Obviously, grapeseed oil is derived from grapes, but interestingly enough, it is a byproduct of wine-making. The oils are extracted from the crushed grapes. Similar to olive oil, Grapeseed oil contains some monounsaturated fats but is ultimately high in polyunsaturated fats like omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Grapeseed oil is great for cooking, as there is a high smoke point, compared to other vegetable oils.

Benefits: This oil can have anti-inflammatory benefits, promote healthy hormones, brain health and heart health. Grapeseed oil is ideal for low-fat diets and is a great source of Vitamin E, which contributes to health eyesight. When used in cosmetic products, grapeseed oil is an excellent skin moisturizer.
How to Buy: Highest quality is best, and opt for organic, cold-pressed.

HEMP OIL

– Yes, we are in fact referring to the oil produced from the marijuana leaf. However, Hemp oil only contains traces of THC, the product in cannabis that instigates the “high”. (Cannabus oil contains more THC and might be more difficult to find). Hemp seeds, from which Hemp oil is extracted, are rich in protein, polyunsaturated fatty acids, omega 3, omega 6 and insoluble fiber.

Benefits: Hemp oil is used to relieves stress and anxiety, treat asthma, promote heart health, relieve pain, protect skin and counteract aging.
How to Buy: When purchasing, industrial Hemp oil is in fact legal, be sure to buy it cold-pressed.


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By: Shelby Davidson