Peanut vegetable oil: benefits and uses in nutrition and natural cosmetics

Peanut oil, also known as Peanut oil, is an oil particularly used as a food oil. Its very characteristic taste is particularly appreciated in Asian dishes, it is an oil resistant to high temperatures, but also in salads as a seasoning. In cosmetics also, peanut oil has advantages to fight against dry and aging skin. Be careful, whether in food or cosmetics, it is important to use a virgin oil, first cold pressed and organic; many refined oils are on the market. The latter have a lower quality due to their chemical treatment (loss of active constituents and properties). Latin name: Arachis hypogaea L. Part used: fruits

Main properties

  • anti-oxidant, skin regenerating, anti-aging : its rich content of vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, makes this oil an excellent anti-aging remedy. This property associated with that of skin repair allows this oil to effectively fight against the signs of aging skin.
  • softening, emollient, moisturizing : the omega 6 that make up Peanut oil for the most part help prevent skin dryness. Dry skin but also those who itch, who are irritated will be able to rely on this vegetable oil. Note that the oil is also used in hair care to nourish dry hair in depth and limit their fall.
  • hypocholesterolemic, cardiovascular protector : Peanut oil is very easily used orally thanks to its very pleasant taste. In addition to its taste, it is its high content of unsaturated fatty acids, omega 9 and 6, which helps prevent the risk of cardiovascular disorders.
  • digestive tonic : several studies show the interest of an intake of peanut oil in his diet to fight against intestinal disorders. The richness of this oil in oleic acid and active molecules allows in particular to positively modulate the composition of the intestinal microbiota.

Characteristics and composition

Cosmetic characteristics
  • Skin type: dry, all skin types, mature.
  • Type of hair: hair loss, dry, brittle, colored.

Organoleptic characteristics
  • Appearance: clear fluid liquid
  • Color: light yellow
  • Odor: characteristic, peanut.
  • Touch : dry.
  • Taste : characteristic, peanut.

Characteristics for the formulation
  • Unsaponifiable and active ingredients : vitamin E, squalene, phytosterols, tocopherols, magnesium, resveratrol.
  • Comedogenicity index : 0 (=non comedogenic)
  • Average saponification value: 192
  • Oxidation stability: good
  • High temperature stability: excellent
  • INCI name: Arachis Hypogaea Oil

Fatty acid composition
  • oleic acid (omega 9 MUFA) : 35 à 80 %
  • linoleic acid (omega 6 PUFA) : 4 à 43 %
  • palmitic acid (SFA): 5 à 14 %
  • stearic acid (SFA): 1 à 4 %
  • arachidic acid (SFA): ≤ 2 %
  • behenic acid (SFA): 1 à 4 %
  • lignoceric acid (SFA): ≤ 2 %

Physical characteristics
  • Density at 20°C: 0.917 à 0.921
  • Peroxide index : 10
  • Acid value : 4.000
  • Iodine Index: 84 à 102

Botanical characteristics
  • Botanical family: Fabaceae
  • Countries of origin: China, India, Indonesia, Vietnam.
  • Distilled part: fruits
  • Production process : first cold pressing
  • Latin name : Arachis hypogaea L.

Precautions for use

  • As a precautionary measure, people who are allergic to peanuts and tree nuts should refrain from using this oil, either orally or dermally.
  • It is not recommended during pregnancy or for young children.

Authorized use of the product

Dermal route Oral route

Authorized users

Adults and Teens


Preferably stored in a cool place, away from light and heat.

Nutritional benefits

From the fruit, rich in vegetable proteins and essential fatty acids, peanut vegetable oil is known for its nutritional benefits. Omega-9s contribute to the proper functioning of the body and are particularly known for their preventive role in the onset of cardiovascular diseases, cholesterol, diabetes, obesity or other metabolic syndrome.

In addition to its richness in essential fatty acids, peanut oil contains vitamin E and phytosterols, natural antioxidants. Their interests? To fight against the free radicals resulting from the peroxidized lipids by neutralizing them. This antioxidant property confers a protective role towards the cellular membranes, the walls of the blood vessels. It is thus of interest to fight against many cardiovascular pathologies (atherosclerosis, cholesterol, etc...).

  • Tips for use: 1 to 2 tablespoons of Peanut oil to consume regularly. In cooking, it is an oil not very sensitive to cooking. Beware, however, virgin oils are more sensitive than refined oils. Prefer adding the oil cold in your preparations to avoid losing molecules of interest.
  • Other complementary vegetable oils: Flax or Perilla oils are very interesting in nutrition because they are particularly rich in omega-3. They help balance the omega-6/omega-3 ratio. The ANSES recommends in fact to bring 4 times more omega-3 than omega-6; however at the moment it would seem that we consume too much omega-6 compared to omega-3 (20 for 1, instead of 4 for 1).

