Grape seed oil is the next topic in our oil introduction series. Grape seed oil is used in both cosmetics and cooking. That’s why it’s easy to find it in larger supermarkets as well. The popularity of grape seed oil in cosmetics has been solid for several years. It has plenty of good features. Personally, I like the versatility of grape seed oil. Grape seed oil is one of the cornerstones of cosmetics and I now want us to have a deeper look at it.

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Grape seed oil is a by-product of the food industry

If you want to fight food waste, you can participate in the fight by using grape seed oil. The grapes are used to make juice and wine. However, seeds are never used in these products. Grape seeds are a waste that has little other use. Fortunately, grape seeds contain valuable and especially good quality oil. Now the entire crop can be used.

The oil is extracted from the seeds in many different ways. When choosing oil for cosmetic products, you should choose the cold pressed quality. It contains all the vitamins and other beneficial substances of the oil. The anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of cold-pressed oil remain unchanged.

Grape seed oil is a very light oil

Light oil means oil that is well absorbed and does not feel greasy on the skin. However, grape seed oil is not a so-called dry oil. Dry oils are rich in alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Grape seed oil doesn’t contain it.

The fatty acid composition of grape seed oil is one of the most ideal. It contains the right proportions of fatty acids that are important for the skin. The variation of the fatty acid profile of grape seed oil is really small. The oil is made from the most popular grape types that grow under about the same conditions.

Grape seed oil is also rich in vitamin E, tocopherol, resveratrol, quercetin, procyanidin, carotenoids and plant sterols. Due to its abundance of phytochemicals, grape seed oil is indeed a popular ingredient in cosmetic industry serums and other skincare products. Grape seed oil is a great oil to use for skin care. It has a huge amount of active, natural ingredients.

How does grape seed oil affect the skin?

Grape seed oil has several positive effects on the skin. Here are a few of them;

Store grape seed oil carefully

Grape seed oil contains a lot of linoleic acid, which makes the oil very easily oxidized. when buying grape seed oil, make sure the oil is as fresh as possible. Always ask the best before -date when buying it.

Always store grape seed oil out of the light. Light spoils many products incredibly quickly.

The oil storage place should also be as cool as possible, always keep the opened bottle in the refrigerator. And products containing grape seed oil should be stored in the refrigerator. This ensures the freshness and highest possible quality of your products.

How can we use grape seed oil in homemade cosmetics?

Grape seed oil is a versatile oil. It is very suitable for many different skin types. Grape seed oil is one of the few carrier oils. The carrier oil is required to have a neutral odour and colour. Very fragrant and intensely coloured oils are not suitable as carrier oils.

You can mix a few drops of the special oil(s) you want with grape seed oil. This allows you to enhance the effect of the oil and complete the fatty acid composition.

Grape seed oil is excellent for many different uses

Grape seed oil is a cosmetic oil worth trying

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There are not so many good carrier oils available. Each of them is suitable for skin care as such.

Because the best carrier oils are perishable, it is better to buy them in smaller bottles and one oil at a time. You can vary the different oils according to your skin. Grape seed oil is easy to obtain. Like most cosmetic carrier oils, grape seed oil is suitable for human consumption. Extra oil you do not need for cosmetics is easy to use in kitchen.

I recommend to get familiar with grape seed oil. It is easy to add more power to your products with it. It is good to change the carrier oil from time to time and grape seed oil is one really good option for you. Try how your skin will like it.

What is your favorite carrier oil?

The flourishing chickweed in the garden indicates that the land is a good and fertile for garden plants. I have often left the chickweed alone to protect the garden both from excessive rain and from drying out. Chickweed is also a very good plant for skin care. It is widely used in natural cosmetics.  You can find its INCI under the name Stellaria media in many natural cosmetics products.  Now you too have a chance to learn how to use the chickweed in your own products. Let’s see what wonders this herb can do for your skin.

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The chickweed is an old garden plant and a medicinal plant

The chickweed was once cultivated in gardens. It was used to give taste to salads and garnish with fine sandwiches. From the gardens, the chickweed spread out to nature and is now considered a harmful weed. The best thing about this herbal hobby is that harmful weeds no longer exist. All plants are valuable as you get to know them. The chickweed is one of the best examples.

The chickweed is also an old medicinal plant that has been used especially for skin care. Chickweed effectively reduces itching of the skin. That’s why it’s always worth keeping it for the winter.

The chickweed works best on the skin as a fresh mash. For example, you can squeeze a drop of juice from a succulent chickweed into the itchy area. Try for mosquito bites, for example.

