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Vegetarian Omega-3 - 4/16/2015

Looking for A Vegetarian Omega-3 Source?


Experienced Vegetarians and Vegans know that getting a balanced amount of Omega-3 in their diets takes some planning. A great option is to supplement with Omega-3 rich foods, which are largely animal-based. Jedwards carries potent vegetarian alternatives, however, including Perilla Seed Oil  and Chia Seed Oil.

Perilla Seed Oil is a powerful seed oil. It is native to India and China and typically harvested at the end of September, early October. Today, Perilla oil is used along with synthetic resins in the production of varnishes. It dries faster than flax seed oil and forms a harder film as it dries. Aside from paint and varnish, it is also a common component in inks and linoleum.

Perilla Seed Oil is quickly emerging as a compelling ingredient in the food supplement and cosmetics industries. While always popular as cooking oil in Asia, increasing knowledge of the value of fatty acids has made it popular all over the world. It has the highest ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 of any seed oil, including flax and chia seed oils. It is a great vegetarian source of polyunsaturated fatty acids, with a relatively mild, nondescript flavor. 50-60% of Perilla Seed Oil consists of the Omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid!

Our New (!) Chia Seed Oil is another great option. Classified under the botanical name Salvia hispanica, it is actually a species of the mint family, and is native to Mexico and Guatemala. Derived from the ‘superfood’ chia seeds, the oil can be up to 55% omega-3. It has been a valued food source as far back as the Aztecs, and has recently grown in popularity as a food in the US—though many Americans’ first exposure was their beloved chia pets! It is very stable and is a popular addition to vegetarian diets. 

Consider adding Perilla Seed and Chia Seed Oils to your options for Omega-3 powerhouses.

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Rosemary and Thyme, Natural Preservatives - 4/6/2015

Rosemary and Thyme Oils: Preserve and Strengthen

Members of the mint family (along with our lavender and basil oils), rosemary and thyme have been prized herbs for centuries. The culinary uses of the plants are widely known—both are natural pairings with roasted meats and vegetables. Rosemary oil has also been observed to increase concentration when it’s diffused into the air. Both steam-distilled essential oils have antimicrobial properties. Both are known for their natural preservative characteristics. The ancient Egyptians used thyme oil for embalming and it’s often added as a potent antioxidant to help stabilize more rancidity-prone oils. Increasingly popular in the cosmetic industry, rosemary and thyme are both valued for hair and scalp health as well as sensitive skin and related problems. Their woody and camphorous aromas make them natural partners to a wide range of our other essential oils, including tea tree, eucalyptus, geranium, lemongrass and peppermint. Aphrodite herself arrived with a garland of rosemary draped around her shoulders and Greek warriors burned thyme as incense to invigorate them with courage— just think of the impact they’ll have on your own formulations!

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Eucalyptus Oils - 3/23/2015

A Representative Trio: Capturing the Aromatic Range of Eucalyptus Oil


There came a whisper down the Bland between the dawn and dark,

Above the tossing of the pines, above the river’s flow;

It stirred the boughs of giant gums and stalwart ironbark;

It drifted where the wild ducks played amid the swamps below;

It brought a breath of mountain air from off the hills of pine,

A scent of eucalyptus trees in honey-laden bloom;

And drifting, drifting far away along the southern line

It caught from leaf and grass and fern a subtle strange perfume.

-- A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson, The wind's message

Though several species of Eucalyptus thrive all over the world, particularly where there is no risk of frost, Eucalyptus is inexorably intertwined with Australia and its culture and landscape, where the majority of the more than 700 species of the tree is native. Even in Australia, though, there are multiple names for the tree, including blue gum, yellow gum and white ironbark.

Though there are hundreds of species, only a few dozen are cultivated for their essential oil. At Jedwards, we have selected three species that we think best reflect the scale of potency of Eucalyptus Oil: Smithii, Radiata and Globulus. Smithii, which Jedwards carries as certified Organic, is the mildest. All of the eucalyptus oils share some degree of that distinct camphorous aroma, but Smithii stands apart as a gentler iteration, with a crisp and refreshing undertone. Radiata—also Organic— with its distinctive narrow leaves, is often referred to as black or narrow-leaved peppermint. It is more comparable to Globulus than the Smithii, but has a warmer, sweeter aspect when compared to the more “medicinal” aroma of Globulus. Finally, our conventional Globulus, the most common type of Eucalyptus, is also the most intense. It too has a fresh aroma but it also has notes of sharp spiciness. It is characterized by high concentrations of eucalyptol, the primary active constituent used in many pharmaceutical formulations for mouth wash and over the counter cold remedies (typically a synthetic form of eucalyptol is used). Koalas and other marsupials that eat Eucalyptus actually make their decision to consume a leaf based on its smell—for Koalas it is the most important factor in the selection process.

All of our Eucalyptus oils are steam distilled. Test all three today to determine which aroma strikes your perfect balance!



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Geranium and Bergamot Oils - 3/9/2015

Geranium and Bergamot Oils: Scents of Elegance


We are continuing to expand our essential oils line here at Jedwards (such an easy way to transport yourself to beautiful place!), and the latest favorites are our bulk wholesale Geranium and Bergamot / Organic Bergamot oils. As usual, we can take a cue from societies past—fresh Geranium rose plant was always at the ready in fine homes in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as a remedy to help refined Victorian ladies overcome a piece of shocking news or, heaven forfend, an etiquette faux pas. The oil is extracted through steam distillation of the stems and leaves, and is a popular essential oil with soapmakers in particular because its characteristics ensure it remains relatively uncompromised by alkaline soap products—it is great at retaining aromatic purity. Though it is occasionally referred to as “poor man’s rose oil” because it contains 3 constituents prominent in Rose Oil: geraniol, linelol and cirtronellol, Geranium Oil is not only a more affordable option but also a powerful, intriguing natural perfume in its own right. At Jedwards, we appreciate when the oils reflect a sense of place, and we love that Geranium Oil’s aromatic profile is strongly influenced by the climate and soil in which it grows. This profile can range from deep and rosey to bright and lemony. It is a great blending essential oil, blending particularly well with our new Carrot Seed Oil, Bergamot Oil, and of course our classic Lavender and Citrus oils.

Speaking of the Victorian Era, one of our other new favorites, Bergamot Oil, is probably most recognizable as the key ingredient in the black tea Earl Grey. Although originally a tropical plant, the citrus fruit now thrives throughout Europe as well. Its bright, clean aroma that it shares with its citrus sisters is commonly featured as the “top-note” in perfumes. Its smell is strong and sweet, making it a popular ingredient in soaps and deodorant. Like all citrus oils, Bergamot Oil should be protected from sunlight. It blends beautifully, not only with other citrus oils, but also with our Jasmine, Sandalwood, Rosemary and Geranium oils.


As with all essential oils, pregnant women should consult a medical professional before attempting use.

Citrus oils are photosensitive—exposure to the sun after applying either oil to your skin should be avoided.

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Babassu Oil - 2/24/2015

Babassu Oil – The Amazon’s Answer to Coconut Oil


An indispensible tool for soapmakers, Jedwards bulk wholesale refined Organic Babassu Oil is a light yellow to white oil extracted via cold pressing from the Amazon’s prized Babassu Palm. It’s about 70% lipids, and its high Lauric (50%) and Myristic (20%) content means it shares many properties with our multi-talented coconut oil, including the characteristic of being solid at room temperature and its resistance to rancidity. Soapmakers love the oil because it is an effective natural emollient.

 As a plant,  the Babassu Palm shares the Coconut Tree’s versatility in providing food, shelter, employment and natural remedies for the Amazonian communities. Babassu’s harvest season extends from August through November, and, like so many of our most prized oils, is extremely difficult to extract. In fact, it is the hardest seed in the world. Like another oil from a hard seed we love here (Argan Nut Oil), Babassu seeds are traditionally broken open by women in a laborious process, then the meat is taken to be expeller pressed.

While very common in soaps, Babassu Oil is growing in popularity as a skin care product. We’ve seen it used in creams, lipcare products, and lotions. It absorbs into skin quickly and is not as ‘greasy’ as coconut oil can be initially. We’ve been buried in snow around here lately, and our thoughts have been turning to the products that feel the best on our dry skin. Test out some Organic Babassu Oil and see what you think!

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Echium Oil - 12/16/2014

Echium Oil: A Vegetarian Omega-3 Source


The Echium plant has long been beloved by bees, and that alone should have tipped us off to the incredibly complex, nutrient-rich oil that it can produce. The plant grows quickly and in many areas is considered a disruptive weed, but crushing the seeds of this secret powerhouse from the borage family yields a light to dark yellow oil that is nearly unparalleled as a source for Omega-3 and Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids.


The major fatty acids found in Echium oil are palmitic, stearic, oleic, linoleic, alpha linolenic, gamma linolenic and stearidonic acids; it is a great source for natural occurring omega-3,6 and 9 fatty acids. The lipid profile for Echium oil is similar to that of our bulk wholesale borage oils and blackcurrant oil which are rich in omega-6 fatty acids. Much like borage, black currant, and other vegetable oils that we carry that are rich in Omega-6 fatty acids (see also our soybean, safflower, hemp and evening primrose oils to list a few), Echium oil is a potent ingredient for cosmetics and food supplements. What sets Echium oil apart is its uniquely high ratio of omega-3s. It averages levels more than double that of omega-3 rich vegetable oils. Echium oil contains on average about 30% alpha linoleic acid and nearly 13% metabolite stearodonic acid. Echium oil provides high levels of omega-6 (more than 43%) and Omega-3 (nearly 27%)—typically you would have to combine an omega-3 rich oil with an omega-6 rich oil to get the kind of fatty acid profile that echium oil contains in and if itself!


Take care of yourself this winter with this omega powerhouse!

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Fair Trade - 11/24/2014

Jedwards and Fair Trade: A Natural Partnership


At Jedwards, we pride ourselves on the quality of our products and the vitality of the cultures they represent. When we encountered an opportunity to source some of our popular products - -shea butter, cocoa butters and powders, and sugar—via the Fair Trade network, we jumped at the chance. Buying directly from the source has always made us aware of the communities and people who benefit from your interest in their natural products, and we are pleased to be able to put an official label on a practice that has always been a priority in our sourcing: sustainable, high quality, responsibly procured goods.


In these early stages, we are offering the following products certified Fair Trade:

Bulk Sugar – Fair Trade Organic

Bulk Cocoa Butter – Natural Organic Fair Trade

Bulk Cocoa Powder Dutched 20/22 Fat – Organic Fair Trade

Bulk Shea Nut Butter – Virgin Organic Fair Trade


We are hoping to expand our certified Fair Trade options as interest grows from our customers. If you have a product you’d like to see available under the Fair Trade banner, let us know!

