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Benefits of Sacha Inchi Oil for Skin & Hair

Updated: 3 days ago

A Sustainable Ingredient Used by Deer Heart Solutions

Photo of Sacha Inchi plant - ingredient used by Deer Heart Solutions

Ancestral Knowledge

Have you heard of Sacha Inchi yet? While some call it the "newest Super Food" and research is revealing the extent of the benefits it provides to mind and body (including skin and hair) - this nourishing plant was cultivated by the Incans 3,000 - 5,000 years ago and knowledge of this nourishing plant has ben passed down through the generations.

Besides taking advantage of the seed's nutritional benefits, several tribes indigenous to the Amazon - including the Mayoruna, Chayahuita, Shipibo-Conibo, and Bora - use a traditional mixture of ground Sacha Inchi seeds and Sacha Inchi oil to soften and rejuvenate the skin and recover from insect bites and infections. The Secoya, Candoshi, Amuesha, and Cashibo tribes will massage the oil onto the skin to relieve muscle pain and rheumatism.

Economic Growth, Biodiversity & Sustainability

The cultivation of Sacha Inchi has spread to other Amazonian countries, such as Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil. These crops are not only generating new income for indigenous farmers - they are easily grown without the use of pesticides, they are helping restore degraded land, and they are reducing carbon emissions from deforestation. In order to meet the growing interest from the Western world, farms have also "cropped" up in Laos and other Asian nations.

Peruvian farmer with child, harvesting Sacha Inchi.

Benefits of Sacha Inchi Oil for Skin, Beards, & Hair

So - what makes Sacha Inchi so great? Also known as Inca Peanut, Wild Peanut, or Mountain Peanut (among other nicknames), this star-shaped plant is a complete protein, containing all 8 essential amino acids that our bodies cannot create. The benefits of Sacha Inchi Oil for skin and hair are due, in large part, to its high levels of essential fatty acids.

  • Alpha-Linolenic Acid: Our Sacha Inchi Oil is 45% α-Linolenic Acid, the parent fat of the polyunsaturated Omega-3 fatty acids. It is crucial for skin function and appearance.

  • Linoleic Acid: O Our Sacha Inchi Oil is 32% Linoleic Acid, an Omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid. It is crucial to skin function and appearance and is an essential building block for ceramides, one of the main moisturizing elements in our skin.

  • Oleic Acid: It has 9% Oleic Acid, a mono-unsaturated Omega-9 fatty acid that helps strengthen the skin barrier and promotes hair growth.

  • Palmitic Acid: It has 4% Palmitic Acid, an Omega-6 fatty acid that improves skin texture.

  • Stearic Acid: It has 3^ Stearic Acid, which cleanses the skin while also forming a protective barrier.

  • Vitamin A: assists in maintaining a healthy dermis and epidermis; the top two layers of your skin

  • Vitamin C: evens skin tone & prevents hair from growing weak, brittle, and thin

  • Vitamin E: protects against damage from UV rays and pollutants

Sacha Inchi has a comedogenic rating of 1 - which means this oil will absorb quickly and won't clog pores. Sacha can be used by all skin types but is especially beneficial to those with dry skin, damaged skin, mature skin, oily skin, and acne-prone skin. And, it is great for wavy, curly, or coily hair types and hair that is coarse, porous, damaged, dry, or brittle.

Sacha Inchi Oil benefits skin, hair, and beards in the following ways:

  • Protects the skin's barrier against harmful UV rays and environmental stressors.

  • Reduces the appearance of hyperpigmentation, dark spots, sun spots, etc.

  • Hydrates and locks in moisture

  • Soothes irritated, red, itchy, swollen skin and dry skin

  • Reduces the appearance of scars, wrinkles, and fine lines

  • Supports skin cell regeneration and hair growth

  • Won't weigh down the skin.

  • Softens skin and hair

  • Evens skin tone for smoother, more supple and radiant skin

  • Soothes acne and reduces chances of future outbreaks

  • Supports the production of collagen

  • Strengthens hair follicles

  • Prevents the degradation of hair proteins that can happen when exposed to intense sunlight

  • Improves manageability & helps detangle

  • Prevents breakage and split ends

  • Reduces frizz

  • Adds luster and shine

Deer Heart Solutions' Products with Sacha Inchi

for beards

Lion's Mane Oil Treatment for beard growth and new beards with Sacha Inchi Oil by Deer Heart Solutions

for hair

Fragrant Tenacius Love Oil Treatment for hair with Sacha Inchi Oil by Deer Heart Solutions


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