Hatred for broccoli is something most kids outgrow but I never quite warmed up to it, and have had to find other leafy green vegetables as an alternate source over the years. I was delighted to discover broccoli seed oil however. If I can’t eat it, at least I can get some of the benefits in other ways.
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamin C & K. It also contains sulforaphane, a potent antioxidant compound found in cruciferous vegetables. Broccoli seed oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds from this green vegetable. The end result is a pale green, light and non-greasy oil, which is easily absorbed into the hair and skin.
What are the Benefits of Broccoli Seed Oil & How to Use it in Your Hair & Beauty Treatments?
- Broccoli seed oil contains arachidonic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that can help reduce inflammatory skin conditions such as dermatitis, rosacea and psoriasis.
- Broccoli seed oil has a unique blend of essential fatty acids with up to 50% Erucic acid, an omega-9 fatty acid which helps impart shine on the hair similar to the type derived from silicone filled hair products. It’s absorbed easily into the hair and forms a protective barrier; keeping moisture in longer. This makes broccoli seed oil an excellent sealing oil.
- You can add a few drops to your sunscreen. Due to its powerful antioxidant content, it can protect the skin from free radical damage and prevent premature aging of the skin.
- Broccoli seed oil is full of vitamin C, making it a great skin nourishing oil. It will help your skin glow and look radiant. Add a few drops to your daily moisturiser.
- It contains a significant amount of vitamin A (retinol), a fat soluble vitamin that plays a vital role in cell regeneration and maintaining clear and healthy skin. If you conduct at home chemical peels, you can apply broccoli seed oil for a few days prior to your peel to prepare your skin but discontinue at least 3 – 4 days before you apply the peel. P.S. Always follows the manufacturers directions of whichever particular chemical peel you intend to use.
- If you’re a DIY enthusiast, you can include broccoli seed oil in your hair and skin concoctions. Its antioxidant properties makes it a valuable emollient in formulations and also helps extend the shelf life of your products.
Broccoli seed oil can last for up to 2 years if stored in an airtight container and kept at room temperature. The oil does have a strong odour so if you’re not too keen on this, you can easily mask the smell with a sweet-smelling essential oil like ylang ylang or lavender essential oil.
If you would like to know more about how to use natural oils for specific purposes to get more effective use out of them, you may want to check out How to Grow Hair Healthy & Long with Natural Oils, a guide which goes in-depth into which specific oil (s) works for each hair issues for optimal length and health.
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