Candlenut holds a special place at JUARA. Our very first JUARA product we launched was our popular Candlenut Body Creme, a.k.a. Bali in a Jar, which became an instant hit with customers, editors and estheticians alike. By popular demand, many more Candlenut treasures followed.
But what exactly is Candlenut? Rarely do you ever see it sold in a regular grocery store because its consumption is usually limited to the region where it is cultivated, mostly South East Asia and Hawaii. It looks like an oversized macadamia nut or hazelnut. Even though it is not widely known, Candlenut is probably one of the most versatile and healthy nuts out there, having been used for medicinal purposes, cooking as well as skincare for centuries.
Omega 6 & 3 Essential Fatty Acids: The Ratio is Key
Like most nuts, Candlenut has a high oil content (70%). What makes Candlenut special amongst its peers is its high content of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA). And not only that, it has what is considered an ideal ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids. While both EFAs have health benefits, it has been shown that the typical Western diet is by far too rich in Omega 6 fatty acids relative to Omega 3 fatty acid consumption, leading to chronic inflammation. Nobody knows what the ideal ratio exactly is, but current estimates state a ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 of anywhere between 1:1 and 4:1 as ideal. It is estimated that people in developed countries reach a ratio of about 15:1. It has been shown even higher in the typical American diet, where it reaches levels of 25:1 due to a high consumption of fast & processed foods and fried foods which are typically rich in Omega 6, and a low consumption of Omega 3-rich foods like fish and certain nuts and seeds. Candlenut has a ratio of Omega 3 and 6 of about 1.7:1, which is considered in the ideal range. As a comparison, Walnuts have a ratio of about 4:1, Pecans 22:1, Flax Seeds 1:4, Sunflower Seeds: 312:1, Corn Oil 46:1, Wild Salmon 1:12, Canned Tuna 1:30.
Other Health Benefits
Candlenut is also rich in saponin, flavonoid and polyphenols, plant compounds that have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting benefits as well as antibacterial effects. Plus, it contains not only alpha tocopherol (the most familiar form of Vitamin E), but also gamma tocopherol, which works synergistically with alpha tocopherol to provide antioxidant protection.
Try it in Food!
In its native Indonesian and Malay, Candlenut is used in cooking as a thickener for curries and soups. One easy way to incorporate Candlenuts is to roasted Candlenuts in the oven or frying pan, which brings out their aroma, before chopping or shaving them and sprinkling them over curry, soups or salad.
Try it on your Skin!
Candlenut is rich in EFA, the skincare benefits of which have been well documented. EFAs help reduce inflammation, strengthens the skin’s own protective barrier, and Omega 6 essential fatty acid specifically helps acne-prone skin clear up clogged pores. Candlenut’s boasting both Omega-3 and 6 as well as natural anti-microbial properties make it suitable for all skin types, ranging from dry to oily, including sensitive and acne-prone skin.
All of JUARA’s Candlenut products are formulated with Candlenut Oil, but we have added this precious oil to other treatments as well, including:
Kartini Body Oil – $58, 4 oz
The luxurious body oil fit for royalty (hence the name Kartini, named after a Princess who was also a big champion of women’s rights in Indonesia). A truly nourishing blend of Candlenut, Plumeria, Passionfruit, Moringa and Turmeric Oil, with a silky, light-as-air texture with firming, brightening and softening benefits.
Coconut Illipe Hand & Nail Balm – $20. 2.5 oz
Pure relief and moisture for dry, hard-working hands, that stays on even after washing your hands. A replenishing blend of oils and butters, plus soothing oat beta glucan and brightening algae, energizing immediately, comforting skin & cuticles. Result: Hands that are soft and smooth, never greasy.
Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer – $60, 1.7 oz
Energy for dry, dull skin. “Kombucha”, nourishing botanical oils and our unique Radiant Complex hydrate, firm, smooth and boost skin luster. The perfect daily moisturizer for normal to dry skin.
Miracle Tea Complete Eye Crème – $53, 0.5 oz
This miracle worker gives the fragile skin around the eyes the whole TLC package: It hydrates, smooths fine lines & wrinkles, reduces the look of dark circles and under-eye bags for a refreshed look!
Radiance Vitality Oil – $70, 1.0oz
The Queen of Face Oils (Face Oil of the Year, Self Magazine 2015) addresses all signs of aging with 12 pure plant oils and extracts by helping to firm, nourish, smooth and revitalize, with results you can see and feel after only one application.
Nourish your natural beauty all over with Candlenut in JUARA products here!