The prickly pear first appeared in Latin America and specifically in Mexico. In Europe, Spanish seafarers brought it in the 15th -16th century. From there it traveled to our country, thriving on the islands and beyond, thanks to the dry climate.
Its seeds contain oils that carry various types of fatty acids, phenols and nutrients, such as vitamin E, phytosterols and antioxidants.
Then, while it has been consumed for centuries because of its wonderful taste. Only in recent years and after scientific research, we have characterized prickly pear as a superfood!
The Health Benefits
The bioactive phytonutrients in prickly pear are called betalains. Studies show that their properties reduce blood pressure, control diabetes and cholesterol and relieve gastrointestinal irritations.
Its rich content of antioxidants protects against cancer and joint diseases, while strengthening our immune system.
Thanks to the potassium it contains, it protects our circulatory system, helping the proper functioning of the heart, while malic and citric acid contribute to the smooth conduct of digestion.
Prickly pear is also considered the ideal means to combat fluid retention! If we diet before menstruation, but also during menopause, bloating and swelling are part of our daily routine.
Prickly pear increases diuresis completely naturally, eliminating excess fluids and extra pounds! And in case we overdid it in the gym, the prickly pears contribute to the muscle recovery after each of our intensive efforts!
Prickly Pear Oil: For Our Beauty, With Love!
The beneficial ingredients of prickly pears enhance the health of our skin on many levels.
Thanks to the antioxidants they contain, they neutralize the free radicals that cause premature aging because of sunlight.
- Their antibacterial substances enhance the natural cleansing of the skin, immediately reducing the effects of acne.
- Its high content of linoleic acid enhances the hydration of the skin, while helping the skin to remain hydrated.
- Thanks to the vitamin E and K it contains, it “softens” the skin and helps reduce dark circles around the sensitive eye area.
- Its anti-inflammatory properties make it ideal for immediate healing of wounds or cuts on the skin.
- Its composition strengthens weak and damaged nails, while restoring their healthy growth while preventing intense dryness in the area.
- Thanks to the high content of fatty acids and proteins (twice as much as in argan oil), it penetrates deeper into the scalp and offers intense, natural shine to our hair.
A ton of prickly pear produced from 25 kilos of seeds allows the production of one liter of oil. Therefore, it is one of the most expensive oils in the world.
How To Use Prickly Pear Oil
It is important to look for prickly pear oil in organic stores or pharmacies, with indications “100% pure”, “cold pressed”, “virgin” or “organic”, in order to enjoy its benefits to the fullest.
There is no risk because of its low toxicity when used for our skin care. If we suffer from allergies, it is good to do the usual test, applying a couple of drops on some part of the skin.
After 24 hours we can use it safely, if we have noticed no inflammation.
We can use the prickly pear oil insoluble, dropping two or three drops inside our palm and then passing it on the face.
It is also used as a base oil. We can mix it with another essential oil. For example, if we add two drops of essential oil to a teaspoon of prickly pear oil, we will have a 2% solution. If we add five, we will have 5%, etc.
Ideal for dry and oily skin with acne. Helps balance skin hydration, inhibits sensitivities, and fights discoloration.
Overall, great for all skin types! Softens, moisturizes and gives radiance to the skin from the first contact. We can use it to keep our skin healthy and radiant, to prevent the first signs of aging or to reduce existing wrinkles!
It can be stored for 1-2 years, after the first opening, while it is better to keep it in the refrigerator, if the room temperature is high.
Also, pay attention to the consumption of prickly pears! Excessive amounts can cause bloating, nausea and bowel dysfunction. Excellent measure, then!