The Tree of Life – Discovering the Baobab Fruit

The African Longevity Tree

Adansonia digitata (materia medica),  the Lion King fruit tree, is also known by many names such as “Queens of the Forest, Tree of Life, Roots of the Sky, The Source of Water (Life), is the baobab tree grown throughout Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, colonial Caribbean, Australia, and Asia (Malaysia). It’s known for its life giving positive properties and a powerhouse of healing benefits.

The international demand for the baobab fruit has risen to an all time high from Europe, Japan and the United States allowing baobab farmers from Eastern and Southern African regions to “supply over 700,000 metric tonnes of Baobab fruits annually” according to Bizna.

“Commercialization of the Baobab could provide rural communities in Eastern and Coastal regions with a financial incentive to protect woodland forests,” says John Mlamba, the chief executive officer of Management of Arid Zones Initiatives and Development Options (MAZIDO) International. ” 

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The Lion King’s Rafiki (Wisdom Keeper) under the Baobab Tree eating “The Fruit of Knowledge” ie the Tree of Life. ©1994. Disney. The Lion King.

The baobab tree, the “Longevity Tree” have been carbon dated to be as old as 2000 years old, some say 5000 and 6000 years old! It trunk holds over 120,000 litres or 32,000 US gallons of water for the arid, dry often drought regions it inhabits.

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The Spirit of the Baobab Tree

The tree is known for sparking words like ‘longevity,’ ‘healing,’  and ‘positivity’, but this is something I researched via Youtube and web articles. I have yet to travel to a region where these massive trees  grow and feel the energy firsthand. Trust me, its on my travel list! I always feel like a scientist trying out new products and information on myself, taking notes of feelings, energy, emotions, body and physiology that occurs due to my new discovery and evaluating if something is worth time, money, resources, energy, etc. I don’t take anything at face value or word of mouth. I can’t wait to explore this tree and be at the foot of its roots and its people.

When I stumbled into the aisle with this product I asked an older black woman her thoughts on the Baobab Tree fruit and if it was worth my money. She hurriedly scattered along with an “I don’t know, I never used it before.” I thought it was odd since  she not only worked in the store, but could benefit from the variety of healing products, as well as, assist others in their search and knowledge of products. Nevertheless, something told me to buy it anyway at a whooping $20 for the powder and $14.99 for the oil I felt I had to have it and use it immediately.  (Wegmans store prices, 2018).

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Elements of the fruit pulp of Adansonia digitata: (clockwise from top right) whole fruit pulp chunks, fibers, seeds, powder from the pulp. Photo Credit: © 2015. Creative Commons CC BY-SA 4.0.  T.K. Naliaka. 


My Personal Findings – Skin and Hair

When I make a little porridge or bath, the baobab fruit brings  immense calm and grounding elemental energy to my body, mind, and spirit! I have a sense of ease and knowingness that overcomes me. When I make the paste I can still taste it long after I’ve eaten other foods or drinks — it lingers it’s tarty flavor on my tongue.  I’ve also purchased the baobab oil from Aura Cacia brand and have been using it on my skin and hair during this dry fall season in Virginia. My genetics are really made for the South and the Caribbean and traveling and living in these regions have proved that my skin and hair health do much better in hot, wet, tropical temperatures such as Savannah, Georgia (USA), the Mexican Peninsula (Central America) and Guadeloupe, FWI (Caribbean) climates. In these countries (regions), I don’t have to consistently moisture my skin and my hair is not dry or dull but contains its natural moisture, health and shine! When in an American colder climate, I have to constantly keep my skin oiled, and hydrated with essential oils, she butters, coconut oil, etc and there seems that nothing I do prevents my skin and hair from drying.

Lighter Menses Due to High Iron-High Vitamin C Nutrient Rich Vitamins, Fats, and Minerals

So far I’ve found that the Baobab Oil is a great moisturizer for my skin, although I seem to also require Shea Butter (Free Trade) for my hair and skin, in addition to the baobab oil. I’ve been drinking my baobab powder daily and experiencing a much lighter menstrual cycle. My energy and emotional health is increased where I am able to still workout at the gym and not feel fatigue or lethargy!  KT the Arch Degree does a wonderful alchemical breakdown on the baobab tree and its effect on the African American women’s menstrual cycle, anemia-iron deficiency, and the baobab fruit (powder) synergistic chemistry and physiology for easier menses and hormonal balance! It’s worth a watch, he’s a wonderful scientist and teacher! Ironically, I found his video on YouTube after I had made the purchase and started using the product and its been a great benefit and worth the investment!

