This natural substance is sometimes used as an ingredient in skincare products—the maracuja oil. A lot of Maracuja oil products are made from the seeds of Passiflora incarnate or commonly known as passion flower, while some came from the seeds of Passiflora edulis or known as passion fruit. Some say that Maracuja oil act as an emollient. Proponents claim that the oil is a rich source of many substances thought to enhance skin health, including essential fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants (such as vitamin C).
Uses for Maracuja Oil
In alternative medicine, when applied to the skin, maracuja oil is a touted as a natural solution for the following skin problems:
• dry skin
Maracuja oil is also said to act as an anti-aging remedy when applied to the skin. In addition, applying maracuja oil to the scalp and/or hair is purported to promote hair growth and treat dry or damaged hair.
Some proponents also suggest that using maracuja oil as a massage aid can help ease muscle aches and reduce stress.
Health Benefits of Maracuja Oil
So far, few studies have tested the potential benefits of maracuja oil. However, some preliminary research indicates that maracuja oil may have certain beneficial properties. In a study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition in 2008, for instance, scientists determined that oil extracted from passion fruit seeds contains a high amount of linoleic acid (a type of essential fatty acid that plays a key role in skin function).
Also present in safflower and sunflower oils, linoleic acid has been found to reduce inflammation when applied directly to the skin.
Additionally, a study published in in 2011 indicates that passion fruit oil has a high antioxidant activity. Although this study did not look at the skin-protecting effects of maracuja oil, there's some evidence that applying antioxidants to the skin may help fight sun damage (a key contributor to skin aging) and reverse signs of sun damage in the skin.
Where to Find It
Maracuja oil is sold in some natural-foods stores and stores specializing in natural-beauty products. You can also purchase maracuja oil online.
Using Maracuja Oil for Health
Due to the limited research, it's too soon to recommend maracuja oil for any condition. If you're considering using it, talk to your doctor first. Keep in mind that alternative medicine should not be used as a substitute for standard care.