From Morocco, organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil, virgin, unrefined. One of the most effective skin nourishing oils. Packed with Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, Prickly Pear oil is a potent antioxidant and free radical scavenger.
The arduous task to produce premium quality Prickly Pear oil first begins in a women's collective with gathering the fruit and then separating the tiny seeds by hand from the fruit. Seeds are then dried and cold pressed, virgin, unrefined. Prickly Pear seeds contain little oil, only about 5%, so to make this precious oil about ½ ton is necessary to produce just 16 ounces! By popular demand we've added a 1 oz amber glass bottle with glass bulb dropper top to our size options.
Prickly Pear oil has an aromatically pleasant subtle sweet citrus smell similar to the fresh ripe fruit. Prickly Pear seed oil is rapidly absorbed, highly moisturizing, leaves skin feeling velvety soft, improves skin elasticity and is a valuable addition to anti-aging formulations. Prickly Pear seed oil is also excellent for dry and damaged hair.
Prickly Pear is known as Indian fig opuntia, Barbary Fig, Cactus Pear, and Spineless Cactus. Growth flourishes in arid and semiarid climates. India, Morocco, and Tunisia produce the largest amount of premium Prickly Pear Seed oil of all worldwide growing locations. Some use the fruit for making delicious jams and jellies in addition to the nourishing skin oil. If you should spot Prickly Pear fruit in your grocery produce section give it a try, it's a sweet delicious fruit that tastes similar to watermelon.
In herbal and folklore medicine the fruit is used for wounds and eaten to treat inflammation of the digestive and urinary tracts. The fruit is also known to have been eaten to stave off scurvy on sailing ships.