Kanna, Blue Lotus & Akuamma Seeds – African Herbs

African herbal remedies are amongst the oldest on the planet, as native cultures have harnessed the power of plants and herbs for millennia. In fact, African tribes have used plants in a range of different ways since well before recorded history. This has led to the discovery of many potent African herbs and botanicals. And while kratom is not amongst them—kratom or mitragyna speciosa is actually native to Asia—African cultures discovered uses for some rather remarkable plants such as the blue lotus flower, kanna (sceletium tortuosum), and akuamma seeds.

What Are the Most Popular African Herbs?

Africa is home to a vast range of different environments and climate conditions, from the driest desert on the planet, to lush tropical regions, vast savannahs and grasslands, and even more temperate climates. This has made this continentregarded as the place where the human species first originated—home to a diverse variety of plants, herbs, and botanicals.

So what are some of the more common African herbs and what are their properties? Consider the following.

  • Akuamma Seeds – Akuamma seeds (which are also known as vincamajoridine or picralima nitida) are harvested from the fruit of the shrub-like akuamma tree. The hand-extracted seeds are then sun-dried. This African herb has long been used by native cultures in regions that include modern-day Cameroon, Ghana, Congo, Zaire, and Côte d’Ivoire. It’s said that the seeds contain a number of different alkaloids, such as akuammine, akuammidine, akuammicine, akuammigine, pseudo-akuammigine, and pericine. Notably, akuammine has a chemical structure that bears striking similarities to one of the primary alkaloids found within kratom, making akuamma seeds a popular kratom alternative. The above-mentioned alkaloids have been found to act upon the brain’s mu opioid receptors, which has resulted in significant popularity amongst those who are seeking a natural way to manage temporary discomfort. Kratora now sells akuamma seeds, which up until recent years, were extremely difficult to procure outside of Western Africa. Our selection includes whole akuamma seeds and akuamma seed powder.
  • Kanna — Kanna is a succulent that’s native to South Africa. It’s also known by other names, such as kuogoed and channa, which translate to mean “chewable.” This is an allusion to the manner in which native cultures—such as the Hotentot Tribe—would use the plant’s leaves and roots. It’s said that kanna contains alkaloids such as mesembrine, mesembrenol, mesembrenone, and tortusamine. These alkaloids have been found to hold some rather potent properties, including the ability to improve mood and eliminate temporary discomfort. Kanna is also said to have stimulant properties too. Up until recently, kanna was extremely difficult to find outside of South Africa, but today, this popular African herb is now available from Kratora. We sell three varieties of kanna: dried kanna, fermented kanna, and kanna 10x extract.
  • Blue Lotus Flower – The blue lotus flower (nymphaea caerulea) is a flower that’s known by several names, including the Egyptian water lily, Egyptian lotus, and the blue water lily. But no matter what you call it, this plant has some rather remarkable properties which have been prized since ancient times, when the ancient Egyptians and ancient Mayan cultures used the psychoactive flower as a natural herbal remedy to relieve discomfort and as an aphrodisiac to promote sex drive and fertility. Notably, though, the lily—which was believed to have mystical powers—is no longer found in Central and South America, although it still grows along the banks of the Nile River. Kratora carries three different varieties of blue lotus flower: dried whole flowers, along with a powder that’s derived from dried flowers, and a 50:1 blue lotus extract.

When buying extracts, such as Kratora’s kanna 10x extract or blue lotus 50:1 extract, please keep in mind that the potency of these products is not necessarily 10 or 50 times greater. The numeral indicates the concentration of the extraction. For instance, a 50:1 extract would be created by concentrating 50 parts into 1 part. But there is not always a linear relationship between the potency and extraction concentration. So while 50:1 extract would certainly be far more concentrated and potent than raw blue lotus flower powder, it’s not necessarily going to be 50 times more potent. This is the case for all extracts, regardless of plant type or manufacturer.

At Kratora, we’ve traveled the world seeking out some of the most interesting and cherished plants and botanicals. These African herbs and plants were historically used as African herbal remedies, but they’re now gaining lots of attention amongst researchers and botanical enthusiasts alike. We’re excited to introduce these incredible plants, along with many kratom strains and varieties, to buyers worldwide. In fact, if you know about a remarkable African herb or botanical that you’d like to see added to Kratora’s online shop, we invite you share your suggestion via our contact page. Scroll to the top of the page to browse our selection, filtering by region, by effects, and by product type.

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