Derived from “evergreen dwarf shrubs” is an essential oil known as Cranberry Seed Oil. This oil is extracted from the seed of “Cranberry” belonging to a genus known as “Vaccinum” and subgenus called “Oxycoccus” within the plant kingdom. Furthermore, in terms of colour this oil is “golden yellow” in appearance. In addition, this oil possesses a slightly bitter aroma. This oil is also said to be an extremely rich source of vitamin E.
A. Chemical constituents of Cranberry Seed Oil:
This oil is extracted from the seed of a bush known as “Cranberry” belonging to the genus “Vaccinum” and subgenus “Oxycocus” in the plant kingdom. Furthermore, this oil comprises of organic compounds such as “polyphenols” that include proanthocyanidins, flavonols, and quercetin.
B. The uses and benefits of Cranberry Seed Oil:
There are a few benefits to using this essential oil. However, one should also consider the adverse reactions or side effects reported from its use:
This oil possesses a property that is capable of reducing inflammation or swelling, and thereby serves as an anti-inflammatory agent.
“Inhibition of bacterial growth” is yet another function of this oil when used since it possesses “antibacterial” properties.
This oil when used also works as an “antiseptic” by killing disease causing microbes that is formed over open external wounds.
This oil comprises of an “antifungal” property, and so when used inhibits the growth of fungus.
This oil when used is also capable of inhibiting the damaging oxidative processes that occur within the body, and thereby serves as an antioxidant.
C. The adverse effects of the Cranberry Seed Oil:
There are a number of adverse effects that may occur on using this oil which must be noted. They are as follows:
- The excessive use of this oil could lead to GI disturbances such as diarrhea.
- This oil (which contains high concentration of oxalate) may affect individuals with renal problems such as kidney stone formation, and hence they must avoid using it.