Perilla and perilla oil has been known throughout Southeast Asia since ancient times, when consumed as green vegetables, condiments and herbs. It has traditionally served to accompany crustaceans that are notorious allergens and that inhibits the effects. The perilla oil in particular is a popular ingredient in Korean cuisine because of its unique flavor and versatility in the kitchen.
What is Perilla Oil?
Perilla oil (Perilla frutescens) is a rare vegetable oil that is obtained by pressing perilla seeds, the seeds of a plant of the mint family that bears the same name. It is commonly known as Japanese mint, Chinese basil or shiso. The seeds of this plant are composed of 35 to 45% fat, many of which are beneficial to overall health.
In fact, this oil has one of the highest concentrations of omega-3 among vegetable oils. In addition, this oil has a unique nutty and aromatic flavor, which makes it a very popular flavor ingredient and food additive, in addition to being a healthy cooking oil. In terms of appearance, this oil is light yellow and quite viscous, and is widely considered healthy oil for use in cooking. Although it is mainly found in Korean cuisine, as well as other Asian traditions, it is increasingly popular in the United States and other countries due to its potential for health.
History of Perilla Oil:
For centuries, Perilla has been used in traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic, Japanese and Asian medicine to treat all kinds of ailments. Of all the oil plants, Perilla is one of the few that provides both vegetable oil and essential oil. Perilla frutescens is a herbaceous plant of the same family (lamiaceae) as mint, rosemary, basil, sage or thyme. Originally from the East, Perilla is a plant that grows naturally in Southeast Asia, from the Himalayas to Burma. A true sacred plant in Asia, is cultivated and consumed in an ancestral way in China (called Zi-Su) and Japan (called Shiso). The best qualities are found in Japan for essential oil and in China for vegetable oil. For centuries, in the east, we cook seafood with perilla leaves and seeds, to avoid food allergies. For example, “Fugu” is a Japanese fish famous for its high toxicity. It can cause severe paralysis of the respiratory tract and nervous system if it is poorly prepared. This very popular dish is always served with a “shiso” leaf or knob, which facilitates its digestion and protects the body from toxic agents. Faced with this ancestral use of the seeds associated with perilla leaves to limit food allergies, many scientists have begun studying the perilla, especially in Japan and the United States. Perilla Frutescens has revealed a set of amazing properties that make it, without a doubt, the most powerful natural product to cover all allergic manifestations. An allergy is an inflammatory reaction that usually begins after several presentations of the allergen to your body, hence the fact that you may suddenly become allergic. This previously inert foreign body is now reacting abnormally to your immune system.
Organoleptic Properties of Perilla Oil:
It is likely that botanical and organoleptic characteristics evolve according to production conditions (country, sunlight, biological production, etc.).
Color: clear, yellow color.
Smell: quite potent (depending on the origin).
Texture: fluid, touch “dry”.
Flavor: characteristic, close to the nutty flavor
Knob Oil Composition:
The composition of vegetable oil is strongly influenced by production conditions. To guarantee its quality, it is recommended to select an extra virgin oil, obtained by cold pressing, ideally of biological origin.
Fatty Acid Composition:
- Monounsaturated AG : 12% to 15% oleic acid (Omega9)
- Polyunsaturated AG : 12% to 21% linoleic acid (Omega6), 60% to 65% alpha linolenic acid (omega3)
- Saturated AG :5% to 8% palmitic acid
Other Active Constituents:
- Vitamin A, vitamin E.
- Rosmarinic acid (contained in the essential oil): Perilla’s “complete” vegetable oil contains on average 5% perilla essential oil (from the leaf). This “mixture” offers a more effective action against allergies and asthma.
Uses and Synergies of Perilla Oil:
- Skin allergies (including eczema)
- Arthritis, osteoarthritis (pain)
- Light burn
- Drying (hands, body, hair, nails).
- Joint and rheumatic pain.
- Sensitive and fragile skin.
- Mature skin
- Rheumatism (pain)
- Skin sensitivity
- Inflammatory skin disorders
- Skin aging (prevention)
- Sore areas
Nutritional Aspect of Perilla Oil:
Perilla oil is distinguished by its high content of Omega3 (slightly higher than in flaxseed oil). It has a much more important nutritional interest that also contains Omega 6 and 9. It acts favorably on the cardiovascular system and inflammatory disorders.
