Kukui—pronounced “KOOK-yoo-ee” or “kook-YOO-ee”—is pretty fun to say, isn’t it? The kukui nut tree, also called the candlenut tree, is the official state tree of Hawaii for a very good reason. Kukui nut oil has been used by Hawaiians for centuries, in a variety of ways, like for candle-making, in paints and varnishes, and during religious ceremonies. And now, the rest of the world is learning about how this amazing oil, high in poly- and monounsaturated fats, also offers benefits to the skin and hair, the immune system, and the muscles.
Here are just a few of the benefits of kukui:
- Kukui nut oil can be applied directly to the hair—simply massage it into the scalp and the ends of the strands. The oils coat the hair, adding moisture, preventing breakage, and adding luster. As an added benefit, as it coats the strands, it locks in moisture, helping to prevent unsightly dandruff. Many moisturizing shampoos and conditioners on the market contain kukui for this reason.
- Kukui nut oil has an analgesic effect, which means it helps inhibit your body’s pain receptors. It can help dull pain after an injury like a pulled muscle, and it can be used moderately to help soothe minor burns and sunburn. Diluted forms of kukui nut oil can also be used directly on scrapes, scratches, and bruises to help speed healing (ask your health practitioner first).
- Kukui nut oils deeply hydrating to the skin because it locks in moisture and keeps it there. This can lead to decreased inflammation and itchiness, and it has also proved effective against symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. The folks behind the Andalou Naturals Kukui Cocoa Nourishing Butter in the winter Yuzen box definitely know the secrets of kukui; it combines with argan oil, shea, cocoa butter, evening primrose, and antioxidants to create an ultra-hydrating moisture barrier.
- Because it’s rich in antioxidants, kukui also has immune-boosting properties. When applied regularly to the hands and face, kukui nut oil not only moisturizes but also absorbs into the skin (the body’s largest organ) to help strengthen the immune system and fight off infections.
So, are you as cuckoo for kukui as we are? Use your special discount code at andalou.com to order more of that amazing body butter, and while you’re there, check out all of Andalou’s other great products, like Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk, Lemon Sugar Facial Scrub, and Citrus Sunflower Uplifting Shower Gel.