(WellnessNova.com) - Organic butter isn’t just for eating – some types of organic butter are also great for your skin when applied topically. Here are four you should check out:
1. Cupuacu Organic Butter
Deep in the Amazon forest of Northern Brazil there grows the cupuacu tree which bears the cupuacu fruit. This fruit’s pulp is used to make cupuacu organic butter, which the indigenous Amazonians have been using for centuries to treat skin conditions.
Researchers have found that cupuacu organic butter is superior to lanolin-based skin products. It penetrates the skin quickly and restores elasticity while hydrating the skin 440 percent more than its weight. This incredible hydrating property combined with its moisture-retaining property are why it’s popularly called a “super moisturizer” among experts and health buffs.
Cupuacu organic butter not only lowers inflammation, but it also enriches the skin with bountiful antioxidants. These antioxidants help reverse skin aging and heal dry and sunburned skin.
Experts found that cupuacu organic butter also acts as a natural sunscreen because it protects skin from UV radiation.
But the most common way people use cupuacu organic butter is to treat eczema and psoriasis. In studies, there are over 1000 cases where doctors prescribed cupuacu organic butter as a supplementary treatment for patients with damaged skin, and those patients ended up needing about 50 percent less pharmaceutical skin treatment.
2. Shea Organic Butter
Shea organic butter has been used as a traditional African remedy for centuries to treat inflammation and as an analgesic. It’s not as powerful as cupuacu organic butter, but it’s used more widely in cosmetics.
Shea organic butter has been proven to act on your skin’s DNA — switching off and downregulating genes responsible for causing inflammation.
Researchers also found that applying shea organic butter topically can help repair the skin barrier and infuse your skin with antioxidants while helping heal any wounds.
3. Kokum Organic Butter
Kokum organic butter hails from India and is another powerfully healing organic butter. It’s actually made from the sweet kokum fruit, which is prepared with syrup as recreational drinks all over India. The drink itself has been found to help treat allergies and protect the skin from sun’s UV rays.
The seeds of the kokum fruit tree are extracted to make kokum organic butter, which is used in lotions, soaps, lip balms, and other cosmetics because of its ability to help smooth the skin. Researchers found that it also helps reverse skin aging and restore elasticity. It also imbues your skin with antioxidants.
Kokum organic butter is also easy to store! It’s one of the few organic butters that don’t need refrigeration (if you haven’t yet opened it from its package). This is because it has a higher melting point, which means it stays solid at room temperature.
4. Mango Organic Butter
Mango organic butter is made from the wild mango native to Southeast Asia. Wild mango isn’t actually that popular because its health benefits aren’t well-known. Researchers have found that the fruit is becoming less prevalent due to deforestation and lack of cultivation because the agricultural industry isn’t apt to spend resources on planting and harvesting a product that’s not popular.
But experts have found that the fruit and its leaves can help treat diarrhea and blood clotting problems. They also found that it can be used to make a cheaper, but effective alternative to cocoa organic butter – mango organic butter.
They conclude that mango organic butter has a similar fat and lipid profile as cocoa organic butter. Unfortunately, that means it has mostly saturated fats and only a minority of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. But, mango organic butter may not spoil as fast as cocoa organic butter due to its molecular content.
Like cocoa organic butter, mango organic butter helps lower inflammation while also reducing the appearance of scars.
Try these four organic butters out the next time you’re shopping for a new holistic skin care product!