Benefits of Sacha Inchi & Chia Oils
Both of these oils are high in Omega-3s and both have been touted
for their external uses. We felt that since their benefits and uses
have so much overlap that we should present their benefits and uses
The first thing you'll find when researching these oils is how
they help raise your "good" cholesterol and lower your "bad"
cholesterol. The problem with cholesterol is that the health
industry's focus on it is misplaced, unscientific, and hugely
However, both of these oils can help to lower your triglycerides
and that will help your cardiovascular system. Type two diabetics
(and pre-diabetics) have a problem with triglycerides.
Next, these oils are anti-inflammatory which is truly a benefit
for your cardiovascular health since inflammation is the
cause of heart attacks and strokes. Additionally, these omega-3s
Our brains need omega-3s, especially those from fish oils (DHA &
EPA), but if we just focus on the anti-inflammatory properties of
these two oils, then we know our brains also need these because
brain inflammation has been recently blamed for a number of problems
such as depression, fatigue, and memory issues.
We should all know the benefits of antioxidants. They prevent
your body from rusting (oxidation). The sacha inchi and chia seeds
contain natural antioxidants to protect the delicate oils within.
When we say delicate, we mean it. Most of you know that flax,
once ground, can start to go bad in just fifteen minutes. One of our
favorite products is called Omegasentials. It is ground flax, mixed
with many cofactors, among which are just enough antioxidants to
protect the delicate oils.
However, as much protection as these antioxidants give the oils,
if you purchase them, refrigerating them is not a bad idea. The FDA
gives these oils a 6 month lifespan. You can extend that a long way
(to four years) by refrigerating them.
And yes, our bodies do benefit from the antioxidants in these
We've already touched upon this but we'd be remiss not to mention
that consuming these oils also helps with joint pain. Some report
that using these two oils topically also helps with joint pain.
Skin & Hair
Consuming these oils keeps our skin young and elastic, and our
hair shiny. Giving them to your pets will do the same for them,
keeping their coats healthy.
Our eyes, like our brains, need fats. These antioxidant charged
fats help protect the eyes and keep them young, and can improve your
study out of India, Chia oil consumption daily has been shown to
eliminate dry eye syndrome. Because of the omega-3s and
antioxidants, it's probably safe to assume that sacha inchi oil will
do the same.
Using These Externally
Massage therapists have discovered these oils and use them as
"carrier oils." A carrier oil is simply the main oil used in a
massage, but infused with an great smelling essential oil, such as
jasmine, or ylang ylang.
For a moisturizing, healing body oil, mix macadamia nut oil
(about a quarter cup) with one of these (either chia or shacha inchi)
(again about a quarter cup) and add a dozen or so drops of your
favorite essential oil (jasmine, patchouli) and use it after a
For your face, just three drops of either of these oils rubbed
into your skin at night is all you need.
You can even use these oils as a conditioner for your hair, but
make sure you rub it into your scalp well.
Again, because of the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant
properties of these oils, skin specialists recommend using
them on blemishes and rosacea, and your beauty experts report using
them under your eyes to eliminate bags. Some also feel they have
anti-wrinkle and anti-aging properties.
Storing These Oils
Again, we highly recommend storing these oils in a refrigerator.
No matter how antioxidant packed they are, refrigeration will
protect them longer.
We have some great recipes that use Flax Oil, for which both of
these oils can be substituted. Any recipe that calls for flax oil
can have that oil substituted with either chia or sacha inchi. Yes,
it's a bit more expensive, but aren't you worth it?
Our best heart healthy recipe, at least we think, is our Super
Salad Dressing (and Dip), found here:
Simply the Best is thinking of carrying these oils, but will
purchase and bottle just small quantities because they will be
refrigerating them until they're shipped. You might want to go here
and contact them. And as usual, they carry only the best at the best
price: Simply the Best