How Tree Oil Can Fight Tooth Decay, Gum Disease, and Cavities!


Tea Tree Oil is one of the most versatile and beneficial of all the essential oils, and it has recently come into the spotlight for its powerful healing effects on acne, fungal infections, dandruff, and even ear infections. But what about your dental health? Can tea tree oil do anything to protect your teeth or prevent decay and disease? Let’s take a look!

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The 5 Incredible Healing Powers of Litsea Cubeba Essential Oil


Litsea Cubeba is one of the most unheard of essential oils, but it’s also one of the most effective, deliciously scented, and powerful! Because of its odd sounding name, people aren’t quick to identify with it and pass it over. However, Litsea Cubeba has one of the most incredible, fresh, citrusy scents of any essential oils AND it is excellent for improving your health and wellness. Read more

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5 Mudcloth Craft Projects You Can Make Over a Weekend!

Are you an avid do-it-yourselfer who likes to sew or craft in some way? Then mudcloth is for you! This unique African fabric is hand-crafted and makes a showstopping addition to your home décor. We’ve been on the lookout for DIY mudcloth projects, and this post will show you some incredible ways you can display mudcloth in your home or create a gift someone will love!

Idea #1 – Comfy Mudcloth Floor Cushions
Photo credit Apartment Therapy 

Want a stunning and super comfy floor cushion to relax on in your home? Check out these step-by-step instructions on how to create one yourself!

Idea #2 – Mudcloth Upholstered Bench
Photo credit Claire Esparros for Homepolish

Want to really bring the style and feel of West Africa to your home? Make your own upholstered mudcloth bench! Find instructions here

Idea #3 – Mudcloth Throw Cushions
Photo credit Bryant Lee

Adorn your couch with the striking and minimalistic charm of mudcloth! See instructions here

Idea #4 – Mudcloth-Inspired Fabric Tote Bag
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This tote bag doesn’t actually use real mudcloth, but if you’re in the mood for something easy and mudcloth-inspired then this tote might be just the thing! Find out how to make it here!

Idea #5 – Giant DIY Mudcloth Inspired Planter
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Want to decorate outside your home? Check out these striking and super easy mudcloth planters!

Where Can I Find Mudcloth?

Here at Africa Imports we sell mudcloth in a variety of sizes and colors. Find exactly the kind you want here!

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The Fall 2016 catalog is printing right now! A copy will be mailed to all of our customers directly from the printer. Mailing and delivery normally takes 1-2 weeks, but you don’t have to wait! You can see it now, just click here.
2016 Fall Retail Catalog
There are so many exciting products to sell in this 144 page catalog. Take a look at the new and popular African fashions, jewelry, artwork, and so much more.
Click here for the Easy Page-Turning version!

Click here to find out HOW TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS selling African products!

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The Astounding Health Benefits of Wintergreen Essential Oil

The Astounding Benefits of Wintergreen Essential Oil

We’re thrilled to introduce you to one of our newest essential oils: Wintergreen. Wintergreen essential oil is extracted from the leaves of the Wintergreen tree native to North America. It has long been used in Native American healing and medicine, and now you can enjoy its benefits as well.

The Health Benefits of Wintergreen Essential Oil


Wintergreen is a natural analgesic, which means when it is applied to an area of pain it induces numbness and an anesthetic affect. It also promotes blood circulation, and cools irritation, which is a relief to those who are experiencing swollen or itchy skin. However, you should never apply wintergreen directly to open cuts or wounds.


Wintergreen is a natural Anodyne; this basically means that it can induce relaxation. If you are experiencing high levels of stress, applying this essential oil with a moisturizer can help to calm and relax your senses.

Fights Arthritis

When wintergreen essential oil is applied externally, it easily penetrates through the skin around the muscles and tissues, stimulating blood circulation in that location. This activity helps to clear obstructions in the flow of blood, which is one of the major causes of rheumatism and arthritis. It also keeps toxins like uric acid from accumulating in that spot.

Relieves Gas

If you blend a small amount of wintergreen essential oil with some lotion or water and rub it on your belly it can help to relieve gas and bloating. Never take wintergreen essential oil internally.

Detoxes the Body

Wintergreen essential oil has stimulating properties that help the organs in the urinary system to increase the frequency and quantity of urine. As a result, it helps your body to more speedily remove toxins like uric acid and protects from diseases like rheumatism, arthritis, and others which are caused by the accumulation of toxins. Do not take wintergreen essential oil internally! Simply applying it to your skin with your body lotion will improve your health.

Reduces Congestion

Wintergreen contains an aspirin-like chemical that can help to reduce pain and congestion. To open your nasal passages and breathe more deeply, combine wintergreen oil and coconut oil together, and then rub the mixture onto your upper back and chest.


