BAOBAB (ADANSONIA DIGITATA)
One of the best known trees of Africa (and often symbolic of the continent itself!), the Baobab tree (or Upside- Down tree as it is sometimes called) is an extremely long lived species, with some specimens believed to be 3000 years old! The oil obtained from the seeds found in its pods has strong moisturizing and sheen properties and is used to prevent and cure dry skin conditions of the face, body and scalp. This is due to the high, almost equal quantities of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The oil also contains linoleic acid, which the human body cannot synthesize itself.