Walnut oil is another oil in the nut oil family alongside Almond Oil, Macadamia Oil, Hazelnut Oil etc.
Benefits of walnut oil
Walnut oil is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and it has several therapeutic properties making it perfect for medicinal and beautification purposes. Walnut oil improves blood circulation, is an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-aging, skin regenerative, and a skin toning miracle that has been slept on for too long. Several studies have shown the consumption of walnuts have amazing cardiovascular benefits including a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found a significantly greater decrease in total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein. Their vitamins, phenolic acids, tannins, and flavonoids contribute to heart health, help fight diabetes, and improve cognitive functions.
Walnut oil is also beneficial in eliminating dandruff and has antifungal properties, which nourishes the scalp and prevents scalp infections.
WHAT DOES IT DO FOR YOUR HAIR?
From eliminating dandruff to highlighting and adding shine to hair color, this oil has been touted as a great oil for hair and scalp. With its anti-fungal properties, walnut oil is a viable option for scalp health and relieving an irritated or infected scalp. Conditions like eczema and psoriasis are often hard to manage and but walnut oil can help relieve the discomfort. Since Omega-3s help with preventing cell damage, some use walnut oil either alone or in concoction to fight hair loss. The potassium in walnut oil helps in regeneration of those cells and may accelerate hair growth.
Walnut oil is great for both skin and hair. It helps with eliminating wrinkles over time and with anti-aging properties that assists your skin, hair, and scalp. Walnut oil is amazing alone or in conjunction with other oils for a healthier hair and scalp. You can buy walnut oil or you can make it yourself if you have the right tools. We have a great recipe just in time for the cooler and dryer temperatures along with how to make your own walnut oil below.
How to use walnut oil
PRE-POO OIL BLEND
Try this simple pre-poo oil blend before you wash your hair next for shiny and healthier hair.
10 Tbsp. walnut oil
5 Tbsp. jojoba oil
5 drops of tea tree oil
Mix the oils together and apply mixture to scalp until the entire head is covered. Massage in circles with firm pressure until head feels warmed and then cover with shower cap and towel for at least 1 hr. Wash out with mild shampoo, condition, and style as usual.
Here are some of the uses and benefits of walnut oil:
1. Helps promote hair growth.
2. Improves shine and luster of hair.
3. Has anti-fungal properties, so it is believed to ward off several infections that can affect the scalp and cause hair loss.
4. Has astringent properties that keep scalp/skin clean.
5. Promotes hair strand hydration.
6. Combats/prevents dandruff.
7. May help lower cholesterol levels when taken internally.
8. Contains melatonin which helps promote better sleep.
9. May help with weight loss – this healthy fat makes you feel full sooner and is better utilized by the body.
10. May improve circulation in the blood vessels.
11. It is an excellent antioxidant that may fight aging.
12. May improve skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
13. Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles when used regularly.
14. May even help reduce acne, since it has anti-fungal properties.
15. Great for improving dry skin.
Walnut oil has been recommended to fight wrinkles since at least the seventeenth century, according to “Dangerous Garden: The Quest for Plants to Change Our Lives.” Over the centuries it has gone from being a folk remedy to being supported by science. When eaten, it supports skin thanks to its high levels of essential nutrients. Used topically, it is a rich, non-greasy moisturizer.
Walnut oil can be a remedy for fungal infections, such as athlete’s foot and candida. “Women’s Herbs, Women’s Health” notes that it is as effective against candida as over-the-counter pharmaceutical medications. It can be applied topically to the affected area, and can also be mixed with other herbal anti-fungals such as garlic, to enhance its effectiveness.
Psoriasis is a painful, persistent skin condition that can be alleviated using walnut oil, according to “Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition.” Add it to your bath to soothe inflammation or apply directly to the affected skin.
Source of Omega-3
Walnut oil is an excellent plant source of omega-3, according to the “Vegetarian Journal” and is associated with numerous health benefits including protection against heart disease, some types of cancer, and inflammatory disorders including skin conditions such as eczema. Substitute walnut oil for sunflower oil in cooking, or sprinkle it on vegetables or salads.