Mongongo oil is derived from the nuts of Mongongo trees found in Southern Africa. Mongongo is often referred to as Manketti. The two terms are interwoven.
The kernel has a protein content of about 25% and a fat content of about 50%. It has a high vitamin E content – around 560mg per 100 grams.
The kernel contains calcium, magnesium, iron, copper, zinc, thiamine, riboflavin, nicotinic acid, and high vitamin E concentrations (almost entirely as g-tocopherol). Due to the high g-tocopherol content, the oil is stable and does not become rancid in the African heat.
Mongongo oil has hydrating, regenerating and restructuring properties due to the presence of eleostearic acid, which reacts rapidly with UV light producing polymerisation.
- It is added to lotions, creams, lip balms, sun care products, body butter formulations and massage oil.
- It helps to regenerate and moisturise the skin.
- It ensures the growth and maintenance of hair health.
- It prevents hair damage and loss of moisture.
- It repairs and moisturises mature and damaged skin.
- It protects the hair from environmental pollutants and blow-drying.
- Apply this oil to the hair to protect it from the damage caused by the sun and the chemicals applied to the hair.
- It maintains the lustre and shine of the hair.