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MEADOWFOAM SEED OIL
(Limnanthes Alba)
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  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil Description
  • Meadowfoam Seed Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
  • Meadowfoam Seed Dosage Information
  • Meadowfoam Seed Safety & Interaction Information
  • Meadowfoam Seed Products




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    MEADOWFOAM SEED OIL DESCRIPTION

    Meadowfoam Oil is an edible seed oil, expeller press extracted from the seeds of Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba), a plant which received its name because of its resemblance while in bloom to the white foam blowing on the ocean. Meadowfoam is native to northern California, southern Oregon, Vancouver Island, and British Columbia. It has proven to be invaluable in the body and hair care and cosmetic industries due to its ability to stay on the skin as well as its extraordinary stableness and lubricity. Meadowfoam oil also being studied for pharmaceutical and industrial use.

    The seeds contain 20 to 30 percent oil. Meadowfoam oil contains over 98 percent long-chain fatty acids, and also has higher quality triglyceride levels when compared to other vegetable oils. In addition, it has three long chain fatty acids that were previously unknown before its discovery. It also has amazing moisturizing and rejuvenating capabilities, is very stable, and may be utilized for many different purposes. Meadowfoam oil is most similar to Rapeseed oil, with which it competes directly for the high-volume industrial oilseed applications.


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    MEADOWFOAM SEED OIL PROFILE


  • Botanical Name: Limnanthes Alba
  • Origin: USA
  • Extraction: Expeller Pressed / Refined
  • Shelf Life: 2 Years Recommended
  • Kosher Certified: No
  • Notes: A stable refined oil that appreciates refrigeration, however this is not necessary. Its high oxidative stability makes it practical and convenient for several cosmetic creations.


  • SPECIFICATIONS
      Color- Light golden
      Odor- None
      Free Fatty Acids- 0.03%
      Peroxide Value- 0.0
      Non-Saponifiables- 0.4
      Saponification Value- 168
      Iodine Value- 90.83
      Specific Gravity- 0.91
      pH- 4.11
      Heavy Metals- Less Than 1.1 ppm

    FATTY ACIDS
      Brassic- 17.9%
      Erucic- 12.7%
      Gadoleic- 61.5%
      Oleic- 3.2%


    The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs regarding their products. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description. Mountain Rose Herbs no longer carries this particular product.




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    MEADOWFOAM SEED USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    COSMETIC USE

    We highly recommend incorporating Meadowfoam oil in your natural body care recipes because of its outstanding qualities. It is widely used in cosmetic and hair care products because it is moisturizing, extremely stable, and capable of adhering and staying on the skin. In addition, Meadowfoam oil is one of the most stable oils, and will actually extend the shelf life of less stable ingredients. When applied to the skin, it forms a moisture barrier and will assist the skin with preventing moisture loss. It is a key ingredient in many different products such as massage oils and lotions, facial creams, sunblock, hair and scalp products, cosmetics, body lotions, and shaving creams. In hair care products, it will add shine and moisture to the hair, and will remedy dry or damaged hair. When added to lotions and lip balms, it will remoisturize dry or cracked lips and skin, and will make balms last longer. In summary, Meadowfoam oil has these beneficial characteristics:
    • Moisturizes the skin.
    • Rejuvenates and adds shine to hair.
    • Ultra-violet protection (sunscreen applications).
    • Non-greasy feeling, soaks into the skin easily.
    • Reduces wrinkles and signs of aging.
    • Blends well with other carrier oils.
    • Very stable, even under heat and air exposure.
    • Adheres well to the skin.
    • Binder, helps products retain their scent longer.
    • Stability extends product shelf life when combined with less stable ingredients.

    ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

    Aside from these amazing cosmetic uses, Meadowfoam oil is also beneficial for our environment! It was first developed in the 1970ís, and was introduced as an alternative to sperm whale oil in order to protect the species. The pressed seeds are fed to cattle and other livestock, and are a source of nutrients for these animals. While grown in the field, birds, insects, mice, and other critters, also eat the nutritious seeds. The Meadowfoam plants themselves are a renewable crop, and are usually grown as a rotation crop for grass seed farmers. This eliminates the need to burn the fields in between grass seed plantings, and also provides farmers with additional income. Meadowfoam also requires less fertilizer and pesticides than most crops, assisting farmers and the environment. Scientists at Oregon State University and the US Department of Agriculture, as well as other scientists, are all currently studying Meadowfoam oil, in order to discover new applications for this versatile oil.



    MEADOWFOAM SEED SKIN LOTION RECIPE

    Ingredients
    Instructions

  • Melt (oils and beeswax) and (wax, soda, and rosewater) in separate double boilers.
  • When liquefied, remove from heat and bring mixes to the same temperature.
  • Slowly add the wax to the oils, whisking vigorously.
  • Add vitamin E and essential oils and store in an opaque jar.
  • To use, take a pea-size amount and rub it on your fingertips. Then gently press it into the skin.




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    MEADOWFOAM SEED OIL DOSAGE INFORMATION

    Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba) is a small, herbaceous winter-spring annual. The name Meadowfoam is derived from the typical white blooming of plants which give the image of white foam covering the soil. The color of the oil is a light golden to yellow color liquid with a slight oily scent. Meadowfoam carrier oil contains 98-percent fatty acids long-chain carbon atoms. It is resistant to oxidation due to naturally occurring tocopherols, and is one of the most stable lipids known and will actually extend the shelf life of less stable ingredients. As a result, it has an extremely long shelf life. Meadowfoam carrier oil has wonderful moisturizing and rejuvenating properties and is highly recommended for use in cosmetics and skin care products especially for its UV protection properties. It is a key ingredient in many different products such as suntan lotion, massage oils and lotions, hand/facial creams, hair and scalp products, cuticle repair cream, foundations, rouges, face powders, lip sticks, shampoos, shaving creams and various other balms. It absorbs easily into the skin leaving a silky smooth feel.

    Meadowfoam seed oil is great in soaps, creams, lotions and for massage. Used to treat chapped lips, diaper rash and dry skin. Helps to prevent skin disorders such as acne and eczema. It reduces skin inflammation and helps in relieving several skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.

    You can make the most of your beauty care products by adding a few drops or so of oil to your beauty moisturizers. Meadowfoam seed oil is full of antioxidants and very nourishing for the skin as well as makes a great moisturizer. In the winter time when the cold and dry air really dries out the skin, use this oil straight from the bottle. You can also use this oil with beeswax, shea and cocoa butters for a great skin healing balm and moisturizer. It can be used alone or with other oils.




    MEADOWFOAM SAFETY & INTERACTION INFORMATION

    No safety issues or precautions found. Use oil as recommended, for cosmetic use only.



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    MEADOWFOAM SEED OIL PRODUCTS

    This absolutely exquisite oil provides a cornucopia of cosmetic uses. Containing over 98 percent long-chain fatty acids, this oil is a prized medium for applications which require a moisturizing and rejuvenating benefit for the skin and face. A useful ally in your formulated creations; where you need a highly valuable and effective ingredient to nourish the skin and outer epidermis.

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