Scientific name of Chilli Seed is Capsicum Annum. Steam distillation process is mainly used in making Chilli Seed Essential Oil. Steam is passed through the seeds, the most intense source of this spice, to derive essential oil. It has a strong, hot, spicy and stimulating, pepper like aroma. Hot pepper seeds are put through a steam distillation process. A dark red, semi viscous and thick essential chilli seed oil is obtained. Its therapeutic properties are truly wonderful.
Chili Seed Oil History
In around 3000 BC people of South and Central America first cultivated the pungent and hot variety of Capsicum, the Chilli Pepper. It was in 1493 that the Chilli seeds were brought back to Europe by Columbus. It is from Europe that this spice spread to a lot of cuisines across the globe. Pre-Hispanic Americans claim that the spice contains a lot of medicinal qualities too. Medical researchers in Western countries are currently using Chilli seeds and its oil in the fight against cancer.
Chilli Seed Oil Ingredients
Capsaicin is the active and main ingredient present in Chilli Seed Oil. Other ingredients present in the Chilli Seed Oil include flavonoids, capsicina, Vitamin C, capsanthin, lecithin and oligoalimenti. Many aromatherapists around the world credit this oil as being an excellent aid for digestion, an anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
Rich Vitamin Content in Chilli Oil
Minerals, vitamins and nutrients are available in plenty in chilli oil. Vitamin D content is high in this oil which helps immensely in treating weakened bones, Alzheimer’s disease and cancer.
Vitamin A, E and K, present in Chilli Seed oil provide huge benefits to the human body. Bones get healthier with Chilli oil consumption. Antioxidants present in the oil play a major role in reproduction, development of teeth, division of cells immune system and blood clot reduction.
Vitamin C present in Chilli oil helps in preventing coronary heart diseases, strokes, and other types of cardiovascular diseases. It
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Benefits Of Iron in Chilli Oil
Iron present in Chilli Seed Oil is a major nutrient in helping a person from feeling exhausted and tired. It not only makes the person feel relaxed but also helps in preventing illnesses like glossitis. Deficiency of iron can lead to dialysis, cough and anaemia.
Protein Benefits of Chilli Oil
Every 100 grams of chilli pepper contains up to 1 gram protein. Poor respiratory system, decreased immunity, muscle loss in the body and even death can be prevented with proper consumption of protein. Protein also helps nervous system regulation, carrying oxygen to the blood and building cartilage and muscles.
Chilli Oil is good for the cardiovascular system. It has great ability to take care of the heart. The oil contains Capsanthin a beneficial compound in small quantities which helps raise levels of HDL cholesterol and in the process keeps the heart healthy.
Effective Treatment for Hair Loss
One natural and effective treatment for hair loss is red chilli pepper oil. Alkaloid capsaicin content in the red chilli peppers helps stimulate insulin-like factors to help growth of hair and also improve circulation of blood. The oil is an excellent treatment for various types of alopecia which helps in re-growth of hair in both women and men. People with sensitive scalps need to take care as the oil could cause irritation in the skin or scalp. It is best to use it 2-3 times a week. Hence prior to use, a good idea would be to try it out on a small patch of skin. Ensure it does not get in contact with mucous membranes and eyes. After use, always wash hands well with soap and water.
New baby hair will be seen popping up at the earliest. Chilli Seed Oil has been grandma’s secret for good hair growth for decades. The oil also helps in hair loss prevention. Rather than stressing about hair loss, a beneficial treatment to enjoy luscious hair is to apply Chilli Seed Oil twice or thrice every week. Vital nutrients in good quantity are delivered to the hair, on application. Allow the oil to soak into the scalp for at least half an hour. Hair roots get stronger with this oil application. Then rinse off hair well with regular shampoo. The oil makes blood rush to the scalp and add that required goodness and nutrients to the hair.
This oil makes a unique addition to aromatherapy, cosmetic applications, candles, incense sticks, personal care formulations, perfumery and soap making industry. The oil is an excellent choice for healing wounds too.
Chilli Seed Oil can be mixed with other essential oils including Watercress Seed Oil, Jamaican Black Castor Oil or Pure Emu Oil. Otherwise it is not typically blended with other essential oils.