Improve Your Health With These Four Oils
For years we have heard of the negative health effects of oils that we cook with including high cholesterol, clogged arteries, hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. While these traditional oils are not the sole contributors of these unfavorable health outcomes, it is a concept to consider.
As we continue to journey towards a healthier lifestyle, we continue to research and discover food sources and methods of cooking. We have all heard of the benefits of using oils (such as coconut oil) in various ways – not only with food but also in health and beauty. Depending on the source, oils can improve your health concerns such as helping to lower cholesterol, helping with indigestion, helping eyesight and can also act as an antiseptic. Continue reading to discover how four types of oils can help you on your health and beauty journey.
In existence for over 6000 years, grapeseed oil is extracted from the seed of grapes. It is an abundant by-product of the wine making process. (1) It is a polyunsaturated oil and is high in linoleic acid. Because it is light in color and flavor, it is a great choice for food preparation as it will not interfere with the taste of the food. It is also great to use with foods because it is high in essential fatty acids and vitamin E. It reduces LDL (bad cholesterol) and increases HDL (good cholesterol). All of which is important to improve your health, particularly heart/artery health. (2) It has a fairly high smoke point. So when choosing to use this oil, be mindful of how it is processed. Cold pressed is usually better as it usually indicates that it has not been altered by heat or manufactured with various chemicals for the purpose of increasing shelf life. The beauty benefits of using grapeseed oil are numerous and include promoting hair growth, making hair soft and smooth, using it as a massage oil, and as an antiseptic.
Rosehip Seed Oil
Used for generations by ancient Egyptians, Mayans and Native Americans for it’s healing properties (3), rose hip seed oil, not to be confused with rose essential oil, is harvested from the seeds of rose bushes. It is high in essential fatty acids, antioxidant properties, as well as vitamins A, C, and F. It helps with a myriad of ailments including indigestion, alleviating menstrual cramps, boosts immunity and helps with osteoarthritis. If you are looking for a beauty oil, look no further. Rosehip seed oil helps with skin elasticity, radiance, reduces scars, and fine lines. It is also great for moisturizing and strengthening hair and nails. Rosehip seed oil is not to be ingested.
Also known as linseed oil, flaxseed oil has been used for centuries. (4) It is a concentrated vegetable oil from flax which was a key ingredient in linen. (5) This oil which is rich in Omega 3, has plenty of health benefits. Because of it’s high fiber content, it helps to regulate digestion. It also helps with hormone regulation in post menopausal women, lowers cholesterol, and boosts immunity. Flaxseed oil can be taken internally or topically for the health of hair and skin. It is a definite winner if you’re seeking to improve your health, skin, and hair.
Avocado oil is like a one and done kind of oil because it can be used for everything. High in beneficial fats, Avocado oil is a great alternative as a cooking oil. It has more potassium than a banana and more protein than other fruits. Avocado oil improves cell function because it penetrates the cell down to the mitochondria (6), lowers risk of some cancers and also helps prevent flare ups of some auto-immune diseases. (7) It is also no secret that avocado (oil) aids in weight loss, as well as healthy hair, skin and nails.
Before including these types of oils into health routines or plans, consult with your physician first and seek medical attention for serious health concerns.
Do you have a favorite oil that you use daily for health and beauty? What oils do you use to improve your health and overall well-being? Please leave your comments below.