Mountain Rose Herbs certified organic, unrefined cocoa butter is trade certified through the Fair for Life program. This organic cocoa butter is suitable for food and cosmetic use, and makes an exquisite ingredient within culinary products, especially chocolate.
As an unrefined cosmetic or herbal treatment cocoa butter, it is naturally rich in Vitamin E and also contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), a substance that inhibits the production of the immuno globulin IgE. IgE is known to aggravate symptoms of both dermatitis and asthma. For centuries pregnant women have used pure cocoa butter for stretch marks - both prevention and treatment. Cocoa butter is also a folk remedy for burns, cough, dry lips, fever, malaria, rheumatism, snakebite and wounds. It is reported to be antiseptic and diuretic.
To Make Cocoa Butter Suppositories
You can also use cocoa butter to make suppositories. First you melt the cocoa butter in a small bowl, placed inside a larger bowl of very hot water. As you stir the cocoa butter around, it will melt. When it is melted, mix in any other desired ingredients and then pour into suppository molds and allow to harden at room temperature. Once hardened, quickly flash the mold under hot water and then slide the suppositories out onto a sheet of wax paper. Allow the suppositories to harden again and then store in a glass jar in the fridge or in a cool room.
Benefits of Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter contains natural antioxidants that give it a long shelf life of over 3 years. It is naturally rich in Vitamin E as well as a number of other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin E helps to soothe, hydrate, and balance the skin and also provides the skin collagen which assists with wrinkles and other signs of ageing. Cocoa butter also contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), a substance that inhibits the production of the immuno globulin IgE. IgE is known to aggravate symptoms of both dermatitis and asthma. For centuries pregnant women have used cocoa butter formulations to prevent and treat stretch marks, but this pleasant-smelling substance is added to countless other topical preparations.
Lotions and oils containing pure cocoa butter are often used in aromatherapy massage to promote relaxation and the feeling of well-being. Research indicates that massaging the skin with cocoa butter may help relieve stress, boost the immune system, and even prevent cancer. This is because, like chocolate cocoa butter contains a lot of CMP, and there is some evidence that the CMP in cocoa butter may also help prevent heart disease and ease arthritic symptoms. Cocoa butter is mainly used is a thickening agent and is a common ingredient in lipsticks, soaps and emollient creams. It is also a folk remedy for burns, cough, dry lips, fever, malaria, rheumatism, snakebite and wounds. It is reported to be antiseptic and diuretic.
Using Cocoa Butter
Pure cocoa butter is one of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known, and melts at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin. Since cocoa butter absorbs so quickly, it immediately relieves dry and irritated skin. There are many different uses for cocoa butter, including:
- Add a spoonful to your bath water for a luxurious and healing experience. Especially helpful for those with dry or itchy skin, or sore muscles. Try adding lavender or chamomile essential oil as well, or an herbal infusion made from soothing herbs.
- In massage, cocoa butter is beneficial for overexerted muscles or for dry skin.
- In soaps, cocoa butter has a conditioning effect that adds a good lather. Try incorporating organic cocoa butter into your handmade soap recipes.
- Use cocoa butter for stretchmarks during pregnancy to keep the skin supple. It may also be used after giving birth to reduce stretch marks.
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