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All wheatgerm oil is made from the "germ" of the wheat - the heart of it. The grain consists of three parts - the husk, the germ and the endosperm - and it is the germ that is used in the manufacture of the oil.
Extracted from the germ of the wheat kernel, wheatgerm oil boasts a wide array of nutrients and medicinal properties that make the product a natural for health-related and cosmetic applications. The oil also contains high levels of octacosanol, reputed to improve athletes' endurance.
The oil is very high in vitamin E and essential fatty acids and because of its high vitamin E content, which is a natural antioxidant which helps to prevent rancidity, it is often added to other carrier oils to help lengthen their shelf life and to prevent them going off.
Although the germ only constitutes 3% of the weight of a wheat grain, it contains nearly 25% of the protein, vitamins and minerals.When it is applied topically on to the skin it helps promote the formation of new cells, improve circulation, and to help repair sun damage to the skin. It is also used to help relieve the symptoms of dermatitis.
Because the consistency is far too sticky and heavy to use on its own, it is suggested to mix it with another carrier oil. Using it for massage may be too heavy on its own, but with its great nourishing qualities, it is a good choice to include a small percentage when mixing a massage oil or preparing a carrier oil blend.
Wheatgerm oil, often diluted or used in combination with other products, has been found very effective in keeping skin looking as healthy and youthful as possible. Joni Loughran, author of "Natural Skin Care," pinpoints the oil's skin-healthy nutrients as protein, vitamin A, lecithin, essential fatty acids and vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. Most important, says Loughran, the oil penetrates the skin readily, allowing its nutrients to moisturize and regenerate skin cells. The oil is particularly helpful in treating dry and aging skin because of its soothing and healing properties. Loughran notes that the oil's strong odor accounts for its dilution with other compounds in most topical dermatological formulations