Benefits Of Walnuts For Skin And Hair
You might love eating walnuts but did you know that the walnut tree does more than give us yummy, healthy walnuts? Walnut leaf extracts can work as a deo, tighten your skin pores, and get rid of acne. And walnut oil can keep your skin soft and supple and have an anti-aging effect. You can massage it into your scalp and hair to treat dandruff or promote hair growth too. Meanwhile, walnut meal as a slightly abrasive effect that can remove dead skin cells to improve your skin’s texture.
Nobody would fault you if you can’t get enough of walnuts because, of course, they’re yum whether you add them to confectionaries or have them fresh or toasted. And you’re in good hands if you love them too. They have a high content of proteins, vitamins, and minerals. They’re also rich in antioxidant flavonoids as well as omega-6 and omega-3 PUFA, which are essential dietary fatty acids.1 But did you know that the walnut tree has a treasure trove of beauty aids that can make you look great too? The walnut tree can:
1. Work As A Natural Deo
Walnut leaves contain tannin, an organic substance which reacts with proteins for a contracting or tightening effect. They can “shrink” sweat glands and reduce perspiration.2 You can boil dried walnut leaves in water to make a decoction which will function as an antiperspirant wash.3 So say goodbye to chemical deodorants and let a walnut wash handle your sweaty armpits and feet.
2. Tighten Pores
The tannins in walnut leaves can have an astringent effect on your skin too. So if enlarged pores are causing you distress use a walnut leaf wash for a pore tightening effect that improves the texture of your skin.4
3. Make Pimples Disappear
Are those unsightly pus-filled zits on your face making you feel self-conscious? Walnut leaf extracts may be able to help. Acne is caused when sebaceous glands in our skin produce too much oil and stop up skin pores. The mix of oil and cells in clogged pores encourages the growth of bacteria known as Propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes), causes an inflammatory response, and produces a lesion known as a pimple.5 And extracts from walnut leaves have been found to have anti-inflammatory effects and work against acne-causing bacteria.6 So turn to walnut leaves for clear skin!
4. Keep Your Skin Soft And Supple
Walnut oil can have a hydrating and nourishing effect on your skin. It has a high concentration of linolenic acid which works as an emollient and fills in the spaces between skin cells to give you beautiful supple skin.7 8
5. Make A Great Facial Scrub
Walnut meal has a mildly abrasive effect and can remove old damaged skin to improve the texture of your skin. If you’re looking for something stronger, say for those rough, hard bits of skin on your elbows or heels, then you might want to try a walnut shell powder.9
6. Keep Those Wrinkles At Bay
The moisturizing and free radical scavenging capacity of walnut oil help it protect your skin from the effects of aging.10 So walnut oil may hold the secret to youthful wrinkle free skin!
7. Improve Hair Growth
Applying walnut oil on your scalp and massaging it into your hair roots can nourish hair and promote hair growth. It is thought that it works because it contains essential minerals like iron, zinc, and copper which help in the growth of healthy hair.11
8. Treat Dandruff
Dandruff can give you a dry itchy scalp and those gray or white flakes of skin that shed from your hair onto your clothes can be more than a little embarrassing. But walnut oil might be able to help. Diluted walnut oil is commonly used to treat dandruff and, by all accounts, it works!12
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