Red Mahogany

(Khaya nyassica) It has an astringent bark, resembling quinine in its nature. The bark infusion is taken to relieve a cold. The seeds are used, too, crushed and boiled to extract the oil, which is then rubbed into the hair to kill vermin (Palgrave & Palgrave). As it is one of the biggest and most imposing of trees, it is used in medicines for strength. It features in an Ambo chief's medicine, the inclusion of this strengthens the medicine to such an extent that it cannot be overcome by another, stronger medicine (Stefaniszyn).

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