Hermodable Andiroba (Krappa) Oil

Hermodable Andiroba (Krappa) Oil

Andiroba oil, also know as krappa oil comes from the Carapa guianensis species of tree in the Meliaceae family and is commonly called andiroba or crabwood tree. Andiroba trees are native to tropical zones around the Amazon, Central America, and the Caribbean islands.

Historically, indigenous tribes were known to use andiroba oil to remove ticks from their scalps and other parasites from their skin. They would also brew the bark and leaves to make a tea, which they would drink to treat stomach problems like intestinal worms, ulcers, and nausea. One of the main utilizations still used today in the Amazon is the application of andiroba oil to prevent mosquito bites.

Health Benefits of Andiroba (Krappa) Oil

Andiroba is known as a superfruit in the Amazon because of the healthy benefits associated with its oil, bark, and leaves that have been used for centuries. The natural ingredients in andiroba oil have been known to treat skin and hair, and therefore has gained international popularity in recent years.

Historic Uses

Historically, palm oil has been traced back to West Africa, where five thousand years ago Arab traders introduced its medicinal properties to the Egyptians. The Egyptians used the healings powers of the oil as a remedy to relieve muscular aches and pains. In traditional African medicine, palm oil has also been used to treat toothaches, rheumatism, infections, and negate poison.


Much like maripa oil, andiroba oil is rich in natural vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Some of the nutrients like vitamins A, C, E, and fatty acids promote the growth of new skin cells to help relieve symptoms of eczema, psoriasis, rashes, and sores. The antioxidants help to remove and neutralize free radicals from the skin to prevent aging and skin cancers.


Since andiroba oil stimulates better blood flow, its uses on the scalp have been known to promote the growth of healthier hair, making the hair grow faster and become more hydrated to prevent split ends and breaks.

Natural Insect Repellent

A lot of people these days are concerned about the toxic properties in DEET that prevent insect bites, especially mosquito bites. Recent studies have shown andiroba to be an excellent natural solution to preventing bites. Although it’s not as effective as DEET, is has proven to be a great 100% natural solution without the concerns of applying chemicals to your skin.

Not only is Hermodable’s Andiroba (Krappa) Oil natural and beneficial to your health, but it is harvested and produced through fair trade and sustainable practices to ensure livable wages for workers and environmental protections to the land.