The chickweed effectively soothes the skin

The modest-looking chickweed has plenty of great features which take special care of your skin.

The chickweed is full of the best nutrients. When fresh, it has plenty of vitamin C as well as many group B vitamins. It is a plant which is especially rich in minerals. Its many vitamins and trace elements nourish the skin.

The chickweed contains at least the following minerals;

In addition, the chickweed has a number of plant chemicals that act as antioxidants, such as

Chickweed is an astringent herb that soothes and cools the skin.

Enlarged pores are a problem for many people. The size of the skin pores is partly genetic. However, you can affect them with cosmetics. Many herbs such as chickweed contain soothing ingredients for the skin. The chickweed effectively downsizes the enlarged pores and gives the skin a clear tone.

Chickweed reduces inflammation

Chickweed is an anti-inflammatory herb that reduces inflammation on the skin. Therefore, it is worth trying the chickweed when suffering skin irritation symptoms.

Chickweed reduces swelling

Chickweed has also been used to remove unnecessary fluid from tissues. This feature is useful, for example, in the treatment of the skin around the eyes.

When should you pick up a chickweed?

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The chickweed is at its best just before flowering. This is good to know if you want to use the chickweed mainly for cooking. You can also use an older plant in cosmetics. In the older plant, the plant chemicals that benefit the skin are at their highest.

How can the chickweed be utilized in homemade cosmetics?

The chickweed works best on skin as fresh. It is especially suitable as a face mask just as it is. You can also squeeze fresh juice into your toner. Unfortunately, this kind of fresh toner doesn’t last in the fridge for more than a week. Fortunately, chickweeds can be found fresh from May to late fall.

For the winter, you can store the chickweed frozen. Personally, I prefer freezing the chickweed. The best way to freeze a chickweed is to mash it and freeze in ice cubes. You can still add some boiled water (cool it down first) over the ice cubes. This is how the puree is best preserved. I mentioned here that all herbs should be steamed before freezing. The chickweed is a different matter. If you make fresh puree from chickweed, it will be preserved really well as frozen.

Herbal oil from the chickweed is difficult to make

There is a third way to preserve the active ingredients of the chickweed. You can make oil extract from the chickweed. The oil extract must be made from dried chickweeds. There is too much water in fresh herbs to make herbal oil. Make the chickweed herb oil in the usual way. Instructions for making herbal oil can be found here.

I found an article from the web in which herbal oil was done using fresh chickweed. You can try this one if you want. Personally, I haven’t had time to try the recipe yet. Remember that if even a drop of moisture remains in the oil, it will definitely be spoiled. https://learningherbs.com/remedies-recipes/chickweed-salve/

For which products is the chickweed suitable?

The suitability of herbs for homemade cosmetics depends a lot on the form in which you will and can use the herb. Since the chickweed is fresh at its best, you should use it in the summer and fall for as long as you can find it. The fresh chickweed is suitable for fresh cosmetics such as quick-use toners, serums and face masks.

Fresh glycerite

Chickweed is a very suitable raw material for fresh glycerite. Mix glycerol with the mashed chickweed and use as a face mask.

Herbal oil

Oil extract made from chickweed is not as effective as a fresh plant. However, the good properties of chickweed oil are its skin softening and rejuvenating effects. The pore-shrinking properties of the chickweed are also partially left in the oil extract. You can make, for example, skin care ointment from chickweed oil.

Chickweed oil can also be used as a soothing cream to treat insect stings. It is one of the best herbs to treat itchy skin. In addition, a plantain, marigold and allheal can be added to the healing and herbal ointment to boost the healing effect.

The chickweed is a mild and truly versatile herb.

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You can take advantage of it in many of your products. It does not contain strong acids or alkaloids that irritate sensitive skin. Which herb is suitable for someone, it depends on many things. Just by experimenting, you will find the best natural plants just for your skin. So, feel free to try the chickweed. It is still abundant in nature. The problem with many plants is that they are not available dried. That’s why you should prepare and store herbs you need for the winter now.

Have you used the chickweed in cosmetics?

Now when the summer is at its best, my thoughts are also in the summer and I’d like to write only about herbs. Heal-all, (Prunella vulgaris), is a tiny little herb that grows on the edges of the lawn. It is such a small plant that many do not even notice it. Heal-all often thrives nearby of conifers. It is a very modest looking plant. The plant is also odourless and almost tasteless. A little bitterness comes from the tannins contained in the plant. However, heal-all is one of the most useful herbs for skin care. That’s why I’d like to tell you about the amazing properties of the heal-all in caring cosmetics.

