The Latin name for red palm oil is Elaeis guineensis.
This bright red oil is produced from the flesh of the palm fruit. The fruits are washed and gently steamed for a few minutes to soften the pulp. The fruits are then pounded to separate the flesh from the nut.
The flesh is placed in a hand-operated press, which presses the oil out of the flesh. The red oil is heated slightly to remove water, then filtered through a gravity filtering system to remove any impurities.
Red palm oil is considered the richest natural source of skin-healing carotenoids. The oil contains about 15 times more carotenoids than carrots!
It is a great skin conditioner and moisturizer, and is known for soothing eczema and psoriasis. It brings a bright red color and soft texture to your butter blends. When red palm oil is cold, it looks and feels more like a soft butter. The aroma is peppery and bright.
I add red palm oil to my body butters for its pronounced skin healing properties and the beautiful color it brings to the butter!
Did you know?
- Red palm oil is a rich source of vitamin A in the form of carotenoids. The carotenoids give the oil its deep red color.
- The oil is used as food and as a skin conditioner, and has cultural significance in many African regions.
- Red palm oil is high in tocotrienols, which are antioxidants that belong to the Vitamin E family. Red palm oil is particularly rich in these tocotrienols. In fact, it's one of the only vegetable oils with an abundant tocotrienol content.
- Red palm oil doesn't play well with white shirts! Be sure to dilute well with other carrier oils to protect light colored clothing and sheets.