Please note we are closed Thursday and Friday, November 27th and 28th, so please expect some delay in shipping time next week. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

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Emu Oil - 10/15/2014

Emu Oil is a Dynamic Oil


Emu Oil is derived from the tissue harvested from emus, flightless birds that resemble ostriches. It can vary widely in color and thickness, but it is generally a yellow, viscous liquid. It is comprised of 70% unsaturated fatty acids, which enhances its moisturizing properties. The largest fatty acid concentration comes from oleic acids, a monounsaturated omega-9. It also contains omega-6 in the form of linoleic acids and a small amount of omega-3, or linolenic acid.


Jedwards carries refined bulk wholesale emu oil, which is used across a variety of industries—vets often use it for cracked and peeling paws and to calm hot spots; manufacturers use it to grease machinery, add waterproofing and polish timber and leather; and massage therapists use it as part of their products. In the cosmetics industry it is popular in lip balms and moisturizers; and some people take it as a source of poly and monounsaturated fatty acids. Purchase some bulk emu oil at wholesale prices and witness its impact for yourself!

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Illipe and Kokum Butters - 9/16/2014

Illipe and Kokum Butters: Cocoa and Mango Butter Siblings

In the midst of the cocoa and shea butter popularity, some of our other superb butters can get forgotten. Jedwards sells bulk illipe and kokum butter, two excellent ingredients for cosmetics and soap making. Illipe butter is a natural substitute for cocoa butter—they have similar melting points and fatty acid profiles. However, illipe butter has higher tocopherols and provides barrier protection, so astute cosmetics makers prefer it for their winter formulations. Like cocoa butter, its high ratios of palmitic and stearic acids (20% and 42%), makes it a valuable moisturizer.

Kokum butter has a much higher melting point than the other butters — 38˚C to 40˚C — and therefore creates a much thicker consistency for your formulations. Using kokum butter in your soap means you can use less wax and achieve a softer bar. It has a similar fatty acid profile to the other butters, but it is best compared with mango butter, another astringent butter sold in bulk at Jedwards.

It seems as if Summer only just arrived, but we have the products to help your skin and hair survive the winter! Try our butters in your soaps, creams and other formulations!

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Moringa Oil - 8/25/2014

Moringa Oil: Heavy on Nutrients, Light on Skin and Hair


The Moringa tree’s leaves are among the most nutritionally dense foods in the world. Nutrition from the tree is one of the most important tools in humanitarian efforts to combat hunger. It’s no surprise, then, that the oil derived from the seed of the Moringa tree is a powerful ingredient. Traditionally used for cooking, today it is also highly regarded for its cosmetic benefits. As ever, the ancient civilizations were well-versed in its versatility—it was used in making perfumes and for protecting the skin in dry desert weather, as well as for cleaning and nourishing hair. It was an oil the ancient Egyptians placed in tombs.

Moringa oil is a pale yellow oil, often referred to as ben oil because of its high concentration of the fatty acid behenic acid. It’s also high in oleic, palmitoleic and linoleic acids and rich in vitamins A, C and E. The dominant presence of antioxidants in the oil makes it an extremely stable oil, resistant to rancidity.

Because Moringa oil is light and absorbs quickly, it is popular for massage and in moisturizing and cleansing products, particularly beauty products that are washed off as the oil doesn’t need an extended period to penetrate the skin. Its lightness also lends itself as a natural hair care product, and it serves as a great natural scalp and hair cleanser and moisturizer without leaving any heavy residue. Many of our customers use moringa oil to make a range of soaps, body oils, lip balms, creams and deodorants. It is an ideal carrier oil and interacts beautifully with our essential oils. It is highly prized as a perfume base because of its capacity to absorb even the most volatile scents and its naturally long shelf life.


Try Jedwards’ bulk moringa oil at wholesale prices for all your perfume, soap and cosmetic and nutritional needs!

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Orange and Lemon - 8/5/2014

Orange and Lemon Oils: Bright and Talented

Jedwards carries many citrus oils in our wholesale bulk options, both conventional and organic. Some of our most popular are the invigoratingly intense orange and lemon oils that we carry. Orange oil, which we wholesale in bulk organic and bulk conventional options, is an essential oil that many of you have extracted yourself if you’ve ever peeled an orange. The glands in the peel often spray out orange oil when they are ruptured. For larger volumes, orange oil is extracted via cold pressing or steam distillation.

Orange oil is a very clean, uplifting scent in the aromatherapy world. Because of this, it is often used in candles, cleaning products, soaps and skin care products. It contains a key soothing ingredient called linalool that is said to relieve tension and stress and creates a familiar, calm atmosphere. Beyond the aroma, however, orange oil has natural components that contribute to skin moisture when added to skin care products.

Orange oil is often included as an ingredient for insect repellents for the pleasing smell. It is also a popular ingredient in cleaning materials. Sweet orange oil is thought to have some antibacterial qualities and is often used in household cleaners. A terrific, natural way to clean your counters is to add some essential orange oil to a spray bottle of Epsom salts and water. Spritz the mixture over kitchen countertops and table tops and wipe dry with a clean cloth. It’s natural, effective, and very eco-friendly.

In addition to Orange oil, Lemon oil is a popular option for a similar clean, uplifting aroma. Jedwards’ lemon oil is cold pressed from the peel of fresh lemons. Lemon oil is also often used to enhance certain culinary dishes. It’s an intense lemon flavor—more than 3,000 lemons are needed to extract 1 kilogram of lemon oil! Many people also enjoy simply adding a few drops to a glass of water to add some zing to their hydration and aid in their digestion. An added bonus: lemon oil won’t start to rot in your fruit bowl like lemons do after a short time!

Lemons have always been a prized fruit throughout history. In fact, lemons and lemon oil were used to symbolize the Roman goddess of youth. The Romans used lemon rinds to ward off insects and as personal perfumes. Today, lemon oil is used in a broad range of capacities, from cooking and cleaning, to cosmetics and hair care. Add our lemon and orange oils to your home and have it smelling like sunshine in no time!

As with all essential oils, pregnant women should consult a medical professional before attempting use.

Both lemon and orange oils are photosensitive—exposure to the sun after applying either oil to your skin should be avoided for 48 hours.

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Summer Fruit Oils - 7/21/2014

Summer Fruit Oils – Light and Powerful

As Summer finally settles in at Jedwards headquarters, we are free to think of warm weather, bright flowers, and ripe fruit. At Jedwards, our bulk fruit oils reflect the lightness and nourishment inherent in Summer air. Interestingly, our favorite summer oils—raspberry seed oil, peach oil and cherry kernel oils—come from the same family as our extremely popular sweet almond oil.

Raspberry oil is very high in Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, making it popular for skin products, bath oils and even tooth paste. Like almond oil, its emollient properties make it a great carrier oil; even on its own it creates a healthy lipid barrier for the skin. In a further nod to the sunshine, raspberry seed oil has also been shown to have natural SPF and has emerged as an ingredient in sunblock and sunscreen (it takes some chemical expertise to be able to derive the SPF from the oil).

The berry itself ranks among the ‘superfoods’, bursting with antioxidants and fiber; but we at Jedwards love the oil for its fatty acids and vitamins A and E. It’s a perfect, light oil to add to your skin care routine in the coming months of sunshine! (Do also try our natural raspberry exfoliant, a gentle, effective addition to any scrub).

Cherry kernel oil is another stable, emollient oil that is high in oleic acid and rich in vitamins A and E. The oil can be used in skin care products, for soap making and even in salad and cooking oils.  Its light, moisturizing properties also make it popular in lip balm, body butter, massage oils and scrubs and soaps. It shares properties with its cousin almond oil, as well as peach kernel oil, another bulk wholesale oil carried by Jedwards.

Peach oil is perhaps the most popular with handmade soap makers. It is a delicate oil that is extremely non-greasy and therefore favored by more sensitive skin types. Its light qualities also make it particularly popular for hair care products, as it is easy to wash out and doesn’t weigh hair down, yet coats the hair shaft in a conditioning embrace. It is effective as an emollient and as a carrier oil; and is very simple to use for beginners making their own hand made creams, lotions, massage oils and lip balms.

Our bulk wholesale fruit oils are gentle and versatile, perfect for your summer formulations. They are all rich in Vitamins A and E, and in antioxidants. They all excel in moisturizing roles and as raw ingredients for soap making and cosmetic formulation. Please visit their pages for more information and an opportunity to buy one of these superb oils for all of your skin care needs at our usual bulk wholesale prices!

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Citronella - 7/14/2014

Citronella Oil: Summer’s Scent

Citronella oil is one of the essential oils obtained from the leaves and stems of different species of Cymbopogon (lemongrass). The oil is used extensively as a source of perfumery chemicals. These chemicals find extensive use in soap, candles and incense, perfumery, cosmetic and flavoring industries throughout the world. The oil is a colorless or light yellow liquid with a characteristic woody, grassy or lemony odor.

Citronella oil is also a plant-based insect repellent, and has been registered for this use in the United States since 1948. The United States Environmental Protection Agency considers oil of citronella as a biopesticide with a non-toxic mode of action. Citronella oil has been widely used since the 1950s without any adverse effects which may cause concern. Because it is a natural, non-toxic alternative to chemical insect repellents, citronella has grown in popularity as a repellent—it can be found in ingredients ranging from candles, sprays, and even pet collars. It has become an aroma suggestive of summer in many places where it is used to ward of mosquitoes during outdoor barbecues.

Because of its association with summer bugs, citronella is often forgotten as an aromatherapy ingredient. However, it is also a powerful, warming scent, much like its lemongrass relative, and is often used in aromatherapy. It mixes well with other bulk citrus oils carried by Jedwards, as well as our cedarwood oil.

Citronella oil also appears in the ingredients of many face cleansers, as it is a natural astringent. It is popular in products geared toward oily skin. A versatile ingredient, citronella appears as the base of many of the world’s most popular perfume scents. It is considered a building block in the perfume industry.

Add Jedwards’ organic and conventional citronella oils to your arsenal of natural ingredients and enjoy its many uses from soaps and creams to insect repellent and summer ambiance!

As with all essential oils, pregnant women should consult a medical professional before attempting use.

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Salt and Mud - 6/16/2014

Return to the Earth to Give your Skin a Fresh Start: Dead Sea Mud, Dead Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt Rejuvenate the Body after a Harsh Winter

It’s been a particularly harsh winter for everyone’s skin, but at Jedwards we carry several products that can aid in a springtime rejuvenation! Besides our delicious edible hand-mined bulk Himalayan sea salt, we also carry a coarser grind that is a gentle and effective exfoliator. Combined with one of our natural oils or butters, and you can exfoliate and moisturize simultaneously! Or toss some in your bath and soak in the naturally occurring nourishing and skin-replenishing minerals. Harvested from ancient sea beds, Himalayan salts also contain trace elements including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron.

