Andiroba Oil is an emollient nut oil which has been processed from the seeds or nuts of the Amazonian tree, Carapa guianensis. The Indians in the Amazon have used andiroba oil for centuries as a natural insect repellent.* Chemical analysis of andiroba oil has identified the presence of a group of chemicals called limonoids. The anti-inflammatory and insect repellent properties of andiroba oil are attributed to the presence of these limonoids, including a novel one which has been named andirobin.* For more information on andiroba go to the Tropical Plant Database. To see pictures of andiroba click here.
Suggested Use: Apply directly to skin as desired.
Contraindications: Not to be used internally during pregnancy or while breast-feeding.
Drug Interactions: None reported.
Andiroba Plant Summary
Main Preparation Method: cold pressed oil
Main Actions (in order): analgesic (pain-reliever), anti-inflammatory, insect repellant, antitumorous, wound healer
for insect bites and stings
as an insect repellant
for psoriasis, dermatitis, heat rash, skin fungi,
and other skin problems
Other Properties/Actions Documented by Traditional Use: antiseptic, balsamic, emollient, febrifuge (reduces fever), vermifuge (expels worms), wound healer
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