Have you ever heard of Siberian Cedar Nut Oil?
Ancient remedies suggest using it as a face oil for wounds, burns, dry skin and insect bites, as well as an additional tool for managing symptoms of gastritis and inflammatory bowel disorders.
As for how much of this will work for you and your family, I can’t confirm. There simply is not enough scientific evidence for me to safely say it works for the above, BUT what I did find out, was this:
- It contains an impressive compound called Pinolenic Acid, considered an anti-inflammatory agent,
- which also possesses the potential to be an anti-cancer agent for breast cancer metastases,
- Cedar and pine nut oil also have the ability to help reduce appetite and assist with weight management (likely because it’s a fat, and fat helps you stay full for longer!),
- lower LDL cholesterol levels,
- and maintain healthy blood pressure.
Sounds similar to Extra Virgin Olive Oil!
P. sibirica seed extract can also be beneficial for anti-aging and looking after your skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory compounds, antioxidant properties, and ability to be absorbed by the skin.
Cedar Nut Oil also contains amino acids, tocopherol-containing vitamin E, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and smaller amounts of iron, manganese, zinc and copper – many of which contribute to healthy skin, reducing inflammation and wound healing.
How Do You Use It?
Straight up Cedar Nut Oil has a low smoke point so you can use it like you would Extra Virgin Olive Oil – on salads, and as a ‘finishing’ oil, rather than using it for cooking.
For your skin, use as a massage oil or face oil and gently massage a little into your skin.
Is Cedar Nut Oil The Same As Pine Nut Oil?
Siberian cedar is also called Siberian pine or Pinus sibirica and for that reason someone can say cedar nuts = pine nuts, but they’re slightly different.
Siberian cedar nuts originated in Russia and are harvested from late September. They are crushed with wooden equipment then sorted by hand by women inside a Cedar House. You can actually tour the Megre facility if you fancy a trip to Russia!
I poured a little onto my salads for a few days and it added a nice flavour, just like fresh pine nuts, without the crunchiness. I also created a basil pesto (recipe below) with it and it was really yummy with a nice light flavour.
Nutrition: 8/10 – It has a great mix of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory benefits, and the ability to improve your health via reducing LDL cholesterol and managing your blood pressure.
Taste: The scent and taste of eating liquid pine nuts haha.
Cost: AUD $35.99/bottle – Considering the cost of a measly handful of pine nuts, this is actually well priced.
Availability: Coming from Russia, the only brand you can get in Australia that I am aware of is from http://cedarnutoil.com.au/
Basil Pesto (Recipe)
- 1 bottle of Cedar Nut Oil
- 1 bunch basil
- ¼ avocado, large
- juice of ¼ of a lemon or lime
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- Sea salt and pepper
Blend everything together using a hand blender. Store in the fridge in an airtight container.