Though the fruit is well know and well loved, the semi solid oil or "butter" cultivated from the mango seed is much less well known. For hundreds if not thousands of years this butter has been used by the native people of the tropics. It is prized for it's skin softening and soothing properties, the ability to rejuvenate sun and weather damaged skin as well as tackle skin issues such as rashes, eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. Yet this butter is so gentle in nature that it is also the perfect solution for babies skin. It remains semi- solid until about 95 degrees Fahrenheit, then becomes a liquid.
|Unadulterated Mango Butter|
It contains stearic, oleic, and linoleic acids (unsaturated omega 6 fatty acid), each of these acids are hungrily eaten up by our skin. And also contains vitamin A, copious amounts of vitamin E, C and D, multiple B vitamins, folic acid, calcium, iron and magnesium! It helps the dermal layers maintain hydration and reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles while helping to restore elasticity and tensile strength of skin.
Science has shown us that vitamins A and C have a direct influence on the growth, strength, and structure of our hair. As well as combating and reducing free radical effects and other daily toxins that come into contact with our skin.
Mango butter also is touted to have a natural SPF of about 4-6. Though not advised here to use as a replacement for sun screen it does have the ability to protect skin and hair from damaging UV rays and in the aftermath of sun burn soothes and nourishes the sensitive skin.
|Traditional Extraction of Oil|
Traditional harvesting begins with the collecting of the mango's in their peak of ripeness. Once collected the fruit is pealed away leaving only the "stone" or seed of the mango. These are washed with water and the seeds are left out to sun dry, reducing the moisture content to 12-15%. The dried seed stone is then roasted in a drum roaster and the hull is removed manually by beating with wooden clubs. The separated kernels are crushed into small pieces and placed in hot water so the fat's float to the top where they are scraped off and collected as "butter". There are more modern practices also used today involving hexane and solvent extraction and mechanical instead of hand powered processes.
DIY Hair Tonic:
Take mango butter 1 time per month using a liberal amount coat your hair from scalp to the end of each strand.
Brush through alleviating all the tangles and wrap in a warm moist towel for 20 minutes prior to showering
Rinse out and shampoo and condition as normal.
Let us know HOW this works for you! Do you notice a difference?
From us at Recherch'e Organics to you!