Cold-pressed oils are not your average bear. Oftentimes, cold-pressed oils are more potent, present better health benefits, and are purer than other oils. While their cost is certainly higher, it’s worth it to pay the extra dollar for these quality oils. Cold-pressed oils are the most desirable type for skincare, haircare, and massages. However, they are most commonly used in cooking. In this article, we will be going over all things cold-pressed oils.
Stick around to learn about these oils, their benefits, and the process.
What is Cold Pressed Lavender Oil?
Cold-pressed oils are oils that have been extracted from oilseeds without applying heat. Some of these seeds can include, grapeseed oil, apricot oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, and coconut oil. The lack of heat during the process of producing these oils makes for a much higher grade of oil. Furthermore, no heat also means better nutritional value and flavour. It is important to note, that the biggest difference between cold-pressed oils and other oils, is the temperature used to achieve them.
How is Oil Made?
Manufacturing cold-pressed oils is much different than making refined oils. The process involves a press that essentially crushes the oilseeds to obtain the oil. The temperature while processing cold-pressed oils cannot exceed 49 degrees celsius, otherwise, it will not be considered cold-pressed. The reason for this is that any temperature beyond 49 degrees celsius will destroy the nutrients, aroma, and genuine flavour of the oil.
On the other hand, refined oils like vegetable and canola oil are known to use extremely high heat in order to yield higher amounts of oil at a lower cost. Moreover, refined oils are usually packed with chemical solvents to aid in the oil-making process. After the oil has been processed it is then refined with acetic acid, hexane, or bleaching soda. Some manufacturers are even known to double-refine their oils. When an external temperature of over 200 degrees celsius is reached, all nutrients within the oil are destroyed.
The Benefits and Uses of Cold-Pressed Oil!
Cold-pressed oils have a ton of benefits and use. Generally, this variety of oil is considered to be the best in class. One of the primary benefits of cold-pressed oils is their rich nutrient and mineral content. Contrary to refined oils, cold-pressed oils contain plenty of great nutrients for the human body. Most cold-pressed oils do wonders for hair and skin and work well as massage oils. Another awesome perk of using these oils is that you won’t have to worry about additives, preservatives, or chemicals that are otherwise found in refined oils. Moreover, cold-pressed oils have some of the most purity and potency out of any oil on the market. But, what can you use these oils for?
Cold-pressed oils are able to be used in so many different ways because of their purity. Below we have listed some of our favourite uses for cold-pressed oils.
- Hair care
- Cooking (low to medium heat)
- Healing cuts and burns
- Soothing irritated skin
It is important to check the label of your cold-pressed oil products prior to using them to determine what uses they are safe for. In some cases, oils will not be safe for consumption but will be safe for external use and vice versa. Always read the label of your oils before using them in these ways. You can usually find an indicator of whether the oil was cold-pressed or not on the manufacturer’s label. Also, cold-pressed oils tend to be thicker in texture compared to other oils.
Why Doesn’t Everyone Use Cold-Pressed Oils?
Cold-pressed oils are known for being packed with nutrients and rich in minerals. So why would we ever think to use anything else? The answer is not as simple as one might think. Firstly, cold-pressed oils yield much less product during manufacturing than refined oils. This causes cold-pressed oils to be much more costly. Furthermore, cold-pressed oils can only be used at low to moderate temperatures. Otherwise, it defeats the purpose of using a cold-pressed oil because you are stripping the oil of its nutrients.
If you are looking for an oil with amazing benefits and one that is free of preservatives and chemicals, cold-pressed oils are a great choice. Be sure to contact us today about cold-pressed oil. We would be happy to help you find the right lavender product. Be sure to check out our social media for the latest updates and more.
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