Watermelon oil (watermelon seed oil) is a highly nutritious oil obtained from Watermelon seeds. This seed oil has been extracted using traditional methods in West Africa where it is still used as a cosmetic ingredient. Watermelon seed oil is light and a nice skin moisturizer. As a result, it is used in many skin care products.
The watermelons generally used for oil extraction is Citrullus lanatus. This is the common watermelon that we savoUr in summers. Another variety used for extracting oil is the Citrullus vulgaris. There is also a wild variety of watermelon, called Citrullus colocynthis but this is less used. Watermelons are native to Africa and it is here that the local people have devised many uses for its seed oil. The seed are thick and come in many shades of coloUr but are generally black. They are a powerhouse of nutrition with high concentration of dietary minerals. Some of these nutrients pass into watermelon seed oil.
Watermelon seed oil is used in baby formulations, creams, lotions, soaps, and eye creams. This oil is good for balancing oil production, while being restorative & nourishing in action. The neutrality of watermelon oil makes it a perfect oil to blend for body or facial oils being effective on greasy skin types. The light texture, moisturizing capabilities and stable shelf life of watermelon seed oil lends it to be a highly suitable addition to natural baby oil formulations. Unlike mineral oil that is a common ingredient in commercial baby oils, watermelon seed oil does not clog pores and eventually helps the body to naturally eliminate toxins through the skin.
Watermelon Seed Oil is highly nourishing yet it is light oil with good absorption properties. It is a good choice for use with oily skin but can be effective with all skin types. Hence, Watermelon seed oil is added to skin care formulations for all skin types, including dry, oily, acne-prone or maturing skin as it is rich in essential fatty acids which help to restore elasticity to the skin.
The high content of omega acids & Linoleic acid within the oil assist in the removal of excess sebum within the skin ensuring the skin is cleansed. The oil from the watermelon seeds can be used to dissolve the oil build up in the pores. So it is best for oily skin.
Watermelon seed oil is also a perfect choice for inclusion in hair care formulations as it is non-greasy yet highly moisturizing. The nutritious contents of the melon seed oil helps to add nourishment to improve the strength of the hair. In addition watermelon seed oil’s viscosity, mild aroma and indefinite shelf life make it good all-purpose carrier oil for use in aromatherapy.
Watermelon seed oil is full of great health benefits… and wonderful for the skin.
Watermelon seed oil is sometimes called Ootanga oil or Kalahari oil and is produced in abundance in Africa.
Linoleic acid – Watermelon seed oil contain more than 60% Linoleic Acid which is great for the skin, cardiovascular health, to prevent strokes, cancer, and more.
Omega Fatty Acids – Watermelon seed oil contains lots of omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids which are all great for immune health, cardiovascular health, healthy skin, and nervous system.
Also contains – Watermelon seed oil also contains steric acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acid which are powerful acids that are also found in other foods such as chocolate. And studies show that these types of fatty acids also help with lowering LDL cholesterol or bad cholesterol… and increase HDL or good cholesterol. And watermelon seed oil contains mostly unsaturated fat.
Also contains B-Vitamins for health and vitality, arginine which is great for helping to release nitric oxide… thus it could health with sexual dysfunction in men. Nitrous oxide helps to enlarge vessels… and thus also helps with cardiovascular health.
Also contains zinc for boosting your immune system, copper for anemia, and manganese for creating enzymes, and magnesium for osteoporosis, heart health, blood pressure, and diabetes.
Lowers Blood Pressure – Watermelon seed oil contains great fatty acids that help to lower blood pressure.
Diuretic – Watermelon seed oil is a good diuretic helping to get rid of excess water weight… and detox the body and kidneys.
Blood Sugar – Watermelon seed oil can also help regulate blood sugar.
Antioxidants – Watermelon seeds contain powerful antioxidants that help to slow the aging process and repair DNA damage.
Skin – Watermelon seed oil is one of the few great oils that really penetrates deep into the skin to help rejuvenate and create healthy glowing skin. It opens up skin pores, gets rid of sebum, grease, and oils… and helps with acne. Watermelon seed oil works great for all types of skin – oily, dry, and even those who have acne. Watermelon seed oil has water soluble properties making it great for skin absorption.
Watermelon seed oil has anti-aging properties, which creates youthful elasticity for the skin… and it’s great for wrinkles.
Face Mask for Acne – Mix in a food processor watermelon seeds and a small amount of water to create a paste, then add some lemon juice… it makes great face mask that works wonders for acne.
Great for Hair – Watermelon seed oil is wonderful for lustrous hair, because it’s not greasy and gives your hair that wonderful shine. And the antioxidants in watermelon seed oil also help with itchy scalp and dandruff.
Internally – Taking watermelon seed oil internally is great for mucus membranes, helps with heart health, boosts the immune system, and the nervous system.
Other Uses – Watermelon seed oil has a low viscosity and very little smell… making it a great carrier oil for aromatherapy.
Cooking – Watermelon seed oil makes a great cooking oil that can substitute for other types of cooking oil with very little taste or smell. It can also be used on salads and in salad dressings, but cooking watermelon seed oil does degrade the omega oils… so it’s best to use the oil without heating if at all possible.
