Wheat Germ Oil

Wheat Germ oil is one of nature's best sources of Vitamin E. The Vitamin E found in Wheat Germ oil is well known for its antioxidant properties. In addition, its emollient and conditioning properties make it ideal for healthy moisturized skin and hair.

Wheat germ oil is made from the germ of the wheat—the heart of it. The wheat grain consists of three parts—the husk, the germ and the endosperm—and it is the germ that is used in the manufacture of the oil. Although the germ only constitutes 3% of the weight of a wheat grain, it contains nearly 25% of the protein, vitamins and minerals. Wheat germ oil is very high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Because of its high vitamin E content, which is a natural antioxidant which helps to prevent rancidity, it is often added to other carriers to help lengthen their shelf life and to prevent them going off. When used in massage blends it may be too heavy on its own, but it has great nourishing qualities which makes it a good choice to include when mixing a massage blend or preparing a carrier blend. It has a slight nutty aroma and is extracted by cold pressing or solvent extraction from the "germ."

With its high vitamin E content and essential fatty acids, it is used extensively in aromatherapy massage blends since it is said to promote a smoother, younger looking skin, assisting in healing scar tissue as well as stretch marks. It is too sticky to use on its own, but is wonderful when blended with a lighter carriers, such as sweet almond. When it is applied topically on to the skin it is said to help promote the formation of new cells, improve circulation, and is said to help repair sun damage to the skin. It is also used to help relieve the symptoms of dermatitis. This carrier is said to stimulate tissue regeneration and is often added to other blends because of its antioxidant properties.

Do not use full strength as it can be overpowering. Dilute 5-10% with other carriers.