Babassu oil or cusi oil is a clear light yellow vegetable oil extracted from the seeds of the babassu palm (Attalea speciosa), which grows in the Amazon region of South America. The babassu tree is a palm tree that stands approximately 20 meters tall. It is native to Brazil in South American. It grows widely in Brazil and is considered a major industrial and economical resource for the region. Babassu oil contains about 70% lipids. It is high in lauric and myristic acids.
These acids have melting points that are close to the human body temperature so, when applied, babassu oil draws the heat from the skin to initiate melting. Therefore,the transfer of the heat creates a cooling sensation on the skin. Babassu oil also forms a protective, soothing coat when applied to the skin as well as a pleasant, smooth feeling. Babassu oil is considered to be a superior emollient that is beneficial for either dry or oily complexions. It gently moisturizes the skin without leaving an oily sheen.
Methods of Extraction& Uses
It is cold pressed from the kernel and is produced without chemicals. The fruit of the babassu is used in products such as drugs , cosmetics, and beverages. The oil from the seeds is commonly used for cooking and in making soap. The babassu tree's leaves are even used to provide thatch for houses as wells as woven mats for the construction walls for homes and other uses. The lumber is used for timbers. This oil has properties similar to coconut oil and is used in much the same context. It is increasingly being used as a substitute for coconut oil.
For all these reasons and more, the babassu tree is major industrial, economical and human resource for the region as well as being the source of babassu oil known for it's healing properties throughout the world.