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.
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Beneficial effect of herbal remedies made from Andiroba
Topical rubs can treat and relieve the physical symptoms associated with arthritis and rheumatism. An herbal remedy consisting of hot andiroba oil is rubbed into the skin of the affected individual to relieve the pain of arthritis and rheumatism-this heated herbal oil is a very effective topical remedy.
The herbal oil remedy is also used in the treatment of skin damaged as a result of cuts and scrapes, and from injury related abrasions. It has also been used in the treatment of the symptoms of gonorrhea, as a topical remedy it has also been used in treating insect bites, as well as in treating skin conditions such as psoriasis.
The oil's main uses are to treat insect bites, heal rashes, skin fungi and other skin problems. It is still used as an insect repellent and is the base for many anti-wrinkle creams on the market.
Andiroba oil also contains omega-3 fatty acids which help rid the body of chemicals that restrict blood flow and cause inflammation.
It promotes normal circulation to the skin and relieves pain and swelling.
The Northwest Amazons use the bark and leaves for fever reducing and worm-inhibiting tea, and externally as a wash for skin problems, ulcers, and insect bites, and as an insect repellent.
Brazilians use the seed oil as an antiarthritic and anti-inflammatory, while the fruit oil is ingested for coughs.
Neem or andiroba oil (gedunin and other compounds) is effective for up to 12 hours at a concentration of 2%. Neem (but not andiroba) is a contraceptive, so it should not be ingested by women who are or are trying to get pregnant, though 2% is supposedly not enough to do any harm.
Do not use andiroba if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
There’s no harm side effects of andiroba because of its neutrality.