Tigernuts from Valencia are probably the most famous, as this is the area they have been commercially grown in for the longest time. The Tigernut plant grows low to the ground and produces tubers.
When these are harvested, they look like small nuts with darker stripes on – hence the name. They are dried for a while and then are ready to be chopped, made into flour, eaten whole or pressed into oil.
They are a very popular food source in Spain and after the “nuts” have been pressed, the leftover pulp is used to make a speciality drink called Horchata and it is said to be a good treatment for diabetes. If you are interested in this, there is a good Spanish Horchata recipe here
However, it’s the oil that we are interested in. The botanical name for the oil is Cyperus Esculentus Root Oil. In Spain, it is known as Chufa Oil. It’s a golden yellow to amber colour with hardly any aroma and it sinks into the skin amazingly fast leaving it feeling soft and silky and not at all greasy. This is a surprise when you look at its essential fatty acid profile.
Typical Essential Fatty Acid Content
Palmitic Acid 16%
Stearic Acid max 7%
Oleic Acid (Omega 9) 60% to 70%
Linoleic Acid (Omega 6) 10% to 20%
That is a whopping great amount of Omega 9 and normally, you would expect this to be quite heavy like Macadamia Nut Oil which also has high levels of Omega 9. That also means that it is a very stable oil that does not go rancid for quite a while.
For that reason, I would say that, if you were going to infuse a big batch of weed for future use, Tigernut Oil is a great one to choose. It’s in the same class as Rice Bran Oil which would also be a good choice.
The light and elegant texture means it will be easy to incorporate into a wide range of creams and lotions and feel incredible.
Let’s talk some more about Tigernuts benefits in skincare
Firstly, Tigernut Oil really nourishing for the skin. It is rich in phytosterols which are plant sterols. These sterols encourage new skin cell generation right at the basal layer of your skin. That means that new skin comes to the surface quicker and your skin looks more refreshed and younger. This helps very much with tackling fine lines and wrinkles.
It’s rich in antioxidants which tackle free radicals. Free radicals are what cause skin to age and get wrinkles. No product stops it completely (despite what the expensive beauty creams promise) and it is part of living your daily life. However, using this oil can certainly make a noticeable difference and slow down the process.
Someone once said to me that she didn’t have wrinkles but that they were laugh lines. Jeez honey, nothing’s THAT funny!
This antioxidant thing comes from a good mix of tocopherols. That’s Vitamin E to most of us but there are different forms of tocopherols and this oil has got loads of them. That’s going to make it really healing for acne prone skin, scars and any skin that needs rejuvenating. Am I getting my point across here – it’s one helluva oil!
It sinks into the skin beautifully. Some people like the rich oily feeling of Shea Butter and Coconut Oil. Some people love their skin to be shiny and healthy looking when they apply the oil. Different tastes for different people. I like my skincare products to be drier feeling on the skin whilst still giving me conditioning suppleness.
It is superb for clearing blocked pores and that is something that lots of people will benefit from, especially in men’s products like after shaving creams and balms. If you are wanting to wear makeup, you can use this oil as a primer first and your make up will stay in place and not slide off.
I said earlier that it contains high levels of Omega 9 (also known as Oleic Acid). Something else about Omega 9 is that it is known for easing stiff muscles and joints that are aching. Any oil that is rich in Omega 9 will be a great oil to use for a massage or to use in creams and balms to rub into achey areas. Now, just imagine how good that gets when the oil is cannabis infused as well?
It is such a gentle and calming oil that it even helps with irritated skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Dry and flaky skin improves and sensitive skin becomes more resilient.
It locks moisture into the skin. Even oily skin needs a moisturizer to keep it hydrated and this oil won’t clog the pores or feel greasy.
Is that enough to convince you that you need this oil?
Well hang on in there because it gets even better. Tigernut Oil works great in hair products as well. Not all oils are really effective in the hair. Sure, there are thousands of recipes on YouTube showing you how to apply dozens of oils to your hair – but you usually end up having to use a load of shampoo to wash them out afterwards. A lot of people just copy what someone else has said without actually having any knowledge of the topic.
Tigernut Oil penetrates really quickly into the scalp. I use this oil in the spray body oil in the book and that makes it easy to spray onto your scalp. If you have got itchy or flaky scalp or your scalp feels tight (maybe you have just had a weave put in?), this oil will take away the itch and condition your scalp. Dandruff stands no chance when you use this oil.
You can even include it in a shampoo formulation to help clear congested pores for a really deep cleanse.
Once it has penetrated into the scalp, it stimulates the hair follicle. Now, I’m not claiming miracles here, but it does encourage the hair follicle and hair does seem to grow thicker and stronger being more resistant to breakage.
If you have naturally coarse or brittle hair or if it has been over processed with treatments, Tigernut Oil softens your hair and makes it that much more flexible and softer. It doesn’t feel sticky or attract dust and pollution to it but obviously, you use it in small amounts where it also promotes shine.
So far, it has not been so easy to find and fortunately, the big beauty companies have never even heard of it so they haven’t started diluting it and churning out poor quality versions. Get it while you can.
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