Prickly pear oil is made up of many beneficial ingredients for damaged hair and skin. The oil is unusual in that it is extracted from a cacti plant which is a time-consuming process. It takes roughly 36 hours and 470kg of prickly pears to yield just 32oz of prickly pear oil! Because of this, prickly pear oil is highly valued.
Prickly Pear Oil
Common English Name: Prickly pear (seed); barbary fig.
Botanical Name: Opuntia ficus-indica.
Plant Family: Cactaceae.
Method of Extraction: Cold pressing of the seeds.
Origin: Possibly Mexico, although the plant has been domesticated in many countries of the world.
Plant Description: A cacti with flat, rounded cladodes (in place of leaves), long, sharp spikes, flowers in the spring, and small, round fruits. The flowers are white, yellow or red and the red-purple fruits contain the seeds.
Main Chemical Components: Linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, vitamin E.
Blends Well With: Essential oils, other carrier oils.
Uses: Dry skin, undernourished skin, damaged skin, mature skin, dry and damaged hair.
Fun Fact: The seeds are separated from the pulp by hand and then dried before they are cold pressed to produce the oil.
Cautions for Use: None noted for use of the oil.