Camellia Seed Oil is sometimes called “Tea Seed Oil” because it comes from the same plant that gives us Green, White and Black teas. Green tea, touted for it’s high anti-oxidant content, is simply a mirror for the Camellia plant’s, remarkable seed oil, that has huge quantities of Vitamin E, and high quantities of Omega’s 3, 6, and 9. In aromatherapy, these anti-oxidants revitalize and rejuvenate the hair and skin.
Native to Japan and China, Tea Seed Oil, is used extensively in cooking, especially in China’s southern provinces. Because it has a rather high smoke point, it has been traditionally used in sauteing and frying, as well as non-cooked food, such as salad dressings, dips, marinades and sauces. Having a molecular composition similar to that of olive oil, it is also very healthy to eat. Diverse in it’s applications, Camellia oil can also protect wood working tools from rusting. It’s color ranges from pale amber green to a pale or golden yellow. Camellia oil is usually cold pressed, and it’s scent is mildly sweet and herbal. It will keep fresh for 1-2 years properly stored in the refrigerator.
As an aromatherapy carrier oil, camellia is prized for it’s moisturizing and rejuvenating properties. Commercially, you can find it in facial creams and serums to diminish fine lines and wrinkles, and improve acne, cosmetics, sun care, after-shave and baby products, and hair conditioners. Penetrating easily and deeply, Camellia seed oil will protect your skin from the sun’s UV rays, maintain a healthy Ph, reduce and heal scars, promote hair growth and condition your scalp. If you are working with it, the standard dilution is 2-10%.
I look forward to creating a sunblock product in the future made with Camellia Seed and Meadowfoam Oils.
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