Tree of Life

Baobab [Adansonia digitata] – means “Tree of Life” and has a long history of use in traditional African medicine, most scientists believe it's name is derived from the Arabic name buhibab meaning fruit with many seeds. 

The baobab is a massive deciduous tree easily distinguishable by its huge trunk. It is regarded as the largest succulent plant in the world with a diameter of 10–12 m and a height of 23 meters or more. It is estimated that it takes between eight and twenty-three years before the baobab produces seeds and the mature plant (over 60 years) can produce more than 160–250 fruits per year.

The baobab is extremely important to humans and animals in the dry areas of Africa because it offers shelter, a source of nutrition, clothing as well as raw material for many useful items. This tree is revered in Africa for its medicinal and nutritional value. The plant parts are used to treat various ailments such as diarrhoea, malaria and microbial infections. It is reported that it is an excellent anti-oxidant due to the vitamin C content which is seven to ten times higher than the vitamin C content of oranges.

What benefits can this oil offer to skincare?

The oil obtained from seeds (fruit and seeds shown in the image below) have long been used to treat skin ailments, recent research demonstrates the following benefits: 

  • Suitable for use on the skin as it is non-irritating and non-allergenic 
  • Excellent for restoring and remoisturising the skin due to its high penetrability and nourishing properties. It can also be used to treat eczema and psoriasis 
  • Baobab oil contains several vitamins (that are essential for skin care). These include vitamins A and F (rejuvenation and cell renewal); vitamin E (anti-oxidant and age-defying effects along with vitamin D3 which contributes to skin cell growth, repair, and metabolism
  • The oil is said to alleviate pain from burns and regenerates the epithelial tissues in a short time, thereby improving skin tone and elasticity
  • Studies have also shown that the oil contains anti-oxidants which can protect the skin against premature ageing and prevents the appearance of wrinkles 
  • Alone or combined with other ingredients, it is also used to aid in skin healing (small cuts, chapping)
  • Omegas 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids help maintain the integrity of skin cell membrane
  • Linoleic acid (Omega 6) found in baobab seed oil - is the most frequently used fatty acid in cosmetic products as it moisturises the skin, aids in the healing process of dermatoses and sunburns and is used for the treatment of Acne vulgaris. 

CONCLUSION

We have incorporated Baobab Seed Oil into our formulation of our Australian Certified Organic Superb Serum [face] launching early 2018. The Oils protective, nourishing, moisturising, soothing and regenerating properties make this highly penetrating oil a 'must have' skin saviour.

 

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founderGabrielle is the founder and creator of Human & Kind {Organics} The aim of my blog is to share information to educate the reader with the latest research on skin health. I believe we can all achieve beautiful, radiant, healthy, glowing skin without using products containing toxic chemicals which will damage your skins microbiome. Certified organic (ACO) skin care is better for your skin health and the planet Earth.

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REFERENCES:

An updated review of Adansonia digitata: A commercially important African tree 
G. P. P. KamatouI. Vermaak A.M.Viljoen




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