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:
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?
- Shaving and lip balm: it is absorbed into the skin and it doesn’t leave an oily layer, it is a natural anti-inflammatory and soothes irritated skin.
- Anti-age balm: It is rich in squalene –a rare antioxidant that irons fine lines. You can warm it in your fingertips and apply it to your skin. What’s interesting about macadamia oil is that it nourishes the skin without clogging the pores.
- Anti-inflammatory: When applied to sunburns, it reduces inflammation and redness.
- Makeup remover: apply it to a cotton pad and remove your makeup to achieve a fresh glow.
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.
- Moisturizer: it is light, non-oily and it hydrates the skin –it is ideal to apply it mixed with a regular lotion after a shower.
- When applied to color-treated hair it preserves the coloring agents and it protects the hair against sun damage as it has UV protection.
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.
- Moisturizer: it helps retain moisture and hydrates the skin. After cleansing your skin, you can apply it with your fingertips.
- Hair conditioner: it can be used as a hair mask or leave-in conditioner for dry, brittle hair.
- Acne treatment: it has anti-inflammatory properties and rich in zinc it is great to treat pimples.
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.
- Acne treatment: you can mix sweet almond oil with a few drops of tea-tree oil lemongrass oil and rub it into the affected area to reduce the inflammation and treat scarring. Tea-tree oil can irritate, so try it first in a small patch of skin.
- Hair mask: it is perfect to treat dry or sun-damaged hair. Massage the oil from root to tip and leave it for 30 minutes, then wash and apply conditioner for a flawless result.
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.
- Dandruff treatment: rub into the scalp to soothe your skin relieve irritated scalp.
- Psoriasis treatment: treat the affected areas with a few drops of walnut oil to soothe the inflammation.
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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