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Gifts from Trees

<em>Edit Article</em> Gifts from Trees
They house us, feed us, and help us breathe, yet what we tend to forget is the healing aspect of trees. Leaves, bark, and buds have long been used in rituals and medicines, and now some of these ancient remedies are reappearing in modern products.The Argan TreeThe argan grows in Morocco and produces a hard nut that houses small seeds valued for their oil. The oil contains high levels of skin-rejuvenating essential fatty acids. One of the purest products we’ve found it in is Aura Cacia’s USDA-certified organic Argan Skin Care Oil. This company offers other oils derived from trees, including baobab, macadamia, and tamanu. auracacia.comThe Baobab TreeNative to Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Australia, and Madagascar, these gargantuan trees can live to be thousands of years old. “The fruit of the tree,” explains Michele Gilfoil, who sources ingredients for Planet Botanicals, “is loaded with antioxidants and plant sterols and has eight to ten times more vitamin C than an orange.” She uses the dry fruit powder in the company’s Baobab Micro Face Polish, as well as in the African Baobab Body Scrub with Citrus L …

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