Sunday, June 22, 2008

Andiroba oil

The better known byproduct of the andiroba seeds is óleo de andiroba, or andiroba oil. The medicinal use of this oil is widespread throughout the Amazon and most of Brazil. Obviously, it was first discovered by the Indians, long before the Europeans arrived on the scene. The small bottle shown in the image is one I keep at Bosque Santa Lucia for visitors, when they forget their insect repellent. Most people don't like the smell of the oil, but it does the job. It's also used to rehydrate the skin and stop itching. I need to restock my supply.

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