Which Oil Is Best For You?
We have a slight obsession with oil….we eat it, drink it, rub it on our bodies, massage it into our hair, and use it as some pretty powerful medicine (we're not talking petroleum). There are so many different kinds of oils to help our bodies THRIVE and they each have their own unique value…so exactly which kind of oil should you use for what? Let's talk.
Coconut oil: The all around best oil for all of your deepest darkest needs, coconut oil’s qualities are pretty darn impressive. First of all, it is great for use in cooking as it is 90% saturated fat, meaning it has an extremely high smoke point in comparison to other oils. It solidifies above 70 degrees farenheit and is able to store for years without spoiling. Its medium chain triglycerides have been shown to fight off viruses, balance cholesterol and even aid in weight loss. It has wonderful medicinal properties as it is rich in lauric acid, which is not only an antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal, but has unique properties that make it an efficient fuel source for the human body so that it can be burned for energy rather than stored as fat. It also works as a great moisturizer for skin, hair and lips as its fatty acids create a barrier to lock moisture in. You can also mix it with sugar or salt for a great DIY moisturizing exfoliator! We drink it daily in our morning cup of joe.
Benefits: Boosts immunity, reduces inflammation, fights bacteria/fungus/infections/viruses, softens and moisturizes the skin, assists weight loss, increases mental clarity.
Uses: Skin moisturizer, natural deodorant, makeup remover, teeth whitener, smoothing serum, hair conditioner, massage oil, personal lubricant.
Grapeseed oil: Grapeseeds are a byproduct of winemaking…and with all the wine in this world, naturally there are a lot of grapeseeds! Grapeseed oil is a good source of vitamin E and oleic acid, a fatty acid that has been shown to significantly decrease the risk of stroke. It emulsifies really well, so it’s great for use in spreads and dips. Cold pressed grapeseed oil has a rich profile of polyphenols, flavanoids, vitamin E and lineolic acid. Some studies suggest that the regular ingestion of grapeseed oil can repress the development of certain cancers. Additionally, the antioxidants in grapeseed oil are powerful enough to protect the skin against UV radiation. You can use it to make your own natural sunscreen! Just be sure to only purchase cold pressed grapeseed oil! Other processes of extracting oil from grapeseeds involve high heat and harsh chemicals such as hexane.
Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti aging, antimicrobial.
Uses: Useful in the treatment of many health ailments incluting arthritis, sunburn, chapped lips, hair loss, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, and diabetes.
Avocado oil: From the fattiest fruit on earth, avocado oil is loaded with heart healthy monounsaturated fats, which are proven to improve cholesterol numbers. Avo oil also contains lutein, an antioxidant that improves eye health. It has the highest smoke point of any plant based oils, at 520 degrees farenheit, making it a great ingredient for cooking at high temperatures. Avocado oil is high in a compound called sterolin, which has been proven to reduce the appearance of aging spots. It also contains potassium and lecithin, both vital nutrients for skin and hair. It facilitates the healing of wounds and is effective in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema.
Benefits: Lowers blood pressure, boosts absorption of cartenoids in food, improves arthritis symptoms, treats skin conditions, natural antiseptic, prevents gum disease,
Uses: Hair mask, skin moisturizer, mouthwash, cooking oil.
Pumpkinseed oil: Purported to be the “new” coconut oil, this rich emerald colored liquid extracted from pumpkin seeds has been used as a medical treatment for intestinal parasites. Its antioxidant and essential fatty acid profile has been shown to lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels. It is also high in vitamins A, K and E, as well as zinc – all great for moisturizing the skin and aiding cell regeneration to get you that beautiful, healthy glow. Additionally it has been shown to inhibit the activity of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme which slows hair growth, to give you a long, gorgeous mane. Pumpkinseed oil should not be heated in order to reap its nutritional benefits so it is best used in salad dressings and dips. You can even put it in your smoothies!
Benefits: Supports hormonal and reproductive health, boosts libido, helps maintain collagen levels, promotes prostate health, improves cholesterol levels.
Uses: Skin moisturizer, hair serum, salad dressing, antiparasitic.
Almond oil: Almond oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, phytosterols, folic acid, magnesium and vitamins A, B, and E as well as omega 3 fatty acids. Almond oil is a great conditioner and moisturizer for both hair and skin as it contains moisture sealing properties that will keep your hair + skin hydrated and glowing! It not only repairs split ends but prevents hair from future breakage!
Benefits: Lowers cholesterol, regulates blood pressure, reduces inflammation, relieves itching and redness, regenerates skin cells, improves blood circulation, tightens dull skin, boosts immunity, aids digestion, prevents hair loss.
Uses: Remove dark undereye circles, remove makeup, treat chapped lips, leave in conditioner, hair serum, relieves joint and muscle pain.
Hemp oil: Hemp oil is unique in that it contains more essential fatty acids than any plant based oil on earth! It contains omega-3 alpha linolenic acid which may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. It also contains omega-6 gamma linolenic acid which has been shown to improve skin conditions. Omega 3’s and 6’s are often unbalanced in the typical American diet, so hemp oil is a great way to get your double dose of each!
Benefits: Antioxidants, supports healthy skin/hair/nails, contains DHA – an essential fatty acid for brain development, promotes healthy flora in the intestines, boosts immunity.
Uses: Great Omega 3 supplement (mercury-free alternative to fish oil), massage oil, moisturizer, lip balm, salad dressing.