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Nature's Way - Oils

Baby oil, along with other common household oils for massage, hair, and bath, essential oils, eucalyptus and camphor oils, are responsible for at least 3000 reported ingestion accidents to young children every year in Australia.
    Toxicologist Dr Naren Gunja from NSW Poisons Information Centre at Westmead Hospital says most parents don't realise the danger.  "Once the child has ingested it depending on how much they ingest then it could be too late. Over a period of time, the child can die," says Dr Gunja. "It is a gradual process that can take several days, two weeks to die."

Mineral Oils
White oil, mineral oil and more commonly known as baby oil when we buy it for our little ones, is a petroleum by-product.  I don’t know about you but I don’t feel so good about rubbing anything from petrol all over my body.  This oil is used on its own or as a base for many other cosmetic products.  It has been shown to increase the risk of cancer and is also know to trigger asthma. 
     This mineral oil coats the skin like clingfilm which inhibits its ability to breathe and absorb moisture or nutrition.  Even though you might use oil to keep our skin from drying out you will find over a period of time that it actually causes dryness and irritation and will compound the very problems you were trying to fix.   When using these oils you will disrupt the skin's natural immune barrier as well as its ability to release toxins.  The result is blocked pores which can lead to spots or acne and other skin disorders.   It will also slow down the skins normal functions and cell development which will cause your skin to age prematurely. 

Plant Oils
Plant oils that we use in our kitchen on our body are either heat extracted oils, expeller pressed or cold pressed oils.  You would think that because it is a plant based oil that it will be safer for you than mineral oils.  Sadly, even these oils can be dangers so you need to choose wisely before eating or applying these oils to your body.  There are three methods of extracting vegetable oils from nuts, grains, beans, seeds or olives: heat extracted oils, expeller pressed oils and cold pressed oils.  Cold pressed oils are the most natural oils to use.  You will usually find the cold pressed oils much more expensive than heat extracted or expeller pressed oils so if you are not sure the price will definitely be a giveaway.
   
Heat Extracted Oils
Extracting oil with this method is done by heating up the raw materials and possibly even adding chemicals to help extract more oil.  Heat pressing increases the yielded quantity of oil which is why cold pressed oils are more expensive than heat pressed oils.
    The introduction of heat and chemicals to the process of making oil degrades their flavour, nutritional value and colour.  Oils are composed of long-chain fatty acids and these are damaged by heat extraction method.  Little pieces break off the long-chain fatty acid when heated and are toxic to the body. 
    A solvent is often added to assist with the extraction.  Usually a petroleum by-product like Hexane, Pentane, Heptane is used and then removed again afterwards by distillation.

Expeller Pressed Oils
Expeller pressing is a mechanical method for extracting oil from raw materials.  This uses a screw or continuous press with a constantly rotating worm shaft where raw material goes in one end and is put under continuous pressure and discharged at the other end, producing oil.  It is during this process that temperatures can rise up to 250 °C as a result of friction.  Expeller pressed oil is similar to cold pressed oil in that neither process involves the use of any chemicals.  The difference between expeller pressing and the cold press method is heat.  Both methods use presses but cold pressed is done in a temperature-controlled setting.

Cold Pressed Oils
Cold pressing is an ancient method and yields the best quality oil. The only two materials that will yield enough oil without requiring heat are sesame seeds and olives.  These oils are the most natural form of oil have great colour, odour and flavour.  If oil has been extracted by hydraulic press but has been heated prior to pressing, he will refer to it as pressed, not cold pressed so read your labels carefully.  When choosing oil you need extra virgin cold pressed oil.  Unrefined is always best as well as undistilled.    

Nature’s Way Oils
Extra virgin cold pressed oils are the only oils that you should be consuming or using on your body.   

Choosing Your Oil 
  • Light - Olive oil can become rancid from exposure to light and heat, so choose an olive oil that comes in a dark tinted glass bottle.
  • Temperature – Buy olive oil that has been kept in cool area, away from any direct or indirect contact with heat.  Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil is always best.
  • Acidity – Extra virgin olive oil can contain up to 0.8% of free acidity.  Any more than that is not extra virgin.
  • Purity – This term can be misleading.  You do not want pure olive oil, this means that is a mixture of olive oils or has been purified by one of many methods that strips the oil of it nutrients.  Cloudy olive oil is a good sign not a bad sign.

Sadly, to see the words "extra virgin olive oil" on the label of a bottle does not guarantee that you are getting extra virgin olive oil.  You really need to know what you are looking for, the oil you are looking for is not commonly found and is not cheap. 

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