The Wonderful Benefits of Using Grapeseed Oil for Skin Care and Culinary Purposes

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Because of the beneficial components of grapeseed oil it is a wonderful choice for culinary and skin care usage.

In relation to its’ benefits on the skin grapeseed oil is mildly astringent which helps to tighten and tone the skin giving it wonderful natural anti ageing qualities. It is also antiseptic and so can be added to homemade beauty products for its preservative properties.

It is a wonderful carrier oil to use for skin care also because of the flavonoid “oligomeric procyanidin” which is found in it. This is an incredibly strong antioxidant that provides protection against cellular and tissue damage caused by free radicals.     In this regard it could be used as part of a regular skin care regime in conjunction with Frankincense which also has wonderful benefits on a cellular level for the skin.

Because it also helps with skin conditions such as acne and dermatitis it could be used as a carrier oil with added essential oil of Tea Tree which is known for its benefits for acne and other skin conditions.

It can also be combined with other oils to make a massage oil since it glides well on the skin and has moisturizing properties.

Grapseed oil can also be good for asthmatic conditions as the oil can help reduce inflammation of the airways. At the same time the antioxidants help to inhibit mucus-production in the lungs. It can also help control allergic reactions and triggers that may prompt an asthma attack since it is known to suppress the production of histamine which occurs during such an allergy attack. In this regard it would be a great carrier oil for massaging around the chest area with the addition of an essential oil like Breath when symptoms appear or as part of a skin care regime to help avoid such reactions occuring.

In relation to skin care again it also aids in strengthening and repairing damaged or broken capillaries and blood vessels. Because of this it can help improve circulation and alleviate conditions like varicose veins, spider veins and hemorrhoids.

Grapeseed oil also has anti-inflammatory properties and has provided relief against pain and swelling caused by arthritis for some people.

It is a super oil to use for hair care also as it promotes hair growth, this could be particularly beneficial to anyone suffering from hair loss due to hormonal changes like the menopause.   You could add the essential oil of lavender to 2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil, massage into the scalp with the fingertips and leave for 30 minutes. It will leave the hair feeling smooth and soft.

Grapeseed oil is also a good choice for cooking.   Because it has a very high smoking point, it is especially beneficial for frying foods. It can also be added to dressings and sauces and because it emulsifies well, it can be a handy oil to use when making things like mayonnaise.   Its’ flavour is also unobtrusive so it does not take over the taste of your main ingredients.

It is also said that grapeseed oil boosts the health of the heart and the cardiovascular system because it lowers the level of bad LDL cholesterol while at the same time increasing the level of good HDL cholesterol. This can have the effect of reducing the risk of coronary diseases.

Because grapeseed oil contains linoleic acid, which is a polyunsaturated fatty acid, it can prove beneficial for people with diabetes.

What a wonderful inexpensive oil with such incredible benefits.

For more information on any of the essential oil benefits you can contact me by email at doloresagavin@gmail.com. Please note that the essential oils I use are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade and so can be used directly on the skin.   If you are using oils that are not this grade please consult the instructions on the label and use accordingly.

Until next time …..

Dolores Andrew-Gavin, Author, Soul Care Practitioner and doTERRA Wellness Advocate (contact me at doloresagavin@gmail.com).

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