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The Baobab, this mythical tree from the Bombacaceae family, is native to Africa and the island of Madagascar. It could be called "the tree of all trades" as its uses are so numerous. Indeed, the bark of the tree is used to make ropes and hats, and the, wood to make gasoline. The leaves are used as sources of protein and each year it produces many vitamin C-rich fruits (10 times more than an orange) whose pulp is sometimes used to produce an energy drink. This pulp contains small seeds which, when pressed, give a rare and very valuable oil because a tree produces on average only 1 liter of oil per year.

 

Ingredient Baobab

 

Presentation

Extracted part of the plant: seeds | Extraction method used: first cold pressing
Plant family: Bombacaceae | Scientific denomination: Adansonia digitataCommon name: Baobab
Quality: 100% virgin, pure and natural; first cold pressing free from any chemical treatment; cosmetic quality
Countries of origin: Senegal and Burkina Faso | Production areas: Palmarin Community Nature Reserve (Senegal) and Arli National Park (Burkina Faso – one of the biggest natural parks of the African continent)
Production capacity: Contact us

 

Organoleptic properties

Feature: Liquid, oily and very fluid | Color: Medium to dark yellow | Fragrance: soft nutty aroma

 

Physico-chemical characteristics

Density: 0.92 | Saponification index: 209-211

 

Fatty-acids composition

Poly-unsaturated essential fatty-acids (PUFAs or EFAs), also referred to as vitamin F: linoleic acid (omega-6) (around 30%)
Mono-unsaturated fatty-acids (MUFAs): oleic acid (around 40%)
Saturated fatty-acids (SFAs): palmitic acid (around 25%), stearic acid (around 5%)

 

Conditions of preservation

Stable oil, to be stored in a dry place, away from heat and light

 

Properties and uses

-Softening and emollient, nourishing, soothing. Designed for: dry to rough skins, sensitive and irritated skins, cracks and splits.

 

Ingredient Baobab2

 

NGOs involved in the sector

Senegal

Nebeday is a Senegalese NGO that promotes participatory management of natural resources, by and for local communities. Its objective is to help people to protect resources, but also and above all to value these resources, by developing activities that generate income that are environmentally friendly. With the cooperation of Man & Nature, the association successfully intervened over the last three years on the protected Sangako forest in the Saloum Delta, by supporting the official transfer of the management of the forest to the benefit of the 15 neighboring villages (800 people).

Southern Burkina Faso

Nature and Development (NatuDev) is an association under Burkinabe law that aims at promoting integrative approaches, to combine nature conservation and the local populations development. Previously, another local association for the wildlife and development of Burkina Faso (‘AFAUDEB’) was responsible for creating village hunting areas, also referred as “declared game areas” (‘ZOVIC’ in French). This official status allows local communities to preserve and manage forested areas on their territory by themselves. This association was founded and coordinated with great success by Alexis Kaboré. However, following the institutional difficulties encountered by the AFAUDEB, Alexis Kaboré decided to continue its dynamics and initiated activities through a new association: NatuDev.

Northern Burkina Faso

The mission of the Burkinabe association Impulsion is to contribute to the improvement of the populations’ socio-economic conditions. The NGO is particularly active in the fields of environmental preservation, the creation of businesses and income-generating activities in rural areas, the accessibility of populations to basic services: water, electricity and sanitation. It is supported by the University of Burkina Faso (ULB), which cooperates to establish a workshop for processing non-timber forest products.

 

Benefits for biodiversity and local communities

Senegal

Located in the south-eastern part of the Saloum islands, the Sangako Forest covers a surface area of 2 140 hectares. Listed in 1936, the forest still enjoys a relatively acceptable state of conservation, as it is one of the few wooded areas of the groundnut basin in central Senegal. However, it also faces many threats. Due to the lack of natural regeneration, several endemic plant species are disappearing. Besides, in addition to the colony of baboons that were introduced there, as well as the green monkeys, patas monkeys and Galagos, we discovered some Bay Colobuses, one of the most seriously endangered primate species in West Africa. The proximity with the mangrove areas, located on the immediate periphery of the forest, also makes it a privileged refuge for wildlife and the bird fauna, particularly abundant in this area.

Southern Burkina Faso

Arli National Park and the contiguous wildlife reserves (sports hunting areas) still house all animal species in the West African savannah, such as elephants, buffalos, large antelopes (bubal, damalistic, cobs), small antelopes (harnessed guibs, Grimm duikers, urebis), as well as carnivorous mammals (lions, caracals, etc.).

Northern Burkina Faso

The forest of Korko, a 24 600 hectares’ area, is located in Barsalogho, in the north of Burkina Faso. It is located in the Sahelian zone with precipitations of between 500 and 900 mm and is essentially constituted by savannah shrub. This ecosystem is composed with tall grass, shrubs, small isolated deciduous groves from which large trees emerge, vestiges of an old forest that has disappeared. The great fauna is no longer present and the few animals that we can meet are small mammals (fennecs, hare and jerboas), some migratory birds and many reptiles. These extremely degraded areas are also subject to continuous desert advancement.

 

Man and Nature cannot be hold responsible for any misuse of the information contained in these pages. These factsheets cannot be considered as a therapeutic or medical prescription and cannot in any way replace a consultation with a health professional.

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