Botanical name: Cola acuminata
Other names: Cola nut, Cola tree
Family: Sterculiaceae; Sterculieae Tribe, Sterculiinae Subtribe.
Distribution: Originally : Africa
Indigenous to western Africa, the cola nut (Cola nitida, Cola acuminata) was originally reserved for the gods. During a visit to the earth, however, one of the gods left a piece behind and humans found it. Because of their stimulating powers, cola nuts were used for magic and as amulets and aphrodisiacs. Today, they still play a central role in the religious and social like of many West and Central African cultures.
Clusius provided the first description of cola in 1605. Europe first became aware of the cola nut in the second half of the 16th century. The first cola plantations were established in the West Indies around 1680. Nevertheless, the stock plant long remained unknown. In 1865, the seeds were found to contain caffeine.
In West Africa and the Sahel zone, all of life is heavily shaped by the cola nut, which represent the most important socio-integrative element. Cola nuts are offered to every guest as a gesture of respect and deference, they are presented to a lover as a token of one’s feelings, they are exchanged at the end of business negotiations to seal the contract, and they are offered to the ancestors, orishas, spirits, and gods. The nuts are placed at forks in the roads as protective amulets, they are given to lepers and beggars as gifts, they are handed to physicians and healers as a welcoming greeting, and they are given to soothsayers as payment for divinations.
The kola nut contains about 2 to 3 percent caffeine and 1 to 2 percent theobromine, both of which act as stimulants when consumed.
Possible benefits of kola nuts include: boost to metabolism, aid to digestion, increase in circulation, boost to energy levels, antibacterial benefits
Our Kola nut liquid extracts are extracted with great care and knowledge with 40% organic vodka, to a ratio of 1:2. They are made with Organic Cola acuminata
Our Kola nut is higher quality because it's freshly harvested by knowledgeable family farmers, as well as it's stored in the cold and dark. It contains a high content of essential oils.
Our Kola nut is ethically harvested by local family farmers.
Our products are of the highest quality but they have not been certified by the FDA neither Health Canada for human consumption. Therefore, we have to specify that they cannot be sold for human consumption. They are sold for incense and soap making purposes, decorative purposes and/or legitimate ethnobotanical research. The information given about the plants is for academic purposes only and not intended to be used medically. TrancePlants, its suppliers, agents, employees and distributors cannot be held accountable for any misuse of the products offered.
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