From the Hawaiian Kukui Nut Tree (pronounced coo-coo-ee), comes a rich exotic carrier oil which is a delight for the skin. The oil is cold pressed from the seeds of the Kukui Nut Tree (Alleurites moluccana), producing an oil with a light yellow color and little to no odor. Initially brought to Hawaii from its early settlers, it adapted quickly and is now Hawaii’s office State Tree. “Kukui” in Hawaiian means “enlightenment”. Used traditionally by Hawaiians to protect and nourish the skin and hair from the elements, especially baby’s skin, it continues in wide use throughout the Pacific Islands today.
It may be used on all skin types but is especially soothing to dry, cracked skin, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn and acne. It doesn’t cure these symptoms but it does provide effective treatment for these symptoms. Being a light and moisturizing oil it is also well liked as a facial oil since it is easily absorbed by the skin without leaving a greasy, oily feeling. Used as a body oil, it forms a semi-permeable barrier that protects dry, damaged skin from further damage and permits dry skin to heal naturally. It is high in the essential fatty acids linoleic and linolenic acids. Kukui Nut Oil contains vitamins A, C & E – all anti-oxidants that help create and protect healthy skin tissue. Have a dry, itchy scalp? Use this as a hot oil treatment, massaging the scalp, to help soothe this condition.
Today this cherished oil is used in many bodycare products such as lotions, creams and massage oils. Kukui Nut Oil can be used alone but since it is a bit more pricier than other carrier oils, using it in a blend makes it last longer. Kukui Nut Oil goes rancid rather quickly so if used alone, make sure you use wheatgerm oil to extend its shelf life. People with allergies to nuts of any kind should avoid using nut-based products.
This is a lovely soothing massage oil using the prized Kukui Nut Oil:
Quiet Caress Massage Blend
9 drops Ylang Ylang, Complete ● 8 drops Coriander ● 7 drops Australian Sandalwood; 1 oz. Grapeseed Oil ● ½ oz. Kukui Nut Oil ● ½ oz. Jojoba Oil ● 1 tsp. of Wheatgerm Oil. Mix the essential oils and then add to carrier oils, mixing well. Absolute Bliss!