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Rapeseed Oil Benefits for Skin and Health

I covered how rapeseed oil massage has a range of health benefits and how rapeseed makes a good massage oil. I’m going to look at some of the other rapeseed oil benefits for skin, hair, and your general health in this article.

Rapeseed, also called canola is a very versatile and useful oil. It surprises me that so many people haven’t heard of it or even considered using it. Hopefully after reading this article you will be interesting in giving it a try.

Canola oil is made by heating and crushing canola seeds. The oil is extracted and goes through processing to be used in all sorts of products. You’ve probably used it in cosmetic products or cooking without even knowing.

Rapeseed Oil Benefits for Skin

Helps Reduce Scar Tissue

A lot of people with scar tissue are self-conscious about it and try various moisturizers. There are a few that can help to lessen the appearance of scarring, and canola is one. If you’re having a massage ask the therapist to pay attention to the areas of the skin with scarring.

Promotes Healthier Skin

Rapeseed oil has antioxidants and Vitamin E which are both effective in promoting healthier skin. These ingredients help to protect skin from the free radicals we are exposed to and keeps it soft and nourished.

Moisturizes the Skin

A lot of oils are used for moisturizing, Rapeseed oil has unique and effective moisturizing properties and is worth trying if you never have. You don’t need the full massage rub down, just use as and when you wish.

Relieves Itching

Skin conditions like eczema and acne can be very itchy and uncomfortable. Keeping the skin moisturized helps to relieve that annoying itching. Canola oil is long-lasting and can keep the irritation at bay all day.

Rapeseed Oil Health Benefits

Rapeseed oil also has a lot of health benefits outside of just using it on your skin during a massage. Here are some of the best health benefits.

Reduces Inflammation

Canola oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties. If you suffer from conditions that cause inflammation or stiffness in joints, or if you’re nursing an injury, canola oil can prove very beneficial.

Repairs Damaged Hair

Formulated products can often be harmful to hair. A natural solution to this problem is canola oil. Massaging this into the roots helps to strengthen the hair and give it a wonderful shine.

Reduces Cholesterol

Cholesterol is an ever-increasing problem and results from modern day bad dietary habits and lifestyle. Rapeseed oil is high in mono-unsaturated fats, which are known to reduce cholesterol levels.

Using Rapeseed Oil as a Carrier Oil

Rapeseed is a great carrier oil. Carrier oils help to make essential oils easier to use by making a diluted blend that’s easy to apply in massage and apply topically. Diluting essential oils with carriers do not dilute the health benefits, in fact it’s often necessary otherwise the oil is too strong.

Canola has a thin consistency which is ideal for being a carrier. It’s not too strong on odor and has a really good, long shelf-life.