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3329Re: [pfaf] balanites aegyptiaca - any information welcome

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  • Leoke
    Nov 5, 2008
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      Suggestion: try to find Egyptian suppliers and ask them what about. And
      then, are you interested in the plant or in changing the world, in this case
      Egyptian ways of doing business.
      Best greetings,

      2008/10/30 placeedevey <placeedevey@...>

      > Greetings! I'm an aspiring crafter of natural bath-and-body products,
      > and I am looking into various plants and herbs which I can use in lieu
      > of some of the more nasty synthetics out there. In my searching for
      > various plants I have come across balanites aegyptiaca, the "desert
      > date". This tree is very old, and references to its use have appeared
      > in Egyptian texts. It was one of the ingredients in the sacred
      > incense "kyphi" and is still used today as the oil is edible and has a
      > fair few vitamins and minerals. It's currently attracting attention
      > for use as a biofuel, but it's proving difficult to cultivate.
      > However, according to various research I've done online, this plant
      > has a lot of uses, and its cultivation and harvest would greatly
      > benefit many areas around the Nile, especially as most regions are in
      > a rather nasty period of drought.
      > There are very few suppliers of balanites oil, and I'm not entirely
      > certain whether the suppliers are using sustainable methods, or
      > whether the proceeds for the oil is going directly to those who
      > harvest it. So any further information is welcome. It might take an
      > age before the oil could be imported to the UK, but the more
      > information the better.
      > Thanks in advance.
      > R. Day

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