You may have already heard that among cooking oils, Grapeseed Oil is a healthy favorite. Unlike Olive oil, the flavor is so light and neutral that it won’t alter the taste of your foods. It is great for sauteing, grilling, using in vinegar dressings, and even deep frying due to the stability, and high-temperature smoke point.
JR Watkins Grapeseed Oil is a superb choice. It is versatile, light, and practically odorless and tasteless. Excellent as a dipping oil or for use on pasta, it contains zero Trans fats, and no gluten or distilled white vinegar. A serving size of 1 Tablespoon contains 120 calories.
Health Benefits of Grapeseed Oil
Because Grape seeds are full of potent antioxidants known as Oligomeric Proanthocyanidin Complexes (OPCs) they help fight free radicals which can contribute to premature aging and numerous chronic diseases. OPC compounds have been show to benefit the body in many other ways. They are antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic, and more.
At only 8%, Grapeseed oil is very low in saturated fat. By contrast, olive oil contains double that amount. Grapeseed oil is high in polyunsaturated fat which helps raise good cholesterol (HDL), and lower bad cholesterol (LDL) and triglycerides. The percentage of linoleic acid is high (between 65 and 72 percent) in Grapeseed oil. Linoleic acid converts to conjugated-linoleic acid (CLA) which reduces cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and improves weight loss. (PubMed Reference).
Grapeseed Oil also contains about twice the amount of Vitamin E (an antioxidant) as Olive oil, along with other powerful antioxidants!
Grapeseed Oil Additional Uses
Skin Care: Using Grapeseed oil in your skin care program can help regulate natural oil production (especially for those with oily skin), clear up pores and acne, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, restore moisture, reduce circles and puffiness under the eyes, and provide anti-aging benefits. Used regularly, Grapeseed oil can also tone and tighten the skin, and promote collagen restoration at the cellular level.
- Make a Body Wash by swirling together 1/2 c Watkins Castile Liquid Soap and 1 Tablespoon of Watkins Grapeseed Oil.
- Make a Facial Wash by whipping together 1 cup of plain yogurt (not fat free), 2 Tablespoons of Grapeseed Oil and 1 Tablespoon fresh-squeezed lemon juice. Whip until smooth and store up to a few weeks in the refrigerator.
- Make a Sugar Scrub/Mask by mixing one and a half cups of brown sugar with 1/4 cup of Almond oil and 1/4 cup of Grapeseed Oil. Apply thickly and evenly and let it remain for about 15 minutes before removing with a warm, wet washcloth. Store remaining mixture in the refrigerator for up to six months.
Hair Care: The essential nutrients, proteins, minerals, linoleic acid and Vitamin E found in odorless Grapeseed oil promotes healthy hair and scalp. Grapeseed oil is much easier to obtain, and much less expensive than other commonly used hair oils (Jojoba, Olive, etc). It is lighter than olive oil and can be used directly, such as in a hot oil treatment. Just as with skin care, Grapeseed oil is an excellent choice for both dry and oily hair.
Massage: Grapeseed oil has been a favorite among Massage Therapists probably long before it was used in cooking. Very few massage oils actually help to prevent clogged pores and acne, but the high level of linoleic acid is great for oily skin. Grapeseed oil is light, and offers an exceptionally smooth glide with easy absorption into a client’s skin.
Wounds: Grape seeds have been shown to reduce swelling and speed the healing of wounds. A study published by the journal of Free Radical Biology and Medicine “provided firm evidence to support that topical application of GSPE represents a feasible and productive approach to support dermal wound healing.”
As a Base Oil: Try substituting the expensive base oils, like Jojoba, in your homemade cosmetic and skin care products with less expensive Grapeseed oil and see if you obtain similar results.
Natural Preservative and Cleaner for Wood: With its high content of Vitamin E (a natural preservative), Grapeseed oil makes a great polish for leather and preservative for wood finishes.
First prepare a Citrus Vinegar Solution ahead of time. Remove the peel (avoiding the fleshy part) from either Lemons, Oranges, Grapefruits or other choices. It is easier to remove the peel without the pith while the peel is still on the fruit itself. Fill a mason jar (half full or more) with the citrus peels and pour white vinegar over them. Cover and let sit to infuse for two weeks in a warm location. Strain the vinegar solution through a clean coffee filter and store in a mason jar. The solution will be highly concentrated. You may add a few drops of Sweet Orange, Grapefruit or Lemon Essential Oils for additional scent if you wish.
To Mix Wood Cleaner/Preservative, combine 1/4 cup of the Citrus Vinegar Solution with 2 Tablespoons of Grapeseed Oil and store in a separate jar. Before each use, vigorously shake the jar to mix the ingredients thoroughly as they will separate upon standing.
In between cleanings, use a Homemade Wood Balm to add luster and help protect wood from drying out or cracking. Simply melt 2 ounces Beeswax over a double boiler (pastilles work really well). In a separate container or double boiler, heat 8 ounces of Grapeseed Oil at the same time. While both ingredients are warm, they will mix together much more smoothly and the hot beeswax won’t begin to harden as it would when adding a “cool” ingredient to it. After mixing, store the balm in short tins or glass containers. Use once or twice a month in between Wood Cleaner/Preservative treatments.
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Reference: Grape Seed Oil Compounds: Biological and Chemical Actions for Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, August 2016