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The tree is medium in size (8 - 14 m), found in the flooded areas of Northern Amazonian Rainforest. The wood from pracaxi was most appreciated for burning being a wood that does not require pre-drying to burn. This nearly caused the complete extinction of this specimen in the Amazon River delta.
Traditionally pracaxi oi l is used against erysipelas, a skin infection usually caused by bacteria and applied against stretch marks of pregnant women.
Pracaxi oil obtains with 19% the highest known concentration of behenic acid, 6 times higher than that of peanut oil and is used in the cosmetic industry in products due to its excellent moisturising properties. Furthermore, it increases viscosity in emulsions which may replace, for example, the cationic surfactants in hair lotions. Has several medical applications including regeneration and healing of the skin after surgery and burns.
Promotes cell renewal in the highest level able to "weld" stretch marks and scars in teenagers and pregnant women due to the high capacity of this oil to stimulate production of collagen and elastin. Assists in the treatment of acnes and pimples, with fungicide and bactericide properties.
Pracaxi oil strengthens hair roots, thus avoiding hair loss. Induces brightness, avoiding the appearance of split ends, improves extraordinarily combing.
Deodorized oil quality is evaluated primarily by traditional quality parameters because it has been through a multistep process in which various volatile components have been removed.
Production Process: Cold Extraction
Scientific name: Pentaclethra macroloba
Source of Raw Material: Amazonian Rainforest / Brazil
Solvent Extraction: Absent
Used part of the plant: Seed
Origin of the Vegetable Drug: Wild crafted
Product harmless, for cosmetic use only, not suited for human consumption.
Should be stored tightly sealed, protected from light and heat.