Botanical Name: Vitis vinifera
Common Method of Extraction: Cold pressed from the washed, crushed seeds of grapes, and then refined using low heat.
Parts Used: Seeds
Note Classification: NA
Largest Producing Countries: Mediterranean region and Asia
Traditional Use: Grape seed oil has been in existence for more than 6,000 years and it is believed that the Europeans had used the oil to treat diseases related to the eye and skin. And since the turn of the 20th century, grape seed oil started garnering attention from scientists and the like. Grape seed oil improves inflammatory and insulin resistance in overweight women. The oil has vitamin E which boosts the immune system. The presence of omega 6 can have beneficial effects towards allergies, arthritis and breast cancer. The oil contains linoleic acid and plays a protective role in the body. The oil promotes heart health as it does contain trans-fat or hydrogenated fats. Grape seed oil can be used for cooking like sautéing over medium heat but can be bad for deep frying. Grape seed oil is lighter than olive and coconut oils and is ideal for conditioning and moisturising your hair. It does leave the hair greasy and also reduces dandruff and hair loss. It strengthens the hair well and makes the hair grow faster. Vitamin E present in the oil helps build the hair tissue and linoleic acid in the oil promotes hair growth. Grape seed oil is good for sexual health and can be used a wonderful lubricant. It is good for providing relief to diabetics and can also prevent certain kinds of cancer. It is good for reducing dark circles under the eyes. It is good for hair allergies and also suits sensitive scalp.
Blends Well With: Grapeseed is ideal for use with any essential oil which is suitable for use on the skin. Dilution rates vary from oil to oil so you should always check the guidelines before use.
Of Interest: Grape seed oil is good for the skin health and most of the cosmetic products make this oil as their base. It is rich in vitamin C, D and E and this helps in reducing wrinkles and scars. It helps in tightening the skin and is also good for acne treatment. This oil is an effective moisturiser and balances the dry and oily patches on the skin. The fatty acids a vitamin C and E makes the oil and excellent emollient and helps remove stretch marks. It is also an effective aid in eczema treatment.
Safety Data: Grape seed oil contains omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acid and omega 6 is in with larger amounts, comparatively. The omega 6 levels in grape seed oil is much more than in vegetable oils. Excess usage of the oil can cause complications like inflammation and high chances of obesity and increased cholesterol level. Grape seed and its oil might contain components that could interact with other medications and supplements. Some common side effects include nausea, itching, stomach upset, headache, and sore throat.