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Photo Credit: © 2018. Daria Smith Giraud for NaturalSelfGoddess Blog.


Healing Benefits of the Baobab Fruit and Oil

The leaves of the baobab tree can be eaten as vegetables while the fruit (seed) is the only seed that naturally dehydrates while still on the tree. The dried yellow fruit the size of a coconut contains a whooping 12% water and has a strong citrus lemonade mango-like flavor. The fruity powder contains the highest concentration of the synergistic chemistry compounds of Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol).

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Adansonia digitata (leaves). Location: Oahu, Ala Moana Beach Park. Photo Credit: 2008. Creative Commons. Forest & Kim Starr. Permission (Reusing this file) http://www.starrenvironmental.com/imageusepolicy/

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Baobab Fruit Seeds. © 2018. Bizna Kenya.

The baobab tree seeds produce a yellow oil that is rich in a variety of known and unknown fatty acids including Omega 3, 6, and 9, and is a natural skin moisturizer and protector producing high amounts of collagen and is a natural nail and hair growth and strengthener.

Village Guardians – Za Baobab ( Adansonia za) – Madagascar © 2008 TreeGirl Studios

Village Guardians – Za Baobab ( Adansonia za) – Madagascar © 2008 TreeGirl Studios. URL: https://www.treegirl.org/za-baobab.html

The Healing Benefits of Baobab Fruit

Not only does the fruit provide a satiety effect leaving you feel full and satisfied, the baobab fruit contains the highest amount of bioflavanoids and antioxidants, Vitamin C, dietary fibre and polyphenols, carbohydrates, potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, calcium, magnesium, iron, phytosterols, proteins, fats and more.  Healing benefits include treating fever (Malaria), gastrointestinal, Vitamin C deficiency, and prebiotic – gut health (microbiomes). It boosts energy, builds immunity, cleanses the liver (detoxifies), improves heart and varicose vein health, improves sleep, and supports weight loss. It’s a powerful workout drink (smoothies) and juice.

The powder has a high source of:

  • Vitamin C (6x more vitamin C than 100 oranges to 1 tablespoon powder)
  • Antioxidants (21 x stronger than Goji berries, 20x more potent than Acai)
  • Potassium (6x richer than bananas)
  • Calcium (2x potent than milk)
  • Magnesium (30 milligrams)
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B6
  • Calcium
  • Iron (1.2 milligrams)
  • Potassium
  • 50 % dietary fiber
  • Starch free, sugar free

Powerful healing benefits:

  • Eases and strengthens the Nervous system
  • Immune system defenses
  • Metabolic energy 
  • Improves Psychological health
  • Protect cells from oxidative stress
  • Anemia and iron deficiency
  • Biomes and gut-health

The Healing Benefits of the Baobab Oil

The oil has nutritive fatty acids (Omega 3, 6, 9) including dihydrosterculic acid, malvalic acid, arachidic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid. Essential minerals and vitamins including antioxidants, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, iron (Fe), potassium (Vitamin K), magnesium (Mg), manganese (Mn), phosphorus (P), fiber, calcium (Ca), and protein. It’s a natural collagen producer for the skin and hair acting as a cleanser, moisturizer, hydration for skin pathologies like eczema, psoriasis, inflammatory diseases and redness, gum health and maintenance and more.


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Sources and Citations:

Adansonia. (2018, October 07). Retrieved from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adansonia

Bizna Team. (2018, July 10). Why Baobab farming is Kenyas new goldmine. Retrieved from https://biznakenya.com/why-baobab-farming-is-kenyas-new-goldmine/

Baobab Fruit Powder, Natural Vitamin C Rich Superfood Prebiotic. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://superfoodpowders.net/baobab-fruit

McClees, H. (2015, February 04). This Superfood is Twice as High in Calcium Than Milk With More Antioxidants Than Açaí and Goji! Retrieved from https://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/baobab-south-african-superfood/

Muthai, K. U., Karori, M. S., Muchugi, A., Indieka, A. S., Dembele, C., Mng’omba, S., & Jamnadass, R. (2017, August 27). Nutritional variation in baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) fruit pulp and seeds based on Africa geographical regions. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29188039

Sherr, J. (2016). Adansonia digitata (African baobab). Retrieved from http://homeopathyforhealthinafrica.org/product/adansonia-digitata/

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