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BAOBAB OIL
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BAOBAB OIL DESCRIPTION

THE BAOBAB TREE & FRUIT

The Baobab is perhaps the best known tree in Africa and grows in abundance in hot, dry lowland areas such as the Rift Valley. The Baobab belongs to its own botanical family - the Bombacaceae – and is extremely long-lived. It is common for some species to live to over 1,000 years and some specimens are believed to be as old as 3,000 years. These extremely old trees are native to Africa and feature thick trunks and thin, spindly branches that resemble roots. Its spreading crown of branches is bare of leaves for much of the year and reminiscent of a root system, hence the baobab’s common name: "The Upside Down Tree." Its stout grey trunk can reach enormous sizes, in some instances over 25 meters in circumference.

Baobab Tree


Baobab fruits are ovoid in shape and are formed from elaborate white flowers which are pollinated by bats. The fruit has a hard, woody shell with a velvety yellow-green coating. Inside the shell are the large oil-rich seeds, the fruit powder and fibres. Baobab fruit is harvested in Southern Africa between February and May.

Baobab Tree Fruit & Flower


Baobab Oil is extracted from the seeds of the fruit that bloom on baobab trees. The flowers of baobab trees bloom once a year and interestingly open at night. Once pollinated by hungry bats, bees and wasps, the flowers produce fruit, or pods, which house the seeds used to create the prized baobab oil.

Baobab Seeds


Baobab Seed Oil is semi-fluid, golden yellow and gently scented. It is strongly non-siccative (ie. it does not dry out on contact with the air) and has a demonstrably longer shelf-life than many other natural seed oils. It contains almost equal measures of palmitic acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid as well as some small quantities of stearic and cyclopropenoid acids. Although it is edible, its commercial use is primarily in the cosmetics industry.

TRADITIONAL USES OF BAOBAB

Baobab is known in Africa as The Tree of Life because there are many traditional uses for every part of it, from the leaves to the roots.

Baobab Seed Oil is used traditionally by African women to protect their skin and hair against the harsh savannah environment and to prevent and treat dry skin conditions. The seeds themselves are roasted and ground and used as coffee to make a hot drink. The ground seed is also either applied externally or drunk in water to treat gastric, kidney and joint diseases.

Traditionally African people also eat the leaves of the baobab, which can be pounded to make a relish, and use the fibrous bark to make ropes, baskets and fishing nets. However, for reasons of sustainability, commercial production of products derived only from the fruit and seeds of Baobab are recommended, but not from the leaves or bark of the tree.

Most organic beauty products use unrefined Baobab Seed Oil, which is extracted by cold-pressing the seeds, leaving the oil completely raw with no additives. As a fixed oil, it is safe to use directly on the skin and will not evaporate like essential oils. This enriching oil nourishes and improves skin elasticity and soothes dry skin. Baobab Seed Oil contains moisturizing Vitamins A, D, E and F, which help to rejuvenate damaged skin cells. Also rich in omega fatty acids, Baobab Seed Oil does anti-aging wonders for skin by fighting free radicals. It's also a favorite in beauty products because it absorbs into skin and hair seamlessly, without leaving any greasy residue. Baobab Seed Oil is often only used in small quantities in beauty products. However, you can purchase pure USDA-certified organic Baobab Seed Oil by the bottle - although you may want to consider the sustainability of doing so as Baobab trees only grow in Africa.

BAOBAB OIL PRODUCT APPLICATIONS

  • Skin care products (moisturizers).
  • Lip balms (anti-chapping).
  • Sun care products.
  • Hair care products (to add body and shine and combat dry scalp).
  • Nail care (strengthens nails against breakage).
  • Massage oils.


