Grapeseed oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the seeds of various varieties of Vitis vinifera grapes, an abundant by-product of winemaking. Grapeseed oil is made from pomace, which is the waste material left in the grape press during the winemaking process after the pressing cycle. The oil has a specific clean and light taste, and it is often used as an ingredient in salad dressings and mayonnaise and as a base for oil infusions of garlic, rosemary, or other herbs or spices.
Properties of grapeseed oil
The nutritional compounds in grapeseed oil offer a number of healthy benefits. One of the most important benefits of grapeseed oil is the ability to slow down and reverse free radical damage and thus reduce the risk of various diseases and side-effects of aging. Grapeseed oil is a mighty antioxidant, which is 50 times stronger than Vitamin E and 20 times more effective than Vitamin C in destroying the free radicals, responsible for cell degeneration and damage.
The use of grapeseed oil
Grapeseed oil is great for cooking as it has a very high smoking point of somewhere around 425°F or 218°C. When used for cooking, grapeseed oil often produces fantastic taste properties and clean and light-tasting results even though it is a high-calorie, pure plant fat.
The oil is also used for cosmetic purposes, especially for skin moisturization. This pure plain oil has no color or smell and it is used as carrier oil for essential oils in aromatherapy. Grapeseed oil is also beneficial for hair and it is absorbed by hair quickly. It can be used for hot oil treatments applied to the scalp and hair ends. The oil helps to make hair shiny, reducing brittleness. It also reduces dandruff and symptoms of seborrheic dermatitis. Rich in vitamin E, this oil is perfect for any hair type.
One can even prepare a home-made hair conditioner with grapeseed oil. The conditioner is made by mixing 4 tablespoons of grapeseed oil with 5 drops of cypress essential oil, juice of half a lime and 2 egg yolks.
Grapeseed oil is beneficial for skin as it enhances skin smoothness and elasticity, as well as fight against free radicals responsible for the visual signs of aging: wrinkles and lines.
Grapeseed extract is known to prevent heart disease, fight different types of cancer, skin disease, macular degeneration, cataracts and high cholesterol as well as aid in anti aging. The regular use of this oil may even inhibit the growth of colorectal tumors, as well as fight against other types of cancer. It promotes joint flexibility and reduces inflammation in the tissues.