Andiroba, also known as Carapa
Andiroba Oil Uses and Health Benefits
Andiroba oil comes with many benefits, including that it has long been used as an insect repellant. It’s also said to contain anti-inflammatory properties.2 These anti-inflammatory benefits come from chemical compounds known as limonoids found in the oil.1 These compounds help treat inflammation by promoting blood circulation and reducing pain at the site of an injury. The oil can be used to treat infections, arthritis, cough, and allergies.1,3 Other andiroba oil benefits include for:
Other parts of the herb have been used for the treatment of ulcers, skin problems, fever, and cancer.1 Various parts of the andiroba plant may also have antifungal and anti-tumor properties, although more research is needed on obtaining these benefits through the oil.1
Andiroba Oil Side Effects and Precautions
Like with any herb, it is best to use andiroba oil with caution. Talk to your doctor first about any other herbs or medications you’re taking to avoid interactions. Use a small amount at first to see how you react to the herb. Do not use andiroba oil as a substitute for prescription medications, and do not attempt to self-medicate with andiroba oil without consulting your doctor if you have a serious medical condition. Talk to your doctor about using andiroba oil if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.