Posted on: December 23, 2015 at 1:20 pm
Last updated: September 22, 2017 at 3:51 pm

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How could an oil that’s been around for thousands of years go so undetected?

Possibly because it wasn’t looked favorably upon those who like to corrupt the food industry with hydrogenated oils. Turns out camelina oil—sometimes confused for flaxseed oil, hence its nickname “false flax”—is difficult to corrupt. It’s costly to hydrogenate, not to mention difficult.

Why is this good news for you?


Because camelina oil has yet to be hydrogenated or genetically modified in any of its forms. This oil is full of healthy omega-3s, antioxidants, and has many uses. What are some of them?

Healthier Cooking

With a smoke point of 475 degrees, this camelina oil is safer to use than olive oil for cooking and baking. It has a very mild taste which makes it perfect for adding to dishes such as salads and soups for an extra omega-3 burst. The flavor has been described as somewhat nutty, but this rich oil is perfect for healthier cooking.

You’ll want to be sure to get the unrefined, organic version of camelina oil to reap the most benefits. With a great omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, camelina oil is one of the healthiest oils for you. Many people consume an improper amount of omega-6 to omega-3. Too much omega-6 can actually promote inflammation, increase blood pressure, and encourage heart disease, while getting enough omega-3 is does the opposite—it’s essential to promote a healthy heart as well as healthy eyes, brain, and skin.

Speaking of skin, camelina oil can help you out there too!

Camelina Oil for Beautiful Skin

Want to prevent aging, repair skin damage, have gorgeous hair, and a one-step moisturizer? Camelina oil is for you!

Camelina oil is rather magical when it comes to helping your skin out. It’s full of antioxidants such as vitamin E in addition to its great omega-3 content. Its high content of antioxidants can help repair cell damage and heal your skin.

Use camelina oil as a moisturizer to prevent skin aging and repair existing damage. You can also use camelina oil as a hair mask, which are very popular once-a-week treatments that can help hair grow faster and remain shiny, full, and healthy. Simply massage some into your scalp and through your hair and leave on overnight. The next day, shampoo and condition as normal.


Camelina oil also works great as a massage oil. Not only does it protect your hair and skin, but it can also repair any existing damage that your skin already has. The omega-3s combined with the power of antioxidants make this oil one of the best out there for skin care!

Other Uses for Camelina

Besides being awesome as a cooking oil and a moisturizer and skin protector, camelina oil has other benefits as well! This amazing oil works well for:

  • Adding to your dog’s food. Adding fish supplements and other omega-3s to your pooch’s food has become very popular in order to keep your dog healthy and promote a shiny coat in addition to healthy skin. Camelina oil replaces that gross-smelling, poor-quality fish supplement and works even better for your dog!
  • Preventing inflammation. If you suffer from chronic pain or from an injury, camelina oil can be taken internally as well as used on the skin to work as an anti-inflammatory. This can also work on arthritis pain, something omega-3s are great for!
  • Helping immunity. Camelina oil’s antioxidant content makes it perfect for helping out your immune system.
  • Preventing general aging. Omega 3s and antioxidants are perfect to combat aging in any form, not just the skin. Keeping your brain healthy with essential fatty acids such as omega 3s is so important. This could decrease your risk for getting Alzheimer’s or dementia in addition to cognitive decline.

Camelina is a versatile oil that’s praised for its omega-3 and antioxidant content. This makes it the perfect oil to incorporate into your daily life with cooking, as a supplement, and keeping your skin and hair looking fabulous (not to mention your brain as well!)

Researchers are currently looking into camelina oil to feed to farmed fish and for use as a biofuel. This means it could have the potential to be corrupted in the future and cheaper, less-quality versions of it may be available. This is the best time to experience the amazing benefits of camelina oil before it becomes genetically modified or corrupted.


Camelina oil has been used for thousands of years. Originally native to Europe and Central Asia, the camelina sativa plant has been found to grow well in all sorts of regions. It also lasts for a long time and can take up to two years to expire.

For a healthy oil that packs a powerful omega-3 punch with antioxidants, this oil is your next perfect massage oil, hair mask, moisturizer, and cooking buddy all in one. Check out this goddess of an oil and reap the benefits!

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Jenn Ryan is a freelance writer and editor who's passionate about natural health, fitness, gluten-free, and animals. She loves running, reading, and playing with her four rescued rabbits.

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