Kola Nut Cola acuminata

  • Common Names
  • Kola Nut
  • Botanical Name
  • Cola acuminata
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Kola Nut

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How to Use: Kola Nut

Kola nuts contain caffeine, which may explain their popular use in energy tonics. Native to Africa, the nuts of this towering tree are also a traditional medicine thought to enhance male potency. Kola is listed as having aphrodisiac, stimulant, and cardiotonic properties in the Duke phytochemical database.1

Preparation Methods & Dosage :

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Kola Nut Remedies

In the Kitchen: The kola nut was once the main ingredient in cola drinks, and rumor has it the closely guarded trade secret formula of Coke contains kola extract as well as sugar, caramel color, caffeine, phosphoric acid, coca extract, lime extract, vanilla and glycerin.2

Kola Nut Side Effects: The German E Commission considers it safe, and lists its uses for mental and physical fatigue.Mountain Rose herbs

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Plant Description

  • Flowers/Fruit/Seeds:Small cream flowers, sometimes with purple-red markings, followed by large, compound fruits containing up to 10 seeds (nuts)
  • Plant Class: Evergreen Tree
  • Rhizome:
  • Leaves:Glossy, obovate leaves up to 8in long
  • Preferred Habitat:
  • Flowering Season:
  • Distribution:Tropical Africa

Regional Traditions :African *

books citedWorks Cited
  1. Dr. Duke's Phytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
  2. Coca-Cola formula
  3. Deni Brown HSA Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses, Pub. Dorling Kindersley (1995)