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Heal-all is an old and respected medicinal plant

Heal-all has been used as a healing herb for hundreds of years. Heal-all is a very common curative herb in Central Europe. Its Latin name is Prunella vulgaris. The word Prunella originally comes from the German language and means throat infection. Heal-all was once used in Germany as a medicine for sore throat. The plant has also been used to treat many other ailments around the world.

In England, the name of the Heal-all is Self-heal. The name suggests that Heal-all has been a healing herb in England as well. Other names include Heal-all, heart-of-the-earth, woundwort.

Wong Lo Kat drink

In China, heal-all is added to a popular herbal tea blend called Wong Lo Kat together with liquorice, chrysanthemum and honeysuckle. In China, Wong Lo Kat is also currently one of the most popular soft drinks. This Heal-all drink has also recently been the subject of furious copyright disputes there. The value of the Wong Lo Kat beverage brand is currently about 280 billion euros. This says a lot about how much the Chinese appreciate this little plant. https://ezinearticles.com/?What-Is-The-Chinese-Herbal-Tea-Wang-Lao-Ji-Made-From?&id=5005786

Heal-all is a completely non-toxic plant

Heal-all does not contain any toxic substances. It is basically completely edible. However, the culinary popularity of Heal-all is not great as the whole plant tastes like wood. However, you can use the flowers of Heal-all, for example, in a salad as a decoration.

The importance of Heal-all on the skin

Heal-all is especially rich in skin-protecting and soothing ingredients. Even if your skin doesn’t have any actual problem that requires a treatment, Heal-all protects and soothes your skin from the stresses caused by the environment.

Heal-all contains a significant selection of nature’s best chemicals

The effectiveness of Heal-all is based on the plant chemicals it contains. The small, modest plant has an enormous amount of wonderful ingredients. These ingredients work together to heal, care for and protect your skin.

Heal-all and sunlight

During hot summer days, the skin is easily exposed to excessive sunlight. Heal-all protect the skin thanks to their numerous plant chemicals.

However, Heal-all do not provide the skin with real UV protection. Plant chemicals in Heal-all do not block sunlight from reaching the skin. However, skin cells exposed to the sun benefit from the effects of these plant chemicals. Therefore, it is worth adding Heal-all to skin care products on hot summer days.

Heal-all soothes the skin

Heal-all has a protective and soothing effect on the skin. Its numerous herbal chemicals have a soothing effect on the skin and eliminate inflammation. Therefore, Heal-all is particularly suitable for treating irritated skin. The tannins in Heal-all shrink pores and brighten the skin.

How should Heal-all be used in home cosmetics?

The best way to obtain the active ingredients of heal-all is to prepare an oil extract using dried flowers. Only dry the freshly blown flowers of the Heal-all. Heal-all is a wonderful plant that you can take advantage of along the summer until the fall comes. Namely, the Heal-all always makes two new flowers to replace the one you just picked up. So start collecting Heal-all flowers now.

How to dry Heal-all flowers?

You can dry the flowers by using a plant dryer or oven. The flowers are quite dry. You can also pre-dry the flowers in a dark but dry and warm place.

Heal-all flowers can also be dried on a towel protected from light. Depending on the moisture level, they dry relatively quickly. Personally, I prefer this rather effortless way of collecting and drying flowers. You can add new flowers to dry whenever they pop out.

When there are enough dried flowers, you can make an oil extract. Do not use them all. Leave the rest of dried flowers to wait for winter and the moment when you want to make fresh herbal oil.

Instructions for making herbal oil can be found here.

Heal-all suits well for many products

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I have used Heal-all in products intended to protect my skin from the sun. Heal-all treat sun-sensitized skin.

Oil serums made from Heal-all are convenient to use. Remember that you should not use any other products when applying the actual UV protection. They may affect the effectiveness of UV protection. Therefore, use heal-all oil serum at different times. Heal-all serum is suitable to be applied immediately after the sunbathing, for example, as it also soothes the skin.

Heal-all can be used to make skin soothing emulsion creams. Such creams can be helpful when the skin is particularly stressed. I do not recommend using lotions or creams containing Heal-all on daily basis because it is rich in herbal chemicals. It is suitable for efficient creams designed to control the situation on the skin. For example, a week’s treatment of Heal-all cream can make wonders on irritated skin.

What are your favourite herbal skin care products?

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