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Uses For Grapeseed Oil & Black Lava Salt

>5 July 2012
 
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I recently got my hands on some fun new products to try: Grapeseed Oil and Black Lava Salt.

They came from Mountain Rose Herbs’ Epicurean Organics line, among many other great products.

Now, I’d heard of Grapeseed Oil before, though I’d never had an opportunity to try it. But I’d never in my life heard of Black Lava Salt. What is that anyways? Sounded fun though, and the description on the website intrigued me…

A revered and delectable salt exclusively used for adding depth and complexity to the finest of culinary creations. The added advantage of Black Lava salt is that it is infused with activated charcoal which assists the body in removing harmful impurities, and is exceptionally high in essential minerals to help maintain the body’s normal functions. A supplemental salt which adds a truly unique flavor to roasted vegetables, soups, stir-fry dishes and on the barbeque.

Infused with activated charcoal, huh?! Immediately homemade chicken noodle soup with a dash of Black Lava Salt for winter colds and upset tummies came to mind.

I love products that do double-duty.

Mountain Rose Herbs also has the following information on using Black Lava Salt as a detoxifying scrub…

Black Lava salt has incredible detoxifying qualities that have yet to be fully explored by the body care community. Its use is prolific in salt scrubs, exfoliates, scrubs, and masks, and black lava salt is a popularly used product by many spas across the country.

I have GOT to try that the next time I feel like some “me” time!

Grapeseed Oil is one of those oils that is so good for you in so many ways. It’s loaded with vitamin E, is high in antioxidants, and is low in saturated fat. Not only can it be used for heart-healthy cooking, but it’s also an incredible moisturizer used in many beauty products. The great thing about GS oil when cooking is that it has a particularly high smoke point, meaning it can withstand higher temperatures without burning. It’s perfect for frying, sautéing, and stir-frying. It also has a very subtle flavor, so it’s perfect for using in your favorite homemade salad dressings or in recipes in which you desire to maintain the flavor of the main ingredients. Really, grapeseed oil is a delicious and healthy alternative to vegetable oil suitable for almost any recipe.

Not only that, it also makes a fantastic moisturizer. I’ve been using it on my face and body after washing, and I’ve found that it absorbs very nicely, and leaves my skin very soft and supple. My first impression was that it smelled a bit like wine (fermented grapes maybe?), but the aroma faded quickly. After applying it to my skin, I’ve been rubbing the little that remains on my hands through my hair for a frizz free, shiny finish. I plan on continuing to experiment with Grapeseed Oil in my homemade beauty products as I make them. It really is a nice, light product.

Here are a few recipes I plan on trying…

Soothing Lavender Body Wash

Lavender essential oil gives this body wash a fragrant scent, while grapeseed oil helps keep skin healthy.

  • 1/2 cup liquid, unscented castile soap
  • 1 tsp grapeseed oil
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil

Pour ingredients into a container, swirl to mix, and store in the shower for up to one month.

Grapeseed Face Wash for Dry Skin

This face wash will clean your skin without drying it out.

  • 1 cup full-fat, plain yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp grapeseed oil
  • 1Tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice

Whip all ingredients until smooth. Pour mixture in a tightly-sealed glass jar and store in the refrigerator. This facial wash will keep for a few weeks.

Or maybe one of Crunchy Betty’s recipes for Body Oil.

Oooh, or I can warm it and add a few drops of lavender or rosemary essential oils for a nourishing hot oil hair treatment.

I can’t wait to play with this stuff some more!!

Have you had a chance to try Black Lava Salt or Grapeseed Oil in any of your favorite culinary or beauty recipes?? I’m excited to learn new ways to use these two products!

Thanks again to Mountain Rose Herbs for supplying the products for this review!

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7 Comments »

  • kindle said:

    I have Lyphadema in my lower leg& have developed extremely dry patches on top of my foot. My Occupational Therapist gave me some of the oil to try. Doesn’t smell to me. Works very well & doesn’t leave it gready. I have to be really careful with what lotions I use, she said this is less likely to clog the pores.

  • Pam said:

    I have no experience with the Black Lava Salt, but am totally intrigued. I’ve been using Grapeseed for years on the other hand. I cook with it all the time. But, its uses in skincare are amazing. I used it exclusively for a moisturizer for a long while. This year I started my an organic skincare business, http://www.etsy.com/shop/pureyankabilly, and use it as a base for many of my items. Its healing properties are astounding. It’s good stuff! :-)

    Have fun trying your new products out!

  • Susan C. said:

    I discovered gourmet salts about two years ago. They are fun to experiment with and I use quite a bit of Himalayan pink. My daughter bought me a book called Salted with a sampler of salts for Christmas one year. It included black lava and Alea from Molokai. I am going to buy a pink Himalayan salt block for cooking on the grill one of these days. You just heat it up on the grill for about an hour and cook on it. Can’t wait to try salmon on it. Check out this website that is listed in the book.
    http://www.atthemeadow.com/shop/Gourmet-Sea-Salt

  • Susan C. said:

    P.S.- I find that several grocery stores are now carrying a variety of salts in the bulk section including one of my favorites, Apple wood smoked from Yakima, WA. (local)

  • Jane said:

    I use grapeseed oil in my homemade soaps, but I am excited about the black lava salt – that sounds like so much fun!

  • Christy said:

    We normally have pink himalayan salt (or Hawaiian red), regular sea salt and black lava on hand for eating. Black lava salt is especially good with potatoes–fried, baked, roasted or mashed.

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