“It promotes intellectual work, memorization and the development of brain skills, especially in children”.
Keep in mind that the oil called “complete” knob contains an average of 5% perilla essential oil (from the plant), which makes it more effective in case of allergic reactions, mainly respiratory (such as asthma)
Perilla Oil Benefits:
There are a number of impressive benefits of perilla oil, including its ability to fight bacterial and viral infections, improve skin health and prevent allergic reactions, among others.
- It prevents several types of cancer, such as colon and breast cancer.
- Reduces the risk of heart disease due to its high level of omega-3 fatty acid
- Relieves the symptoms of colitis.
- Treat arthritis
- Reduces scalp irritation.
- Minimize asthmatic attacks.
- Help in weight control.
- Prevents premature aging and increases skin health.
- Strengthens the immune system.
- Reduce allergic reactions.
- Defend against chronic diseases by its antioxidant activity.
- It stops the loss of water in the body.
- It improves brain health and prevents neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
How to Use Perilla Oil?
Like most vegetable oils, perilla oil is used for cooking, especially for tasty foods that could use an increase in nutty flavor and flavor.
- Culinary uses: apart from cooking, it is also a popular ingredient in sauces.
- Industrial uses: printing inks, paints, industrial solvents and varnishes.
- Lamps : in traditional use, this oil was even used to feed the lamps with light.
- Medicinal uses: Perilla oil powder is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids, more specifically, alpha-linolenic acid that helps improve heart health.
Perilla oil is known as a healthy vegetable oil, but it still has saturated fat and can cause several side effects. When applied to the skin, some people experience symptoms of atopic dermatitis, at which point they should stop using it. Fortunately, while using perilla oil powder supplements, it has been shown that prolonged use for up to six months is safe. That said, before adding any herbal supplement to your health regimen, it is better to talk with a doctor about your specific health conditions.
Preservation and Oxidation of Perilla Oil:
Virgin knob oil is an oil that is particularly sensitive to oxidation due to its fatty acid composition. It is the most sensitive oil to date, as it contains a high proportion of unsaturated fatty acids (such as linolenic acid). It is advisable to keep it in a cool place (it is even advisable to keep it in the refrigerator) and away from the air.
General Storage Conditions for Vegetable Oils:
Vegetable oils are sensitive to oxidation to varying degrees. Therefore, they should be optimally maintained to avoid this process that causes them to lose some of their properties. In general, vegetable oils should be stored away from light and heat: in a cool, dry and well-ventilated place. To prefer conservation in its original packaging, suitable for food use.
Why does Perilla’s Full Oil Work Well to Cover all Allergic Manifestations?
Perilla’s complete oil is a synergy between the essential oil and the vegetable oil of Perilla frutescens, a mixture obtained by adding 5% of essential oil to 95% of Perilla’s vegetable oil. The perilla leaves contain perilla-aldehyde, an aldehyde close to limonene, flavonoids (apigenin, luteolin, escutellarina, vicenina …), phenolic acids, such as caffeic and rosmarinic acids, cyanogenic glycosides (prunasoid, amygdaloside). Rosmarinic acid is a compound that improves the anti-allergic reputation of Perilla essential oil. Perilla leaves are distilled: 500 kg of fresh leaves are needed to obtain 1 kg of essential oil. The essential oil helps to preserve a state of defense against the external aggressions of spring, providing a reactive tonicity to the body. Its action helps calm the irritation and facilitates breathing. It is also valuable for limiting the free radicals responsible for cell aging. It is an essential oil of negative electrifying donor that promotes respiratory exchanges, as well as a stay at altitude, aeroionization devices… Seeds knob cold pressed vegetable oil to produce a high quality nutritional. They contain approximately 25% of lipids, including 65% of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid (probably the richest vegetable oil in the world in omega-3), a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA). Omega-3s help the body to defend against inflammations in general and, therefore, can reduce the inflammatory reactions associated with allergy. Perilla vegetable oil relieves allergy symptoms (mites, hair, grasses, food) by inhibiting histamine release and normalizing the production of agents responsible for allergic and asthma-related inflammatory conditions. In fact, allergic people produce excessively immunoglobulin E (IgE). Perilla oil could normalize this exaggerated antibody production and only three weeks of healing would allow a 60% decrease in these IgE.