What is kinkeliba?
Kinkeliba is a plant whose leaves are mainly used in traditional medicine to stimulate biliary function, promote biliary excretion, protect liver cells and for their anti-inflammatory and antibacterial virtues.
Other names of kinkeliba leaves: long life tea, kolobe, serereou (sekhew), talli, NGolobe, etc…
Variety: Combretum micranthum.
In Senegal and Mali, kinkeliba leaves are widely consumed at breakfast or during the break of the Ramadan fast instead of coffee or tea. It is sometimes wrongly considered as the breakfast of the poor, many preferring milk, supposedly more noble.
It has a very pleasant woody flavor.
What are the health benefits of kinkeliba?
It is known for its diuretic, cholagogue, depurative and digestive virtues.
In traditional African medicine, it is used in infusion against constipation, to protect liver cells, to stimulate biliary function and promote biliary excretion. It is also an excellent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial.
How to use kinkeliba?
Kinkeliba is prepared in decoction. Put 20 g of dried leaves in 1 l of water. Bring to the boil, when it starts to boil, count 3 min, then remove from the heat and leave to infuse for about 20 min. Filter and it is ready.
The resulting drink can be drunk throughout the day. It is quite common to sweeten it, and even to add another ingredient (see next paragraph).
For a cure, count 2 to 3 cups per day for 3 weeks, otherwise, kinkeliba is drunk a bit like tea, once in a while for pleasure while doing good.