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Myths about Siberian Cedar Nut oil

As the popularity of cedar oil has grown, it has acquired various myths, some are born amongst people and some become part of marketing and advertising. Let’s talk about the most popular myths and whether or not they hold any weight when it comes to cedar nut oil.

1. “Cedar nut oil has a bright nutty taste.”

This is incorrect. Hand pressed cedar nut oil, produced according to all the rules and on a wooden press, has practically no taste and aroma – it actually has a very delicate and mild flavour. A pronounced nutty taste appears in two cases: the kernel was heated during the extraction or it has been fried, or the second option – flavourings were used in the oil.

Heating the cedar nut and using metal presses makes it possible to obtain a 2 times greater oil yield, but its quality suffers – almost all the vitamins break down, the interrelations of molecules are disrupted and oxidation occurs even before the product enters the bottle.

Some manufacturers often try to reduce the price of cedar oil by diluting it with cheaper sunflower oil, in these cases flavouring is needed to make the cedar flavour aroma appear.

2. “Sediment in the oil is a sign of poor quality.”

No. Sediment in the cedar oil is just an indicator of the high quality of the oil. This means that the oil was not processed, filtered or purified from natural pollen. In the Megre Cedar House, handmade oil has the largest amount of sediment.

3. “The oil pressed in the mall in front of the customer is the best”

No. The place where the oil is produced is perhaps the most important in part of the entire production process. Healing oil can be prepared only in the Taiga, amongst clean air. Cedar oil that is prepared in the city, and even more so in a public space, absorbs all the energy that surrounds it, not to mention the composition of the air of the place that it was made in. It is important who makes it and in what mood they are in when they create it –  this also affects the quality. Oil made in a hurry, in between times, is not the best option.

It is also incredibly important what kernels are used to make the oil. It is impossible to get a healthy oil from a peeled nut stored in a vacuum. The kernel must be freed from the shell right before production. This is not to mention the fact that the storage of nuts should be in an environmentally friendly place.

4. “You can find inexpensive good quality oil.”

No. Oil from wild Taiga trees, prepared according to all the specific requirements, cannot be cheap. The average market price changes annually, depending on the cedar harvest. But in any case, below 4,000 rubles per liter is unlikely to pay off the cost of production.

Another trap is when low-quality oil is sold at the price of raw-pressed oil. Our recommendation to avoid this trap is to order directly from a manufacturer that you trust, who has a reputation for producing oil in the correct way and is transparent in about their production and the way that they manufacture their oil. This will ensure that you protect yourself from oil that has additives, flavourings or is not produced in the correct way.