Latin Name: Triticum Vulgare
Plant Family: Graminaceae
Extraction: Cold Pressed/Hot Pressed Grains
This rich, nourishing oil is great for revitalizing dry skin due to its cell regenerative properties especially for dry, mature and damaged skin. The unrefined oil has a strong odour and a fairly unpleasant smell, the germ oil contains a major percentage of EFA. It also contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and E.
Wheatgerm is a wonderful golden yellow to brown colour and is high in levels of vitamin E it is also a natural antioxidant, so it can be added to other carrier oils to act as a preservative. Being fairly expensive, it is the richest food source we have for vitamin E.
Wheatgerm is a cereal grass native to West Asia is now widely cultivated in subtropical and temperate regions.
- Rich in lipid-soluble vitamins therefore good at revitalising dry skin (Sanecki 1987)
- Believed to help relieve the symptoms of dermatitis
- Beneficial for tired muscles, making it a good base for sports massage
- Useful on ageing skin (Sanecki 1987)
- Natural antioxidants can be effective against free radicals softening the skin and making it more supple because of its cell regenerative properties
- Beneficial for mature dry skin
- Recommended for dry, devitalised skin, dry eczema and chapped skin blended with sweet Almond oil (Geob 1998 p.42)
(Len & Shirley Price: Carrier Oils for Aromatherapy & Massage 4th Edition)
- Those who are allergic to wheat flour should be tested for possible skin reaction before aromatherapy use
- Regular use on the face may encourage hair growth in those susceptible to it
- It is a non-irritant on the skin of babies (Stier 1990)
Wheatgerm Carrier Oil Safety Data