Peanut oil is the oil from the seed, also called the nut, of the peanut plant. Peanut oil is used to make medicine.
Peanut oil is used to lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease. It is also used to decrease appetite as an aid to weight loss. Some people use it to help prevent cancer.
Peanut oil is sometimes applied directly to the skin for arthritis and joint pain, dry skin, eczema, scalp crusting and scaling without hair loss, and other skin disorders that cause scaling.
Rectally, peanut oil is used in ointments and medicinal oils for treating constipation.
Pharmaceutical companies use peanut oil in various products they prepare for internal and external use.
In manufacturing, peanut oil is used in skin care products and baby care products.
Sometimes the less expensive soya oil is added to peanut oil.