For many centuries, the Moskito people in Central America have used batana oil for many of its skin and hair health benefits. I will discuss the two different types of 100% pure batana oils I have used.
Batana oil is a rich moisturizing oil that is extracted from the nut of the ojon palm (also known as the American palm). It is excellent in treating dry and damaged hair and skin. There are also many reports that it is great for treating hair loss, scars, and even diminishing gray hairs.
I personally use it regularly to keep me from developing dandruff (which I used to suffer from) and keeping my hands and cuticles feeling moisturized and healthy. (Only a small amount needed)
When I was younger living in the US, I recall my uncle bringing my mom a Gerber baby jar full of a brown substance. I remember his excitement in explaining to my mom that it was a natural product from Honduras that was great for your hair.
My mom always brought up that story as she fell in love with the brown substance in the glass jar but had a hard time getting more once she ran out.
Many years later, I ended up moving to Honduras and within no time I ran into this interesting brown substance in a glass jar. I bought some and soon fell in love with its results. Soon enough, I discovered that there were two types of pure batana oil sold in all different types of containers.
Grainy & Chunky
So far I have found two types of 100% natural batana oils in Honduras. I will discuss the two in detail to allow readers to tell the difference and be able to make an informed decision. At first glance they are the same thing: they both have a coffee-ish blended with chocolate with a hint of tobacco kind of smell. Both oil types solidify in cool environments and liquefy in hotter ones.
I will break down the two types of batana oils into their texture; the “grainy” type which is dark and thick and the “chunky” type which is lighter and seems thinner. Personally I love the smell of both and have find that both have its benefits.
The Grainy Type
The grainy type is the type of of oil usually found in recycled Gerber baby food jars. I have even seen it sold in emptied rum bottles and other containers. It is a very dark substance with little “grains” within. Personally I like this type the most because it seems to stay put when applying to the scalp.
The Chunky Type
The chunky type is much lighter (almost orange) in color and has a wax-like appearance. It is popular within the “branded” market and usually sold in plastic bottles. I like this type for my hand as it seems to dissolve and leave less residue.
Online I have seen both types being sold in all types of containers. One type of popular packaging I have seen lately is tin cans with fancy labels (and equally fancy prices).
Most batana oil comes from Honduras. To be more precise, it comes from the jungle in Honduras in a part that you can only reach by plane or boat. It has been produced by the Moskito people of Honduras and Nicaragua for centuries.
In future posts I will discuss other batana oil based products I have found such as soaps, shampoos, conditioners, treatments, and blends.
If you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I will be happy to help you out.