granny smith apples

Eating an apple a day does not keep the doctor away but it may just keep dry strands out of your hair. Yes, I am here to shower you with a natural oil that has many benefits and even more love for your strands. Apple seed oil is cold pressed from dried apple seeds. It seems that just about any apple can be used and they can come from several different locales, as I have seen them sourced from India, Chili, and the Alps. 

Oleic acid (40-50%) and linoleic acid (40-50%) are saturated fatty acids that make up a huge chunk in this highly resourceful oil. Oleic acid is an acid our bodies make while linoleic acid is essential fatty acid our bodies need and cannot make. Both are assets to hair, as your scalp’s sebum is made with these acids. There are other prominent fatty acids like palmitic acid, stearic acid, and arachidic acid. These ingredients make this oil nourishing and hydrating to the skin and hair by increasing collagen synthesis. Collagen protein provides strength for our tresses, but as we age our naturally occurring collagen production begins to diminish. This oil is a great way to combat the aging process!

This oil is known for softening, protecting, hydrating, and nourishing the skin and hair

This oil has a high iodine content, which is an essential mineral and is prescribed as a topical treatment to stimulate hair growth in people suffering with alopecia areata. Apple seeds are jam packed with vitamins and minerals that include calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and sulfur. This oil is known for softening, protecting, hydrating, and nourishing the skin and hair and can be found in some shampoos, conditioners, and cosmetics. Dying to make your own apple seed oil? Here’s a step-by-step recipe.

DIY Apple Seed Oil 

  • 10 lbs. Apples (your choice)
  • Wax paper
  • Oil extractor press
  • 3 oz. amber bottle
  • Knife

Instructions

  1. Cut the apples and extract the seeds. 
  2. Lay the seeds on the wax paper and cover them with another sheet of wax paper.
  3. Leave them to dry fully for about 48 hrs.
  4. Place the dried seeds in the funnel portion of the oil extractor press and place the amber bottle under the filter funnel. 
  5. Crank the handle until all the seeds have passed through the press and all the oil has been extracted. You should be left with 1 ½ ounces.

Have you tried apple seed oil?