Origin: Rice is the most staple diet across the world. Rice is made up of several layers and one of this layer is used to make oil. Rice Bran oil is basically the extract from Rice bran. It is obtained from the hard, brown, oily layer between the outer husk and the rice kernel inside. This part is usually called the “Bran.”
Rice is believed to have been originated in Eastern Asia, particularly in India and China. The cultivation of Rice started as early as 7000 B.C. Rice gradually spread to Japan, Indonesia, Persia and then to the Mediterranean region. Around the 16th century, Rice reached America, and in 1750 it was introduced to Brazil and other South American states. Now, Rice is cultivated in over 100 countries and there are more than 18000 variants. Asia, Africa, and America are the most prominent rice cultivating continents in the world. India and Thailand are popular for the production of Rice Bran Oil.
According to Chinese history, then emperor of China Shennong and some inventor of Chinese agriculture started the use of wild rice. Though there is archaeological evidence that the rice was first cultivated in China’s Yangtze River Valley region. It is also believed that the domestication of rice took place in Ancient China’s Pearl River valley region between 8200 and 13 500 years ago.
In many cultures, Rice is considered to be very significant and is considered to be a symbol of good fortune, fertility, and prosperity. Rice was used for religious and auspicious ceremonies.
Scientifically: Rice Bran oil consists of components like Oleic Acid, Linoleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, α-Linolenic Acid, Vitamin B, Vitamin E, Squalene, Coenzyme Q10, and Ferulic Acid. It also has a unique phytochemical called oryzanol, which helps in reducing cholesterol. It has a high smoking point and is considered best for frying and stir-frying.
Usage: Rice bran oil is known as the healthiest oil on the world. It contains vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients. It can help lower cholesterol, fight blood diseases and enhance the immune system.
It helps in the radiance of skin and hair. Application of this oil helps in stimulating the growth of thicker, longer, and stronger hair. Rice bran oil is also considered effective to relieve joint pain and inflammations. It also helps in boosting immunity. It is most commonly used for cooking, frying, salad dressing and baking.
Below are some DIYs with Rice Bran Oil for beautiful skin and hair:
- Take a teaspoon of Rice bran oil and honey. Mix them together and apply on the face for 15 minutes. Massage and rinse it. This helps in deep nourishing of the skin.
- Take a few drops of this oil and directly massage it on the face. Keep it overnight and rinse the other morning. This helps in reversing signs of aging.
- Combine a tablespoon of rice bran oil with some fresh aloe vera gel. Massage it thoroughly into the scalp and leave it for 45 minutes. Shampoo as usual. This helps in making the hair roots strong.
- Take a tablespoon of rice bran oil, one tablespoon of oatmeal and honey. Combine them together and apply on the face. Use this mask as a face and neck scrub. This helps in removing the dead skin and makes the skin soft and supple.
- Mix rice bran oil with amla oil and massage onto the scalp. This helps in reducing hair fall and dandruff.