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The Supreme Camellia
Mary-Claire Akinyemi, Health & beauty writer
Extracted from the graceful Camellia Japonica flowering tree native to East and Southern Asia, the versatile and highly nourishing Camellia is extracted fro m the Kissi shrub and commonly referred to as Rose of Winter is every bit as alluring as its name would suggest. Used for centuries for all from protecting the skin from the effects of the sun to nourishing dry hair and brittle nails, it’s easy to see why the modest yet powerful Camellia oil still remains highly valued and sought after.
So why Camellia?
Whether you’re wondering which natural oils would better suit you, or searching for an addition to your rotation of natural oils, Camellia just might be that nutrient rich all-in-one oil you need and here’s why.
- It is light and absorbs quickly
Rich in plant collagen, Camellia oil can be used to moisturise the face, the entire body or just treat patches of dry skin on a daily basis. It should be applied to damp skin for optimal moisture. Research has shown that using it on a daily basis can produce smoother and more moisturised skin.
- It has a high Omega-9 content
High in monounsaturated fats, Omega- 9 fatty acids otherwise known as Oleic acids are essential for the cardiovascular health and blood sugar control. Though commonly found in vegetable oils such as canola and grape seed oil, Camellia oil has one of the highest concentrations of Oleic fatty acid(around 80 to 85%) and so rightfully considered the most penetrative of natural oils. And because Oleic acids have a stable molecular structure it does not readily oxidise or deteriorate, meaning it has a longer shelf life than many natural oils.
- It can strengthen and add sheen to hair
Camellia not only helps to condition the hair shaft, it also stimulates scalp circulation, in turn promoting healthy hair growth by preventing breakage and split ends, regardless of your hair type-though it is thought to especially benefit thick and naturally curly hair. We recommend applying a few drops of it to damp or wet hair, massaging it in the scalp, as well as from root to tip.
- It encourages healthy skin
Whatever your skin type or ailment-whether it’s dry, sensitive and prone to breakout or mature-light spot treatments of Camellia oil has been proven to help irritations and encourage clear, healthy skin, penetrating it deeply and very quickly. It contains Vitamins A, B, C, E as well as poly-phenols, natural antioxidants that protect the skin from free radical damage. When used regularly, over a period of time, it can help to speed up the healing process as well as prevent scarring.
- It even cleanses
Camellia oil can be used as a light oil cleanser for all skin types. It can remove under eye makeup effectively and deeply cleanses impurities in the pores leaving the skin cleansed and nourished. It’s as simple as adding a few drops to a cotton pad and using on the desired area.
- It works wonders on stretch marks
Many have sworn have sworn by the restorative powers of Camellia to reduce the signs of stretch marks during pregnancy, including household names such as Victoria Beckham who credited it for helping keep her skin supple during pregnancy. Wonder how it works? Well studies have shown that hormones released during pregnancy prevent the skin cells from producing new collagen and elastin cells, and Camellia oil cleverly counteracts that by increasing collagen production within the skin in turn promoting hydration and restoring elasticity to the skin.
- And can reduce the signs of aging
Because of its high antioxidant properties, Camellia oil can help to revive and repair skin cells. And with regular use, it is thought to diminish fine lines, stretch marks, dark circles and puffy eyes, uneven skin tone and even broken capillaries.
Pure, Cold-pressed Camellia
Pure and organic Camellia Kissi oil should be a bright, clear golden hue and be odourless; a deep brown colour will indicate it’s been mixed with other oils. Traditionally its oil is cold-pressed to retain maximum benefit from the seeds of the Camellia Japonica. Camellia oil should not be mistaken for Camelllia Oleifeira, an edible oil similar to olive oil in its composition or tea or tea seed oils produced from the Camellia Sinesis species.
Like other carrier oils, Fushi’s Camellia Kissi oil is guaranteed organic without any chemical additives whatsoever and has been ethically sourced, meaning you can fully trust its authenticity and quality.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you Emiliano for your comment. In this blog we are referring more to oils, more so than butters and while we agree with you Shea is an excellent emollient for hair, it's consistency is more buttery and it is used more as a leave-in remedy to smooth hair texture. We have suggested Coconut oil as it helps slow down hair loss by penetrating deep into your hair shaft to prevent protein loss, which in turn prevents breakage. When applied to your scalp, it simultaneously moisturises and removes build-up around your hair follicles to encourage hair growth and is one of base oils always used in Ayurveda for hair treatments. As this post is more focused for hair and not for skin, the comedogenic scale applies to skin/pores and not hair follicles. Thank you again for your feedback.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Hello Zu, yes hair loss can be very stressful and this in turn amplifies the cause almost.. Perhaps with Covid, your system may have been depleted of nutrients and fighting the virus can take its toll on your immune system, so sometimes our hair and skin suffer when we have been ill. We really believe in oils for scalp massage as the best way to revive the growth and help regenerate the follicles. It may be also worth at looking at internal supplements and making sure you are getting enough of omega oils, perhaps plant based such as nuts and seeds in your diet. For external oil treatment, would recommend the Really Good Hair oil which we create with Brahmi, this herb is known to help bring the scalp back to health and improve growth. Biotin is also a good vitamin to take as a supplement to help with hair growth so do look into that. So hope these tips will be helpful for you.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?I, am very surprised that your article did not include Organic Shea Butter and that coconut oil, is your number one choice for hair growth and thickness. According to the comedogenic scale, coconut oil, has a rating of (4), on a scale from (0), to (5), on clogging your pores. Why would anyone put coconut oil, on their hair or skin knowing the pores will get clogged up. Shea Butter, on the other hand has a (0), rating on the comedogenic scale, which is great for dry hair and skin and won't clog up your pores.
- Which is the best oil for hair growth and thickness?Thank you for your very informative article. I suffered COVID in December, 2020, and in February I started experience extreme hair loss and all my hair jus falls like a person who is under going Chemo therapy. It's very depressing. Had to cut off all my hair and even the little that is left is falling off daily not sure what to do. Please suggest something.
- Carrot Oil for Face Hello :) You can use carrot oil only in small drops on your skin in the morning/during the day since it is highly potent. Carrot oil is rich in vitamins and is a very effective moisturiser. You can also mix a few drops of Carrot Oil with your favorite face cream. You can do that at least twice a week or include it in your daily skincare routine. Hope this helps.
- Carrot Oil for Face Can I use the carrot oil in the day time? Because I am using Vitamin c serum in the night. Please advise. Thanks