Leaf of life
How to use
- Katafray: The Katafray is a tree found across Madagascar, and its elegant silhouette is a common sight in the arid forests of the south and west of the Grande Ile. Its light-coloured wood is as resistant as ebony and widely used in local building. In traditional Madagascan medicine, a drink prepared from the bark is reputed to have tonic and febrifuge benefits and its essential oil is known for its fortifying and soothing actions.
- Sorbier: In times gone by, the sorbier tree was considered sacred and believed to chase away evil spirits and bring happiness to lovers. Its pear-shaped fruit has a pungent, acid flavour and is commonly used in a decoction for its fortifying and veinotonic properties. Its very dense wood is popular with both carpenters and cabinet makers.