by Zoe K
Moringa oil (also known as ben oil or behen oil) is known as such because it contains behenic acid (a saturated fat that is moisturising for skin and hair) and is extracted from mature Moringa seeds. Moringa seeds contain up to 40% edible oil and can be used for cooking, cosmetics and lubrication.
Possessing oxidative stability with a shelf life of 3-5 years, the use of Moringa oil is well-documented in ancient cultures and may explain why ancient Egyptians placed vases of Moringa oil in their tombs and used it for skin preparations and ointments.
The massive amount of antioxidants in Moringa help protect the skin against free radicals and epidermal breakdown. Revered in the cosmetics industry for anti-ageing effects and used for skin, scalp and hair, Moringa oil is balancing and thus suitable for dry, oily and combination skin.
Common benefits include:
- clearing and preventing of blemishes and blackheads
- preventing scars from blemishes
- psoriasis and eczema relief
- minimising fine lines
- tightening pores
- firming skin
- counteracts the effects of pollution on skin as well as enhances delicateness and elasticity of skin
As a cleanser, Moringa oil does not only have anti-inflammatory properties which help with acne problems, but also antiseptic properties that can help in the rapid healing process of minor wounds, scrapes, burns, rashes, insect bites, bruises and can also clean away dirt and smog from the skin.
Perfumeries around the world also value Moringa oil because it absorbs and keeps most odours due to its stability; this is also why it makes an excellent massage oil for aromatherapies.
In addition to its cosmetic uses, Moringa oil may be used for cooking, being gold toned and having a nutty flavour, it is often compared to olive oil for its similar qualities. Use Moringa oil as salad dressing, on popcorn or substitute it for butter when baking.
Moringa oil is a must-have with multiple uses for every household!
Not only is Moringa Oleifera the most nutrient dense superfood discovered on earth, but it is nature’s true multivitamin.
· 7 times the vitamin C found in oranges
· 4 times the calcium found in milk, and twice the protein
· 4 times the vitamin A found in carrots
· 3 times the potassium found in bananas
· 3 times the iron found in almonds
92+ nutrients are found in this miracle tree
· All Vitamins A-K
· All Omega’s 3, 6 and 9
· All 9 Essential Amino Acids and 9 Non-Essential Amino Acids
· 46 Antioxidants
· 36 Anti-Inflammatories
· Minerals and other Nutrients
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