Abyssinian Oil – Abyssinian Oil, or Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, is from a mustard plant. It contains a high percentage of fatty acids, such as Omega 3 and Omega 6. Omega 3 is anti-inflammatory, while Omega 6 helps in skin regeneration. Abyssinian Oil is an ultra light oil, which is quickly absorbed by the skin. High in Phytosterols, Abyssinian Oil helps to repair damaged skin cells caused by day to day stress or age, promoting wrinkle reduction and skin suppleness. With such moisturizing properties, it’s also becoming a popular option for giving hair shine and lustre as a substitute for Argan Oil.
Almond Oil – Almond Oil, or Prunus Dulcis, is oil extracted almonds. However, one thing to note is that almond oil can be derived from sweet and bitter almonds. Oil extracted from bitter almonds contain a glycoside called amygdalin that turns into toxic hydrocyanic acid on processing, so we would want to avoid this. Sweet almond oil that comes from edible almonds however, is highly nutritious, being rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, Vitamin E, proteins, potassium, zinc and a multitude of other vitamins and minerals. Being chalked so full of goodness, it’s a multi-purpose oil with people using it for their skin, hair and even in cooking. For the skin alone, this oil has potent antioxidative properties, helping protect the skin against UV and oxidative damage, keeping the skin more supple. It also can help lighten dark circles and tan, and being so moisturising and hypoallergenic, it can also be used for relieving eczema and psoriasis or even as an ingredient in face cleansers. Being a mild and light oil, sweet almond oil can also be used for giving a non-greasy shine to hair and keep it moisturised to prevent split-ends. Internal consumption wise, the oil contains monounsaturated fatty acids and folic acids that promote heart health and improve brain function.
Aloe Vera – Aloe Vera, or Aloe Barbadensis,is rich in Vitamin C, E and beta-carotene, strong antioxidants which can help in combating the signs of age. With its healing properties and the cooling sensation experienced when applied externally, it is commonly used to relieve tan and minor burns, and used in exfoliants and face masks. Ingested orally, aloe vera juice has been known to also help in reducing high blood pressure.
Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has turned into a sought-after drink, having been featured in recent trending practices like juice-cleansing. High in acetic acid, enzymes and good bacteria, ACV aids in the body’s regulation of blood sugar, useful for people with diabetes and those wanting to reduce their cravings and maintain their diets. Aside from drinking apple cider vinegar, the antifungal and antibacterial properties of ACV, along with the closeness of acetic acid’s pH to our hair’s pH, ACV has also gained popularity recently as a hair rinse to keep the hair feeling strong, healthy and lustrous.
Argan Oil – Argan Oil, or Argania Spinosa kernel oil is much like the Abyssinian and Sweet Almond Oils, having an abundance of antioxidants, Vitamins A and E, Omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid. These nutrients are essential for our body to function properly and certainly brings benefits with usage on our skin and hair, hence we are now able to find Argan Oil products in almost every pharmacy or salon. Some of the benefits experienced by users are better hair strength and skin suppleness.
Avocado Oil – Avocado Oil, or Persea Americana Oil, is a favoured oil for culinary purposes due to its very high smoke point, but aside from that, it is also a great source of Vitamin E and Oleic Acid. With such moisturising and antibacterial properties, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that people use it to reduce inflammation, and on their skin and hair to keep both feeling smooth and strong. If consumed, this oil also can aid in digestion and help in weight loss goals as it is packed with nutrients needed for bodily functions, helping regulate your hormones and cravings.