Wheatgerm Oil (Triticum vulgare)
Our wheat germ oil is cold-pressed from the germ (embryo) of the wheat kernel (Triticum vulgare).
‘Germ’ is a reference to germination; the wheat plant grows from this bud, which makes up 2-3 percent of the whole grain. During germination, the starchy material surrounding the kernel is used as food.
Wholegrain is lauded as a health food because nutrients from the wheat germ are included. Processed white wheat flour has few nutrients.
Wheat is one of the oldest cultivated plants and its history can be traced back 10,000 years. Wheat crops became very important to the Romans; as their empire grew, so did the spread of wheat as a food staple.
During the Dark Ages, only the rich could afford wheat. It only became widely affordable around the 19th century. In the 15th and 16th centuries, European colonists heading for America brought wheat and other grains with them. Today, wheat is grown in almost every country.
Wheat germ oil is yellow or reddish in colour with a nutty taste and it is nutritionally one of the densest substances in the plant world.
We use wheat germ oil in our Jasmine and Henna Fluff-Eaze to condition the hair.