Our Prickly Pear Oil was influenced by a memory of eating prickly pear fruit when I was young. I was walking through our local farmers market when I came across prickly pear fruit and my heart sang. You could not wipe the smile off my face and I'm pretty sure I made an embarrassingly high pitch, squeal of excitement. You don't understand. Do you know how many people looked at me like I was crazy when I would tell them I miss eating cactus fruit? "Here's Jaz again, talking about all the weird stuff she's eaten". That's when I decided to create a product somehow tied to prickly pear so that I could introduce this really amazing fruit to everyone.
In Mexico, we eat cactus cleaned, sliced and grilled. To be completely honest, I wasn't quite a huge fan of cactus as a child. Depending how you're cooking and eating it, the somewhat 'gooey' consistency may not suit well if you have a thing for texture. Now as an adult, whenever I get the chance to eat nopal (cactus) I savor every bite. Thinking about it right now is making me wish the Azteca in Downtown Norcross was still open at 1am. My favorite way to eat it? Grilled and in a taco with lot's of lime and salsa. The truth is that my prickly pear and nopal eating memories were all I really knew about prickly pear: it was a fruit, came from a cactus and we eat it.
So I did some research, and more research only to wonder why there hasn't been more hype about prickly pear (Opuntia Ficus-Indica) seed oil. These under-appreciated plants have been used throughout the years and world as medicine. For example, the Prickly pear cactus has been used to treat burns, including the Aztecs. In Mexican traditional medicine, prickly pear cactus is used for the treatment of diabetes and high cholesterol. The Native American Indians used the fruit for food and also made syrup from it as medicine to treat whooping cough and asthma. I'm serious, go to your search engine and search 'prickly pear oil' and see how many hits you get. 4.3 million results will populate for prickly pear vs Argan oil with 56.1 million results, let's not forget to mention coconut oil coming in at 423 million results. Although 4.3 million hits seem a lot to you and me, it is only 'chump change' to its counterparts.
However, it's only been recently that the benefits of the seed oil have come to light and prickly pear has recently been hyped up through prickly pear tea combinations to prickly pear margaritas (all super yummy!). But, does anyone really know what the skincare benefits for prickly seed oil benefits?
Prickly Pear Seed Oil is known to have the following benefits*: