Traditional Medical Uses and Suggestive Research for South African Botanical Oils: Part IV

Kalahari Melon Seed Oil

On part four of our blog series we will be discussing the interesting ongoing research and traditional usages for Kalahari Melon Seed oil.  As a disclaimer, the information included in this post is classified as suggestive connections and is not meant to be interpreted as scientifically proven results of applications.

Cross section of a Kalahari Melon (Citrullus Lanatus)

This beneficial oil dates back to the time of the ancient Egyptians and has a long history of providing nutrients and healing properties to the skin.  In many countries this oil was traditionally used as a skin treatment for sores and leg ulcers.  Kalahari Melon Seed is rich in protein, Vitamins C, B2, E and G (better known as riboflavin), and is able to moisturize, restructure and provide regenerative properties for the skin.  Here are a few additional traditional uses or research claims made about this oil:

  • Promote hair growth – Since this oil has been used for centuries, many cultures have many varied uses for it. One particularly intriguing use for this oil comes from South Africa where Phytotrade reported it being used traditionally to stimulate hair development by providing ample nutrients and protein to the hair follicles, thus increasing the growth cycle of the hair.
  • Anti-inflammatory agent & dermatitis treatment – Due to the extremely high levels of linoleic acid in this oil, many researchers connect Kalahari Melon Seed Oil as being an effective anti-inflammatory product useful against dermatitis and various inflammatory skin diseases.
  • Acne treatment – Again, because of the high linoleic values of Kalahari Melon Seed Oil, scientists suggest that this oil may be a powerful treatment of acne as well as assist in the prevention and healing of Propionibacterium acnes.  There exists documentation of Kalahari Melon Seed oil being traditionally used to combat acne stretching from Central America to Southeast Asia.

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