  • SCIENTIFIC STUDIES & LITERATURE ON BAOBAB OIL

  • Athar, M. and S. Nasir (2005) Taxonomic perspective of plant species yielding vegetable oils used in cosmetics and skin care products. African Journal of Biotechnology 4(1): 36-44.
  • Nkafamiya, I. I., Osemeahon, S.A., Dahiru, D., Umaru, H.A., (2007) Studies on the chemical composition and physico-chemical properties of the seeds of baobab (Adansonia digitata). African Journal of Biotechnology 6(6): 756-759.
  • Shukla, Y. N., Dubey, S., Jain, S.P., Kumar, S., (2001) Chemistry, biology and uses of Adansonia digitata - a review. Journal of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Sciences 23(3): 429-434.
  • Zimba, N., Wren, S., Stucki, A., (2005). Three major tree nut oils of southern Africa: Their uses and future as commercial base oils. The International Journal of Aromatherapy 15: 177-182.
  • Wren, S. and Stucki, A., (2003) Organic essential oils, indigenous cold pressed oils, herbs and spices in Sub-Saharan Africa. The International Journal of Aromotherapy, 13 (2/3): 71-81.


  • Baobab Tree


    ORGANIC BAOBAB OIL PROFILE

  • Botanical Name: Adansonia digitata
  • Description: Also known as bottle tree, upside-down tree, and monkey bread tree, Baobab tree is native to South Africa and Madagascar and has a life span of thousands of years.
  • Origin: Senegal
  • Extraction: Cold Pressed
  • Shelf Life: 2 years recommended. Baobab Seed Carrier Oil is extremely stable against rancidity and users can expect a shelf life of at least 1 year with proper storage conditions. For maximum shelf life, store tightly sealed in a cool location (under 77°F) and away from direct sunlight. Refrigeration after opening is recommended.
  • Kosher Certified: No


  • Notes: Baobab Carrier Oil has been part of African skin care for centuries. Rich in vitamins A, D, E and F and other essential fatty acids, Baobab Oil provides excellent moisturizing benefits to the skin and hair. It absorbs easily into the skin, improves tone, elasticity, and regenerates and renews skin cells. It is said to have antioxidant properties and is an excellent ingredient in formulations for eczema and psoriasis. Use in small percentages in face creams, lotions, body butters, conditioners and hair care treatments.


  • SPECIFICATIONS

  • Color: Pale Yellow to Golden Yellow
  • Odor: Light, slightly nutty
  • Consistency: Typical and Characteristic of Carrier Oils.
  • Absorption: Absorbs easily into the skin leaving a silky smooth feel and will not clog pores.
  • Cautions: None Known.
    • Free Fatty Acids- 0.12- 0.16%
      Peroxide Value- less than 10
      Non-Saponifiables-
      Saponification Value 190-210
      Iodine Value- 65-96
      Relative Density- 0.91-0.92

    Fatty Acids
      Oleic- 30-40%
      Palmitic- 18-30%
      Linoleic- 24-34%
      Linolenic- less than 1-3%
      Stearic- 2-8%


    The above product information description was obtained from Mountain Rose Herbs regarding their products. For other manufacturers, merchants and vendors, consult individual product label description.




    BAOBAB OIL PRODUCTS

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    BAOBAB HERBAL OIL PRODUCTS

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: Baobab Oil, Bulk Organic Carrier & Vegetable Oils
    Method of extraction is cold pressed and unrefined. This exquisite oil is cold pressed from the seeds of Baobab fruit trees growing in Africa. The normal lifespan of a Baobab tree is 500 years, with the oldest trees reaching the age of 5000 years and a height of 20 meters. Known to the locals in its natural habitat as "The Tree Of Life”, Baobab's bark, leaves and fruit pulp are also used. Its lovely white flowers emit a smell of rotting meat, which attracts pollinating moths, flies and ants; however, the seed oil itself possesses a light, nutty, almost floral scent. Rich in vitamins A, E and F and sterols, baobab oil absorbs quickly and is a wonderful oil to use in dry skin treatments and products designed to moisturize dry hair. Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth. For cosmetic use only.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: Nighttime Baobab Facial Oil Serum, Aura Cacia, 1 fl. oz.
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    HerbsPro: Pure Baobab Oil, Life Flo, 2 fl. oz.


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: Baobab Organic Skin Care Oil, Aura Cacia, 1 fl oz: K
    Kalyx: Baobab Nighttime Facial Oil Serum, Certified Organic, Aura Cacia, 1 fl oz: K


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