Ingredient Spotlight: Buriti Oil

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Buriti Oil is a palm oil that we use in Elemental Herbs’ sunsticks and, which will soon be in our entire line of sunscreens. We purchase buriti oil that has been sustainably harvested and organic to maintain the purity of our products.

Buriti oil is an orange-reddish oil extracted from the fruit of the Moriche palm. The oil contains high concentrations of oleic acid, tocopherols and carotenoids, especially betacarotene. Recently it has been found to filter and absorb cancer-causing UV rays from the sun, making it a perfect ingredient for our sunscreens. Also high in vitamin A, the oil is extracted from the pulp of the tree’s fruit. It is also used to treat burns because of its soothing qualities.

Buriti oil comes from the Moriche Palm, is a palm tree that grows in and near swamps and other wet areas in tropical South America. The trees can reach over 100 feet in height and have large leaves that form a rounded crown, and yellow flowers. The fruit, which grows from December to June, is brown and is covered with shiny scales. Inside, yellow flesh covers a hard, oval, nut. Once they drop from the tree, the nuts float, which is how the palm tree propagates.

The Moriche Palm fruit is edible, has a high vitamin C content, and used to make juice, jam, ice cream, and other items.