Jedwards also carries bulk wholesale Dead Sea Salt and Dead Sea Mud. Dead Sea salt and mud refers to the salt and mud extracted from the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea has an extremely high concentration of saline—between 28 and 35 percent. By comparison, the world's oceans are only 3 to 6 percent. The Dead Sea owes its high mineral salt content to several factors. It’s completely landlocked, so any fresh or saltwater that flows into it from the Jordan River and other tributaries is trapped until it evaporates. Evaporation happens quickly in the extremely hot climate, leaving the salty minerals behind and further concentrating the remaining water.

Of course, typical table salt isn't what gives the Dead Sea its impact. The salt in most oceans is approximately 97% sodium chloride while Dead Sea salt is only 12-18% sodium chloride. Rather, at least 35 different kinds of mineral salts are present in significant quantities. Some of the minerals present include potassium, bromine, calcium, magnesium and iodine. Various cultures and groups of people have visited the Dead Sea for therapy, dating back to the time of the ancient Egyptians, using the salt in various treatments and skin creams, as well as for soap making, just as it is used today. The salts are particularly impactful in scrubs as they gently exfoliate dead dry skin cells.

The mud is most widely used as a skin masque or mixed with other natural materials to moisturize. It is as rich in minerals as the salt, but applies smoothly, without any exfoliation for more sensitive skin types, or for people who want to use it daily.

Will the harsh winter away and treat your skin to the enriching properties of our bulk Himalayan salt, Dead Sea salt, and Dead Sea mud at wholesale prices. They are ideal ingredients for skin care and soap making, or as an invigorating addition to your at home spa routine!


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Neem Oil - 3/17/2014

Neem Oil—A Versatile and Odiferous Oil


The Neem tree is indigenous to India and has been recorded as a source of medicine and skin treatment as early as 4,000 BC. In ancient times, Neem oil extraction in India was a specialized profession performed by the teli or oilmen. A traditional oil extractor, called a kohlu, reminiscent of a wooden pestle and mortar attached to a plank, was rotated by oxen when the seeds were fed into the mortar. A bamboo pipe collected the oil that was crushed out of the seeds by the oxen’s movement. It appears in ancient Indian texts and the leaves are often hung in a new infant’s crib to symbolically ward off illness. The tree was also adopted by many African countries, where it can be found throughout the continent.

The method of processing is likely to affect the composition of the oil, since the methods used, such as pressing (expelling) or solvent extraction are unlikely to remove exactly the same mix of components in the same proportions. The Neem oil yield that can be obtained from Neem seed kernels also varies widely in literature from 25% to 45%.The oil can be obtained through pressing (crushing) of the seed kernel both through cold pressing and through a process incorporating temperature controls. Neem seed oil can also be obtained by solvent extraction of the neem seed, fruit, oil, cake or kernel. A large industry in India extracts the oil remaining in the seed cake using hexane. This solvent-extracted oil is of a lower quality as compared to the cold pressed oil and is mostly used for soap manufacturing.

At Jedwards, our wholesale bulk Organic Neem Oil is carefully cold pressed, preserving the maximum amount of benefits of the oil. The oil has moisturizing and regenerative properties, contains Vitamin E, and has essential fatty acids. Neem oil is exceptionally rich and contains a heavy odor. It will need to be diluted accordingly before adding it to your products. We recommend experimenting in small batches with this oil, so that the odor does not adversely alter your final product. We have seen it used in an incredible variety of products, including mouthwash, moisturizers, homemade insect repellents, deodorant, hair care and soap making. Explore the potential of this ancient, revered oil in your own formulations or daily care!

Like with essential oils, pregnant women should be advised to avoid contact with neem oil.

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Tropical Oils - 3/10/2014

Treasures of Paradise: Vitamin E-Rich Palm Fruit Oil Shines with Coconut and Palm Kernel Oils

Coconut, Palm Fruit and Palm Kernel oils are known as the “tropical” oils because of their roots in the climates of paradise. The name suits them—they are potent fruits with multiple uses, exactly the kind of efficient, compact resource one would need when stranded on an island! Coconut oil is perhaps better known worldwide than palm, though palm oil in some form or other is likely more widely consumed. Both fruits produce oils that are high in saturated fat and therefore are nutritionally dense. They are solid at room temperature and are popular as cooking oils due to their resistance to high heat. Both grow on species of palm trees, though the coconut is the seed of the coconut palm and palm oil comes from the fruit of the oil palm. However, there are as many differences as similarities between the two oils.

Civilizations as old as the Ancient Egyptians have benefited from the dense nutrition of virgin palm fruit oil. Unlike its refined version, virgin palm is a spectacular orangey-red, a characteristic color it gets from the presence of carotenes. Carotenes are considered nutrients and antioxidants and can be converted into Vitamin A during digestion, which is typically only possible with animal products, as they need fat in order to convert to Vitamin A.

Palm fruit oil primarily consists of palmitic and oleic acids, and is 50% saturated (palm kernel and coconut oils are closer to 90% saturated). It is a source of many nutrients, including over 20 carotenes in addition to alpha and beta-carotene, flavonoids and vitamin K. Its most remarkable density of nutrients, however, comes from Vitamin E. Palm Fruit oil is one of the richest natural sources of the vitamin, and it contains all 4 tocotrienols, a potent form of Vitamin E. So while coconut oil has higher levels of the much sought-after MCTs, palm fruit oil is an unparalleled source for vitamin E in the vegetable oil world.

Jedwards sells a wide range of coconut oils wholesale, including bulk Virgin Organic Coconut Oil, RBD Organic and RBD Conventional Coconut Oil, and MCT Oil, which can be derived from both coconut and palm fruits. Like coconut oil, palm fruit oil is excellent for cooking and baking, as its high fatty acid content makes it fairly heat resistant—its smoke point is over 430°F. While both coconut and palm oils are semi-solid at room temperature, palm oil does not have a sharp melting point like coconut oil does, and is difficult to maintain in a liquid state. Coconut oil’s melting point is a result of its significant concentration of MCTs (more than 60% of its fat content versus less than 1% in palm fruit oil). Palm kernel oil on the other hand, which is also carried in bulk wholesale by Jedwards, is derived from the seed of the palm fruit, and is a more similar product to coconut oil. It has similar nutritional qualities, is white when solid and clear when liquid, and it melts at 76°F.

Because the semi-solid state of palm fruit oil is less straightforward to work with than that of the palm kernel oil or coconut oil, but contains a compelling cocktail of nutrients, it is often fractionated to render Palm Olein and Super Palm Olein, two products that Jedwards currently offers wholesale.  Palm Olein is the liquid portion of what is left after fractionation (the solid remainder, Palm Stearin, is typically used in the production of trans-free fats such as shortening and margarine). It then becomes more user-friendly as a cooking oil, as it is more likely to remain in liquid form. When it is further fractionated to create Super Palm Olein, the oil becomes even more resistant to solidification and clouding, effectively “winterizing” it. Jedwards carries among its bulk wholesale products the Organic Palm Olein and conventional Virgin Red Palm Olein and Virgin Red Super Palm Olein. We are adding the bulk wholesale organic virgin products this spring.

            The tropical oils are powerful assets in the food and cosmetic industries. They are popular for soap making, moisturizer formulation, and, of course, baking, among other uses. Jedwards carries the full range of their potential so that a variety of consumers can benefit from their formidable ingredients.

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Virgin Black Cumin Seed Oil - 3/3/2014

Black Cumin Seed Oil – An Aromatic Moisturizer and Flavorful Nutrition Supplement from the Mediterranean



Black Cumin (Nigella sativa) appropriately known as the “seed of blessing” is one of the most documented healing herbs in recorded history. It appears in a broad range of ancient healing texts ranging from Ayurveda to Chinese herbalism and ancient Egyptian and Greek writings.


An annual herbaceous plant, black cumin is believed to be indigenous to the Mediterranean region but has been cultivated into other parts of the world including Saudi Arabia, northern Africa and parts of Asia.


Jedwards’ bulk Virgin Black Cumin Seed Oil—available at wholesale prices in both conventional and organic virgin options—is cold pressed (temperatures don’t exceed 40 degrees C), so as to preserve the integrity of the oil. While many people appreciate its value as a nutritional supplement, and a delicious flavoring to foods, there are those who take a page from Cleopatra’s beauty regimen and add a few drops to their face cream and moisturizers. It’s another versatile oil from our ancient history sages!

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Argan Nut Oil - 2/24/2014

Argan Nut Oil—Powerful Vitamin E Comes in Small Packages


Argan nut oil is the rarest vegetable oil in the world. It has been used for centuries by the Berbers, who have depended on the tree for fuel, shelter and food, getting a quarter of their daily fat intake from the oil. One contributing factor to its rarity is the complexity and labor it takes to extract the oil itself. The argan nut is one of the hardest known nuts, and the process of removing the kernel or kernels (there can be up to 3) inside remains largely manual and labor intensive. One tree typically yields just one gallon of oil, and the fruit takes over a year to mature.

Traditionally, argan nut oil is extracted by women. The ripe-fruit pulp and peel are discarded, then argan nuts are carefully broken with stones and the kernels are air dried in clay containers and roasted by mild heating. Roasted kernels are then cooled into a brown dough. The dough is mixed with water and hand pressed, which distills the oil, leaving a solid cake behind. The process can take up to ten hours.

Recently, a semi-mechanical process has been developed to extract the oil.  Using this technique renders combining the dough with water unnecessary, and the dough can be directly pressed. All other steps remaining unchanged, but only two hours are needed to get one liter of oil that preserves correctly.

Jedwards’ bulk Organic Virgin Argan Nut Oil is characterized by high levels of linoleic and oleic acids, tocopherols, and minor compounds such as sterols, carotenoids and squalene. Its antioxidant capacity is higher relative to other vegetable oils. Its high content of oleic fatty acids (45%) is higher than other vegetable oils as well. It is richer in tocopherols than olive and sunflower oils. Although some semi-mechanical processes have been developed to reduce production time from 20 hours to 2 hours per liter, the traditional method extracts higher tocopherols than the semi-industrial extraction.

Argan nut oil has always been primarily a nutritional oil—it has a rich, exotic flavor and excellent fatty acid balance. In the last decade, however, its high Vitamin E content has endeared it to the cosmetic industry, and it now features prominently in a variety of skin creams and hair treatments. It does have a distinct odor however, and many people prefer to use our naturally deodorized bulk Organic Virgin Argan Nut Oil so as to not affect the smell of their final product, whether it be in soap making or hair products. Take advantage of this precious oil, available at wholesale prices at Jedwards!


