The hazel tree, from its scientific name Corylus avellana, is a very widespread shrub in Europe. It belongs to the Betulaceae botanical family. This tree produces an oleaginous fruit called a hazelnut. From these fruits, a vegetable oil with interesting properties is extracted.
What are the organoleptic properties of this vegetable oil?
I’hazelnut vegetable oil has a yellow color with a golden reflection. Its smell and taste are characteristic of hazelnuts.
As for the texture, it is fluid and penetrating, with a pleasantly dry feel.
What are its chemical components?
The main components of hazelnut vegetable oil are fatty acids. Indeed, these lipid bodies represent up to more than 90% of the total components.
This oil also contains unsaponifiable bodies such as, for example, vitamins and minerals.
What is the fatty acid composition?
Hazelnut vegetable oil is particularly rich in oleic or omega-9 acids which is a monounsaturated fatty acid. This has a content of more than 80%.
The other fatty acids are:
- Stearic acid: about 2%
- Palmitic acid: about 5%
- Linoleic acid: up to 13%
As for the other active ingredients, these are the vitamins E and A, polyphenols, phytosterols and terpene alcohols. We also note the presence of some minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium.
What are the possible routes of administration?
Hazelnut vegetable oil is used both externally and internally.
For external use, it is usually used as massage oilin combination with compatible essential oils.
For internal use, it is used in the kitchen to make certain sauces and culinary recipes. In addition, it has a high nutritional value.
What are its values in the cosmetics world?
In cosmetics, vegetable hazelnut oil protects the skin and regulates sebum secretion. Thus, it is particularly suitable for oily and combination skin. In dry skin, it contributes to hydration and nutrition.
Due to its non-comedogenic, restorative and softening property, it is also suitable as a care for acne-prone skin. Indeed, it prevents and allows both to get rid of acne.
Finally, it limits the appearance of stretch marks.
What are its health benefits?
Hazelnut vegetable oil has many health benefits, namely:
- Stimulation of renal functions and elimination of renal lithiasis
- Decreased blood pressure
- Stimulation of blood circulation, especially microcirculation
- Fight against capillary fragility
- Elimination of intestinal parasites
- Prevention of coronary heart disease
On the sexual level, it allows fight against problems like frigidityimpotence and decreased or lost libido.
Finally, it develops anti-anaemic properties. In particular, it allows prevent iron deficiency. Moreover, this is the reason why it is suitable for tired people, convalescing as well as children in full growth phase.