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Benefits of Palm Oil on Skin and Hair

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04 July 2016

health, skin care, recipes , hair

Benefits of Palm Oil on Skin and Hair

Palm oil has been consumed for many years in West Africa. Its health benefits are numerous and still many yet to be discovered. It is the most widely produced vegetable oil in the world. Using palm oil on your skin and hair is very beneficial and below we have listed these advantages.

Skin Cleansing and Moisturizing

Today, most cosmetics, soaps, shampoos, conditioners, creams and other products contain palm oil and its derivatives. It is because red palm oil may be a good solution for skin related problems. The oil is rich with natural elements that can help to heal sunburn, stretch marks and deeply moisturize the skin, especially for sufferers of dry and sensitive skin.

Palm oil in cleansing soaps contain a special agent that helps to remove the dirt and restore the natural balance of skin oils, leaving the skin with a smooth, silky feeling. Below you can see a good recipe provided by the examiner which is a good example on how to use red palm oil for your skin.

Mask of the red palm oil:
Two tablespoons of clay powder
Two tablespoons of red palm oil
1 egg
Mix clay powder, red palm oil and egg to obtain a paste, then spread the paste you get on the face for twenty minutes then rinse completely with lukewarm water. After that you can spread a lotion to tone the skin.

Hair

Palm oil contains carotenoids which help to care and restore the properties of your hair. Carotene is the basis of vitamin A and is promptly absorbed by hair and scalp. It adds an extra shine to dull and lifeless hair.

The oil also contains tocopherols and tocotrienols. They are both part of vitamin E family, another important group of lipid-soluble antioxidants that is essential for hair growth and keeping it strong and healthy. In addition, drinking enough water in combination with a healthy diet rich in these carotenoids, is important for maintaining a balanced lifestyle. Below you can find a good recipe on how to use red palm oil for your hair at home:

One of the easiest ways to use the oil is direct application on the hair. For positive effects it is suggested to keep it on for at least half an hour. However, there are also recipes for deeper treatment.

Oilypedia provides this recipe for pre-shampoo application:

1/4 cup of red palm oil
1/4 cup of coconut milk
2 tbsp of coconut oil
Few drops of lavender oil (for the aroma, not mandatory to use)
Gradually mix all the ingredients together, starting with red palm oil. While adding coconut oil and milk, stir constantly so the mixture becomes uniform. Then heat it in the microwave for about 25-30 seconds (just to warm it up) and then apply on hair. After that, put on shower cap and leave the mixture for at least 1 hour (ideally for 4). Rinse it off with warm water and then wash your hair with your regular shampoo.

 

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Palm Oil Is Everywhere

Palm oil (Elaeis guineensis) originates from West Africa. Once planted, after 3-4 years’ palm oil trees start to producing its first fruits and will continue all year-round for up to 30 years. Oil Palm is high yielding; it produces more oil per hectare than any other major oil seed crop.

Did you know that half of your items in your house contain palm oil?
Palm oil is also the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet

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Why Farm Organically?

With a growing population, nearly 10 billion people by 2050, and an increasing demand for food, agriculture is placed under extreme pressure. We heavily rely on services that the industry provides to us, such as food, clothes, wood, and many others. Unfortunately, with biodiversity losses and deforestation practices that accompany modern agriculture, these services are currently at risk. Therefore, we must take actions to sustain biodiversity, soils and forests for the generations to come

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An Important Role of Intercropping in Modern Agriculture

Population of our planet is constantly growing. The threat of insufficient food supply in the near future encourages intensification of the search for more productive agricultural technics. At Natural Habitats, we believe that well-planned intercropping is one of the most effective and sustainable ways to increase agricultural productivity.

Intercropping, as well as other forms of multiple cropping, is an ancient method of intensive agriculture that involves cultivation of two or more crops simultaneously on the same field

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Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

Deforestation caused by many palm-oil producers, harming wildlife habitats, has been a widespread concern around the world. However, more and more palm oil is now being sourced sustainably with a help of the certification initiative promoted by a non-profit association Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) that aims to transform markets to make sustainable palm oil the norm. Natural Habitats as 100% organic and sustainable producer was certified with RSPO standard in 2013.

In May 2013, Natural Habitats in Ecuador (Exportsustent) together with Solidaridad and National Association of Oil Palm Growers (ANCUPA) developed a pioneering project Mainstream Sustainable Palm Oil Production in Ecuador

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An Ongoing Education of Farmers

Natural Habitats believes in doing business in harmony with the environment. This is the reason for us to continuously encourage smallholder farmers in Ecuador and Sierra Leone into getting involved in organic and sustainable production of palm oil.

On a regular basis, we educate and train our smallholder farmers in nature preservation and organic farming practices for not only their own good but for the betterment of the society

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Fair Trade Explained

Today, we are surrounded by numerous certifications on the products we buy at supermarkets. It is getting more and more confusing to figure out what exactly most of them stand for. Some labels are self-explanatory and some are not. Fair for Life Social and FairTrade certification belongs to the second category. Therefore, most of the consumers do not even realize that while they purchase Fair for Life or FairTrade certified products they contribute to the empowerment of poor around the world

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Why Healthy Palm Oil is not an Oxymoron

When people hear about palm oil the first thing that usually comes to their mind is heart disease. The logic is pretty simple: fifty per cent of the oil consists of saturated fat that supposed to be bad for the heart, therefore, palm oil causes heart disease. However, numerous studies continue to confirm that palm oil does not promote heart problems and, if anything, it protects against them

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Sustaining Food Security

Pressure on the world’s food supply is constantly increasing due to population growth, changing diets and government policies promoting biofuels. Current estimates suggest that by 2050 the food demand will be twice what it was in 2005. Biotech companies have strongly promoted the idea that genetically engineered (GE) crops are the key to “feeding the world”. According to Environmental Working Group , recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat

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