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Meadowfoam (Limnanthes alba)

Meadowfoam is a small, herbaceous winter-spring annual. The seven species are all native to coastal and adjoining regions of western North America, where they typically grow in marshy habitats, such as the margins of vernal pools.

The white meadowfoam Limnanthes alba is of commercial interest for its oil, while several other species are rare or endangered. Honey produced by bees that pollinate Limnanthes alba has the distinct flavor of toasted marshmallows.

The oil valued for its highly moisturizing and rejuvenating skin benefits is resistant to oxidation due to naturally occurring tocopherols.

The seeds contain 20-30% oil. Meadowfoam seed oil is extraordinarily stable, primarily because it contains over 98% long chain fatty acids (eicosenoic acid C20:1 - 61%, docosenoic acid C22:1 - 16% and docosadienoic acid C22:2 - 18% ). Meadowfoam oil is most similar to rapeseed oil. It is widely used in cosmetic and hair-care applications due to its stability, emolliency and smooth, soft skin feel.

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