Macadamia Nut Oil is so ridiculously under rated and I’m not sure why because it is one of the most powerful and praised oils for many reasons one of them being skincare. Macadamia is very similar to the skin’s natural oils and is rich with nutrients, making it beneficial for all skin types. It hydrates as it heals and softens the skin. It is an effective antioxidant, promoting the health of cell membranes. Non-greasy and very absorbent, Macadamia is used to treat, acne, eczema, split ends, dandruff, dry skin and brittle nails. Its robust palmitoleic acid content can prevent wrinkles and soften fine lines. Beyond the skin, Macadamia can add strength and purity to your hair and nails. Because its natural composition is close to the skin’s natural oil, Macadamia can actually restore cell membranes. Say no to stress and yes to solidarity and well being. Below I will be talking about the benefits of cold processed macadamia nut oil.
Botanical Name: Macadamia integrifolia
Extraction Method: Cold Pressed
Color: Clear and colorless to a pale yellow liquid
Consistency: A thin, light yet rich feeling oil
Absorption: Absorbs quickly, and leaves a non-greasy feeling
Shelf Life: 2 years with proper storage conditions (cool, out of direct sunlight). Refrigeration after opening is recommended
Cautions: Macadamia Nut Carrier Oil should not be used by those with a nut allergy
Macadamia Nut Oil Benefits For The Skin:
Even though I have super dry flaky skin, I don’t enjoy my skin feeling greasy so I love that macadamia nut oil absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel oily on my skin. This oil only leaves my skin feeling super soft and moisturized. If you find oils like sweet almond, or grapeseed oil are too oily, I highly recommend giving raw macadamia nut oil a try.
Although I love using my homemade anti aging serum that has rosehip oil, I also love dabbing 1 drop under my eyes at night time. I feel like my eyes feel extra moisturized when I use this oil at night and as a bonus, my eyes don’t look so puffy in the morning.
Although macadamia nut oil does remove makeup easily, I wouldn’t necessarily us it, only because it’s a pricey oil and I think it’s such a waste of money to use this oil in that way when there are oils for the fraction of the price, like coconut oil that can do the same thing. If you still want to try this oil to remove makeup, apply a few drops to a cotton pad.
Macadamia nut oil makes a great carrier oil to use with essential oils because it’s not greasy and absorbs into the skin quickly. Use just as you would coconut oil when it comes to diluting essential oils.
Macadamia oil makes a great nail treatment. Massaging the hands and cuticles with macadamia oil prevents cuticle damage. It not just improves the condition of the cuticles, but also gives you strong and healthy nails.
Macadamia Nut Oil Benefits For The Hair:
Macadamia nuts contain palmitoleic acid, a monounsaturated fat that promotes the production of sebum in the scalp. This replenishes the follicles, rejuvenating the hair. It also moisturizes and strengthens rough and dry hair. Add a little macadamia nut oil to your conditioner and apply it to the hair. This will make the hair silky and smooth. Regular hair massage with macadamia oil increases shine, rebuilds elasticity, and stimulates hair growth.
Macadamia nut oil does wonders for hair care, especially if your hair is in serious need of some moisture. I like apply a few drops just to the ends of my hair before I blow dry it. Unlike most hair oils, raw macadamia nut oil absorbs into the hair quickly without it feeling greasy.
Macadamia Nut Oil Benefits For Health:
Macadamia nuts are a rich source of Vitamin, A, riboflavin, iron, protein, niacin, thiamine and folates. They contain moderate amounts of copper, zinc, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Macadamia contains antioxidants, like polyphenols, amino acids, flavons and selenium. It’s also a good source of carbohydrates.
Most people avoid eating macadamia nuts and using macadamia nut oil thinking that it is filled with fats and cholesterol. However, the fat in macadamia is monounsaturated fats which promote weight loss . Macadamia nuts are rich in palmitoleic acid, and omega 7 fatty oil that provide building blocks for the enzymes and control the burning of fat and curb the appetite. Palmitoleic acid increases fat metabolism and reduces fat storage. Their fatty acids content makes them an extremely satisfying food and you will need only a handful to feel satisfied.
Macadamia nuts contain a high value of fat, but the fat is monounsaturated in form. The monounsaturated fat helps to lower cholesterol, decreasing the risk of heart diseases and stroke. The high fiber content in macadamia nuts maintains a healthy blood lipid profile, protecting the body from coronary artery diseases.
Adding macadamia to your diet can help reduce cholesterol as it is a cholesterol free food. A research conducted in the University of Hawaii found that people who followed a Macadamia diet had lower cholesterol levels than those who did not. A diet rich in macadamia also lowers the levels of triglycerides in the body.
Macadamia promotes health of the nervous system. Copper in macadamia helps to make neurotransmitters, the chemicals which our brain cell uses to send chemical signals.
Macadamia is also noted for its high flavonoid content. Flavonoids are compounds found naturally in plants. These compounds protect the body from environmental toxins and help to repair damaged cells. The antioxidants present in Macadamia destroy the free radicals, protecting the body from several diseases.
I purchase my Macadamia nut oil in bulk from New Directions Aromatics.