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Cocoa Butter – Benefits & Uses

Cocoa butter is an amazing gift of nature made from the cocoa bean which is extracted from the cocoa fruit. The Cocoa butter is produced when the cocoa beans are roasted and pressed. It can be used in its natural form and as a mixture with other ingredients as well and widely used in the manufacture of chocolates, aromatherapy, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical ointments. Cocoa butter and cocoa beans are rich in Vitamin E, Omega 3 and natural fats. The cocoa fruit is usually grown in the tropical regions.

Here are some interesting benefits of Cocoa butter :

Skin care

A fantastic skin moisturizer and heals the skin from inside out. The Saturated fats in Cocoa butter are useful for healing dry, cracked skin because they’re easily absorbed and remain on the skin for hours, also suits people with sensitive skin and doesn’t cause allergies and skin irritations. However, for extra sensitive skin, a patch test is recommended. Cocoa butter can also be mixed with other essential oils like jojoba, coconut, olive and argan oil.

People love Cocoa butter for skin care as it gives a natural glow and a soft and smooth effect. Rather than using concealers, BB creams and correctors to hide pigmentation marks, cocoa butter is a much more natural way of treating pigmentation and lightening pigmentation marks. Cocoa butter also heals dry and cracked lips and keeps them hydrated, soft and supple.

Helps improve Heart Health

There are numerous plant-based saturated fats that reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Cocoa butter is one such fat has anti-inflammatory properties and helps with metabolism and is known to decrease the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attacks. All fats are not bad and introducing healthy fats in our diets such as Cocoa butter is beneficial.  

Cocoa butter contains antioxidants which help the body’s cells resist damage from the external environment such as pollution, environmental contaminants, smoking, etc. Having Cocoa butter gives you enough antioxidants to fight the oxidation that occurs.

Elevates mood

It’s a common saying that chocolates make people happy. This stands true because of the cocoa butter present in the chocolate. It increases the level of endorphin and serotonin in the brain which is responsible for elevating mood.

Balances mood swings that occur as a result of hormonal imbalance. The presence of phenylethylamine in cocoa butter acts as a stimulant resulting in mental alertness and greater stamina. Heightened senses give a sense of satisfaction to the individuals. This is how cocoa butter and eating a chocolate brings a smile to your face.

Helps build immunity

Cocoa butter is known to help the immune system by fighting inflammation and avoiding DNA damage and cellular mutations, which are the causes for most diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and illnesses that lead to fatigue. Cocoa butter used in cooking helps in reducing inflammation and helps with brain health and hormonal balance by working as an immunity booster.

Clinical studies proved that adding cocoa butter to your diet modifies cell functions and the functionality of gut-friendly tissue. Cocoa butter and the Cocoa beans are considered a superfood as they contain vitamins, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat and fulfill the daily requirement for fat.

Soothes Burns, Rashes, and Infections

Helps in healing burns, rashes, and infections. Rubbing some cocoa butter on the affected area and work wonders on skin. Cocoa butter is gentle on skin and can be used to treat skin diseases such as eczema and dermatitis.

Sunburns that are a result of too much exposure to the sun is damaging to your skin. UV rays cause premature aging and various skin conditions. Heals sunburns naturally by calming the inflammation. The antioxidant properties of Cocoa butter heal scars and skin damages that are difficult to get rid of.

Aromatherapy

Has a sweet chocolate-like aroma. The aroma is rich and soothing in nature although it is not a carrier oil, is suitable for aromatherapy. The pleasant scent of cocoa butter made it a popular ingredient in cosmetics and soaps. The sweet aroma of chocolate is hard to resist. Cocoa butter can also be blended with other essential oils for different undertones. The Aromatherapy with cocoa butter fights anxiety and depression, thus helping in relaxing and good sleep.

Another way to relax and unwind from a long and a stressful day is with a warm long bath. It is magical for a hot bath by adding about a couple of tablespoons in warm water. The melted butter can also be spiced up by adding a few drops of your favorite essential oil.

Haircare

The moisturizing benefits are not just limited to your skin. Make your hair thank you with some hair remedies that will leave your hair looking good and smelling great. It can simply show results on your hair by applying it on your hair thoroughly and rinsing it off after 15 minutes.

Cocoa butter also fights dandruff, reduces hair fall and result in healthy hair follicle beds. The sulfur content in cocoa helps in getting healthy hair and nails as well.

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