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Wheatgerm oil (Triticum durum or T. aestivum)

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.

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Although the germ only constitutes 3% of the weight of a wheat grain, it contains nearly 25% of the protein, vitamins and minerals.

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.

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.

Typical chemical analysis of Wheatgerm oil Wheatgerm oil Triticum durum triticum aestivum carrier oil massage base oil

Fatty acids Range Typical
Palmitic C16:0 11.0 -16.0 % 12.5 %
Palmitoleic C16:1 1.0 % max 0.2 %
Stearic C18:0 2.0 - 6.0 % 2.5 %
Oleic C18:1 12.0 - 39.0 % 27.3 %
Linoleic C18:2 30.0 -57.0 % 53.7 %
Linolenic C18:3 2.0 - 10.0 % 3.0 %
Arachidic C20:0 1.0 % max 0.4 %
Gadoleic C20:1 0.5 % max 0.2 %
Behenic C22:0 1.0 % max 0.1 %

It has a high vitamin E content as well as essential fatty acids and is is used as part of a base oil as it helps to promote a smoother, younger looking skin, assisting in healing scar tissue as well as stretch marks.

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