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Andiroba (Carapa guianensis) Virgin Plant Oil

Andiroba (Carapa guianensis) Virgin Plant Oil


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Plant description

Latin Name : Carapa guianensis
English Name : Andiroba
French Name : Andiroba
Family : Meliaceae
Origin : Brazil

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.

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Aromatherapy Data Sheet

Used Part : Nut
Extraction : Cold pressed from wild crops 
Main Components : Palmitic acid 28%, Palmitoleic acid 1%, Stearic acid 8%, Oleic acid 50%, Linoleic acid 9%, Alpha-linolenic acid 10%, vitamins A, D and E
Oil Characteristics : Viscous liquid, translucent pale yellow with a typical aroma and bitterness. Semi-solid (creamy) if temperature drops.
Saponification index : 190-220
Properties : Anodyne, anti-inflammatory, anti-edematous, warms up and relaxes muscles, limits the formation of cellulites, cicatrizant, repellent (ticks, lice and mosquitoes
Indications : Contusions, hematomas, ecchymosis, swelling, muscular and joint pains, sprains, rheumatisms, osteoarthritis, skin infections, skin problems (eczema, psoriasis, mycoses), skin parasites (skin-burrowing mites, tinea, etc.), provides a mild sun protection
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Receipts and Hints

This oil will solidify or change in texture at lower temperatures. To warm it up before use, hold the bottle in your hand or place it in hot water from the tap, if needed.

Documentation and References

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