Here in the South, camellias have been grown for quite some time, after first being introduced by French botanist Andre Michaux who brought them first to Middleton Place in South Carolina. Didn’t take long to reach Georgia, where the American Camellia Society took root!
In fact, Atlanta Botanical Garden at Piedmont Park held its Atlanta Camellia Show this year on February 19 and 20, where Camellia Japonicas, Reticulatas and their hybrids were show cased.
Camellias are an absolutely lovely flower but its oil from the flowers seeds is highly prized for thousands of years.
Camellia oil, also known as “camellia seed oil or tea seed oil is an edible oil which is pale amber-green with a sweet herbal aroma.
It’s derived by cold-press method from the seeds of camellias, an evergreen shrub with shiny leaves and rose-like flowers.
An organic version of the oil can then further refined by processes such as degreasing, deodorizing and filtering to produce a 100% organic, pure natural oil free from preservatives, odor and solvent residues.
The women of East Asia have been using camellia oil for centuries as a most effective multi-purpose moisturizer for both skin and hair.
Camellia oil has been touted as a tried and true, authentic anti-aging product with a proven history of efficacy to the point of being deemed a “Miracle Oil.”
So what makes camellia oil so effective?
Camellia oil excels in its ability to moisturize, penetrating quickly and deeply, giving your skin superior hydration without a greasy feel, leaving your skin feeling refreshed, smooth and firm.
Those who’ve used it have commented on achieving a silky suppleness and radiant glow. Camellia’s restorative powers have visibly diminished fine lines and pitted acne scars, and reduces the appearance of pores.
It has been known to prevent stretch marks such as those acquired during pregnancy and will lessen the appearance of stretch marks if applied after the fact.
Offering skin protection through a concentrations of Vitamins A, B, C, E, Polyphenols and natural antioxidants that safeguard your skin from the damaging effects of UV/environmental exposure and free radicals.
It offers similar benefits for your hair, which is prone to sun damage, camellia oil adds shine, softness and smoothness by strengthening the hair follicles.
In Atlanta, camellia oil can be found at the many Asian stores, farmers markets and supermarkets that the metro area has to offer.