Perrin's Massage Oil 4 oz.
Grapeseed Extract & Grapeseed Oil, The medicinal and nutritional value of grapes Vitis vinifera has been praised for since ancient times. Egyptians consumed this fruit at least 6,000 years ago, and several ancient Greek philosophers praised the healing power of grapes usually in the form of wine. Grape leaves were used to stop bleeding, inflammation, and pain, such as the kind brought on by hemorrhoids. Unripe grapes were used to treat sore throats and dried grapes raisins were used to heal consumption, constipation, and thirst. The round, ripe, sweet grapes, were used to treat a range of health problems including cancer, cholera, smallpox, nausea, eye infections, and skin, kidney, and liver diseases.
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Researchers are now discovering that many of the health properties of grapes may actually come from the seeds themselves.
Among other beneficial effects, the active compounds in grape seed are believed to have antioxidant properties. A recent study of healthy volunteers found that supplementation with grape seed extract substantially increased levels of antioxidants in the blood. Antioxidants are substances that destroy free radicals damaging compounds in the body that alter cell membranes, tamper with DNA genetic material, and even cause cell death. Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins including ultraviolet light, radiation, smoke, certain prescription and non-prescription drugs, and air pollution can also increase the number of these damaging particles. Free radicals are believed to contribute to the aging process as well as the development of a number of health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants found in grape seeds can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause. Some studies suggest that grapeseed extract may be as much as 50 times more potent than vitamin C or E in terms of antioxidant activity.
Some of the substances in grapeseed that are beneficial
Vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid, and compounds called procyanidins also known as condensed tannins, pycnogenols, and oligomeric proanthocyanidins or OPCs are highly concentrated in grape seeds. These healthful compounds can also be found in lower concentrations in the skin of the grape. Procyanidins are also found in grape juice and wine, but in lower concentrations. Resveratrol is another of grape's healthful compounds which are related to procyanidins and found mainly in the skins. Resveratrol has gained much popularity as an antioxidant supplement. Resveratrol has shown to have anti cancer activity. Resveratrol is a photoalexin produced natually by several plants when under attack by bacteria or fungi. Phytoalixins are antibacterial and anti fungal chemicals produced by chemical synthesis. Resveratrol is found on the skin of grapes but also in the seeds. In laboratory studies resveratrol has appeared to interfere with cancer cell growth and division and causes some cancer cells to disintegrate at a faster rate than they normally would. Resveratrol may block enzymes that prolong the the sruvival of several cancer cell types including skin cancer. As a result tumors may either stop growing or actually shrink because many of the cancer cells die.
In some studies injuries to skin may have healed better when grapeseed extract was applied. Thorugh several possible effects that include promoting the regrowth of connective tissues, grapeseed extract is believed to encourage faster, stronger healing with less scarring.
Cancer: Studies have found that grape seed extracts may prevent the growth of breast, stomach, colon, prostate, and lung cancer cells in the laboratory. Grape seed extract may also be effective in preventing damage to human liver cells caused by chemotherapy medications. Antioxidants, such as grape seed extract, have been reported beneficial in cancer prevention. Although grape seed has not been studied in humans for its anticancer effects, the antioxidant properties of grape seed are proven beneficial.
For thousands of years olive oil has been used on the skin as a moistuizer and to soften skin.
Below is a 2005 study involving infants and diaper dermatitis in Dubai Medical Center.
Twelve infants suffering from diaper dermatitis were treated four times daily for 7 days with a mixture containing honey, olive oil and beeswax. The severity of erythema was evaluated on a five point scale. Three infants had severe erythema and ulceration, four had moderate erythema, and five had moderate erythema with maceration. Another study found that a mixture of honey, beeswax and olive oil also inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus and Candida albicans isolated from human specimens.
Olive oil, honey, and beeswax are some of the main ingredients in our skin care products.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil is dry, and easily absorbed by the skin for which it is shown to improve moisture levels and maintain firmness and elasticity. Sweet almond oil can also be used to treat chapped lips and certain mild skin conditions such as rashes, and also eczema. Sweet almond oil can also be taken as a laxative, though this application is not generally recommended.
Sweet almond oil is known for it's healthy properties and is one of the most popular aromatherapy oils. It has a sweet, nutty scent and is very pale yellow in color. Often sweet almond oil is employed as a massage oil because of its beneficial effect on the skin, adding moisture and combatting dry skin whilst also lending healing properties due to its high mineral content. Sweet almond oil is also an excellent lubricant and many devotees claim it provides their skin with a glow that nothing else can quite match.
Castor oil Topical Uses
Castor oil has been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, both internally and externally. Applied topically, it has many beneficial effects in a wide range of conditions. Almost 90% of its fatty acid content consists of ricinoleic acid. Such a high concentration of this unusual, unsaturated fatty acid is thought to be responsible for castor oil's healing abilities. Ricinoleic acid has been shown to be effective in preventing the growth of numerous species of viruses, bacteria, yeasts and molds. J Am Oil Chem Soc 61,37.323-325. One study has found that castor oil decreased pain more than ultrasound gel or Vaseline during extracorporeal shock wave application.
Sunflower oil may also have suggested skin health benefits. Sunflower oil, like other oils, can retain moisture in the skin. However, it may also provide a protective barrier that resists infection. Studies using sunflower oil have been conducted involving pre term infants that are often susceptible to infection due to their underdeveloped skin. The sunflower oil provided a protective barrier against infection that was not otherwise present on the infant.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that research has shown to have a variety of benefits for the skin. Studies have shown vitamin E may help decrease the effects if psoriasis and erythema, in the reduction of stretch marks, in the reduction of scarring from wounds, and it may help to reduce the risk of skin cancer. A study from Duke University concluded that Appreciable photoprotection can be obtained from the combination of topical vitamins C and E. We suggest that these natural products may protect against skin cancer and photoaging.
The body uses vitamin A for maintenance of healthy skin, good vision and a robust immune system. It is also a free radical fighting antioxidant and therefore is anti-aging. Vitamin A is a carotenoid which is a class of photochemicals that is a fat soluable pigment found in yellow, red, green, and orange vegetables and fruits. Carotenoids act as anticancer agents. Alpha lipoic acid, vitamin E, and vitamin C, help conserve carotenoids in tissue. Research done by Fisher et al in 1998 at the University of Michigan Medical School suggests that higher levels of vitamin A within the skin may prove to have therapeutic and anti-aging value immediately following UV sun exposure. Vitamin A stimulates the removal and replacement of damaged skin components.
Vitamin D can help control the proliferation of skin cells that lead to psoriatic lesions. Vitamin D deficiency may lead to skin malignancies skin cancer. Topically applied Vitamin D may reduce DNA damage in skin that leads to skin cancer.
Human clinical studies have reported that lavender essential oil may be beneficial in a variety of conditions, including insomnia, alopecia hair loss, anxiety, stress, and postoperative pain. It may also have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Because of its aroma, lavender oil many times is used massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic manipulation.
Peppermint is a natural source of menthol. Studies have shown that topical application of peppermint stimulates the nerves that detect cold, leading to the cooling sensation. The nerves that perceive pain and itching are depressed. This leads to the dialation of the blood vessels, which can promote healing.
Rosemary has been used since ancient times for a varity of purposes. Rosemary oil has been used to relieve headaches, muscle pains, sore muscles, rheumatism and even arthritis. Rosemary is also used in many aromatic therapies.
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.