Common names of the trees are the Australian nut or the Queensland nut. Species are “smooth shelled macadamia” called Macadamia integrifolia. Macadamias are grown profusely in the Mpumalanga province in South Africa
Macadamia Nut Oil (Macadamia integrifolia) is a thick, soothing oil, best used as a base for blending with essential oils or other carrier oils. It can be applied directly to the skin as a healing oil for scars, minor wounds, sunburns, and general face and body care. It can also be used to soften nails or for intensive hair and scalp care.
Each drop is rich in essential fatty acids, such as palmitoleic acid, which helps prevent premature aging, and Oleic Acid, which helps to prevent trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), making it perfect for moisturising dry, sensitive skin. Afrika Botanicals highly recommends this oil.
Macadamia nut oil is also high in phytosterols, which are the building blocks of our cellular membrane and structure. Phytosterols work the same way that cholesterol does in our skin, which is one of the reasons why macadamia nut oil is known to help repair the skin’s barrier function.
Supports weight loss – Research has shown that dietary fat can support reduced appetite and suppressed caloric intake.
Promotes heart health – Monounsaturated fats help lower cholesterol and decrease triglycerides (fat in the blood) with its high content of oleic acid. This helps to essentially rebalance the ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and may support a reduced risk of heart disease.
Provides antioxidants – Macadamia oil possesses vitamin E, which is not only an essential nutrient for eye health, but also a powerful antioxidant that combats free radicals in the body. This oil also contains tocotrienols. According to research, these antioxidants may support a reduced risk of some cancers.
Improves the Appearance of Skin – In addition to having high levels of oleic acids which are important for heart health, macadamia nut oil is also high in palmitoleic acid. This is an omega-7 fatty acid.
Moisturizes and Deep Conditions Hair
Boosts Flavour While Cooking – The flavour is buttery, nutty, and unreal. The smoke point of macadamia oil is 407°F, which is about double the smoke point of olive oil at 207°F.