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Grape seed oil: a treasure hidden in the berry - for hair and scalp

According to naturopaths, the most valuable component of the grape is the grape seed, and that is because grape seed oil can be extracted from it by cold pressing. Grape seed oil was already a popular edible oil in the Middle Ages, it was also used for cosmetic purposes, and its external and internal use was also widespread in traditional folk medicine. Nowadays, it is highly valued in every gourmet kitchen following a conscious diet due to its pleasant, full fruity and nutty taste.

Where does grape seed oil come from?

This precious fruit of autumn is one of our oldest cultural plants, it can already be seen on the ancient Egyptian wall paintings that not only the fruit was a popular delicacy, but also the drink made from it. Hungary has a tradition of growing grapes for thousands of years, as evidenced by grape leaf prints and material representations found during excavations.

Why is grape seed oil so expensive?

Approximately 15 kg of grape seeds can be extracted from 200 kg of grapes, and then a maximum of one liter of grape seed oil can be produced by gentle cold pressing.

Why is grape seed oil valuable?

Grape seed oil is made from the seeds of ripe grapes and stands out for its linolenic acid content. It is greenish-yellow in color and has a characteristic smell that resembles that of processed grapes. It is one of the oils particularly rich in vitamin E. Grape seeds are rich in procyanidins. These belong to flavonoids, which are related to anthocyanins (flavor substances). Along with vitamins C and B, as well as beta-carotene, procyanidin is today the most well-known radical scavenger, i.e. antioxidant.

From the point of view of preserving the health of the hair, vegetable oils are particularly important, and the beauty industry has also noticed their potential uses. Among the beneficial effects of grape seed oil, it is less often mentioned that it is also good for the health of the skin and hair. This very valuable, effective vegetable oil can offer a solution for hair loss, dandruff, thinning or dry hair, as the linolenic acid it contains can stimulate hair growth.

The oil also contains flavonoids, which are strong antioxidants and can contribute to a healthy, lush and soft crown of hair, so that the scalp can breathe properly and the blood supply/circulation can return to its optimal level. Grape seed oil massaged on the hairy scalp can help the hair follicles to regenerate. It can also be used effectively as a conditioner for damaged hair.

I. Miksa and the grape seed oil monopoly: Hungarian King Miksa I is credited with discovering the potential of grape seeds. Its value is well supported by the fact that until 1596 the production of grape seed oil was an imperial monopoly. Although the recognition of the beneficial effect of grape seed oil can be traced back to ancient times, a scientific explanation and the beneficial effect of grape seed oil on the body was first written by Dr. Albert Szentgyörgyi, our Nobel Prize-winning scientist.