Ancient African Skincare: Devils Claw
A wild ancient herb from Southern Africa, commonly known as devil’s claw, grapple plant or wood spider is a plant that has been used by traditional healers for millennia.
Scientifically named, Harpogophytum procumbens, devils claw is a genus of the sesame family and is found in arid areas in Southern Africa, particularly in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.
Although named devils claw because of it claw-like hooks of its fruit, it is in fact its roots that are harvested for medicinal use.
Skincare Benefits of Devils Claw:
- The roots hold a compound which helps improve inflammatory responses. With the ability to ease pain it acts to relieve skin redness, inflammation and puffiness.
- Studies suggest that devils claw may also have antioxidant effects. This means the plant can ward off cell-damaging effects of free radicals that we encounter daily from the sun and pollution.
- The original African people, the Khoisan have traditionally used the root to produce topical ointment for the treatment of boils, wounds and burn healing for generations.
Devils claw is one of the oldest recognised non-traditional medicinal plants that were commercially exported in the 1960s. This unassuming perennial plant with grey green leaves and tubular purple-pink flowers only flower for one day between November and April.
Still today devils claw is sustainably wild-harvested. We at The Natural Africa can proudly say we support the sustainable harvesting of devil’s claw. Feel the power of the Ancient African Botanical, devil’s claw, in The Natural Africa Serum.
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