Red and black currant oil, properties, application
Black and red currant essential oil is obtained from the seeds (berry seeds) of the plant. Get it using the pressing method or the method of drawing thinners, after processing it acquires a yellow color and has a spicy aroma of berries. Currant seed oil is used for medicinal purposes, i.e. it is used as a component of medicines, as well as in cosmetology. The essential seed extracts of this berry culture are widely available in the form of a dietary supplement. The product is most often found in bottles or capsules.
Currant seeds are recognized as a valuable source of oil rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids. The oil obtained from the seeds of aronia varieties contains 13% omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid and 17% omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid.
Vitamin C is present in black and red currant oil. The oil is rich in trace elements: Mn (manganese), Cu (copper), Fe (iron), anthocyanins and flavonoids, as well as oleic, palmitic, stearidonic and stearic acids. In fruits of blackcurrant varieties of currant contains 44 kcal per 100 g of product, and in red-fruited varieties - 39 kcal.
Did you know? Oil from seeds of red-fruited and black-fruited currants was used in traditional Chinese medicine as: a diuretic, diaphoretic and antipyretic. It was also used as the main component in nutraceuticals, wines, juices and jams.
In alternative medicine, currant extracts are touted as a natural remedy for many health problems.
- Alzheimer's disease;
- a cold
- with high cholesterol;
- with symptoms of menopause;
- in the presence of premenstrual syndrome;
- as a means of strengthening the immune system.
Oil extract from the seeds of red and black currants is used in various fields: in cosmetology, as a means for the face, hair and nails, in traditional medicine.
The use of currant seed extract is common in:
- dermatitis (also atopic);
- inflammatory skin diseases (acne, eczema, psoriasis), due to the high content of omega-3 fatty acids;
- age wrinkles;
- solving issues related to pigmentation: age spots and uneven skin staining;
- excessive dryness of the skin;
- hair problems: fragility, loss.
Essential extracts blend beautifully with one another. For the face, blackcurrant seed oil is most often used.
It is used for:
- problem skin prone to oily, acne, acne, scars. In tandem with other base oils, it can be used to combat microbes that appear as a result of excessive secretion of the sebaceous glands, which pollute the pores of the face. Due to the high level of omega-3s in stone fruit, the oil will help reduce inflammation and redness on the skin. The appearance of acne will begin to decline, acne will dry out;
- soft removal of age spots, lightening freckles and improving the overall tone of the face;
- improving the condition of the skin of the face with age-related changes. Essential extract is used to tighten facial contours.
Blackcurrant seed oil is extraordinarily powerful and nutritious, due to the presence of gamma-linoleic acid in it, it can help in the treatment and prevention of thinning of the hair, will help restore its shine and strength.
Important! Using any product based on plant extracts, you need to do an allergy test by applying 1 drop to your forearm or wrist. A test is considered passed if after 6–8 hours there will be no appearance of negative reactions: itching, redness, swelling.
If fragility or rash of hair appears, then at home based on blackcurrant and almond oil make a hair mask. Oils are mixed in equal proportions, the amount is determined independently, depending on the length of the hair. Apply to washed, slightly damp hair, rubbing into the scalp, then combing the strands with a wooden comb.
After application, the head is covered with a bathing cap, wrapped in a towel and not washed off for 2-4 hours. After time, the mask is washed off with warm water and shampoo. The procedure is performed once a week. The remaining oil mixture can not be poured, but used the next time. Seborrhea and psoriasis often affects the scalp. The healing properties of the oil can help with the solution to this ailment. The oil extract is rubbed into the affected area.
In folk medicine
Currant oil is widely used in folk medicine. Thanks to the presence of antioxidants, it protects cells from damage caused by free radicals.
Did you know? In perfumery, blackcurrant buds are called "bourgeons de cassis". And this perennial shrub received its Russian name from the word “currant”, which in Old Russian meant “strong smell”.
- It is used as an anti-inflammatory agent that can reduce excessive inflammation in the body if it occurs as a result of the consumption of a large amount of unnatural omega-6 fats, which are found in many processed foods.
- Used as a cardioprotective agent that has a protective effect on the heart and blood vessels.
- Used to improve the functioning of the immune system.
- An oil extract is applicable to reduce a person’s susceptibility to allergies.
- It is used as an antineuropathic agent, because it can have a protective effect in diabetic neuropathy.
- The anthocyanin and bioflavonoid complex in blackcurrant is an important antioxidant. Brightly colored plant pigments nourish the retina. Visual acuity at night improves when taking a medicinal extract. The visual load is removed during constant work on the computer.
- It is used to relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome: mood swings, irritability, depression, insomnia, body aches and weight gain due to fluid retention.
- During menopause, an extract can help reduce hot flashes and night sweats.
- It is used to reduce swelling and pain in joint injuries in people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. The effect does not appear immediately, the process of improvement can take up to 24 weeks.
- Any remedy may have contraindications, and oil is no exception. With caution, you need to use currant oil:
- people prone to allergies;
- with individual intolerance.
It is strictly forbidden to take the oil inside to people with reduced blood coagulation, children under 3 years old, pregnant women and breast-feeding.It is impossible to apply facial masks with a surplus. The optimal intervals between application 1-2 times a week.
Using any remedy on plant extracts to achieve a therapeutic effect or for cosmetic purposes, it is important to remember the golden rule - “do no harm”!