Andiroba-Saruba, Bastard Mahogany, Brazilian Mahogany, Caoba Bastarda, Caoba del Brasil, Caobilla, Carapa, Carapa guianensis, Carapa Rouge, Cedro, Cedro Macho, Crabwood, Iandirova, Mahogany, Najesí, Requia.<br/><br/>
Overview InformationAndiroba is a plant. The bark and leaf, as well as oil from the fruit and the seed, are used to make medicine.
People take a tea made from andiroba bark and leaf to treat fevers, herpes, and worm infections; and as a tonic. Andiroba fruit oil is taken for coughs.
Some people apply andiroba bark and leaf directly to the skin for sores, ulcers, and skin troubles. It is used on the skin for removing ticks and skin parasites.
The seed oil is used directly on the skin to treat swelling (inflammation), arthritis, rashes, muscle and joint aches and injuries, wounds, boils, and herpes ulcers.
In manufacturing, andiroba is used as a solvent for dissolving and removing dyes from plants, as a lamp oil, and as an insect repellent.
How does it work?There isn’t enough information available to know how andiroba works.
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
TAKEN BY MOUTH
- Insect repellent. Early research suggests that applying 100% andiroba oil to the skin protects against mosquito bites, but not as well as applying 50% DEET.
- Skin conditions.
- Removing ticks.
- Skin parasites.
- Muscle and joint aches and injuries.
- Other conditions.
Side Effects & SafetyThere isn’t enough information available to know if andiroba is safe to use.
Special Precautions & Warnings:Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There is not enough reliable information about the safety of taking andiroba if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
We currently have no information for ANDIROBA Interactions.
The appropriate dose of andiroba depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for andiroba. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
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