Atacora Essential - Baobab Seed Oil - 16 oz.
Atacora Essential Baobab Seed Oil. The cold pressed oil from baobab seeds is an ideal ingredient in skin care products or can be used in its pure form. It is used for its healing properties, cooking and for ceremonial purposes in Africa. the oil is easily absorbed by the skin, is not greasy and is non-drying. Rich in vitamins A,D,E & F with nearly equal proportions of saturated, mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fatty acids, baobab seed oil moisturizes and rejuvenates the skin.
Baobab (Adansonia digitata)
The baobab tree is revered throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. In the Atacora region, it has enormous spiritual, cultural, nutritional, medicinal, environmental and utilitarian value. It is also extremely abundant in the region. It is the world's largest succulent plant, thus its porous wood is the only component that is not in the region, given the tree's abundance, and that the export market is just beginning to be tapped. Atacora Essential has access to an enormous resource, which could have great positive implications for the local economy. they harvest and purchase and use traditional methods to process whole fruit when possible, creating more employment for their Fair Trade cooperative. When they purchase locally processed baobab products, Fair Trade principles are strictly followed.
Atacora Essential Baobab Seed Oil is:
- Made in Benin
- 100% Natural
- Fairly Traded
- Virgin cold Pressed
- Wild Crafted
- Sustainable Harvest
Atacora Essential Baobab Seed Oil is Great For:
- Bath Oils
- Soap Making
- Hair/Scalp Care
- Massage Oil
Atacora Essential Baobab Seed Oil:
- Vitamins A,D,E and F
- Omega 3, 6 and 9 soothe irritated skin
- Skin Softening
- Quick Absorption
- Does not clog skin pores
- Rich in Palmitic, Linoleic and Oleic fatty acids
- Great for all skin types, especially older skin
- Superb moisturizing benefits for skin and hair
Baobab fruit The upside down tree that could turn around the drinks industry
While there is possibly 100,000 different edible plants in the world, so few are commercialized due to incomplete safety assessments, poor shelf life and the unavailability of the material for commercial production. Recently a new botanical to the West seems to have found a reasonable solution to these problems with its use being imminent into the EU and the USA market place (Wilkinson 2006). The baobab tree, Adansonia digitata, is a member of the Bombacaceae family which consists of around 20 genera and around 180 species (Heywood, 1993). This deciduous tree was originally located in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe (Keith & Palgrave, 2000), but can be found in most countries within the African continent. Export by traders means the baobab tree is also common in America, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, China, Jamaica and Holland (Sidibe & Williams, 2002). The baobab tree has many names including the monkey bread tree, the cream of tartar tree, and the “upside down tree”. This last reference is due to the striking silhouette that the baobab tree forms at sunset which gives the appearance of the tree being uprooted and stood on end. The heavy white flowers of the baobab tree are pollinated by fruit bats at night.
The resulting large green or brownish fruits resemble gourd-like capsules that around 6-8 inches in length. These capsules contain a soft whitish fruit pulp that has the appearance of powdery bread and kidney shaped seeds. The baobab fruit is wild harvested by collecting from the trees or from the ground. The hard shells of the fruit are cracked open and the powdery fruit pulp is separated from the seeds
and shell before use. The resulting free flowing creamy white powder, melts in the mouth when sampled and has a unique pleasant flavor with a mild slightly acidic after taste which can easily be masked with sweeteners or other flavorings for
incorporation into drink products.
Traditional medicine use of baobab fruit
All parts of the baobab tree are reported to have medicinal properties according to traditional folklore (Watt and Breyer-Brandwijk 1962). Of particular interest is the use of baobab fruit and seeds to treat dysentery as reported by Watt/Breyer-Brandwijk (1962). Recently, Tal-Dia et al (1997) compared the efficacy of a local solution, “pain de singe”, made from baobab fruit against the WHO standard solution for treatment of dehydration. The results showed that both solutions were equally effective.. Baobab fruit is reported to have febrifuge (antipyretic) properties in traditional medicine. Ramadan et al, (1994) showed that whilst baobab fruit pulp may lower elevated body temperature, normal body temperature is not affected.
Who Is Atacora Essential?
Atacora Essential is the realization of a dream and the culmination of 20 years of experience and learning. Colonialism, economic imperialism, trade policy, misguided development strategies, cultural and climatic factors have systemically brought about glaring poverty and gender inequality in West Africa. Food insecurity, disease, under education and environmental degradation abound. Under the current market and development paradigms, citizens have consistently lacked the voice and power to significantly abate these injustices. Atacora Essential has been conceived as a market based initiative geared to create conditions where African people can acquire the means and knowledge to own and determine their futures, with diminished dependence on external capital and the hegemony of Western ideas.
Founder and President, David B. Goldman (B.A., M.A.) served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Benin from 1992-1994. He was posted in Boukombé in the mountainous and beautiful Atacora province in the country’s northwest; named for the mountain range that is its most prominent feature. In 1995, he contracted to train incoming Environmental Action Volunteers and then served as an interim Associate Director. As a Volunteer, he worked collaboratively with villagers, youth and women’s groups, other development organizations and Beninese government agencies to design and implement grassroots, participatory community projects, including agro-forestry, dry season gardening, Perm culture and appropriate technology. His acquisition of the local language, Ditammari, greatly facilitated his work and helped forge enduring friendships. He is a twice certified Perm culture Designer. His graduate studies focused on sustainable development and Africa, earning him an M.A. in Environment and Community from Antioch University Seattle in 2007. A subsequent visit to Benin, specifically to Boukombé, solidified his commitment and capacity to co-create with local participants a novel and community driven strategy for economic and social empowerment. This is Atacora Essential!
The ten women and 2+ men of the Atacora Essential cooperative located 10k from Boukombé in the small rural village of Kouporgou are the backbone of the organization. The Fair Trade wages they earn from their efforts sustainably producing, collecting and processing unique indigenous products have already had a remarkable impact on their families’ well being…and they are just getting started!