Keeps Well – Watermelon seed oil will keep for 1 to 2 years.
Used in Cosmetics – Watermelon seed oil is commonly used in lotions, soaps, eye creams, baby products, and works well to replace baby oil.
Watermelon is an extremely popular fruit. While we all enjoy eating this sweet refreshing fruit, we usually discard the tiny seeds scattered in it without realizing or rather knowing of their health benefits. These seeds are loaded with nutrients including fatty acids, essential proteins and lots of minerals. These seeds are rich in vitamin B like thiamine, niacin, folate and minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus and copper. Besides, they are a great source of calories with 100 grams of watermelon seeds providing around 600 grams of calories.
Watermelon seeds, also called as ‘tarbooj ke beej‘ in Hindi are used in Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines. Roasted watermelon seeds are served as a snack or used to garnish salads. In Nigeria they are used in certain soups. Watermelon seed oil is extracted from these seeds which is beneficial for your hair and skin. To say the least, watermelon seeds are edible and can be a healthy option.
Health Benefits of Watermelon Seeds:
As stated earlier, watermelon seeds are a rich source of nutrients and minerals and therefore, should not be discarded. These seeds have a hard outer covering so they should be chewed before swallowing to get their nutritional content. Some of the health benefits of watermelon seeds are given below.
1. Your body requires amino acids but there are some essential amino acids such as arginine and lysine which the body cannot produce on its own and these have to be provided from food sources. Watermelon seeds contain some of these essential amino acids such as tryptophan and glutamic acids. Lysine helps in calcium absorption to facilitate formation of collagen and connective tissues in the body whereas arginine improves the body’s metabolism, cardiovascular system and sexual health.
2. Watermelon seeds are good sources of magnesium with 100 grams of seeds providing 139 percent of the recommended daily requirement. Magnesium is vital for normal heart functioning, maintenance of normal blood pressure, supporting metabolic process and protein synthesis. It is also beneficial in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and hypertension besides controlling blood pressure and diabetes.
3. Watermelon seeds contain lycopene which is good for your face and also helps in improving male fertility.
4. These seeds are excellent sources of multivitamin B and can replace some of the supplements. Vitamin B present in watermelon seeds comprises of niacin, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid. B vitamins are vital for maintaining healthy blood, nervous system and effective immune response.
5. These seeds can be used for treating diabetes. Boil a handful of watermelon seeds in 1 liter water for 45 minutes, keeping the pot covered. This concoction should be taken every day like tea.
6. Watermelon seeds are effective in recovering health after illness and sharpening your memory.
7. Almost half of the watermelon seed contains oil which comprises of 20 percent saturated fat and the rest monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat including omega-6 fatty acids. One cup of dried watermelon seeds contains around 50 grams of fat which constitutes about 80 percent of the daily recommended value. Thus, watermelon seeds are an important source of calories and energy.
Skin Benefits of Watermelon Seeds:
In addition to their health benefits, watermelon seeds are good for your skin as well. Being rich in nourishing nutrients such as unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and linoleum acids, watermelon seeds keep your skin healthy and glowing from inside. Some of their benefits for skin are as follows.
9. The unsaturated fatty acids in watermelon seeds keep the skin moisturized, soft, firm, well-toned and prevent acne and other skin disorders.
10. Watermelon seeds prevent signs of ageing because they contain antioxidants and oils which make your skin look younger, healthier and more vibrant. These benefits can be observed by consuming a handful or two of watermelon seeds a week.
11. Water melon seed oil, also known as Ootanga oil or Kalahari oil is extremely beneficial for your skin. Being light in texture, it does not clog skin pores, thus allowing your skin to function naturally and is a great moisturizer. Due to its excellent moisturizing properties, watermelon seed oil is used as an essential ingredient in baby oils.
12. Watermelon seed oil also removes sebum, dirt and grease that build up in your skin pores and are responsible for causing acne and giving a dull appearance to your skin. This oil is suitable for all skin types including dry, oily, acne prone and maturing skin.
13. Watermelon seed extract locks moisture, thus combating the ageing degradation. It also rejuvenates the elasticity of your skin.
14. The wide array of nutrients contained in watermelon seeds protects your skin from certain types of skin cancers and infections as well.
Hair Benefits of Watermelon Seeds:
As stated earlier, watermelon seeds have a high content of protein in them which can keep your hair healthy and shiny. This protein contains certain essential amino acids such as lysine, arginine, tryptophan and glutamic acid which are needed by your body to keep your hair healthy and strong.
15. Roasted watermelon seeds contain copper which is involved in the production of melanin. As you know, melanin is a pigment that provides color to your hair and skin.
16. In addition to its skin benefits, watermelon seed oil can also be used for your tresses. As pointed out earlier, this oil is light in texture that gets absorbed easily without clogging the pores of your scalp. It provides moisturizing benefits and improves hair growth by maintaining hair and scalp health.
17. Watermelon seed oil provides the hair with essential fatty acids which are needed by your hair to prevent breakage and keep it moisturized.
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