Ingredient Profile: Malabar Kino Bark is Rich Sap for a Healthy Scalp

January 27, 2019 | Written by Kathy Watson

Malabar Kino Bark (pterocarpus marsupium) has been used for centuries in Indian, Arabian, and homeopathic medicines. It is highly versatile and thus useful in a variety of remedies. Because it is rich in natural compounds, it is a natural way to care for a healthy scalp.

Indian Kino is a deciduous tree that grows up to 30 meters tall and is native to the subtropical area of India, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. Although it has big leaves and yellow flowers that both have healing properties, the real magic of kino comes from its trunk full of dark resin known as kino gum—a fragrant, dark sap that flakes easily from the trunk. The resin has the ability to turn water blue on contact. However, its real power is as a natural astringent that helps regulate scalp pH and balance oil production. Additionally, its antimicrobial and antifungal properties make it effective in treating a number of skin conditions, ensuring a strong foundation for your healthy head of hair.

About Kathy Watson

Over her 10-year career as a journalist, Kathy has worked as a columnist and reporter for both print magazines and digital publications. She started as a beat reporter for her college newspaper covering biosciences and general science. Kathy holds a B.A. in political science. Reviewed by Collective Laboratories' Medical Advisory Board

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