Wheat Germ Oil is extracted from the germ (the reproductive part of a seed) of the wheat kernel. Wheat germ is the most nutritious component of the wheat kernel that contains 23 different nutrients, including protein, B vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, iron and calcium, making it a healthy addition to your diet. Used as a cooking oil, Wheat Germ Oil is strongly flavoured and expensive. It does however have many health benefits for the skin if used in soap and other toiletry products. Wheat Germ Oil is rich in vitamins A, B, D, E and also high in antioxidants, which for the skin offers many benefits.
The Health Benefits of Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat Germ Oil is one of the best oils to support collagen production and fight the cruel signs of aging, because it has antioxidants, which also might helps to prevent many diseases. It softens and moisturises skin, particularly when used on dry skin in places like the feet, elbows, hands or face. Your skin will absorb all the nutrients when applied and left overnight. It can also help skin problems such as psoriasis and eczema. Wheat germ oil repairs and heals skin conditions and prevent scarring as it contains vitamin B which helps tissue growth. Caution – If you have a wheat or gluten allergy it is not advisable to use Wheat Germ Oil.
How to use Wheat Germ Oil
Wheat Germ Oil is best used as part of a blend because of its strong aroma. It can be used in conjunction with many other skin supporting essential oils and base oils. When used as part of the base oils in a soap bar, it makes a lovely soft soap bar that is conditioning and lathers. By adding it in the oil phase when making creams and lotions it contributes to the moisturising benefits of skin products.
Your daily skin care routine
To address crow’s feet, fine lines, uneven skin tone or cracked skin use equal parts wheat germ oil and almond oil and four to five drops of geranium essential oil. Apply direct on your face after cleansing and pat dry.
Mix 3 tablespoons of Wheat Germ Oil with half an avocado and half a cup of plain yogurt. Apply to your face and leave for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm water. For Wheat Germ Oil and other ingredients available from the Soap Kitchen: www.thesoapkitchen.co.uk