What is Tea Seed Oil?
First of all, Tea Seed Oil is not the same as Tea Tree Oil.
Tea Seed Oil is from the seeds of the Camellia oleifera plant, related to the tea you drink
Tea Tree Oil is from Melaleuca alternifolia, a completely unrelated plant native to Australia
There are two species of the Camellia tree, Oleifera and Sinesis.
Camellia Oleifera is the species used to create tea seed oil (using the seeds).
Camellia Sinesis is the species used to create teas such as green, white, oolong (using the leaves).
Tea Seed Oil is press extracted from the seeds of mature camellia oleifera trees.
Camellia oil exerts many therapeutic properties. They have healing and nutritional power, making them fit for use even in medicinal formulations.
- Emollient – Tea seed oil is a brilliant moisturizer.
- Antioxidant – Camellia oil, like green tea is a superb antioxidant. It resists rancidity strongly.
- Cicatrizant – promotes recovery of wounds and scrapes. 
- Anti-Aging – protects the skin from free radical damage due to its antioxidant. Reduces aging due to the skin and other environmental free radicals.
- Anti-microbial – It stops the proliferation of microbes. It is especially notable for its anti-fungal properties.
- Astringent – It has a mild astringent effect which makes it good for treating injuries and scars.
- Anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation on the skin.
Camellia oil is a powerhouse of nutrition. It is one of the few edible oils which have nutrients other than the essential fatty acids. Its fats composition gets a lot of attention, because it is similar to olive oil. This implies is that this oil is almost as healthy as olive oil. Tea seed oil contains Vitamins, like Vitamin E, healthy fatty acids and numerous micronutrients which have tremendous health benefits.
Tea seed oil is almost 90 % unsaturated fat, which is unique among oils. It is therefore a heart healthy oil which has been identified to lower LDL cholesterol levels and harmful triglycerides from the body. Of this unsaturated fat, oleic acid makes a significant part.
- High smoke point (485F) allows this oil to be used for a variety of cooking methods without becoming rancid and inflammatory.
- More monounsaturated fatty acids than olive oil.
- Fewer saturated fatty acids than olive oil.
- Contains polyphenol antioxidants.
- Polyphenols are plant chemicals that help the body create antioxidants. Consuming naturally occurring polyphenols is an easy way to help fight free radicals causing damage at the cellular level.
- Cholesterol free with zero trans fat.
- Contains both Omegas 3 and 6
|Gamma Linoleic Acid (18:3)||–||PUFA|
|Stearic Acid (18:0)||1.1 %||Saturated fat|
|Palmitic Acid (16:0)||8.8 %||Saturated fat|
|Palmitoleic Acid (16:1)||1.5 %||MUFA|
|Oleic Acid (18:1)||82.3 %||MUFA|
|Linoleic Acid (18:2)||7.4 %||PUFA|
|Alpha Linolenic Acid(18:3)||0.2 %||PUFA|
Side Effects, Safe Dosage and Toxicity Issues
There is not much information on the safety and interaction of tea seed oil. Much of he production of this oil comes from China. One should make sure to purchase camellia oil from a reputed manufacturer. This oil may be adulterated with cheaper filler oils or may contain harmful chemicals used during processing
Buying and Storage
Camellia oil is highly resistant to rancidity. It has a wonderful shelf life. However, it should not be kept close to direct sunlight. There are many ways to extract an oil, but the cold pressed unfiltered is perhaps the healthiest. One should go for the organic, cold pressed camellia oil for personal use.
Please be responsible when making decisions regarding your own heath and well-being.
Until Next Time.. Stay Crunchy !!