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Kombo (Pycnanthus angolensis) Also called African nutmeg, the Kombo plant is found across West Africa and as an example traditionally used by the Ibo people in Nigeria as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever. It is a natural source of Cetyl Myristoleate which may, at high doses, have a preventive effect on arthritis.

2017-06-03T08:03:29+01:00By |

Mopane (Colophospermum mopane) Also called butterfly tree due to the shape of it leaves, Mopane only occurs in Southern Africa where it is prized by elephants. Its wood is extremely strong and termite resistant and its oil bearing antifungal and antiseptic properties reminiscent of turpentine with surprising grass and sweet notes. NadiaZ supports a community based small distillation [...]

2017-06-03T07:32:02+01:00By |

Muhuhu (Brachyleana hutchinsii)

The Muhuhu tree, also called African Sandalwood, mainly grows along the Eastern African Coast and produces a rare indigenous oil. Its balsamic, woody and sweet aroma stimulates the practice of meditation and reduces stress. See also: L'arbre de Muhuhu, également appelé Bois de Santal africain, pousse principalement le long de la [...]

2020-02-09T20:30:40+01:00By |

Opoponax (Commiphora erythraea)

Also known as Sweet Myrrh, this sacred resin originates from the arid lands of Somalia and Ethiopia. Traded since ancient times and used in rituals dating back 4000 years, its scent is slightly green, sweet and sparkly, slightly acidic like Champagne, it boosts the immune system. See also: Également connue sous le [...]

2020-02-09T20:35:51+01:00By |

Omumbiri Resin (Commiphora wildii)

Traditionally used as a perfume by the Himba people, this resin, unique to Namibia, is sustainably harvested by women. Its scent is unlike other myrrh due to its freshness, earthiness and citrusy hint. Traditionnellement utilisée comme un parfum par le peuple Himba, cette résine, unique à la Namibie, est collectée de manière durable par des [...]

2020-02-09T22:13:28+01:00By |

Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis)

Rooibos is a popular indigenous bush plant, literally ‘Red Bush’, comes from the fragile Fynbos ecosystem, found in areas of South Africa. Its antioxidant properties are recently being explored and its scent, reminiscent of tea and rose, is very subtle, somewhat faint, yet nontheless present. See also:

2017-06-03T05:29:01+01:00By |
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