Batana Oil has been in use by the native Miskito people of Honduras for hundreds of years and they credit the oil with helping them grow their hair long and strong referring to it as the Miracle Oil. The native American Miskito people call themselves Tawira, meaning People of beautiful hair.
Batana Oil is a rare oil because the extraction process is very labor intensive and has to be done almost entirely manually. Each American palm tree produces 10 to 20 large bunches of fruit annually. The fruits are first boiled, then pounded to remove the orange outer shell, and then extracting the nuts. The nuts are then washed, sun-dried and cracked using a stone to release the kernel.