A to Z of Natural Skincare: B

B is For Buriti

 

Forest Bridge by Michel Paz

Buriti Oil

Buriti is an oil that is produced from the moriche palm tree fruit deep in the Amazon swamps of South America. The palm tree is quite unique, with a brown hard scaly exterior shell and a yellow pulp. Buriti oil (like most natural gifts from earth) has a long history of being used not only as a remedy for skin conditions but also as traditional medicine and for nutrition. It is one of the highest sources of natural beta-carotene (naturally occurring retinol – Vitamin A). It even surpasses carrot seed oil! This key ingredient makes Buriti oil a super power when it comes to problematic, dry or irritated skin. It naturally soothes and intensely moisturizes the skin.

Buriti Fruit by Júlio César Borges

How is it produced?

Similar to Argan Oil, women operating in collectives are the key producers of Buriti oil. Women harvest the palm tree fruits and soaked them in water to make it easier to peel. Water causes the outer brown scales to become soft and easy to scrape off by hand. A long labor intensive process. The last step in the processing is grinding the yellow pulp of the fruit and using cold-press technique to slowly extract its yummy goodness!Buriti Oil

Skincare Benefits

  • Reduces wrinkles and keeps skin supple and youthful
  • Great emollient and natural moisturizer that allows skin to maintain its elasticity
  • Contains anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce swelling and redness
  • Provides protection from UVA and UVB rays because of natural photo-protective properties
  • When consumed it can buffer your skin from the strain due to stress

Other Uses of Buriti Oil

If you are a DIY’er, the uses are infinite! Buriti oil helps heal scars, wounds, cuts and other damages. It has a natural ability to rejuvenate the skin. You can use it as any other carrier oil like coconut, jojoba, or avocado oil. Mix Buriti oil with your favorite essential oil for a natural skin massage oil serum to heal dry skin or for an overall body soak. Buriti oil is also great for hair care preparations to hydrate hair as a conditioner, add gloss to hair, and as a natural detangler. Its potential is endless. It moisturizes, repairs, and nourishes. Be creative and explore this new addition to your beauty secrets.

About Shaju

Sharon is the owner of Shaju, a holistic, socially conscious and environmentally friendly beauty brand that uses unrefined shea butter and all natural ingredients to create exquisite skin and hair products.

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