Seje oil is produced from the fruit of the Oenocarpus bataua plant, which is native to the tropics rainforests from Panama to South America: Colombia, Venezuela, Guyanas, Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru and can be found growing wild throughout the Amazon. The usual harvesting method is manual and direct from the forest ground when the fruits fall from the tree. It is rich in palmitic, palmitoleic, stearic, oleic, linolenic and linoleic acids and sterols, particularly beta-sitosterol and stigmasterol.
It is also enrich in vitamins A, C and E, amino acids, carbohydrates and flavonoids. Seje oil is commonly used in facial balms, hair conditioners, soap making, lotions, and creams and is used to make candle. The oil is used in traditional medicine to mitigate cough and bronchitis, tuberculosis and othersuch pulmonary conditions when used either in cooking or as part of inhalation oil and it is also used to fortify the hair. It is an important part of the diet of several indigenous peoples form South America because of the benefits it offers.
Oil has been used for centuries by Amazonian people tribes and is considered the best remedy for treating scalp problems, like itching, dandruff, and hair loss due to its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It stimulates and regenerates follicle cells controlling scalp disorders caused by bacterial infections, increasing circulation and capillary strength. It can be added to hair formulations and thus helps to revitalize the roots, bringing moisture, manageability and shine as well as detangling strands, controlling frizz and defining curls. The rapid absorption rate gives seje oil a very light, non-greasy texture.
Preparing a homemade scrub with a mixture of oil and sugar seje is a great recipe to treat dry skin and rough hands, rub until sugar is completely dissolved. Then wash your hands with warm water. Another great natural remedy is to apply warm oil on the nails and cuticles. Add a few drops of fresh lemon into a small amount of warm olive oil and soak your hands for 5 to 10 minutes. When compared with other oils seje oil has been very favourable compared to even olive oil in terms of its superior quality and is also an excellent choice for massage therapy.