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Happy New Year! - 2/21/2014

At Jedwards, we are enjoying a few great new products for the New Year!

Baobab Oil

Baobab oil is made from baobab seeds. The seeds are found in large capsule-like fruit which grow on baobab trees. Baobab fruit grow on trees throughout the savannas of Africa.  The trees themselves are a natural marvel—some have been aged at over 1,000 years, and some can reach widths of several yards. The fruit mature during the dry season and drop off the trees when ready to harvest.  People living in rural area collect the fruit from under the trees. The fruit is transported to a processing facility, where it is cracked open and the internal powder and seed is removed. The extracted seeds are then washed to remove a powder coating and then air dried in the hot sun. Jedwards bulk wholesale Baobab Oil, both organic and conventional, is made by a cold pressing process.  The oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, D, E and F. It is also rich in oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid and omegas 3, 6, and 9. It’s yet another treasure of skin health from the continent of Africa.

Shea nut oil and Mango Butter

Though not as healing as virgin shea butter, Jedwards’ bulk Shea Nut Oil has a more accessible texture and can more easily contribute the moisturizing qualities of shea to mixed formulations. It absorbs quickly on the skin, and is commonly sought out to help moisturize stretch marks. We carry both organic and conventional Shea Nut Oils for bulk wholesale.

Mango butter is known for its emollient properties, similar to shea and cocoa butters. It is a harder consistency, however, in its raw form, and is often combined with coconut oil or shea to make it more readily spreadable. Though it is semi-solid, like shea, it does melt into your skin and is surprisingly non greasy. Like coconut oil, it is commonly used both as a moisturizer and as a stable cooking oil. It is rich in oleic and stearic acids. Jedwards’ bulk Mango Butter is cold pressed from the seeds of the mango fruit. We carry both Organic and Conventional bulk Mango Butter at wholesale prices.

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The Great Pumpkin - 11/22/2013

Extra Virgin Pumpkin Seed Oil: Nutritional, Colorful and Delicious

For pottage and puddings and custards and pies

Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,

We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,

If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon."

Pilgrim verse, circa 1633

The pumpkin is a versatile vegetable. It is one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, and is considered among Nature’s most perfect foods. Throughout history, parts of the pumpkin have been used for food, medicine, mats, storage containers and floatation devices. It was a documented presence at the first Thanksgiving in the American colonies, where, once opened, it was filled with cinnamon and spices and milk and buried in hot cinders until piping hot. The inside was then scooped out as a custard-like dessert, cementing its iconic status at the Thanksgiving table for generations to come.

Today, its most significant impact comes from its seeds and the oil pressed from the seeds. In the US, pumpkin seeds were listed as an official medicine for parasite elimination from 1863-1936! Virgin Pumpkin Seed Oil is a rich source of nutrients that may contribute to bone and heart health. The presence of tryptophan in the seeds of the pumpkin is thought to have a calming effect. One of the biggest benefits of virgin pumpkin seed oil is its high level of natural antioxidants, particularly the gamma-tocopherol form of Vitamin E, which is a powerful skin rejuvenator. That coupled with its high level of fatty acid content could contribute to its skin moisturizing and preservation properties.

Beyond anecdotal testaments to its health benefits, however, virgin pumpkin seed oil is also a culinary delicacy. As one of the most dichromatic substances in the world—it can appear dark red in concentrated volumes and a rich green in thinner quantities—it makes an unmistakable visual impact as a garnish. Its rich, roasted nutty flavor has a delectable influence dolloped on a savory soup or drizzled over ice cream or salad. Jedwards’ rich green Extra Virgin Pumpkin Seed Oil delivers an excellent nutritional and taste impact and is cold pressed and food grade. Though pumpkin seed oil is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids, it is very sensitive to heat and loses its essential fatty acids when used as a cooking oil. Experience the many uses of our Extra Virgin Pumpkin Seed Oil and have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Seasonal Essential Oils, Autumn - 11/12/2013

Fortify Yourself with the Aromas of Fall: The Impact of Essential Oils

Essential oils are wrung:

The attar from the rose

Is not expressed by suns alone,

It is the gift of screws.

The general rose decays;

But this, in lady’s drawer,

Makes summer when the lady lies

In ceaseless rosemary.

--Emily Dickinson, Complete Poems, 1924. Part Four: Time and Eternity, LXV

Essential oil is the life blood of plants. It carries oxygen and nutrients all over the plants’ cells. It is instrumental for a plant’s growth and repair of any structural damage. Its power within the plant has led people for centuries to believe that it could have similar fortifying and healing properties for people. While scientific data on its impact on disease, pain, distress etc. is lacking, essential oils do tap into the significant power of scent in all of us. Whether it’s a childhood association or just a particular aroma that appeals to an individual’s sense of smell, essential oils can have a profound impact on ambiance and emotions.

Fall is a season that many people associate with smells, from apple and pumpkin baking to burning leaves and roaring fires. Jedwards International carries several essential oils, but perhaps the most emblematic of fall are our patchouli, cinnamon leaf, and clove oils.

There are references to cinnamon as far back as poetry from the 7th century BCE. Like so many of these precious concentrates, it was used as a gift for kings and gods, and burned as incense during grand funerals. Although primarily used as a flavoring ingredient in cooking and baking (as well as our Cinnamon Powder), cinnamon oil is also popular in candle and soap making, and in cosmetic products. Some consumers have discovered it to be an effective natural bug repellent, a quality it shares with clove oil.

Clove oil is also a distinct autumnal aroma. Jedwards carries both Clove Stem Oil and Clove Bud oil, the primary difference being what part of the plant the oil is derived from and levels of eugenol, the ingredient to which many attribute clove oil’s mild anesthetic properties. Stem oil is stronger and clove bud oil is milder in eugenol content. Like cinnamon oil, clove oil used to be worth more than its weight in gold and today holds a respected place in baking and cooking throughout the world. Clove oil is still used today to alleviate tooth pain as well, though there remains some debate as to its degree of effectiveness.

Today, these aromas most often bring us back to the kitchen, but our association of colder weather with these scents is no coincidence. Cinnamon leaf and clove oils were believed to have some antibacterial properties, a more pressing need in the disease-riddled winter months. While patchouli oil isn’t as known for its antibacterial properties, its initial use was as a moth repellent on clothes exported from India in the 19th century. Its smell, one of the few essential oils that improves with age (becoming sweeter), likely greeted anyone unpacking clothes for the winter. Patchouli oil is an excellent base for mixing with other essential oils. Its earthy, stabilizing aroma often balances more volatile essential oils, enabling those aromas to be released over a longer period of time.

All three of these embracing, uplifting essential oils are also considered aphrodisiacs, yet another reason to pick up these sweet, warm and spicy aromas to carry you through the cold, dark winter months!

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Jojoba Oil - 10/30/2013

Jojoba Oil: A Natural Jack-of-all-Trades

“If what a tree or bush does is lost on you, you are surely lost.”

--Anonymous, Native American Poem

The Jojoba plant is native to deserts in North America, but today also grows in Israel, Peru, Argentina and Australia. It can grow in semi-arid regions, as it requires little water and maintenance, and yields a crop of seeds that have several different applications. A lack of understanding about its pollination, how to ensure more female plants than male plants, and how to efficiently irrigate, among other issues, has made it a slow process of establishing it as a stable cash crop, but improvements indicate a more stable future for the plant. Today it is the first native plant since corn to be successfully domesticated.

The color and shape of jojoba seeds are similar to coffee beans, but closer in size to an acorn. Within the seed is a light colored ester—though the product is called jojoba oil, it is technically a wax and contains no triglycerides. Its unique chemical structure makes it liquid at room temperature. Jojoba oil rose to prominence following the ban on whale oil in the 1970s; today it’s considered a superior product to the whale oil of the past. It has high viscosity, a high burn point, and is extremely stable. It is relatively pure upon extraction, and is non-toxic, biodegradable and resistant to rancidity. The oil contains alpha, delta and gamma tocopherols, all forms of Vitamin E.

Native Americans were the first to recognize the myriad benefits of the jojoba seed hundreds of years ago. They most often used the oil squeezed from the seed to treat skin ailments, soften hides and occasionally to stave off hunger during difficult times without food. Since it contains no cholesterol or triglycerides and is not broken down by normal metabolic pathways, it is being studied today as a potential ingredient in diet pills, though ingesting it pure would likely cause gastrointestinal difficulties.

Jojoba oil’s versatile qualities are expanding its use across industries. It has emerged as a compelling lubricant in the auto industry due to its high viscosity at high temperature and pressure. It can also be used as a non-toxic pesticide, forming a waxy protective layer on the leaf or fruit. It replaced whale oil in manufacturing of inks, varnishes, waxes, detergents, resins and plastics.

The jojoba seed is the only plant that produces significant quantities of liquid wax esters similar to the natural esters produced by human sebaceous glands. It is this attribute that has made jojoba oil the darling of the cosmetics industry, as it can be used to effectively protect and lubricate the skin. Most jojoba oil is used in creams and skin treatments or lip balms. It’s also growing in popularity for hair care. Jedwards International carries both Organic and Conventional Golden Jojoba Oil and a colorless Jojoba Oil. The clear product is refined—therefore colorless and odorless— and is most popular with formulators who want to control the purity of the color of their products. Both products are excellent moisturizers for everything from cuticles to scalp. As the cold, drying weather approaches and threatens painfully cracked skin and brittle hair, reap the benefits of an ancient plant that has been protecting and regenerating skin and hair for centuries!

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Cocoa Products, Raw, Organic and Conventional - 10/7/2013

Cocoa: Nibs, Powders, Butter—Nature’s Energy Elixir

Chocolate is the divine drink which builds up resistance and fights fatigue. A cup of this precious drink permits man to walk for a whole day without food." –Hernando Cortez, 1519

Though Cortez marveled at the sustaining power of chocolate upon observing the Aztecs consumption, Europeans found cocoa extremely bitter. Sugar helped popularize the drink in Spain and elsewhere shortly thereafter, however. But it wasn’t until 1847 in England that cocoa butter was added to the cocoa liquor to make solid chocolate, and the Swiss then added milk powders to create what we know as milk chocolate today. Interestingly, as people become more aware of the antioxidant impact of cocoa, many consumers are seeking out the purer forms of cocoa liquor and powders that the Aztecs likely enjoyed, even the unroasted, raw nib of the cocoa bean. Instead of simply a sweet treat, it has come full circle and is now regarded as a “superfood” by many.

Though it has been 500 years since Cortez wrote admiringly of the hot cocoa made by the Aztecs, the basic methodology for processing cocoa has remained the same, despite attempts to speed up and mechanize the process. It turns out, like so many good things, time and care are vital components in the development of cocoa’s distinct flavor.

