Origin of location: USA
Botanical name: Triticum vulgare
Extraction method: Cold Pressed/Refined from the ripe wheat germ (embryo)
Color: It is yellow, amber or reddish.
Edible: Our products are for external use only
Benefits: Wheat Germ Oil is rich in Vitamin E which is an antioxidant and can be used to combat the oxidation process of skin cells which is due to the free radical atoms that occur because of exposure to damaging environmental factors such as pollution, sunlight and cigarette smoke. Free radicals are very reactive and are associated with the signs of aging and certain cancers. Dry and rough skin and skin with wrinkles or fine lines are the result of the damage to the lipids in our skin cells. Lipids are particularly vulnerable to free radical activity.
Wheat Germ Oil is excellent for preventing and aiding in the treatment of dry, rough or aging skin because of its antioxidant property and is believed to stimulate tissue regeneration. Oleic and linoleic acids are very soothing for skin and can be a great conditioner for hair. Linoleic acid can help to retain water within the skin tissue. Wheat Germ Oil is also great for reducing stretch marks, scars and relieving sun burn. It also helps to relieve eczema, psoriasis, dull complexions, dry skin and prematurely aged skin. It can also be used as a preservative in soaps, toiletries and vegetable oils, even though on its own it oxidizes quickly.
Common uses: Wheat Germ Oil is used in food as a supplement and in cosmetics. In cosmetics it is used in lotions, lip balms, creams, body balms and soap. It can also be used as a conditioner for hair and nails. For massage oil blends it should be incorporated at 10-15%.
Shelf life: 6 -8 months
Cautions: Avoid if you have a wheat or gluten allergy. For external use only.
Vitamins / Minerals / Lipids Contained: Wheat Germ Oil is high in the vitamins A, E, D, vitamin B complex, linoleic and oleic fatty acids, lecithin, carotenoids, minerals, proteins and squalene.
Plant / Oil History: Wheat is one of the oldest cultivated crops in human history with a history that begins 10, 000 years. It was probably first found in the wild grasses that grows in Central Asia and then domesticated by the Egyptian, Early Middle Eastern and Chinese civilizations. Cultivating wheat crops were of great importance to the Romans and the popularity of wheat as a food staple grew with their empire.
In the Dark Ages wheat could only be purchased by the wealthy and so was not consumed by the majority of Europeans. In the 15th and 16th centuries European colonists brought wheat and other types of grain with them and in the 19th century it became a totally affordable food item. Currently wheat is cultivated in many countries around the world.
Plant / Oil Description: The Wheat plant is an annual plant that may have been derived from a perennial Wheat plant. It is grass like and is a part of a group of grains that are called cereals. Wheat varieties include the type called Durum, which is used to make spaghetti and has a stiff straw that can be used for thatching, Common wheat which is used to make bread, and club wheat. When young, wheat resembles green yard grass.
It begins life as a green colored plant but as it ripens it changes to a golden color and when completely ripe changes again to a beige color. It can grow up to 5 feet tall and the head of a wheat plant can consist of 50-80 kernels. Each wheat grain contains the husk, the endosperm and the germ. The germ is called the embryo because it is the baby plant and is at the heart of the grain and is used to manufacture Wheat Germ Oil.
Plant Habitat: There are two main types of wheat. One type is planted in the fall, grows during the winter and harvested the next spring. This is called Winter wheat. Spring wheat is planted in the spring in cold regions and harvested in the summer.
Wheat plants thrive in mild, dry climates and climates that are extremely hot or cold will destroy a crop.
Storage: Wheat Germ Oil should be stored in a dry, cool area until it is opened. After opening, it should be refrigerated and tightly closed as this will increase its shelf life.