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Cocoa butter: beneficial properties and uses
Useful properties of cocoa butter
Cocoa butter is a fat obtained from the seeds of the fruit of the chocolate tree. At 16-18 ° C, the oil retains a hard and brittle texture. After heating it is a clear oily liquid. The oil softens on contact with human skin. It is a balanced natural product that has a healing effect on the entire body. Its main distinguishing feature is the content of antioxidant substances that can stimulate the immune system.
A high concentration of oleic acid allows you to restore the lost functions of the walls of blood vessels, increases their elasticity, reduces the amount of cholesterol and completely cleanses the blood, and also normalizes the barrier functions of the skin epidermis. Tocopherols (natural vitamin E) have moisturizing properties and increase collagen production.
Polyphenols significantly reduce the release of IgE immunoglobulin, eliminating allergic diseases (dermatitis, asthma).
Cocoa butter for cough
Cocoa butter is used as a cough suppressant. With the onset of cold weather, protective functions decrease, the body is exposed to colds. By giving preference to natural oil in the treatment of bronchitis, you can quickly eliminate the cough. Effectively, the effect of cocoa butter in pneumonia and asthma. A good prevention of influenza and acute respiratory infections is lubrication of the nasal mucosa with oil. The antiviral, expectorant and antibacterial properties of cocoa butter allow it to be used as a preventive and therapeutic product.
In the presence of a cough, the oil is suitable for massaging the chest and back, helping to increase blood circulation and normalize blood circulation. Thus, the functions of the capillaries of the lungs and bronchi are improved, the respiratory system is cleansed, freeing from infection.
Cough suppressant recipe: In a glass of hot milk, melt 0.5 teaspoon of cocoa butter. The drink needs to be cooled slightly and given to the patient to drink.
Cocoa butter for hair
Cocoa butter is successfully used in cosmetology, it has an incredible effect on the restoration of damaged, brittle and dry hair. The beneficial properties of the natural product strengthen the hair structure from the inside, nourish the hair follicle. Light, with a pleasant chocolate flavor, the oil returns beauty and shine to the hair after the first application. Cocoa butter can be rubbed into the hair roots after heating it in a water bath.
There are many hair treatment recipes. The use of masks with the addition of some components enhances the beneficial effect of the procedures.
Recipe number 1: 1 tablespoon of cocoa butter must be heated in a water bath and mixed with 1 tablespoon of burdock oil, then add 1 egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of kefir. Everything should be thoroughly mixed and applied to the hair, rubbing into the roots with massage movements. It is recommended to wrap your head with a film and a warm scarf. Wash off the product after 1-1.5 hours. It should be applied 2-3 times a week, the course is 12-16 masks.
Recipe number 2: 2 tablespoons of rosemary are poured into 100 ml of hot water, infused for 40-60 minutes, and then filtered. Add 2-3 tablespoons of butter melted in a water bath. Spread the mask evenly over the entire length of the hair. The head is wrapped in plastic wrap. Wash off the mask after 2-3 hours using a regular shampoo. The mask is applied 2 times a week, the course is 10-12 procedures.
Recipe No. 3: 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa butter are heated in a water bath, mixed in a 1: 1 ratio with burdock oil, 5 drops of vitamins A and E and 3 drops of grapefruit essential oil are added. The mask is evenly distributed over the entire length of the hair, washed off after 1.5-2 hours. The procedure is carried out 1-2 times a week, a course of 12-14 masks.
Cocoa butter for face
Cocoa butter has gained immense popularity in cosmetics. It is used to eliminate age-related face problems. Thanks to its softening and regenerating properties and pleasant scent, the oil is excellent in use. The content of lauric, palmitic, stearic and other acids, as well as vitamin A, allows the oil to have a high cosmetic effect. The active and beneficial components of cocoa butter nourish, maintain tone, normalize the water-lipid balance, make the skin of the face soft, elastic, smooth and protected from external factors.
Cocoa butter removes skin pigmentation and spider veins. The healing oil manifests its invaluable properties during various cosmetic procedures.
Recipe number 1: for fading skin of the face, you need to mix 1 teaspoon of cocoa butter melted in a water bath and 1 tablespoon of chopped parsley, apply on the face along the massage lines and leave for 20-30 minutes, then rinse with cool water.
