|Latin Name :||Carapa guianensis|
|English Name :||Andiroba|
|French Name :||Andiroba|
History and Origin
Andiroba is as a tall tree that belongs to the same family as neem. It grows in tropical South America, but some species also grow in Africa. “Andiroba” would be the contraction of two words, namely “nhandi”, meaning “oil” and “rob”, meaning “bitter”. When pressed, andiroba seeds yield bitter tasting oil. This oil is traditionally used by Amazonia’s local populations to cure skin infections, joint inflammations as well as an insect repellent. Since the oil has been widely studied, we now know that it contains limonoids, responsible for the bitter taste of the oil but also for its remarkable properties as anti-inflammatory and antalgic. Besides, numerous studies confirm its power as insect and parasite repellent.