Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Carrier Oil Profile

Prickly Pear Seed Oil

Opunitia ficus indica

Countries of Origin

Mexico, Latin America, North Africa, the Mediterranean countries and the Middle East

Extraction Method

Expeller Pressed

Video showing the expression: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxqdJAY_z6o

About the Oil

                Texture/Consistency- light oil that absorbs quickly

                Color- Green

Chemical Profile-  

Oleic Acid           20.6%
Linoleic Acid      60.5%
Stearic Acid        3.2%
Palmitic Acid     13.9%
Tocopherol     895 mg/kg

About the Plant

This is an edible cactus plant that grows in the arid and semi-arid regions of the world. Other known names for the plant and its fruit are Indian fig opuntia, barbary fig, cactus pear, spineless cactus, and prickly pear. It has broad, flat leaves and sharp spines, the colorful flowers turn into edible bulb-shaped fruits.(1)

Therapeutic Properties

This carrier oil is thought to:

    protects against free radicals, nourish, moisturize, and soften the skin, tighten pores for a smoother and refined skin texture, prevent premature aging and wrinkles formation, brighten dark spots and under-eye shadows, erase hyperpigmentation spots (2)

Expected Shelf Life

3 years if stored in a cool and dark place

References

1) http://www.herbwisdom.com/herb-prickly-pear-cactus.html

2) http://www.kenza-international-beauty.com/kenza-pure-moroccan-beauty-oils

While not directly referenced this article was thorough and well referenced:

 http://theida.com/prickly-pear-seed-oil/

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