In case of Cholesterol, Diabetes, Cardiovascular pathology

Effectiveness: ++.

As an accompaniment to a balanced diet, peanut oil is an interesting addition to the diet. It is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, especially omega-6 and 9, which maintain a good lipid balance. Several studies show the positive impact of peanut oil consumption on cardiovascular disorders, it seems to reduce the risks and this also includes associated chronic pathologies such as cholesterol or diabetes.

  • Advice of application : orally, consume two tablespoons of Peanut oil per day, preferably in seasoning.
  • Complementary essential oil(s): essential oils of Rosemary Verbenone, Geranium Rosat or Italian Helichrysum can be useful in case of cholesterol or diabetes.
  • Other suitable vegetable oils: Perilla, Nut or Hemp vegetable oils can also be used for this issue, all three have excellent lipid profiles.

In case of bloating, digestive disorders, digestive ulcer

Effectiveness: ++.

Coming from an oleaginous fruit, peanut oil consumed regularly and in moderate doses, has beneficial properties for the digestive system. Studies have shown that it can help calm stomach ulcers and digestive problems as well as relieve gas and bloating.

  • Application advice : orally, one to two teaspoons of Peanut oil before a meal or incorporated into a dish as a seasoning.
  • Complementary essential oil(s) : many essential oils can come in support of the digestive system such as Basil, Cardamom or Coriander Seeds. In case of digestive ulcers, the Sweet Fennel remains the most appropriate.
  • Other suitable vegetable oils: in case of digestive concerns, Ricin oil or even Cinnamon oil can also be of interest. Castor oil is particularly useful in cases of constipation.

Against Eczema, Dry skin, Irritated scalp

Effectiveness: ++.

Peanut oil is rich in omega-6. This fatty acid helps to soothe irritated, dry and sensitive skin. Its emollient, nourishing and soothing properties make it ideal for use in cosmetics!

  • Application advice: massage a few drops of Peanut oil morning and night on your skin.
  • Complementary essential oil(s): in case of eczema or skin irritation, it is possible to complete your care with an essential oil of Fine Lavender, Roman Chamomile or Rose Geranium.
  • Other suitable plant oils: dry skin appreciates Avocado oil, Shea butter and in case of eczema or skin irritation think about Burrage or Onager.

To fight against hair loss, brittle hair

Effectiveness: ++.

It seems that Peanut oil is an excellent treatment for dry, brittle hair. It also seems to prevent hair loss. The presence of vitamin E in this HV, a natural antioxidant, will protect the hair from external aggressions.

  • Application advice : make a hair mask on dry and detangled hair by applying the necessary amount. Insist on the ends, and gently massage the scalp. Leave on for at least an hour, or overnight, then shampoo.
  • Complementary essential oil(s): in case of dry, damaged or frizzy hair, True Lavender or Ylang Ylang essential oils can be added to the vegetable oil. Against hair loss, Himalayan Nard, Ginger or Grapefruit will be more effective.
  • Other suitable vegetable oils: the Ricin is the reference oil for hair care. Its viscosity pushes us to use it diluted with a second oil, why not that of Peanut?

In case of wrinkles, mature skin

Effectiveness: ++.

In addition to a rich composition in unsaturated fatty acids, peanut oil reveals a varied composition in phytosterols, squalene, vitamin E, resveratrol, etc. These last active principles ensure very interesting anti-oxidant properties to fight against wrinkles. Indeed, by fighting against free radicals, one of the major causes of tissue aging, Peanut oil will reinforce its action against wrinkles.

  • Application advice: massage a few drops of Peanut oil morning and night on your skin.
  • Complementary essential oil(s): against wrinkles, you can add a few drops of essential oil of Rose Geranium, Cistus or Fine Lavender to your vegetable oil to increase its effectiveness.
  • Other suitable plant oils: Mushroom Rose oil is very interesting for maintaining good skin elasticity and cell regeneration. Other vegetable oils can also be used in this case such as Sheep, Apricot Kernel or Prickly Pear Seeds.

In support of Arthritis, Joint pain

Efficiency: +.

Peanut oil is indicated in the management of joint pain associated with arthritis in particular. It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties beneficial to relieve rheumatism. It is its composition in unsaturated fatty acids but especially in resveratrol which confers to peanut oil its ant-inflammatory effects.

  • Application advice: a few drops on the painful areas, 2 to 3 times a day.
  • Complementary essential oil(s): for greater effectiveness, add a few drops of essential oil of Sweet Clover or Lemon Eucalyptus, respecting a 20% dilution.
  • Other suitable plant oils: oily macerates are often the most suitable for relieving inflammatory pain, including Arnica, St. John's wort oily macerate or Meadowsweet.
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