Cocoa pods are most often harvested by hand. They are cracked open and the beans are left to ferment under leaves for 4-7 days depending on the variety. The beans are rotated so as to obtain even fermentation. (There is also a slightly more mechanical fermentation process where the open pods are placed in step-wise positioned boxes and rotated every so often as they ferment). The sugary sweet white flesh around the beans completely degrades, leaving just the beans behind. It is this fermentation process that dictates the development of color and flavor for the cocoa bean. The cocoa beans are then dried, in the sun if the location permits, or they are placed on mats on stilts that have a retractable roof, and hot air is used to dry them in rainier climates. The beans are typically then roasted, but can also be processed raw. Finally, the meat of the bean, the nib, is separated out to be used to make the building blocks of chocolate.

At Jedwards, in addition to both raw and roasted nibs, we also carry the three products created by the nib of the cocoa bean: cocoa liquor, cocoa powder and cocoa butter in both conventional and organic versions. Cocoa Liquor is the foundation of these products and of chocolate itself. It is the product from which cocoa powder and cocoa butter are made, and, when combined with cocoa butter, results in dark chocolate. Adding milk and sugar to that combination results in milk chocolate. Cocoa Liquor (also known as unsweetened baking chocolate) is produced from grinding the cocoa bean nib to a smooth, liquid state. Cocoa Butter is a natural fat in the cocoa beans that results from pressing the chocolate liquor. The remaining ‘cake’ once the cocoa butter is released is what is pulverized to create cocoa powders.

Jedwards carries two different fat contents for cocoa powder—20/22 and 10/12—and both natural and dutched versions. The dutching process is an alkaline treatment of the nib prior to grinding or to the liquor prior to pressing. It darkens the powder, which in turn gives your finished product a darker color and a smoother flavor. It has increased solubility and is popular for chocolate drinks. Its neutral pH also makes it ideal for recipes that call for baking powder—not baking soda, which relies on natural cocoa powder’s acidity to activate it. Natural cocoa powder is a lighter color and fruitier flavor.

Although it’s best known for its role in the food industry, cocoa powders and butter are increasingly used in cosmetic products, ranging from face powder to moisturizer. Please visit our main site for more information on our range of cocoa products and contact us with any questions!

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Raw Organic Honey - 9/20/2013

Raw Organic Honey: Nature’s Skin, Hair and Health Powerhouse!

“Honey, even more than wine, is a reflection of place. If the process of grape to glass is alchemy, then the trail from blossom to bottle is one of reflection. The nectar collected by the bee is the spirit and sap of the plant, its sweetest juice. Honey is the flower transmuted, its scent and beauty transformed into aroma and taste.” Stephanie Rosenbaum, Honey: From Flower to Table

Jedwards International is now carrying raw organic Brazilian honey, a multi-faceted product that is proving popular across industries from bakeries to skincare.

Honey making and gathering is one of the most ancient artisanal crafts, and it may just be one of Nature’s most perfect creations. The process of making honey is incredibly detailed and laborious—it takes more than 2 million flowers to make one pound of honey and the average worker bee will produce only 1/12th of a teaspoon in its lifetime!

It’s no surprise, then, that honey was considered the nectar of the gods and featured prominently in religious rituals and offerings throughout human history. It’s also historically been a symbol for knowledge and wisdom. Its sweetness and deep flavors have inspired poetry and recipes for thousands of years.

As ever, Nature created a substance that goes beyond delicious recipes, and the complex, painstaking process of making honey yields one of the most dynamic and beneficial ingredients we have available to us today. Naturally containing minerals such as iron, potassium, calcium and magnesium, raw honey is also a source for B vitamins and trace amounts of amino acids. Its powerful natural ingredients have led many to extol honey’s virtues in a variety of functions ranging from skincare to an efficient glucose level stabilizer for athletes. Many people like to take it before bed or following meals, and it is a great ingredient to soften hair and moisturize the skin when thinned with some water or oil. And most of us have swallowed a spoonful of honey at Granny’s house to soothe a sore throat.

Because our raw organic honey is natural, it crystallizes at room temperature, meaning the glucose precipitates into solid granules. This can easily be resolved by warming it gently in a warm water bath.

Honey is a labor of love from one of Earth’s most communicative creatures, and its versatility provides a wealth of opportunities for people interested in cosmetics, nutrition, and skin care, or simply in baking something delicious. Please visit our raw organic honey product page for more information on our liquid gold and for the opportunity to test out its powers for yourself.

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Blog Entry - 5/3/2013

Olive Fruit As Fuel

It is not out of the realm of possibility that the fruit of the olive that produces the delicious oil that contributes to our healthy dietary well being, may someday provide the fuel that powers our machinery.  Due to environmental awareness and growing sustainability practices, many byproducts from the food processing industry are being converted to biomass or biofuels, a plant-based  renewable energy source that is an alternative to traditional fossil fuels. 

A source of many biofuels is pomace, the mashed or pulverized solid waste product obtained in the rendering process in food production.   Some more familiar biofuels are derived from corn, canola, and soybeans, as well as the oils rendered.  In many countries, waste cooking oils, which were typically containerized and either landfilled or disposed of through sewer drains, are now being  collected as a fuel source and burned in specially converted combustible motors or engines.  

As reported recently in Olive Oil Times, pomace from some large scale olive oil production facilities is being converted into a fuel burning commodity.  Following the olive oil extraction process, the remaining pressed pomace, composed of olive kernals, is a solid or almost wood-like material that once dried can be burned in a similarly converted motor or waste oil burner.  This biofuel production practice has apparently been used by some of the major olive oil producing countries such as Greece and Spain for many years.

Although the olive pomace wood does not maintain the same BTUs or British Thermal Unit burning capacity as a fossil fuel, it does cost less to “manufacture”, does not emit noxious sulfur, and is seen as a better renewable energy source since it does not involve the cutting or wasting of trees.

Additionally, the pomace can be further or alternatively processed into a powder and compressed into a briquette.  This product is currently being used by restaurants and residential dwellers in Europe as an alternative to charcoal, primarily due to its ability to ignite immediately, and the absence of unpleasant fumes and odor.

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)

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Blog Entry - 5/2/2013

New Product Offering

Jedwards International is now a wholesale supplier of bulk natural raspberry exfoliant.  Exfoliants help to loosen rough and dead skin through gentle abrasion of the skin and have been used for centuries to help maintain skin care.  Natural exfoliants are derived from many sources including nuts, fruits, and grains and can take the form of seeds, and varying grades of powders.  The degree of abrasive action is typically based on the size of the exfoliating agent:  hard or large seeds and grains typically provide a stronger or more vigorous exfoliation; smaller seeds and powders provide a gentler exfoliation while providing potential nutritive benefits from the natural oils they contain.  Jedwards International’s raspberry exfoliant is a 100% natural product powder derived from raspberry seeds.  This granulated powder is just the right balance of particle sizes to provide a mild exfoliation experience, with natural oils that imparts a mild “earthy” odor or fragrance to the skin surface. Click raspberry exfoliant natural to be taken directly to the “New Products” page.

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Blog Entry - 4/26/2013

Olive Oil IQ

Since you think that you are an authority on olive oil, let alone know your way around an olive grove blindfolded: follow this link Olive Oil Quiz and take the Olive IQ test, oh wise one.

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Blog Entry - 4/25/2013

Special Deals!!!!!

Jedwards International, a bulk wholesale supplier of omega 3, essential oils, butter, cocoa, soap making products, and other natural ingredients, is now featuring a “Special Deals” tab on their website.  Special Deals include products that we currently have in bulk quantities, or over inventory stock, that requires us to sell at great discount to make way for other bulk materials as well as new product introductions in our ever increasing product offerings. 

To access our Special Deals offerings, please visit our website: Click on the “Products” link located on the upper portion of our web page; click on the “Special Deals!” tab under the “Categories” heading on the left side of the screen.  You will be immediately directed to the current bulk product offering; click on the “Details/Buy” link for current quantity packaging and pricing. To go directly to the page, you can also click here.

To make full use of our “Special Deals” visit us often!
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Blog Entry - 4/9/2013

Olive Oil - Production and Consumption

Globally, approximately 3 million tons of olive oil is currently produced on an annual basis.  Nearly 90% of this production is crushed and pressed in the making of olive oil; the remaining 10%, consumed as fruit.  Spain currently produces over 44% of the world’s supply of olive oil for human consumption: Italy is second with about 22%.  Greece and Tunisia are also major producers of olive oil. 

California first began the cultivation of the olive tree and subsequent production of olive oil in the late 1800’s.  Although the State has recently designated olive tree cultivation an agricultural commodity priority, at this time, production of olive oil accounts for a mere 0.5% of the world’s production. However, increase in production has been rapidly increasing since approximately 2003.  In addition, olive orchards and full scale production are also beginning to appear in Arizona, and Texas.  Much of the production in the United States is geared toward “high end” grades to better compete with the less expensive global importation.  Domestic olive oil producers currently supply less than 2.5% of the American oil consumption- almost 98% is imported.

Many countries take pride in their olive commerce, as well as quality of product.  Major Italian producers take pride for being known as “Citta dell “Olio”, or loosely translated, “oil cities.”   This label is easily identified on the large metal containers and bottles found on the supermarket shelf from such oil cities as Lucca, Florence, and Siena.  

Greece is far and away the largest per capita consumer of olive oil with a reported (2010) consumption of over 26 liters per person annually.  By comparison, the average American consumes less than 0.70 liters annually, however, this number has been increasing rapidly from about 30% consumption in all households in 2005 to about 50% of all households today. Since the renowned “Mediterranean Diet” and all of its heart conscious attributes rely on prodigious olive oil consumption, it is no wonder that Americans are looking to their counterparts in Greece and other Mediterranean countries in pursuit of health conscious food consumption.

Jedwards International imports the following olive oil products from the major producers in the world assuring a reliable and consistent product.  Our olive oils are provided in pail, gallon and drum quantities to suit your needs. 

Bulk Olive Oil-Extra Virgin

Bulk Olive Oil-Extra Virgin Organic

Bulk Olive Oil-Extra Virgin RBD (refined/bleached/deodorized)

Bulk Olive Oil-Pomace: Used in both soaps and culinary

Bulk Olive Oil-Pure: Used in culinary and cosmetics

Bulk Olive Oil-Squalane: Used as an emollient and moisturizer

Click here to check out Jedward’s bulk wholesale pricing of olive oil.

