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Andiroba (Carapa guianensis) 200ml
Andiroba is a tall rainforest tree that grows up to 40 m high. It is in the same family as mahogany. Andiroba oil is a sustainable rainforest product that has a long history of use in South America as well as commercial value. A single tree will produce, on average, about 200 kg of nuts annually. Approximately 6 kg of nuts are required to produce 1 kg (about a liter) of Andiroba oil using the traditional extraction method. This traditional method is efficient, if somewhat primitive. The seeds are collected from rivers, where they float after being sued by trees or from the forest floor. They are then boiled in a large pot of water, left for some two weeks until they have rotted, and then squeezed to extract the oil. The indigenous people in the Amazon have used Andiroba in many ways for centuries, and virtually all parts of the tree, as well as the seed oil are utilized. The Munduruku Indians traditionally used the oil for the mummification of human heads taken as war trophies. The Wayãpi, Palikur, and Creole Indian tribes have used Andiroba oil to remove ticks from their scalps and for other skin parasites. Several Indian tribes in the Amazon combine Andiroba oil with the reddish-orange pigment extracted from annatto seeds. They rub the oily bright orange paste all over their bodies and even into their hair to protect themselves from biting insects and to repel rain water. Andiroba oil burns well and is used as a natural lamp fuel in the rainforest. Not only does it burn cleanly with little smoke but it also repels mosquitoes, flies, and other pests. It is also applied directly on joints to relieve arthritis pain and mixed it with hot water and human milk and dropped it into the ear for ear infections. They apply it externally to wounds and bruises, use it as a massage oil and natural insect repellant, and employ it topically for many skin diseases and conditions, including psoriasis.
Usage: Andiroba oil can be applied topically several times daily to rashes, muscle/joint aches and injuries, wounds, insect bites, boils, and ulcers. It can also be used by itself or combined with other oils as a healing and anti-inflammatory massage oil as well as placed in the ears for ear infections. It’s also a great natural remedy for ear mites in dogs and cats: just place several drops in the affected ears daily for a week.