Corylus avellana is a large dispersal shrub, bush or small tree belonging to Betulaceae family. The name Hazel is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word for bonnet, Haesel. It is also called filbert or cobnut. The shrubs basically can spread up to 10-15 ft. Trees start to bear fruit when they are 3-4 years old, and their life span is up to 40 year. Trees normally produce 12 kg of dried nuts each. Leaves are 2-3 inch in length, roughly ovate, acuminate, and vaguely lobed with doubly indent margins.
It is native to Europe and Asia Minor due to the moist winters and cool summers.
The hazel nut oil is extracted from its nut which is oval and oblong in shape. The kernel is loosely covered by hard pericap.The oil is golden-yellowish in color and typically odor and flavor of the fruit.
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The oil is extracted by the mechanical cold pressing, following the filtration of the extract obtained, is then collected and vacuum bottled.
Palmitic acid 5 - 9%
Palmitoleic acid 0.5%
Stearic acid 4%
Oleic acid 66 - 83%
Linoleic acid 8 - 25%
Linolenic acid 0.6%
This carrier oil is rich in fatty acid such as linoleic acid which is the essential component used for the production of various emollient and moisturizer creams.
The rejuvenating nature of hazelnut oil makes it ideal for body massage. Used as carrier oil in aromatherapy, a hazelnut oil massage gives a calming experience. It also doesn't have any greasy effect, that why is used in manufacturing for various soaps and lotions.
Hazel nut carrier oils, is also a rich source of vitamin E. This makes it effective anti-oxidant, to regenerate the damaged cells due to free radicals.
It is great for offsetting the effect of regular coloring of the hair is. It must be applied to the hair before coloring or shampooing.