There are so many oils available out there; it does get confusing trying to determine which is the best and for what use.
There are cooking oils, carrier oils, and essential oils, some can be used for both cooking and skincare. Many oils, if using for your health and body, should be cold or expeller pressed and organic if possible.
What is Grapeseed Oil?
Grapeseed oil (GSO) is made from pressing the seeds of grapes left over from winemaking. You can cook with it, and is outstanding for application as a moisturizer for your skin and hair.
It actually is high in polyunsaturated fats, the Omega 6 and 9, more so than any other oil. This is why it is so valuable for the skin.
GSO may not contain all the same nutritive benefits as grapes, (it is always better to eat the whole fruit), but still has significant benefits from the grape seed.
The grape seeds are very high in vitamin E and linoleic acid (LA), and is an essential fatty acid.
Benefits of Grapeseed Oil
- Grapeseed oil protects your cells from damaging free radicals
associated with chronic diseases.
- LA is converted in your body into gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), and this compound is used by your body to help control cholesterol and inflammation, which is especially helpful for the middle and outer layers of your skin.
- These GSO fats may help lower insulin factor.
- Grapeseed oil is terrific for all skin types. It is a lightweight oil, light flavor, and easily absorbed moisturizer. It helps your body with hydration and elasticity of your skin.
- The high vitamin E in GSO supports the immune system and eye health.
- Grapeseed oil helps prevent photoaging from UV exposure.
- It creates healthy hair and beard growth by adding strength and shine to your hair.
- GSO is a great addition for use in massage and aromatherapy blends as a base carrier oil.
How to Use Grapeseed Oil
It is best to use cold-pressed oils; this oil is not heated as high in processing. Food grade may also work best for both cooking and making cosmetics.
- You can use GSO in cooking and is good at sautéing vegetables. It is even better if you blend several oils together like olive or coconut with the grapeseed oil when cooking. This helps keep your ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 in balance.
- A study in the European Journal of Medicinal Plants found that lemon essential oil with grapeseed oil showed great improvement in skin quality.
- Hair and beard oil blends can be made by using your choice of essential oils, either cedarwood, thyme, rosemary, or sandalwood with one ounce of GSO as the carrier oil. Mix well and use a few drops rubbing into hair or beard to help strengthen and growth of your hair.
Summary of Grapeseed Oil
Grapeseed oil is a lighter oil than coconut or olive, so it is easier and more absorbable to use for hair or skin.
You can receive even more benefits by blending it with some other higher nutrient oil like hemp seed or fractionated coconut oil.
Cindy Burrows, B.S., M.T., Herbalist and Nutritional Health Consultant. Helps individuals start health programs to improve their life, wellness and happiness. Cindy is a speaker, writer and entrepreneur of several businesses.