The extraordinary baobab tree has some intriguing talents. While the majestic and striking silhouette of this iconic tree has become well known and is recognised around the world, what is less known is its special skills of survival. For one thing, it’s curiously resistant to being killed. Often described as a tree of exceptional resilience and vitality, it is the only tree species that can survive significant stripping of its bark from elephants and humans. It simply regrows a new layer of bark almost like a skin, in effect healing itself. Another talent is its ability to withstand arid and inhospitable terrain. Because of its ability to store hundreds of litres of water, it’s able to thrive in harsh, almost desert-like conditions. Finally, its longevity is legendary. Certainly able to live up to 1000 years, there are even some reports of baobab trees living for up to 5000 years!
In every seed lies a promise for healing skin naturally
In the same way the baobab seed carries within it the DNA blueprint for survival and regeneration in the adult tree, so its seeds hold riches which are similarly very beneficial to humans. Apart from the densely nutritious and nourishing powder which surrounds the seeds, the seeds themselves are tiny powerhouses of skin nutrients which become available to us when they are cold-pressed and the rich golden oil is released. Although not recommended as a culinary oil, the oil has significant benefits for healing skin naturally when applied topically.
Regeneration – the power of new growth
How does baobab oil do this? Baobab oil has very specific qualities which facilitate healing skin. It is rich in essential fatty acids Omega 3,6 and Omega 9 which are know to enable healthy tissue regeneration in a short space of time. It also absorbs rapidly so its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial qualities can rapidly assist cell regeneration. Baobab oil is non-comedogenic (doesn’t block pores) and non-siccative (it doesn’t dry out the skin) so it’s effective in improving skin elasticity and tone. All this makes baobab oil exceptionally helpful in relieving skin conditions such as dandruff, dermatitis, very dry skin, eczema, psoriasis and rosacea. Many people have also found that it is extremely helpful in healing skin in the case of burns and sunburn, reducing and minimising the appearance of scars, stretch marks and sunspots.
What the baobab tree does for itself, it can do for your skin. It’s really a very simple philosophy that we follow: when you work with Nature, Nature works for you.