The tree from which this oil is derived is called Baobab, the Tree of Life, Upside Down Tree, The Monkey Bread Tree, Tree of Knowledge, Koonya, and Kuka, among other names. Its botanical name is Adansonia digitata. Baobab trees, found in the savannas of Africa and India, mostly around the equator, grow up to 25 meters tall and live for several thousand years. The Baobab Tree became famous all over the world through the book The Little Prince by French writer and poet Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
From the Tree of Life, everything is used: Baobab's bark, leaves, fruit and trunk. The leaves and bark are used for cloth and rope, condiments and medicines, and are a vital food source for many local tribes, cattle, and game. The fruit contains both pulp and seeds that are eaten. The pulp can be mixed with water and made into a highly nutritious drink; the seeds of the baobab tree can be eaten alone raw, steamed, or toasted; and young leaves are eaten like asparagus or are used in salads.
The Baobab fruit is ultra rich in vitamin C (six times as much as an orange) and calcium (50 percent more than spinach) and is an extraordinary source of antioxidants (four times that of a kiwi or apple pulp). The leaves are an excellent source of vitamin A, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, and phosphorus, and the seeds are packed with protein. Vitamins A and B1, B2, B3, B6 and dietary fibers are also present in Baobab.
A clear, golden yellow oil with a delightful nutty scent is obtained from the dried seeds of the Baobab fruit, usually by cold pressing. This oil is rich in Omegas 3-6-9, phytosterols, proteins, potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, and amino acids. It is used as an effective topical remedy for its nourishing and antioxidant properties, which alleviate chronic dry skin and bruising by improving skin elasticity and boosting epidermal softening.
Recent studies show that both the leaf and bark extracts can tighten and tone skin, while oil from the seeds moisturizes and encourages skin cell renewal due to its high concentration of vitamins A, D, and E.
The presence of sterols, saponins, and triterpenes found to have remarkable anti-inflammatory properties, helping to reduce inflammation and relieve eczema and psoriasis symptoms.
- Apply Baobab Oil directly to the skin for softening, moisturizing, and nourishing.
- Use Baobab Oil in your formulations to create a product with stupendous skin softening, moisturizing, and nourishing properties.
- Use Baobab Oil in products intended to address signs of aging, as it improves the elasticity of the skin and encourages cell regeneration without clogging pores.
- Use Baobab Oil in products intended to diminish sun-related aging hyper-pigmentation, as Baobab oil helps alleviate sun-damaged dry skin.
- Use Baobab Oil in products to diminish scars, as Baobab oil helps to reduce stretch marks and fade scars and to relieve symptoms associated with dermatitis, such as eczema and psoriasis.