Wheat germ oil is yellow or reddish in colour with a nutty taste and it is nutritionally one of the densest substances in the plant world. Our organic wheat germ oil is obtained from the germ (embryo) of the wheat kernel (Triticum vulgare) by cold pressing.
It is grown without pesticides or herbicides.
‘Germ’ is a reference to germination; the wheat plant grows from this bud, which makes up 2-3 percent of the whole grain. During germination, the starchy material surrounding the kernel is used as food.
Wheat is one of the oldest cultivated plants and its history can be traced back 10,000 years. Wheat crops became very important to the Romans; as their empire grew, so did the spread of wheat as a food staple.
During the Dark Ages, only the rich could afford wheat. It only became widely affordable around the 19th century. In the 15th and 16th centuries, European colonists heading for America brought wheat and other grains with them. Today, wheat is grown in almost every country.
Wholegrain is lauded as a health food because nutrients from the wheat germ are included. Processed white wheat flour has few nutrients.
Wheat germ oil also contains protein, oleic and linoleic fatty acids, vitamin B complex, iron and magnesium. Of these, oleic and linoleic acids are particularly soothing for skin and conditioning for hair. Linoleic acid helps to maintain the structure of our skin (internally, when taken in supplement form and externally, when applied directly on skin where it helps retain water in the skin tissue). Oleic acid (omega 9 monounsaturated fatty acid) is one of the most extremely beneficial substances for our internal and external health.
Vitamin E is said to have anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain relieving) properties. Studies also suggest that topical application of it can decrease skin roughness, dryness and fine lines.