Scientific Proof! Sausages Heal Eczema & Psoriasis!

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Kigelia africana (otherwise known as the sausage tree) grows across the continents of Africa and Australasia and is super easy to identify by the unusual grey, sausage-like fruits which dangle jauntily from its branches. The tree has a long history of use in its native habitat, but up until recently, scientists (and herbalists for that matter) in the West had no idea of its miraculous healing properties.

What is the sausage tree?

The sausage tree cuts an impressive figure, growing up to 20 metres tall and bearing fruits that can weigh up to 10kg. It’s sacred to many communities and is protected even when other trees in the forest are being cut down. This is because of its rare medicinal properties which range from helping young men to “improve their manhood” to eradicating eczema and other stubborn skin conditions in a super short space of time and with long lasting results.

Sausage tree extract for beautiful skin

The sausage tree has been used by indigenous people and traditional African healers for hundreds of years to treat all manner of skin complaints from ulcers and sores to serious conditions such as leprosy and skin cancer. As well as anecdotal evidence from traditional use, there now exists a significant body of scientific research to support its efficacy.

Research conducted by King’s College Hospital in London, the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, the University of Natal in South Africa and the University of Nigeria has begun to shed light on why the sausage tree is so beneficial for all manner of skin conditions.

In tests, extracts from the bark of the tree were shown to contain chemicals known as iridoids which block the growth of harmful bacteria. Studies also showed that kigelia has the ability to inhibit harmful micro-organisms including:

  • Staphylococcus aureus – an organism that causes impetigo and skin abscesses
  • Candida albicans – the fungal organism that causes thrush and athletes foot
  • Escherichia coli – known to causes abscesses
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa – involved in skin sepsis and infections

Studies at the University of Zimbabwe have also verified its potent anti-inflammatory properties and have gathered evidence of its astonishing ability to rapidly heal wounds.

Here are some more unusual facts about the sausage tree:

  • Women in the Zambezi valley make cosmetic preparations of the fruit to help them maintain a blemish free complexion
  • Scientific papers have been published to support the use of kigelia africana extract for the treatment skin cancer. Anecdotal evidence also suggests it may also be helpful for HIV-related skin complaints.
  • Sausage tree extract is commonly used in Europe and the Far East as an active ingredient in many skin tightening and breast firming formulations.
  • Topical use of sausage tree extract is believed to reduce the “over-activity” of skin cell production experienced by psoriasis sufferers.
  • Studies are currently being carried out to assess kigelia’s astounding ability to reverse the effects of sun-damaged skin, prevent age and liver spots and lighten pigmentation.

Sausage tree cream for eczema

From a personal perspective, I’ve experienced profound results using kigelia africana with patients suffering from eczema and psoriasis. Both myself, and an herbalist friend who originally formulated the sausage tree preparation have documented and recorded many cases whereby patients have gained complete relief from their symptoms.

Here’s one such example:

Case Study:

Patient X is an 18-month-old boy suffering from severe eczema. The child was born with perfect skin, but after a series of vaccinations became unwell and developed a persistent rash on both ankles which was later diagnosed as eczema. With time, the problem got better, but unfortunately re-appeared again after a second bout of vaccinations.

Steroid creams and aloe vera helped for a while, but whenever the child became hot he scratched the skin to the point where it once again became inflamed and infected. This kept him awake at night and made him very stressed. The mother changed the child’s diet, removing all dairy, and later all animal products. Although this helped immensely, it still didn’t fully resolve the problem. When I first met the family they looked tired and worn and were ready to try just about anything to help them solve the problem.

Below are photographs showing the baby’s legs before and after topical application of sausage tree cream.


Before Treatment

After 4 Days of Treatment

I see many people who are at the end of their tether with the misery of eczema and psoriasis. By the time they get to me they’ve often spent a fortune on greasy barrier creams, steroid applications and prescription antibiotics without seeing any significant improvement in their skin. Most have suffered for such a long time they despair they’ll ever find lasting relief from their condition. However, my own clinical experience has shown me that using a topical extract of kigelia africana alongside making small changes to the diet and improving elimination, provides superb results; not just in the short term, but in the majority of cases provides a permanent solution.

Here are few more of the amazing results I’ve seen in my clinic:

Sausage tree cream

Sausage tree cream is available from the clinic and is made to order. The cream contains 100% natural ingredients and is paraben free and baby and vegan-friendly. As with all my products, it carries the HerbMark quality of assurance showing it has been made by a licenced practitioner who has undergone training in the manufacture of herbal medications.

Unlike commercial preparations that can be bought online, this cream contains no chemical preservatives, is non-greasy, will not stain clothes and is lanolin free. Made with grapeseed oil, it is also safe for people with nut allergies. It’s proven to provide relief from a whole range of skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis – relieving the itching and reducing redness from the very first application. My unique recipe has been used in clinical practice for over 15 years.

You can buy sausage tree cream here

For more information about the sausage tree you may also like to read:

Kigelia Africana for skin conditions

Sausage Tree – Traditional medical uses and its role in modern medicine


Akunyili DN et al. Antimicrobial activities of stembark of Kigelia pinnata. J Ethnopharmacol 1991 Dec;35 (2) :173-7

Mazanhi T. Anti-inflammatory activity of Kigelia extract of bark and fruit. University of Zimbabwe 1998 Maisiri T Effect of Kigelia on deep wound healing University of Zimbabwe 1998


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