What is Mango Butter?
Mango butter is a natural butter that is made from the kernel of the mango fruit. Scientifically known as Mangifera indica, mangoes are extremely popular as a tropical fruit, but this particular body butter is made just from the seed. It is off-white in color and is similar to cocoa butter. While the type of mango butter you can make at home does have some nourishing properties, the cold-pressing of the oil from the seed is an important step that releases many of the active ingredients. For that reason, given the complexity of the production process, mango butter is purchased pre-made from stores.
Mango butter is not only for applying to the skin, such as shea butter or cocoa butter; it can also be consumed and used as a replacement for traditional butter. Mango butter doesn’t smell or taste like mangoes since it is made from the kernel, rather than the flesh of the fruit, but it does have a pleasant texture when properly prepared.
How to Make Mango Butter?
If you want to make mango butter at home, the process is very time-intensive and requires a lot of mango kernels. If you are an avid mango eater, collecting these seeds may not be difficult, but you would require a hydraulic press of some kind to extract the necessary oils from the kernels for the butter to be effective and packed with bioavailable nutrients.
- Step 1 – Gather 15-20 mango kernels and a hydraulic press.
- Step 2 – Following the press instructions, extract the mango kernel oil.
- Step 3 – Add the mango kernel oil to whipper butter in a blender or mixing bowl.
- Step 4 – Stir thoroughly, then shape it into a butter container or jar.
- Step 5 – Store the mango butter for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.
Mango Butter Health Benefits
Mango butter softens the skin, treats dermatitis, sunburn, and eczema, and moisturizes and protects the skin from UV rays. There are other few impressive benefits of mango butter like preventing premature aging, healing wounds, strengthening the immune system, and lowering your risk of chronic diseases.
With the rich antioxidant content found in mango kernels, this butter is an excellent topical application for eliminating skin conditions. It can help to alleviate inflammation on the skin caused by psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, and rosacea, among other common conditions.
The antioxidants will also neutralize free radicals, which cause oxidative stress in the skin and are responsible for wrinkles, age spots, and blemishes. Applying this butter to your skin can also improve skin elasticity to keep you looking younger for longer.
If you apply this butter to your skin before going out in the sun, you will have a lower chance of getting a sunburn, but if you apply after experiencing a burn, it can also speed the healing process. It also protects you from the harmful UV radiation.
Moisturizes the Skin
This body butter is known to moisturize the skin and help water be transdermally delivered into the skin, keeping your skin supple and soft to the touch.
Prevents Chronic Diseases
Speeds Wound Healing
How to Use Mango Butter?
You can use mango butter in hair wash or as a daily body scrub to improve your overall skin health. Be sure to wash off any excess butter that doesn’t get absorbed into the body.