Brazil nut oil is extracted from Brazil nuts, fruits rich in protein, vitamins (especially vitamin E) and mineral salts. It has a light yellow color with a pleasant scent and, since its tree grows spontaneously, without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers, it can be considered an organic product.
Brazil nut oil is perfect for both skin and hair, it is particularly suitable as an anti-inflammatory of the mucous membrane, for those suffering from respiratory problems, helps digestion and has a mild laxative effect.
An oil with infinite properties that of the Brazilian walnut, still little known in Italy; a precious treasure for natives for the care of skin, hair, but not only, let’s get to know it closely!
The nut that feeds loves to hide
Directly from the Amazon rainforest, the Brazil nut is a concentrate of well-being. Not to be confused with pecan nut and macadamia nut. Externally it resembles a coconut, but, once split, we do not find milk, but about twenty nuts with casing to break before arriving at the pulp. A double protection for a really valuable content!
A beauty product of daily use, Brazil nut oil is perfect for both skin and hair. It has a light yellow color with a pleasant scent. Brazil nut oil is a tree that grows spontaneously, without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers, to be considered an organic product.
Traditionally, the Indian tribes of the Amazon used it specifically for hair care: in fact, it nourishes and protects them, giving softness and brightness.
It is an oil particularly suitable for those who have colored hair or with mèches or in any case long and want to preserve its beauty up to the tips. It can be used diluted or pure, as a pre-shampoo mask, on the market it is frequent to find it as an ingredient in shampoos, conditioners and masks.
… and for the skin!
It is also an excellent massage oil to nourish the skin and keep it protected from dehydration and cracking. It is therefore ideal for those with dry skin, thanks to its emollient and nourishing properties, but not only: it is an excellent anti acne for those with gaseous skin, thanks to its anti-inflammatory virtues.
In Brazil it is mainly used as an ingredient in sunscreens and after-sunscreens, face creams, lip gloss and soaps. It is found commercially in many organic stores, fair trade or even on the internet, often combined with macadamia oil.
The oil of this walnut is also used in aromatherapy as a base oil or carrier, that is, to dilute essential oils. A good circulation stimulating oil used in aromatherapy massage is based on Brazil nut oil and is composed as follows: walnut oil base, to which add a drop of circulation activating and toning essential oils, such as mint essential oil, rosemary oil, cypress or lemon essential oil.
Its daily application improves blood circulation, helping to combat heaviness and swelling of the lower extremities. You can also pour about ten drops into the bath.
In the kitchen
Three nuts a day are enough to receive the right nourishment from these precious nuts. They can be eaten as a snack, as a snack, to fight nervous hunger or during main meals or breakfast.
They are consumed whole, cut, chopped or ground. They are also added to desserts, fruit, biscuits, salads, fillings, ice creams.
It is also used the oil, known in South America as “aceite de castaña”. It is sold online generally in 250ml bottles. The extra-virgin olive oil, obtained from the first pressing of the walnuts, replaces olive oil for its pleasant taste, which can be used both cold, to season the salad, for example, and for cooking.
The properties of the fruit
Brazil nuts are rich in protein (100 grams of nuts contain about 16% protein), vitamins (especially vitamin E and B vitamins) and mineral salts (phosphorus, potassium, manganese, magnesium, calcium, iron, sulfur, copper).
The fats contained are then monounsaturated, omega 3, which help regulate blood cholesterol levels. They also contain a good dose of selenium, a powerful anti-radical, used to eliminate free radicals. They are very caloric: 100 grams of nuts provide about 650 calories.
There are many properties of nuts and oil: they strengthen the skin and hair, help fight stress, stimulate thyroid functions, promote the development of muscle mass, purify the liver and maintain constant blood glucose value, assist male fertility and, according to research, would be able to prevent colon and prostate cancers.
The oil is particularly suitable as an anti-inflammatory of the mucous membrane, for those suffering from respiratory problems, helps digestion and has a mild laxative effect.
Curiosity: the Brazilian walnut is also called “chestnut of Brazil” and its trees, which stand out among the forests of Brazil, Bolivia and Peru, have a very long life, can exceed 700 years of age!