The oil from the marula kernel has given the Marula tree its spiritual status. The kernels are so full
of oil that even a squeeze with the hand can release a rich yields. This healing oil is used as a
cosmetic by Southern African women, and is massaged onto the skin of the face, feet and hands.
Across generations it has proven to protect against dry, cracking skin and in fact its moisturising
properties are so effective that it is also used to treat leather and to preserve meat. Within the
Zulu tribe, the Marula tree symbolizes women’s fertility, softness and tenderness. In some tribes
new born baby girls are welcomed into the world with traditional Marula ceremonies