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)

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Blog Entry - 4/5/2013

Olive Oil - The Oldest Known Functional Food

Long considered one of the greatest natural assets of the ancient world and a symbol of peace and prosperity.  Although recorded history disagrees as to the date, let alone century, of its first cultivation, archaeological evidence suggests that olives were grown on the Greek Island of Crete, as well as the Eastern Mediterranean region as far back as 5000 BC.  Kings and Queens of Egypt imported olive oil from Crete as well as Syria and Canaan prior to 2000 BC, making it one of the earliest trading commodities.  The olive oil trade blossomed and expanded during this period, becoming a symbol of wealth and prominence amongst traders, and the agents and the clientele who they served.  Even the ancient Greek athletes rubbed it over their bodies prior to competing in games. 

The first recorded description of olive oil extraction is cited in the Old Testament Bible, coincidental to the Jews exodus from Egypt taking place during the 13th century BC.  Well preserved stone tablets from this period, having survived fire, flood, and pillaging armies, record the dietary practices of people during this period which describe significant consumption of olives and olive oil.  Being first used in religious and sacrificial ceremonies, the olive “berries” were hand squeezed with the precious oil being stored in large urns under the watchful eye of priests and palace guards.

Commercial olive presses for oil extraction for human consumption and as a skin moisturizer appeared prior to approximately 1000 BC.  Many presses from the Roman Empire period of approximately 300 AD have survived and are still in operation today.  These presses, primarily consisting of huge circular stone mortars (similar to mill stones), ground the olives and pumice with great efficiency increasing production practices which allowed for the availability of the olive beyond the aristocracy, with access and consumption by the common people.

Olive tree cultivation having begun in Crete soon found its way to Italy by way of Greek merchants by the 12th century.  Having a favorable climate primarily in Southern Italy, it eventually found its way to Spain through the expansion of the Roman Empire.   Throughout the Middle Ages, olive oil production and consumption continued its steady growth through many cultures and societies.  Spanish missionaries and explorers first introduced the olive to the Americas in the mid-16th century.  In the United States, olive tree production began in California in the late 18th century. 

Jedwards International has a rich history as a bulk wholesale supplier of organic, virgin, and pure olive oil.  Jedwards is also a supplier of bulk pomace and squalane olive oil which is derived from the fruit and natural compounds found in olive oil.  Jedward’s olive oils are cold pressed and are imported from Spain, Italy, and Tunisia.

Click here to check out Jedward’s bulk wholesale pricing of olive oil.

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)

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Blog Entry - 4/2/2013

Almond Oil

Being revered in many cultures, and literally having its roots in the Book of Genesis of the Old Testament, the almond was a symbol of promise due to its early flowering.  Native to the Middle East and South Asia, and cousin to the peach, Prunus amygdalus (var. dulcis) is commonly referred to as the “Sweet” Almond tree”.  The United States is the largest producer of (shell) almonds in the world; California’s number three agricultural product.  Spain and Italy being two of the top five producers in the world; Spain has the most diverse cultivars of almonds in the world.  Almonds are one of the earliest of domesticated tree nuts.  “Wild” almonds (different species) are bitter and contain toxins which contain cyanide. All commercially grown almonds are of the sweet variety.

Jedwards International is a leading wholesale bulk supplier of sweet almond oil, sourcing its quality cold pressed oils from the United States, Spain and Italy. We also provide bulk virgin organic sweet almond oil.

The almond tree rapidly matures and produces a harvestable crop in three years.  The tree typically reaches full maturity by year six.  The mature fruit is ready for harvest approximately seven months after flowering.  The fruit, more accurately defined as a “drupe”, measures approximately 1-2 inches long having a thick leathery coating, or hull.  Within the hull, is one seed, sometimes two, which is commonly referred to as the nut.  The developing fruit resembles a peach until approaching maturity, then the leathery outer hull develops; eventually splitting open, and curling outward, and somewhat efficiently, discharging the nut.  

Almonds yield a rich percentage of oil upon “pressing” which is the traditional extraction process, with values as high as 60% of dry mass.  This high liquid to dry weight mass ratio allow almonds to be efficiently processed into a milk substitute (almond milk), valued by lactose intolerant people and vegans.

Jedwards” sweet almond oil is cold pressed preserving its full complement of Vitamin A, E, and B, and oleic acid, lineloic acid, and essential fatty acids.  The refined oil is clear to light yellow, and is relatively stable when exposed to higher cooking temperatures, making it an excellent substitute of olive oil in stovetop cooking.

The oil is widely known in the massage therapy industry as a valued emollient, providing a soothing and hydrating affect on dry skin.  Its sweet smell, vitamin compliment, and potential antioxidants, also provides an aromatherapy benefit, softening and nourishing the skin.  It is also found in many shampoos having proven benefits in scalp miniaturization, and providing a healthy shine and lustrous texture to the hair.

Jedwards supplies bulk sweet almond oil and virgin organic sweet almond oil in 18 kg pails, gallons, and drums.

Click here to check out Jedward’s bulk wholesale pricing of sweet almond oil.

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)

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Blog Entry - 3/28/2013

African Black Soap

Jedwards International is a wholesale supplier of bulk African Black Soap from the western African nation of Ghana.  Regionally, in Africa, Black Soap is often referred to as “Ose (soap) Dudu (black)”.  Since African Black Soap is produced by different cultures in several regions of West Africa, and is often associated with tribal practices and spiritual purification customs, its ingredients and method of preparation may vary greatly. Specific sourcing allows Jedwards to provide a consistent product of known ingredients and proportions.  

Commonly used for its health benefits as a skin care product, moisturizing agent, and makeup remover.  It can also be lathered to form an excellent shampoo.
Traditionally, African Black Soap is made from the accumulated ash produced from the burning and charring of locally harvested plant material such as shea tree bark, cocoa pods, palm and banana leaves, and plantain skins.  Water is then added to dilute the ash base and the material is filtered to reduce unburned materials and sediment.  Shea and cocoa butter, coconut oil, palm oil, and palm kernel oil may be added in varying quantities and proportions, again depending upon local custom and practice.  Recipes are typically handed down from one generation to the next. These oils are typically “saponified” whereby the fat or oil is mixed with a caustic agent such as sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. As is local practice, the mixture is hand-stirred, and then allowed to dry and cure for an extended period.  The saponification of materials, along with this manual stirring and final curing, renders the physical product we call soap.

African Black Soap can vary in color due to the quantity and proportions of materials used to produce the ash.  Color ranges from light to dark grey, with browns, and tans, to sometimes black. Flecks of varying colors can also be present.  The soap may have an earthy smell in its raw form.  The variety and proportions of butters, and/or coconut, palm and palm kernel oils will also compliment the product odor.

Jedwards International bulk African Black Soap is comprised of cocoa pod ash, and the saponified natural products of shea nut butter, coconut oil, and palm kernel oil. Our product contains a minimum of 50% shea butter, and is 100% natural.  It contains nutritional vitamin and minerals such as Vitamin E, Vitamin A, and iron.

Click here to check out Jedward’s bulk wholesale pricing of African Black Soap.

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)

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Blog Entry - 3/26/2013


Jedwards International is a bulk wholesale supplier of oleochemicals.  Oleochemicals are chemicals derived from animal or plant triglycerides or “feedstock.”  Having wide application in everyday life, oleochemicals are synthetic or man made with a similar molecular makeup as their fuel producing counterparts, petrochemicals.  However, unlike petrochemicals, oleochemicals are derived from a renewable source.  

Jedwards International’s oleochemicals include glycerin, lauric acid, medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), oleic acid, palmitic acid, squalane oil, and stearic acid.  As consumer goods, these products are widely used to make soaps, detergents, and cosmetics. 

The oleochemical industry includes products obtained from four chemical divisions: fatty acids, fatty alcohols, methyl esters, and glycerine, all of which are derived from fats and oils feedstock.  At least 30% of each division results in products to service the soaps and detergents industries. Although only about 15% of the total production of fats and oils are used to produce oleochemicals, some specific feedstock such as coconut and palm kernel are in high demand to support product production.  Furthermore, the biodiesel market boom over the past two decades has added additional pressure for specific feedstock.

The oloechemical industry is diverse with many product and by-product channels and material markets.  For example, through the use of the raw materials and separation (fractionation) of the parts, intermediate products such as soap noodles can be formed.  Soap noodles in turn, form the raw base for the formation of a finished product: bar soap.  Additionally, Glycerin which is a natural by-product of the soap making process is commonly removed by the commercial manufacturers, however, ii is retained by the handcrafted soap producers and the melt and pour product producers. 

As a result of the dramatic rise in international crude oil prices in the 1970’s, the birth, growth, and expansion of the oleochemical industry took place as manufacturers scrambled to find alternatives to petrochemicals.  Many plant based oils and products were found to be far cheaper to extract and formulate and therefore, they began to rapidly replace the more costly petrochemicals.  During this period, it was discovered that plant-based lauric oils, processed from readily available palm kernel oil, were found to be a low cost alternative to petrochemicals and consequently began to be predominantly used in the production of laundry detergent and personal care items like toothpaste, soap bars, shower cream and shampoo.

Further speeding the transition to oleochemical usage was the process of converting oils and fats into oleochemicals which is similar to the conversion that takes place with petrochemicals.  Consumer acceptance was also advanced as oleochemicals were also appreciated for being more environmentally friendly with low toxicity and being biodegradable, making them more suitable for the personal care market compared to petrochemical derived products.  Oleochemical production was also shown not to compete with food usage for raw materials since they mainly make use of the by-products of edible oil processing (e.g., lauric oil from palm kernel and coconut). 

Oleochemical production having started over a century ago, was once a European and American dominated industry.  Within the past two decades production has dramatically shifted to Asia with significant growth in China, India, Malaysia, and Indonesia.  These latter two countries, along with the Philippines, account for the major escalation in production, representing over 80% of the world’s output of palm and lauric oils.  Current global consumption closely mirrors production. According to industry data from 2011, the Asia Pacific market accounted for over 60% of the global consumption, with Europe in second place accounting for approximately 19% market share; the US market represents approximately 12%. 

Jedwards International offers bulk oleochemicals, and bulk certified organic oleochemicals for cosmetic and food applications:

Glycerine-USP/BP-Refined; derived from coconut and/or palm oil
Lauric Acid (99%); derived from a vegetable based source
MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil; derived from coconut and/or palm kernel 
Oleic Acid; derived from plant based sources
Palmitic Oil; derived from a palm based source
Squalane Oil; derived from olive oil
Stearic Acid; derived from a vegetable based source

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)
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Blog Entry - 3/21/2013

Recent Addition: Illipe Butter

Jedwards International is now supplying bulk Illipe butter at wholesale prices.  Harvested from the nut of the Shorea Stenoptera tree, native to the island of Borneo, it is principally found in Malaysia. The tree can attain a height of over forty feet growing in dense forest regions.  An approximately 2-inch, oval shaped nut from which the butter is derived is complemented by with wing-like appendages.  This feature, a marvel of nature, allows the nut to travel away from the mother tree once detachment takes place, assuring the spread and further colonization of the species.  To further aid in the successful propagation of the species, the tree belongs to a single family of trees with a unique evolutionary phenomenon which periodically result in mass flowering, followed by mass seeding.  This phenomenon known as “masting” is found in trees growing in forest regions such as Southeast Asia where irregular droughts occur, thereby assuring a successful survival of the species.  In these regions the effects of La Nina and El Nino occur producing dramatic 6 to 7 year cycles of drought and wet periods.

