Babassu Seed Oil
The Babassu Palm Tree grows wild in the tropical areas of Brazil and the oil is pressed from the seeds. The oil is estimated to be worth five times more than the coffee crop to the Brazilian economy because of the difficulty of cracking open the fruits to extract the seeds. Each fruit weighs as much as 8 ounces and has a tough woody exterior that could be 1 inch thick. Babassu contains close to 70% lipids. It has been used for generations by the native cultures of South America as a natural moisturizer. The oil absorbs fast and is considered as one of nature's richest moisturizers. It is beneficial for both dry and oily skins. It provides gentle moisturization, conditions, and adds glow to the skin without greasiness. Some of its nutrients include glycosides, vitamins, and minerals that help soften skin for a supple texture. Babassu Seed Oil is particularly beneficial for acne, eczema and dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. It is rich with vitamin E, antioxidants, and fatty acids; and has a high content of lauric acid, which means it is packed with anti-microbial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. The oil is also abundant in other fatty acids like myristic, oleic, stearic and palmitic acids. Because of its healing properties, Babassu Oil is used for the treatment of rheumatism, ulcers, inflammation, and wounds.
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