Back to the basics: The beautifying properties of ancestral nut oils

Back to the basics: The beautifying properties of ancestral nut oils

From locking the skin’s moisture to making your hair glow: all to know about the wide variety of using nut oils to better our health.

For thousands of years, humans have been using nut oils for their healing and beautifying properties. It is believed that the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun went to the afterlife with a handful of almonds. During the Roman Empire, it was usual to sprinkle nuts and other dried fruits on the newly married couples. A Greek doctor used a mix of walnuts, onion, salt, and honey to heal dog bites.

To this day we still use a wide variety of nut oils in the cosmetic industry, and there is a good chance that the products that you include in your beauty routine are infused with these powerful oils.

Let’s look into the properties of different nut oils:

Macadamia oil

The macadamia is a native Australian plant used in the food industry, its oil is known for its properties to lower blood cholesterol because of its rich in mono-unsaturated fats and antioxidants, it is inexpensive and easily found in food stores. but did you know that it has many skincare uses?

Beautifying properties

The macadamia is a native Australian plant used in the food industry.

Hazelnut oil

Hazelnuts come from the hazel tree –endemic to Asia, North America and Europe– and its oil has been used for more than 10,000 years. The nuts are packed with vitamins A, B, and E, selenium, calcium and manganese. When stored in the refrigerator hazelnut oil will last up to 9 to 12 months and it is available in select health-food stores.

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Brazil nut oil

This Amazonian nut grows in parts of Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia, it is actually a seed but it is commonly called nut. Rich in phosphorus and selenium, it has amazing antioxidant properties, boosts the immune system and it might even be good protection against some kinds of cancers. Apart from being a great source of nutrients when eaten, Brazil nut oil is amazing for the skin as it is rich in oleic and linoleic acids that are highly hydrating for the skin. It can be found in health-food stores and it has a shelf life of two years.

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This Amazonian nut grows in parts of Brazil, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia, it is actually a seed but it is commonly called nut.

Almond oil

Extracted from the almond tree and original from Asia and the Middle East it is now grown all over the world. The fact that sweet almond oil is rich in vitamins E, A and biotin and it is packed with oleic and linoleic acid, makes it a great emollient and humectant. Also, it has a light texture and it is suitable for most skin types.  It is commonly used to reduce scarring and treat eczema and psoriasis. It lasts for a year and you can buy it at pharmacies and health-food stores.

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Almond oil is commonly used to reduce scarring and treat eczema and psoriasis.

Walnut oil

There are various types of walnuts and they are grown worldwide. When eaten walnuts help to control cholesterol and improve heart and brain health. Walnut oil contains antioxidants, vitamin E, selenium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc and because of this, it helps fight free radicals and slow down the process of aging.

Beautifying properties

Although we all love products that have been manufactured industrially and we have stirred away from nature in an attempt to domesticate the environment, I sometimes feel we are using a sledgehammer to crack a nut –no pun intended–. We tend to underestimate the power of simple, natural, unprocessed elements in nature, but there is a reason why our ancestors used natural remedies: because they work. So I would recommend trying to include more natural oils in our beauty routine, not only because they are environmentally-friendly, but also because of their beautifying properties.

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Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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