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An Introduction to Kinkeliba Leaves

At Kany’s Garden, we’re always eager to share tips and new discoveries with our customers to help them reach optimal health. Today, the focus will be on Kinkeliba, a medicinal plant that needs to be in everybody’s cupboard.

Kinkeliba (Combretum micranthum) is a green, reddish and sometimes brown shrug that grows on barren lowlands in Senegal, Benin and Gambia.

Africa’s French settlers were the first to “discover” the shrug and introduce it to Europe. They named the tea obtained by boiling the leaves “Tisane de longue vie” which can literally be translated as “Infusion for long life”.

The name was a reflection of Kinkeliba’s versatile and varied benefits, all geared towards improving the immune system and balancing the body.

Though lesser known in Europe and America, its leaves have always been widely employed in African holistic practices and traditional medicines to treat and soothe a wide range of ailments and illnesses, among which fatigue, headaches, cramps, cancer and hepatitis.

Notably, as Kinkeliva possess choleretic and cholagogue properties, it can contribute to the protection of liver cells due to its striking ability to stimulate bile secretion and prevent the formation of gallstones.

Besides being an efficient anti-inflammatory and antibacterial, it is powerful supplement to stimulate and support the digestive system and can be used as a therapeutic diuretic to soothe urinary dysfunction.

Kinkeliba leaves can be enjoyed as a tea by washing and then boiling the leaves in water for 20 minutes. If you’re looking for more potency, don’t hesitate to let the leave brew for longer. The leaves work well with mint, lemon and lemongrass.

And if you want that extra bit of sweetness, add some honey. As it is caffeine free, kinkeliba tea can be sipped any time of the day.

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