When the daily breaking of the fast after sunset is celebrated in Ramadan,

a wonderfully pleasant scent wafts through the villages.

Kinkiliba is considered a power station and means "health tree".


The Senegalese call it "tisane de longue vie" (the infusion for a long life).


Der Kinkiliba (Combretum micranthum) ist eine Pflanzenart der Langfäden. Er ist in Westafrika heimisch und erreicht einen Maximalwuchs von bis zu drei Metern. Er hat sich an das trockene Klima der Sahelzone angepasst.


The dried leaves of the tiger bush, as it is also called, are soaked in boiling water. This brew is a traditional tonic in the tropical sub-Saharan countries.


The leaves of the Kinkiliba are often used in local traditional medicine to treat a long list of diseases such as fatigue, liver disease, headache, recovery, blood diseases, cancer, sleep disorders. In Burkina Faso, Kinkiliba is also used for curing malaria.


The drink has also been shown to relieve dysfunction of the digestive system and urinary tract through its diuretic effect. It is also said to have disinfecting and detoxifying properties.


The leaf extract can be used to treat bacterial infections (Strptococcus, E. Coli). In Burkina Faso, a decoction of the leaves is also used as a medicine against malaria.


Kinkiliba tea strengthens the liver as it stimulates bile secretion, prevents the formation of gallstones and promotes digestion.


In addition, the tea from the leaves of this plant is also attributed other healing effects:

  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Lowering fever
  • Treatments for colds and flu
  • Treatment of diabetes
  • Relief from respiratory diseases
  • Skin rejuvenation and, due to its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, also help with skin problems such as eczema and acne
  • Relief from indigestion
  • Support in the desire for weight loss
  • Help with insomnia
  • Strengthening the immune system after an illness

In Burkina Faso and Mali, dried leaf tea is used to treat bronchitis and chronic coughs for colds. In Sudan and Burkina Faso the tea is used to treat fever, while in Niger the tea is also used as a bath to reduce fever and treat diarrhea.


As a spiritual bath, tea can cleanse and protect against negative energies and entities.


The leaves can only be poured with boiling water and soaked for 15 minutes. But they can also be boiled for 30 minutes, 20g per liter of water


Serve the tea in a cup with a lemon or lime wedge for a delicious and refreshing herbal elixir. The tea has a unique taste that can be enriched with other herbs such as mint or hibiscus. Drink one to two cups as a daily tonic. Drink it in concentrated form 3-4 times a day during detox or fasting.


You can also use the scrub to revitalize and strengthen dry, brittle and dull hair by pouring it over it during the final rinse.