The Baobab tree, a fat trunked tree and native to Madagascar, mainland Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Australia, is sometimes called the ‘upside-down tree’ because of its curious appearance which looks like it has been plucked out of the ground and put back in the other way with its roots reaching towards the sky.
Baobab trees reach heights up to 30 metres high and up to an enormous 50 metres in circumference. The trees age very well and there are examples of Baobab trees being over 6000 years old, older than the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The bark of the African Baobab tree was and is still used for treating dysentery, fever, open wounds, coughs, fever, asthma and malaria. The bark also contains a fibre which is used for making paper, fishnets, clothes and ropes and the tree’s sap is used to make glue, rubber and soap. The seed kernels of the tree are also edible for both humans and animals and highly nutritious, having a valuable source of vitamin C and Calcium. In short, every single part of the baobab tree is useful. Like the cork oak, the bark of the tree can be harvested without killing the tree as the bark is self-regenerating.
Baobab also delivers the raw materials for cosmetics and are ideal due to the presence of anti oxidants and Omega 6-9 acids. The leaves and the bark of the Baobab tree is used in some of the RINGANA products. Please have a look at the complete RINGANA product range.