Plant uses: Kola Nut is native to tropical rainforests in West African countries. The fruit contains caffeine and is used as a stimulant. It has been traditionally chewed by tribesman for social settings, ceremonies and for endurance while hunting.
Kola Nut can assist digestion, weight loss, increasing circulation, mental stimulation and boosting brain function. It is considered to have short term relief of fatigue and depression. Its properties can be mood-lifting and enhance endurance in sports.
Kola Nut is used as a flavouring for drinks for the Cola flavour. It is a healthy stimulant and can be added to drinks and bliss balls.
Plant preparation: Powder – herbal powders are versatile, add to teas, smoothies, soups and decoctions
Plant properties: Stimulant, Antidepressant
Energetics and taste: Bitter and Sweet
Scientific name: Cola acuminata
Other common names: Bitter Kola, Cola, Guru Nut, Soudan Coffee, Bissy Nuts
Plant part: Fruit
Cautions and contraindications: With all herbs, it is important you do your own research before consuming them. Although many herbs are generally safe to use, some herbs may have interactions with medication or be unsuitable to take during pregnancy.