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Wheat germ oil is loaded with many important nutrients like proteins, minerals, and vitamins. Many times it is recommended that you add it with other oils to increase its stability and shelf life. Oil of wheat germ has many benefits and suits many people. However, if you have severe wheat or gluten allergy, then avoid using this oil as it can give you side effects. But, if you don't have any gluten or wheat allergy then this oil is perfectly safe for use. For people with allergies, there is gluten-free variety available.
How is it Extracted?
This oil is extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel, which contributes to only 2½ percent weight of the kernel. Wheat germ oil extract is called by the botanical name Triticum vulgare. It has a shelf life of around 6 - 8 months, but when mixed with other oils it's shelf life can be increased. This oil degrades quickly, when exposed to high temperatures so store it in a cool and dark place. The oil is available in two varieties which is the refined and unrefined variety. It can be used for animals and humans both.
Properties
It can be pale amber to rich chestnut brown in color. The color of this oil depends upon the variety. It has a strong and heavy smell, it doesn't have an attractive smell and can be mixed with essential oils to enhance the scent. Wheat germ nutrition is known for its high levels of antioxidant, hence it's oil is added to other carrier oils. It is thick in consistency, so it is not usually used as an independent massage oil. Due to its exceptional nourishing qualities it is used in lesser proportions to make carrier oil blends.
Benefits
Wheat germ oil being a rich source of vitamin E helps to moisturize and nourish skin. It is also used against aging effects on skin. This oil also has high levels of vitamin A and vitamin D and aids muscle and lymph function and is especially valuable for treating dry skin. It is also a good natural preservative. It is effective for treating dry and cracked skin, eczema, psoriasis, prematurely-aged skin, dull complexion, and scars. This oil is beneficial for getting rid of stretch marks too, it can also be used as a massage oil to increase blood circulation and to treat sunburns, burns, and scars.
Practical Uses
You can cook with this oil as it provides many antioxidants and important protein content to the food. It can be added as a salad dressing or to baked foods. You can use wheat germ for treating sunburns or burns. If you have ragged or torn cuticles then rub some wheat germ oil every night. You can also add it with your lotions, creams, and other aromatherapy carrier oils. This oil can be taken internally and added as a dietary supplement or in liquid form to your pet's food, it helps to promote a lustrous coat and healthy skin for your pets. Many times, this oil is also for horses due to the same purpose.
Oil Blends
This oil when used with aloe vera and coconut milk can help to lock hair fall and condition your hair. Use this blend twice a week to massage your scalp. Add 15% of wheat germ oil to grapeseed oil to increase its shelf life and decrease its stickiness and strong odor. To use this oil as a facial mask, mix half tablespoon lemon juice, half tablespoon honey, 1 tablespoon oatmeal, and 1 tablespoon wheat germ oil. Apply this mix on face and neck, and let it sit for 15 minutes. Then wash your face with cool water.
So buy a small bottle of wheat germ oil to try out the above remedies and enjoy its benefits.