Kalahari melon oil
Kalahari Melon has moisturizing, regenerating and restructuring properties, thanks to its high content of essential fatty acids (50 to 70% linoleic acid), which are not synthesized by the body.
They contribute to the integrity of the cell wall and to the suppleness and beauty of the skin. It plays a role in regulation of hydration and restructuring of the epidermis.
Oil from the seeds of the Kalahari melon is used by Purete, in products that moisturise, regenerate and restructure the skin. It has high antioxidant activity, which possibly helps the plant to survive in the harsh desert environment.
- Moisturising, restructuring and regenerating skin care products.
- Conditioning products.
About the Kalahari Melon
The Kalahari melon (citrullus lanatus) is also known as the Tsamma melon or wild watermelon and is the biological ancestor of the common watermelon now found worldwide. It is a creeping annual herb with hairy stems and bright yellow flowers.
Unlike the common watermelon, whose flesh is sweet and red, the Kalahari melon’s juicy flesh is pale yellow or green, and tastes bitter. Kalahari melon fruits are small and round in the wild, but larger and oval when cultivated. They have smooth pale green skin marked with mottled bands of darker green radiating from the stalk.
The Kalahari melon is highly adapted to surviving drought and the harsh light of the desert environment. Although found all over Southern Africa, it is most closely associated with the Kalahari sands of Namibia, Botswana, south-western Zambia and western Zimbabwe. It belongs to the botanical family of Cucurbitaceae.
The rich yellow oil of Kalahari melon seeds has been used traditionally in Southern Africa as a moisturizer to protect the skin from the sun, to promote hair growth and as an ingredient in soap. The ground seeds also have a history of use as a cosmetic, primarily being used as a face and body scrub which is said to impart a blemish-free complexion to the skin.
The juicy melons, despite their bitterness, have long been a crucial source of water for desert peoples. It is said that the Bushmen can survive for six weeks in the desert on the wild watermelons alone.
The seeds are also considered a delicacy and are eaten whole as a protein-rich snack food or roasted and stone ground into a coarse meal. They contain 35% protein as well as vitamins C, B2 and G, minerals, riboflavin, and carbohydrates. The seeds are as rich in oil as conventional oil crops such as cottonseed, soy and corn.