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Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus indica) Virgin Plant Oil

Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus indica) Virgin Plant Oil


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Prickly Pear (Opuntia ficus indica) Virgin Plant Oil

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Plant description

Latin Name : Opuntia ficus indica
English Name : Prickly Pear Seed oil
French Name : Huile de pépins de figue de Barbarie
Family : Cactaceae
Origin : Maroc/Morocco

History and Origin

The prickly pear is a cactus that grows in abundance in the Mediterranean area. It produces a rare and precious oil and should not be confused with the prickly pear macerated oil, less expensive, but also less active. The oil, extracted by cold pressuring the prickly pear seeds, is present at a very low level in the seed (5 %), explaining its high price for a vegetable oil.  

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Used Part : Seeds 
Extraction : Cold pressing
Main Components : Linoleic acid (polyunsaturated omega-6) 50-60 %, tocopherols and tocotrienols (vitamin E) ~ 1000mg/kg (powerful antioxydants), sterols (~ 10g/kg) : beta-sitosterol, compesterol, stigmasterol.
Oil Characteristics : Yellow-to green oily liquid with a characteristic odour, plant scent, slightly acid and spicy. Dry to the touch, the oil penetrates the skin quickly.  
Properties : The precious prickly pear seed oil has amazing regenerative and moisture-preserving qualities. It is exceptionally rich in vitamin E and sterols, which gives it an extraordinary ability to protect the skin against free radicals. The oil also contains many essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid (omega-6) and constitutes an excellent skin softening and healing treatment. The prickly pear seed oil is an essential to fight against skin ageing.
Indications : In addition, the oil is very effective to reduce skin scars.
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Night care : after cleansing, apply pure prickly pear seed oil to face and neck. It could also be added to a night cream to enhance its anti-ageing properties. 

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