The Magical Properties of Kigelia Africana - The African Sausage Tree for Eczema & Psoriasis Skin Repair
The Magical Medicines of the African Sausage Tree - Kigelia Africana
It’s hardly surprising Basix Skin Defence Cream works so well. One of the Active ingredients is the fruit from the African Sausage Tree.
As the common name suggests, the fruit resembles a huge sausage, making it easy to identify and is eaten by several animal species including elephants, giraffes, hippos, baboons, monkeys, bush pigs and porcupines.
A slow growing deciduous tree that grows up to 20m high at about 1m per year, it bears large sausage shaped fruit about 60cm long and 9cm in diameter.
Traditional African healers have long known about the effectiveness of using various parts of this amazing tree to treat different ailments and scientists have supported this by recently discovering that the sausage tree contains sitosterol and stigmasterol - natural plant sterols that can be used to treat skin complaints such as Eczema, Psoriasis and Dermatitis
Flavonoids such as luteolin and 6 hydroxluteiolin are also found in abundance and these are used for their natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and as fungicides - to treat bacterial or fungal infections such as boils.
The tree bark, roots and the fruits also contain many other medicinal compounds such as tanins, saponins, glycosides, terpenoids and phenols - compounds that offer numerous health benefits for people suffering from different conditions.
Phytochemical analysis has shown the bark has natural pain-relieving, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and effective wound healing properties.
The fresh and dried fruits can be boiled with water and given to patients to treat ulcers, sores, syphilis. And the plant is also claimed to have potent wound healing activity for treatment of skin cancers.
Hydrocele and rheumatic conditions like inflammation, swelling, and pain in the joints or muscles have been treated with various parts of The African Sausage Tree. Chronic backache can also be treated topically from a poultice made from leaves and applied to the aggravating area.
The stem bark powder mixed with hot water makes an infusion has been used to treat stomach disorders while an infusion from the roots bark has been used to treat pneumonia.
The sausage tree has also been cited for its effectiveness in improving the firmness and elasticity of the skin. African women have been known to use sap from the fruit for firming the skin around their breasts.
One of the active ingredients in Basix Skin Defence Cream is the oils from the African Sausage Tree. Infused into this amazing cream, these magical properties combine to help the body defend itself and provide relief with
- anti-skin irritants and soothing agents
- anti-reddening skin agents
- anti-inflammation agents
- anti-aging agents
- anti-oxidant agents
- skin firming agents
Kigelia Africana - The African Sausage Tree is one of the most interesting, highly regarded and valuable medicinal plants across many African communities. We have taken these natural medicines to make a powerful restorative cream to help clear up and repair your skin.
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