Adansonia digitata, the African baobab, is the most widespread tree species of the genus Adansonia, the baobabs, and is native to the African continent. The long-lived pachycauls are typically found in dry, hot savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa, where they dominate the landscape, and reveal the presence of a watercourse from afar. Their growth rate is determined by ground water or rainfall, and their maximum age, which is subject to much conjecture, seems to be in the order of 1,500 years. They have traditionally been valued as sources of food, water, health remedies or places of shelter and are steeped in legend and superstition.
The leaves and fruit pulp have been used to reduce fever and stimulate the immune system.
The health benefits of baobab are said to include:
- improving digestive health
- supporting the immune system
- general hydration and skin health
It is reported to have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antidiarrheal, antiviral, and antioxidant properties, and to be useful in treating or preventing anaemia and asthma.
Benefits of baobab oil include oil cleansing, Massaging, Rejuvenation of skin cells, Restoration of collagen, Skin nourishing, Eye serum, Glossy hair, Insulation, Healing, Anti-inflammation, Chapped lips. The oil is yellowish to gold in colour, and it has a light nutty smell. If you put some drops on your hands, you would notice it has a silky and smooth feel. It is easily absorbed into the skin and does not feel like oil. Afrika Botanicals loves using this oil.
Quickly absorbed, without clogging pores, with no oily residue or greasy feel, powerful emolliency, is highly moisturizing and soothing, therefore, leaving the skin feeling soft and supple qualities for which this oil is known for. It helps maintain and repair soft, smooth and supple skin by supporting elasticity, Baobab Oil encourages the regeneration of skin cells and combined with its rehydrating effect, helps to reduce fine lines, improves skin tone and combat wrinkles. Its high levels of nutrients helps to protect skin from harsh weather and damage, such as sunburn, scarring and dryness. Baobab Oil is packed full of omegas, which contribute to maintaining healthy skin and is said to have anti-inflammatory properties. Its rich essential fatty acid content makes it useful to help alleviate chronic dry skin conditions and helps promote smooth skin in the young and old.
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