Recipe number 2: for dehydrated, wrinkled skin, you need to mix 1 yolk, 1 teaspoon of liquid honey, melted cocoa butter, carrot juice, 10 drops of lemon juice. Everything should be mixed well and applied to the face for 10-15 minutes, and then rinsed with warm water and rubbed over the face with a piece of ice.
Recipe number 3: you need to mix 1 teaspoon of cocoa butter (melted in a water bath), 1 teaspoon of whole milk, 1 teaspoon of fruit or vegetable juice and apply the resulting mixture on the face for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with cool water. This mask is suitable for all skin types.
On winter days, using cocoa butter will prevent chapping of your face and lips. In addition, it perfectly softens and heals cracks in the corners of the lips. Lubricate your lips with oil at night.
Cocoa butter for body
By activating the processes of skin microcirculation, cocoa butter strengthens the capillary walls, eliminates itching, burning, redness and swelling of tissues. Intensively moisturizing the skin, it relieves any irritation, makes the skin of the body soft, elastic and velvety. Cocoa butter gently cares for the skin of the hands and feet. It protects the body from the negative effects of direct sunlight, the skin does not dry out, and remains young and healthy. The oil has an intensive effect on the skin, being a prophylactic agent preventing the appearance of stretch marks.
If there are already such changes in the skin, then the oil will help reduce stretch marks and make them inconspicuous. In addition, cocoa butter has wound healing properties and helps with burns.
Cocoa butter in cosmetology
Cocoa butter has a moisturizing, regenerating, emollient effect, it enhances the effect of the beneficial components provided for in cosmetic recipes. The antioxidant and anti-cellulite properties of cocoa butter make it an excellent product for complete skin care, able to soften the skin, smooth wrinkles, increase the elasticity and turgor of the skin. Thanks to an excellent range of skin-friendly substances, cocoa butter is used in cosmetology to combat aging.
Body massage with oil leads to relaxation of the whole organism, normalization of the functions of the nervous system, helps relieve stress and eliminates insomnia.
Cocoa butter treatment
The use of environmentally friendly, natural cocoa butter reduces the likelihood of blood clots and vascular blockages. Oil treatment is topical for digestive disorders. taking 1 teaspoon of cocoa butter before bed will help relieve stool problems. This healing drug is useful for hemorrhoids, it is recommended to introduce (in the amount of 1 teaspoon) into the rectum after defecation. Cocoa butter is also used to treat gynecological problems.
With erosion of the cervix, you can use the old method of treatment: melt 1 teaspoon of cocoa butter in a water bath, mix with 10 drops of sea buckthorn oil, soak a tampon and insert it into the vagina at night. The course of treatment is 14-18 days. If you add propolis to cocoa butter in a ratio of 1:10, you get an excellent mixture used for sore throats, pneumonia and tuberculosis. Taking it 0.5 tablespoon 3 times a day one hour before meals, you can eliminate unpleasant ailments. With this medicine you can relieve itching, achieve pain relief for burns.
By using cocoa butter for applications, it is possible to reduce the bloating of the veins with varicose veins. This ointment heals eczema, fungi, heals wounds and cracks on the nipples of nursing mothers. Incredibly healthy cocoa butter is recommended for the elderly as a preventive and therapeutic agent, preventing or curing atherosclerosis, eliminating dry skin and constipation.
Recipe No. 1: take 0.5 teaspoon of cocoa butter 2 times a day, morning and evening, 15 minutes before meals. The tool removes cholesterol.
Recipe number 2: One tablespoon of melted cocoa butter is drunk on an empty stomach early in the morning. A heating pad with well-warmed water should be placed on the right side and held for 1.5-2 hours. This procedure is carried out on a weekend (once a week) with cholecystitis, using oil as a choleretic agent.
The author of the article: Kuzmina Vera Valerievna | Endocrinologist, nutritionist
Education: Diploma of the Russian State Medical University named after NI Pirogov with a degree in General Medicine (2004). Residency at Moscow State University of Medicine and Dentistry, diploma in Endocrinology (2006).
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