Hazelnut oil and its properties
Hazelnut is one of the most favorite delicacies, which conquers with a combination of delicious aroma and not very hard texture of the kernels. However, he also has many medicinal properties - they were glorified by scientists from the Hellenic era, and the plant itself was considered mystical and sacred. One of the most valued oils in cosmetology is also extracted from hazelnut kernels, which has earned the title of the best for oily and problem skin.
Hazelnuts are the kernels of the fruit of hazel, or hazelnut, a fairly compact and very pretty shrub with bizarrely twisted branches, which bears fruit with brown nuts. Hazel grows almost throughout the northern hemisphere, with the exception of the northernmost countries, and most often forms undergrowth in nature. The largest and highest quality hazelnuts are produced where winters are mild. This plant has been known since ancient Greek times under a different name - Avellana, after the Latin name of the city of Avellino, which was the center of the hazelnut trade in the ancient world. Hazelnuts were glorified by the scientists of Ancient Greece and Rome, although hazel kernels were used as food in the Bronze Age.
In the Hellenic era, hazel was a sacred culture, it symbolized immortality. Hazelnuts were associated with the legend of mythological heroes, it was believed that its branches could extinguish a fire and protect a house from flooding, there were even legends that the branches of a growing hazelnut pointed to buried treasures. Thin and fancifully twisted shoots of hazel twisted around the house, protecting it from evil forces. The healing properties of hazelnuts were praised by Avicenna, claiming that hazelnuts are much more valuable than walnuts and in the form of crushed fruits or oil is ideal for restoring patients' strength, and in the East, walnut oil was used as a remedy to keep the skin soft and velvety. The completely unique cosmetic properties of hazelnuts were investigated only with the development of aromatherapy.
Oil from delicious hazelnuts is obtained by pressing the kernels without heating. Light and fluid, very aromatic, it is distinguished by a high content of oleic, palmitic, linoleic, stearic acids, high energy value, sufficient saturation with vitamins E, PP, B and C. Hazelnut oil contains a lot of tocopherols and carotenoids, phosphorus, copper, iron and calcium as well as sterols.
Externally, the oil is colored in a beautiful luminous pale amber tone, absolutely transparent. It is stored for only a little more than six months, with tight sealing and darkening, preferably in the refrigerator. They are used both in pure form and as an additive to other bases, although it is better to limit the proportion of hazelnut oil in mixtures to 10-15%. The aroma of hazelnut oil is very light, almost imperceptible, clean, nutty.
Hazelnut oil adheres perfectly to the skin, spreading amazingly easily and evenly. At the same time, it is practically weightless, instantly absorbed, providing a refreshing, mattifying, pore-tightening effect. This effect is most pronounced on oily and problem skin. After applying hazelnuts, no traces of oily coating remain on the skin in a matter of seconds. As a rule, it does not cause a feeling of oiliness either. It is famous for its fast toning effect in combination with deep penetration into the deeper layers and cellular effects.
Despite the fact that particular attention is paid to the cosmetic properties of hazelnut oil, it also has many healing qualities. This is a wonderful oil with a prophylactic effect that prevents an increase in cholesterol levels, prevents vascular diseases, has a general strengthening effect on a weakened or developing body, helps to eliminate neuroses and is effective for joint problems.
Hazelnut oil has a very high protein content, which can be equated with meat products. It is an ideal nutritional product with an impeccable ratio of minerals and amino acids for full absorption. This oil can be taken even with the strictest diets due to its almost zero carbohydrate content. As a prophylactic agent, it prevents muscle and heart diseases, cancer of the digestive organs, promotes the elimination of toxins, and stimulates the cleansing of the body. Oral administration helps to get rid of kidney stones.
Use in cosmetology
Although the beneficial effects of hazelnut oil are most noticeable on oily skin, it can be used to care for any skin type. Hazelnut demonstrates excellent toning, nourishing and moisturizing properties on aging, problematic, combination and oily skin. This oil has pronounced decongestant properties, an astringent effect, it perfectly narrows pores and restores the normal fat balance. A lifting effect is noticeable on aging skin.
It is believed that hazelnut is one of the best oils for the treatment of rosacea. The protective functions that prevent UV rays are not as pronounced as the soothing and regenerating properties when applied after sunbathing. For all types of inflammation, hazelnut oil has a smoothing and regenerating effect. Perfect for lips and sensitive skin around the eyes.