The production of finished illipe butter is through manual labor and based on centuries of practice.  The widely disseminated nuts are gathered from the moist and densely shaded forest floor, and transferred to an open location and allowed to dry in the sun.  Once dried, the seeds are separated from the nut by pounding in mortars or basins.  The shells are pressed further to extract the “meat” or fat which is further rendered to create the prized butter.  This butter has been treasured by native cultures for centuries and recognized for its long lasting skin moisturizing properties, as well as other health enhancing benefits.  Western cultures have recently discovered the beneficial properties of illipe butter, sharing similar cosmetic attributes with other butters such as shea and cocoa.

Illipe butter is similar to shea butter and cocoa butter in that it melts on contact when applied to the skin.  It also has a familiar chemical acid profile being composed primarily of palmitic, stearic, oleic, and to a lesser percentage, linoleic acid.  It is also similar to cocoa butter in triglyceride levels.  Unlike these other “exotic” butters, illipe butter has a higher melting point (approximately 100° F), and a harder texture, making it ideal for bar soaps, and “stick type” cosmetic products.  Illipe butter has a mild to slightly earthy odor, is also similar in color to of cocoa butter: typically creamy white or light tan.  Due to these comparisons and similar attributes, illipe butter is becoming more commonly found in moisturizing creams, lotions, make up foundations, and hair conditioners. 

Jedwards International has recently introduced illipe butter to its bulk product portfolio of exceptional products to serve our bulk and wholesale customer needs.

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)
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Blog Entry - 3/19/2013

Fortified... with Omega-3

It’s in everything from margarines and spreads, to fortified eggs, cookies, and even gummy bear vitamins for children and adults.   Welcome to the world of products fortified with Omega-3: it’s a heart healthy world. 

The two critical Omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and docosahexaenoic (DHA).  On average, Americans consume roughly 100 mg/day of these two essential fatty acids in the form of Omega-3.  Many experts within the medical and dietary fields suggest that number should be closer to 500 mg/day.  Americans are poor consumers of fish: in fact, close to 25% of Americans do not eat fish at all.  Due to this disparity, there is growing pressure on the American Heart Association to assign specific recommended Daily Intakes (RDIs) to EPA and DHA, or broadly speaking, Omega-3 oils. 

This mounting health evidence, and an ever growing consumer awareness of all that is critical to a wellness focused, heart healthy regimen of food intake, has not been lost on the producers and purveyors of our food chain.  Within the past decade, there has been a tremendous increase in the market sector of food products “enriched” with Omega-3 fatty acids.  This growth is only to increase based on consumer preference, and also importantly, a reduction in the worldwide harvesting of ocean ranging fatty fish rich in Omega-3 oils such as mackerel and salmon.

In order to make a labeled claim such as, “an excellent source of omega-3…” the product must contain a combined total of a minimum, 32 mg/serving of EPA and DHA.  This claim can be coupled with language suggesting, “supportive, but not conclusive, research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA Omega-e may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease…..”.

Getting Your Fix

There are challenges to the production and market acceptance of all fortified foods, including the premium price that goes along with healthful fortification.  In order to be useful, and reap benefits, Omega-3 must be consumed in fairly large doses; and the doses and product concentrations vary.  You may very well have to consume many fortified eggs, or quarts of fortified milk to reach the same level of health inducing consumption as a small serving of ocean derived salmon.  Consequently, a whole lot of additional and unwanted calories may be consumed along with a healthy dose of Omega-3.

The easiest (and least expensive) option to fortify foods with Omega-3 would be to incorporate plant-based products such as vegetable oils and flaxseed oils.  However, these oils contain a disproportionately large percentage of the less beneficial, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).  Research has shown greater health benefits from EPA and DHA, versus ALA.  Additionally, ALA requires an additional metabolic “breakdown step” before it is fully functional, and can make the claim, “excellent source of….”. 

As an alternative to fresh fatty fish consumption, bulk fish oil in its concentrated form is an excellent alternative, providing high percentages of both EPA and DHA.  Although more costly than bulk fish oil, encapsulated concentrated fish oils, typically in capsule or softgel forms, provide the added benefit of healthy consumption, without the noxious taste or odor.

Always Check the Label

If you can get your Omega-3, and most importantly, EPA and DHA from a recommended twice per week portion of fatty fish such as mackerel and salmon, by all means, get it at the table.  However, if your Omega-3 food intake comes from plant based sources such as flaxseed oil, walnut oil, and canola oil, etc., primarily rich in the ALA form, you may come up lacking.  When buying products fortified with Omega-3, make certain that they contain EPA and/or DHA.  If you do not see either fatty acid listed as the source of Omega-3, than it is probably (lesser form) ALA.  Additionally, when purchasing bulk fish oils, look for stated percent concentrations of EPA and DHA.  And always, look for a certificate of analysis, and other documentation which includes important information such as date of product expiration, organic or kosher certification.

As an alternative, or supplement to natural sources, concentrated bulk fish oils in the capsule or softgel form may be a valuable solution.

Jedwards International is one of the largest and most diverse suppliers of bulk fish oils, and Omega-3 products.  No fortification necessary with our products!

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)

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Blog Entry - 3/14/2013


Jedwards International is a leading bulk wholesale provider of vegetable oil and fish oil based products as a source of Omega-3. Additionally, Jedwards offers concentrated fish oils in capsules softgel form.  Jedwards is also a supplier of bulk krill oil.  Krill oil is obtained from a small crustacean found in the world’s oceans.  As discussed by Dr. Mercola, Krill oil has recently been recognized as a valuable source of Omega−3 fatty acids, as well as antioxidants.  Of interesting note, the reddish-pink color of other crustaceans such as lobster and shrimp, are a direct result from the consumption of krill. Although fish oil is the leading source of Omega-3 consumption, plant-based sources such as canola oil, flax seed oil, walnut oil, and hemp seed oil are also sources of Omega-3. 

Omega-3 oils are polyunsaturated fatty acids providing an important energy source for the human body, as well as supporting a healthy immune system. Omega-3 fatty acids are considered “essential” fatty acids, and necessary for human health, however, the body does not produce them: you have to get them through a food, or supplement source. The term “essential” fatty acids was coined over 50 years ago when researchers found that they were essential to the normal growth in young children and animals.

Omega 3 Versus Omega 6

The two critical Omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic, referred to as EPA and docosahexaenoic, or DHA.  To add a dose of confusion, plant sources of Omega-3 such as walnuts and flaxseeds contain alpha-linolenic acid called ALA, however, the body must convert to form EPA and DHA.  Both EPA and DHA are the fundamental building blocks for the hormones that initiate and control immune function, cell growth, and blood clotting.  Omega-6 is also required to support healthy body development and function with linoleic acid being the sole essential fatty acid.  In contrast to somewhat limited natural sources for Omega-3, sources of Omega-6 are numerous, particularly in the American diet being found in the oils of many seeds and nuts, and refined vegetable oils such as soybean oil.  Found in processed foods such as crackers, cookies, snack/fast foods, soybean oil is reported to represent over 22 percent of the calories consumed by the American diet.  Omega-6, being more prevalent and easily refined, is a less costly and therefore, favored essential fatty acid of the processed food industry.

It is important to have the proper ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 in the American diet.  Scientists and medical practitioners alike have been increasingly concerned and critical of the Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio in Western diets. As the ratio of Omega-6 increases, research in general has shown a correlation in an increased incidence of several diseases, and cancer.  Omega-6 fatty acids, when metabolized by the body, are prone to produce inflammatory inducing arachidonic acid.  Ironically, one of the drugs used to treat inflammation does so by inhibiting this same acid.

Research into our archeological ancestors suggests that the Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio of our forefather’s diet was close to 1:1; today that ratio has jumped to more than 15:1. Although a specific or healthy ratio has not been suggested, most experts within the medical and dietary communities suggest a desired Omega-6/Omega-3 ratio of 4:1. 

Many researchers still point to a ground breaking study from the 1970’s of the Greenland Inuit Tribe whom consumed large amounts of fat from fish, but conversely, displayed virtually no cardiovascular disease.  The high level of Omega-3 fatty acids in ration to Omega-6 acids consumed by the Inuit people reduced triglyceride levels, heart rate, blood pressure, and arthrosclerosis.  Over the years, following further clinical study, in 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave "qualified health claim" status to EPA and DHA Omega−3 fatty acids, stating, "supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA [omega−3] fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)

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Blog Entry - 3/7/2013

Shea Butter

For centuries, shea butter has been used by African cultures as a cooking oil and moisturizer to ward off the intense heat and drying winds prevalent on much of the continent.  Shea butter comes from one of two species of the Karite tree (Vitellaria Parodoxa/Nilotica), which is indigenous only to Africa.  With an estimated 500 million trees in production, it is prevalent in the semi arid regions of both east and west Africa.  So abundant its range and growth habitat, the tree is considered wild and is seldom planted being cultivated in its natural habitat in almost plantation or park-like stands. The trees take up to 20 years to mature and yield its valuable crop in abundance.  

Jedwards International is the largest bulk supplier, and is the only wholesale provider of four kinds of shea butter:  

Bulk Shea Butter-White Refined
Bulk Shea Butter-White Refined Organic
Bulk Shea Butter-Virgin
Bulk Shea Butter-Virgin Organic

Additionally, Jedwards also offers melt and pour glycerin soap base shea butter at bulk and wholesale pricing.

Traditional African Culture………….

Although primarily used as a cooking oil in Africa, recent demand in Western society for the shea kernel, or nut, from which the shea butter is extracted, has exploded with primary emphasis in the cosmetics industry for skin moisturizers and hair conditioners.

Traditional harvesting practices are labor intensive and include,

The harvesting of the shea fruit from the tree, the separation of the nut from the outer fruit pulp;
crushing the nut into butter; the crushed nuts are boiled or “roasted” in water in pots over open fire
(this is what typically imparts the “smoky” odor);

the roasted nuts are further ground into a paste being kneaded by hand;
the resultant shea paste or butter is further kneaded in large pots of water to release the oil which floats to the top;
the oil is skimmed and left to cool and results in two products; shea butter and shea oil; 
the butter solidifies as it cools, and is usually formed into balls.  

