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For thousands of years, people in European countries have used different parts of the grape plant for a long list of skin and health ailments such as eye disorders, inflammation, and digestive issues. Throughout time, people have crushed Grape Seeds to extract the oil and used this oil on their skin and as an internal tonic.

In the 20th century, science confirmed that the ancients were right to extol the benefits of wine and Vitis Vinifera. Components of the plant - fruit, leaves, sap, stems, seeds - each contain a broad range of benefits when used internally and externally. Lucky for us, about 40 years ago we found a way to utilize the richest part of the plant - the seeds.

Grape Seed Extract is a by-product of the wine industry. As grapes are mashed, the skin and seeds are removed and are processed separately. The seeds are crushed to extract the oil. The extracted oil is used in skin care and health products. A great example of making use of all portions of the plant rather than letting something go to waste!

Grape Seeds have been studied extensively, and biochemists have confirmed the assertions that Grape Seed is beneficial on many fronts. As a matter of fact, with each new study they discover more benefits!

Grape Seeds are high in antioxidants - vitamins C and E among others. Antioxidants help reduce the development of free-radicals, protect cells and promote the growth of new cells. Vitamins C and E bind with the free-radicals and help expel them from the body.  When applied to the skin before sun exposure, the antioxidants in Grape Seed Extract improve the protection of sunscreen. The vitamin E in Grape Seed Extract reduces the appearance of wrinkles because it helps skin cells retain moisture. A component of Grape Seed Extract - resveratrol - is anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. I could go on and on about the benefits of this small seed!

It may be too late for some of us, but Grape Seed Extract has been found to promote the growth of new hair. We can't promise that our Lemon & Olive Oil Scalp Treatment will cure baldness, but we can say that it will nourish and strengthen the skin cells of the scalp which will lead to healthier hair.

Our Clay & Herbal Extract Detox Mask utilizes the antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties of Grape Seed extract.

Our Shea Butter & Pomegranate Face Cream combines Grape Seed extract's antioxidant and nourishing properties to protect delicate skin of the face and reduce the signs of aging.

Go ahead and enjoy that glass of wine, or skip the wine and try one of our many products rich in Grape Seed Oil!

Written by Jen Bator — January 02, 2017

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