Organic Perilla ocymoides seed oil is very high im omega-3 fatty acids ALA (alpha-linoleic acid) which is present at a level of between 50 -60% in this oil.
Our perilla oil is edible and obtained by cold pressing the seeds and the oil is then filtered. The colour of the cold pressed organic oil is a greenish yellow. The aroma is characteristic with a herbal, green scent.
Perilla oil is antiseptic and anti-inflammatory and is used in preparations for skin complaints such as acne, eczema and psoriasis but is also widely used in shaving oils, hair conditioners, face and body lotions and soaps.
In its edible form and due to the high content of ALA present in perilla seed oil, the oil is thought to decrease serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Preliminary research conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center, suggests that ALA may also help to prevent and treat depression, reduce menstrual pain, reduce the risk for fatal heart attacks, prevent breast cancer and treat autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. It is also presumed that ALA may help to treat inflammatory bowel disorders such as Crohn's disease. However, although ALA may help with these conditions, it is important to note that no research has been done directly on perilla seed oil for these purposes.
Perilla seed oil may be beneficial to asthma sufferers as it is thought to increase lung function according to a study. published in the "International Archives of Allergy and Immunology" edition in June 2000. The study examined the effects of perilla seed oil on asthma sufferers over four weeks in a placebo-controlled exercise. Researchers found that the patients taking the oil experienced a notable increase in lung capacity and enhanced air-flow capabilities. Researchers came to the conclusion that perilla seed oil benefits asthma suffers because the ALA in it suppresses the production of leukotriene, an inflammatory substance associated with reduced respiratory function.
Our perilla seed oil comes from an organic certified source (DE-ÖKO-005).