Fortunately, given all the hand labor involved, the process yields a much higher percentage of butter than oil.  

…………And Western Attraction

Within the past two decades, western society has quickly discovered and embraced the many attributes of the venerable shea nut with its many beauty and health benefits.  New markets have quickly sprung from the personal care industry which has expanded at a dizzying pace with the recognition of the therapeutic advantages of shea butter ranging from ultra violet light protection, to anti-inflammatory properties, to tremendous skin moisturizing capabilities.  The Drs. Oz and Mercola have lauded shea butter’s many health and beauty enhancing uses and properties.  Currently, it is estimated that at least 10% of the total African export trade travels to the Western personal care market, with considerable demand in the United States approaching 25% per annum.

The Finished Product

Shea butter, in its many finished forms, can range in color from slightly yellowish, to tan, to white, with either a characteristic earthy aroma in its raw unrefined form, or virtually odorless in its refined form.  Shea butter shelf life can vary, but in its raw or unrefined form, shea butter can remain viable for several years.  Shea butter should never have a lingering, strong or unpleasant odor, which may be a sign of improper product handling or the material has become rancid.  Jedwards recommends that the shea butter that your purchase, either in bulk/wholesale quantity, or “off the shelf” have a visible expiration date.

The Chemical and Physical

Shea butter is a triglyceride fat composed primarily of stearic and oleic acid.  The high stearic acid content gives the shea butter its solid consistency, the percentage of oleic acid affects how soft or hard the butter is.  The oleic acid or olein content within the native fruit can vary widely between growing ranges, as well as locally between regions.  The olein content affects the melting point of the shea butter: the higher the olein content, the lower the melting point.  Although shea butter melts at body temperature, “soft” shea which is often referred to as “shea oil” is a liquid at approximately 77 degrees and is much sought after in the cosmetics industry, while “hard” or high temperature shea has a melting point approximating the normal human body temperature of 98.6 degrees to approximately 113 degrees.  

Jedwards also offers shea olein which has all the same properties as shea butter, but has a lower melting point and is used in formulations where a liquid is required such as in liquid soaps, lotions, bath oil rubs, gels, and creams.

Refined Versus Unrefined Shea Butter

From an extraction and processing standpoint, the difference between refined versus unrefined shea butter is great.

Refined shea butter is typically passed through at least one filtering practice often with exposure to high heat and artificial or sometimes chemical solvents in production to produce a deodorized finished product which is white in color.  Its shelf life is much longer, particularly with added preservatives, preventing it from becoming rancid.  However, the refining process usually removes many of shea butter’s inherent vitamin and mineral value, but its moisturizing characteristics are retained.

Unrefined shea butter is not exposed to high heat or chemical solvents; water is typically the solvent.  The final product maintains its nutty aroma, and non-white color.  Its natural form and inherent vitamin and mineral value are maintained, with no preservatives, or other additives included.

Jedward’s virgin organic shea butter has all the natural properties of unrefined shea butter, with the benefits of being 100% USDA and EU (European Union) certified organic. 

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)

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Blog Entry - 3/5/2013

This Just in…………………….

An excellent resource for information on coconut can be found on the not-for-profit website, Coconut Research Center.  Dr. Bruce Fife a.k.a. “Dr. Coconut”, an internationally recognized expert on the health and nutritional aspects of the coconut and related products, provides a wealth of information, and discusses the many benefits of coconut and palm products.  There is also a link to the Dr. Oz segment, “Coconut Oil Super Powers.”
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Blog Entry - 3/1/2013

(MCTs) Medium Chain Triglycerides

Medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) are a unique class of fatty acids. Found naturally in coconut oil, Jedwards International is one of the largest bulk suppliers of both organic virgin coconut oil and RBD organic coconut oil. Jedwards also supplies bulk MCT oil, and bulk organic palm oil often referred to as palm kernel oil.  Almost all of the MCTs used in research, medicine, and food products come from coconut oil, palm kernel oil, or a derivative of the coconut plant.  

All Triglycerides Are Not Alike

MCTs were first formulated in the 1950’s as a source of calories for patients too ill to properly digest typical fats and oils.  It was also included in the diets of patients who required fast weight gain as they were recovering from illness. MCTs were considered so nutritious that they were soon incorporated in baby formulas then and to this day.

All dietary fats are made up of carbon atoms linked in chains.  When we describe triglycerides, we typically refer to the “chain length.”   The main form of fat in the typical American diet consists of long chain triglycerides (12 to 18 carbons), or LCTs.  The majority of the fats and oils that we consume, either in the saturated or unsaturated form, are made up of LCTs. Foods such as butter, heavy whip cream, mayonnaise and some oils are included as LCTs.

MCTs are a type of dietary fat that is easily digested and absorbed, providing nourishment and energy to the body.  MCTs are readily broken down into fatty acids by enzymes in saliva and gastric juices and are absorbed by the intestines, and quickly sent to the liver where they are burned as fuel similar, to carbohydrates.  Medium chain triglycerides (6 to 10 carbons), as found in coconut oil, are thought to provide unique properties to enhance good health, based on faster conversion, and transport to the liver.  Coconut oil is composed of approximately 66% MCTs.

The fact that MCTs are easily digested to produce a ready-from of energy and stimulate metabolism, has made it popular among athletes and others looking to enhance their exercise regime.  In one study, active cyclists who had pedaled for three hours continuously were offered a beverage in their final hour of pedaling.  Those who chose beverages containing MCT, performed with greater endurance.  No wonder you can find MCT as a listed “ingredient” in sports drinks and energy bars. 

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Fractionated coconut oil contains only medium chain triglycerides.  Coconut oil contains at least 9 specific fatty acids.  Fractionation is the process by which steam and pressure (hydrolysis) are used to separate two medium chain fatty acids, capric and caprylic from the coconut oil.  High valued long chain triglycerides such as lauric acid are separated and removed and used as a supplemental food source, and both the industrial and medical industries.  Lauric acid is primarily found in human breast milk, as well as cow milk and goat milk.  Caprylic/capric triglyceride oil are most frequently used for medical applications, special diets, food flavoring, cosmetics, and occasionally as a carrier oil for fragrances.  Since MCT oil is a fluid at room temperature, it has many use advantages over coconut oil which is a solid at 76 degrees or room temperature.

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)

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Blog Entry - 2/22/2013

Coconut Oil

Jedwards International is one of the largest suppliers of bulk organic virgin coconut oil and RBD (refined/bleached/deodorized) organic coconut oil. Recent data from the industry group, Asian and Pacific Coconut Community (APCC) states that bulk coconut oil exports to the United States have grown over 3.3% annually over the past 5 years. Having many applications in food, energy, and industry, coconut oil has been consumed for generations in tropical cultures.

Coconut oil being once prevalent in the United States, known for its long shelf life and a melting point of 76 degrees, it was a staple in the baking industry. Being very heat-stable, coconut oil is well suited to high cooking temperatures such as frying. Coconut was an important and valued agricultural cash crop in the United States in the previous decades prior to the 1960’s. However, the “war” on saturated fats over the past few decades lead to food manufacturers abandoning coconut oil and replacing it with hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils which contain trans fatty acids. Recently, based on new and ongoing studies in health and nutrition, the benefits derived from consuming coconut oil are being fully recognized.

Jedwards International sources its coconut oil from the world’s largest producer nations, the Philippines, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.  Jedwards International maintains USDA and EU organic certification, and kosher certification by the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America for coconut oil, and other products.

Not Just For Cooking...The Many Uses of Coconut Oil

If Coconut oil was just known as a healthy substitute for vegetable oils and other hydrogenated polyunsaturated oils, it would deserve our healthy attention.  However, coconut oil has many lesser known yet important uses such as a natural sunscreen; natural skin lotion and moisturizer; natural deodorant; make-up remover; even as a furniture polish.

Coconut Information & Fun Facts

  • Coconuts oil is easy on the digestive system due to its low acidity.
  • Coconut meat has a high percentage of fiber with as much as 75% in the form of total carbohydrates.
  • Coconut oil’s high lauric acid (an important fatty acid) content as a proportion of MCT (medium chain triglycerides).     Pure coconut oil contains about 50 percent lauric acid, and is the most abundant natural source of lauric acid available.
  • European sailors who discovered this fruit in the 16th century noticed that it appeared to have a face due to the three dark patches, so they named it “coconut” after the Spanish word coco meaning “a grinning face”.  When the coconut germinates the root will push out through one of these dark patches.
  • Coconut water, (the liquid inside of the coconut) is reportedly, the fastest growing beverage category in the world, having even outpaced energy drinks.
  • Coconut water is a high source of electrolytes, making it a natural hydrating sports drink.
  • The Universal Donor... Coconut water is identical to human blood plasma and has the same level of electrolytes as found in human blood.  During the Pacific theatre of WWII, coconut water was commonly used as an intravenous drip to give wounded soldiers plasma transfusions, being siphoned directly from the shell.
  • Coconut water exports to the United States and other countries quadrupled in the first quarter of 2012, compared to the same period in 2011.
  • Born to Float... Coconut seeds have evolved to be spread by water and can survive for many months afloat at sea, and then germinate when they are washed up on land. After germination the milky water inside the seed will provide enough moisture to sustain the seedling, even in sandy conditions.

A Little Known Coconut Fact

In the late 1990′s, The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in Washington waged a full out war on the coconut with movie theaters. The CSPI demanded that coconut oil be taken off the menu and replaced with vegetable oils – and it has been, to our detriment. Vegetable oil is high in alpha-linolenic acid, which has been shown to increase deaths attributed to coronary artery disease. So, the buttery topping currently being sold in movie theaters may in fact be less healthy than it was before coconut oil was removed. 

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)

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Blog Entry - 2/7/2013

Argan Oil

Jedwards is the leading wholesale supplier of bulk natural oils, including organic virgin argan oil. Although not yet a “featured guest” of Dr. Oz, argan oil has wide applications in many industries including, cosmetics, culinary and health. Known as “Liquid Gold” or nature’s anti-aging miracle, argan oil is rich in essential Omega 6 (Linoleic acid) and Omega 9 (Oleic acid), with 80% unsaturated essential fatty acids. As a rich form of Vitamin E, and natural antioxidants, argan oil moisturizes and enriches skin tissue, often considered a breakthrough for the cause of anti-aging.

Argan oil is also used for healthy and natural hair maintenance. It strengthens the hair, prevents split ends, restores damaged hair and makes hair look shiny and glowing. On the culinary side, argan oil has a rich nutty flavor, and is more resistant to oxidation than olive oil.

Click here to check out Jedward’s wholesale pricing of bulk organic virgin argan oil.

(For informational purposes only. Jedwards does not advocate or endorse the use of this product for any specific medical condition or treatment of a disease or particular use.)

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