Common English Name: Black currant (seed).
Botanical Name: Ribes nigrum.
Plant Family: Grossulariaceae.
Method of Extraction: Cold pressing of the seeds.
Origin: Indigenous to temperate regions of northern Asia, central and northern Europe.
Plant Description: A medium-sized shrub that is highly aromatic. The flowers must be successfully pollinated in order to produce fruit. The fruit (berry) matures from green to dark purple or black in color.
Main Chemical Components: High in fatty acids,; gamma-linoleic acid (GLA), linoleic acid (omega 6), alpha-linoleic acid (omega 3), tocopherols (vitamin E).
Uses: Thin hair, dry skin, brittle nails, irritated skin.
Fun Fact: Blackcurrant bud absolute is used for perfumery purposes.
Cautions for Use: None noted for general aromatherapy use of the oil.