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Batana Oil

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.

4 thoughts on “Batana Oil

  1. Hey… after researching high and low you are the first person to admit there are 2 different types of Batana oil on the market. I wish you had shown pictures so that I know I have the same as you. I also want to know if both products are reputable of Batana oil. I have the grainy one that smells really strong like coffee and burnt oil and I just received another type from a different vendor. The smell isn’t as strong as the grainy type and this one is smooth like someone whipped it. I thought I had received a subpar product. But I’ve also seen this type very frequently on the internet. Can you post pictures of both and can you go deeper into why there are 2 different types? Is it the extraction method? What makes them different? Thank you in advance

    1. Hi, sorry for delayed response. The grainy batana oil is done in smaller batches and from my understanding, can contain petroleum jelly. They both are effective however the smoother one is more popular. The stronger smell and darker color can mean it is slightly burnt which is common. Here is a great video of the hard work it takes to extract batana oil. Here it comes exclusively from La Mosquitia jungle in Honduras.

  2. I have 6 different sources of the bottles I have. I have one Gerber jar, one that came in old liquor bottle, one the came in old soda bottle that I was told was for the jungle, and two kinds from retailer( one from Rostand, another online. I have really never seen any magic with this stuff… I have used it on my leg (heavy handedly) and got a topical burnt scare that has not gone away. I am sure the mix more than petroleum jelly. Do you have any idea what else they use. One of the bottles I have is so hard when the other ones melt it doesn’t. I know they add stuff to stretch it, I wonder what and why my leg burned?

    1. Hi, Thank you for your feedback. The Gerber bottle ones are usually burnt a bit. Some might contain petroleum jelly which is why it doesn’t melt. I have not seen any other ingredients added to it.

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