Wintergreen is naturally anti-bacterial. It can help to fight dangerous germs, viruses and fungi. You can apply the oil with lotion to sections of your body as needed. You can also use the oil in your dishwashing solution to clear odor-causing bacteria and molds from your dishwashing machine. Some people use the oil in cleaning supplies to rid their home of any dangerous bacteria.

Clears Acne

Because wintergreen oil is naturally antibacterial, you can apply it to your skin with your face lotion to rid your skin of acne-causing germs. It also is anti-inflammatory, so it can reduce the redness and swelling of acne breakouts.

Increase Energy and Alertness

Native Americans used Wintergreen leaves to increase stamina and endurance during exercise, and you can too! Simply dab some wintergreen essential oil, along with a carrier oil like coconut oil or sweet almond oil, onto your neck, chest, and wrists to fight sleepiness or fatigue.

Reduce Hunger and Cravings

The smell of wintergreen can reduce hunger cravings and trick your mind into thinking you’re full. If you struggle with overeating, this essential oil can be a real help! Try inhaling a small amount of wintergreen before meals to avoid eating too much.

A Word of Caution: Wintergreen has a high content of Menthyl Salicylate. This property is one of the reasons that Wintergreen is so effective for your health, BUT it is not meant to be taken internally. Never ingest Wintergreen essential oil. Do not burn Wintergreen essential oil in your home either. When using it for external application, you only need a small amount ( a drop or two) mixed with lotion to get optimal benefits. Never apply it to broken skin or open wounds.

Where Can I Find Wintergreen Essential Oil?

We just started carrying wintergreen essential oil in our product line. It is extremely high quality and has no dilutants at all. You can find out more here!



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5 Reasons to Switch to a Natural Hair Shampoo

5 Reasons to Switch to Natural Shampoo

I have to admit that when it comes to hair care, in the past I’ve been very reckless. After all, my hair is just dead skin cells, right? Why should I really care what kinds of chemicals I put on it?! A few years ago I came to the harsh realization that I had been wrong. Did you know that the synthetic chemicals in standard shampoos can cause baldness, premature graying, and hair loss? I didn’t!

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The Symbolism of Tie Dye Fabric in Africa

The Symbolism of Tie Dye in Africa

When a lot of us see tie dye we think of hippies and 60’s culture, but did you know that tie dyeing has long been a practice in Africa? From Ghana to Gambia, tie dyeing is one of the many ways that African artisans like to express their style and diversity.

Many of the symbols you’ll see in African tie dye come from the various cultures in Africa. Tie dye from West Africa often features Ashanti, Akan or Adinkra symbols. Many plants and animals signify different things in the Ashanti culture; for example, an alligator symbolizes adaptability, a heart signifies patience and tolerance, and the famous Gye Nyame symbol symbolizes God’s omnipotence and power.

How is African Tie Dye Made?


This tie dye dress is from Mali, West Africa

There are several techniques used for tie-dyeing in Africa. One method is to have a cloth tied or stitched tightly so that the dye can’t penetrate the fabric. Then a starchy substance is applied to the fabric. This will resist the dye giving the fabric pale areas on a dark background when it’s washed at the end of the dyeing process. This is more often used for two-tone tie-dye.

Another method of tie dyeing of folding a strip of cloth into several narrow pleats and binding them together. The folds and the binding resist the dye to produce a linear and cross-hatched effect.

Another tie-dyeing technique is a process of painting freehand with starch before dyeing in order to resist dye.

Tie-dyeing takes a lot of time, effort, and skill, and artisans in Africa love the ability it gives them to be creative and express the symbols of their culture.


Where Can I Find African Tie Dye?

We have a large selection of tie dye outfits and tie dye fabric available! You can see some tie dye fabric here. You can find Gambian tie dye dashikis here, Gambian tie dye dresses here, a Senegalese tie dye dress here,  and even more tie dye options by simply looking up “tie dye” on our search engine.


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12 Ways Noni Juice Can Heal Your Body

Noni Juice Benefits

Noni juice is picking up more and more popularity throughout the U.S. because of its numerous health benefits. Derived from the tropical Noni plant, noni juice is brimming with Vitamins and nutrients. You’ll get a good dose of Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin E, Beta Carotene, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron, Phosphorous, and antioxidants. Wow! That’s a lot right there. So what can all these healing nutrients do for your body? Let’s take a look!

The 12 Ways Noni Juice Can Heal Your Body

1 – Noni Juice Can Prevent Cancer

Various clinical and laboratory research trials have suggested that noni juice can help to prevent the growth of various cancers such as lung cancer, liver cancer, and renal cancer. This is largely related to the vast number of antioxidants in Noni juice. It is also able to block carcinogen-DNA binding and prevent adduct formation.

2 – Reduces Body Fatigue

Various clinical studies have shown that Noni juice helps to enhance tolerance and the physical performance of the body.

3 – Noni Juice Protects the Liver

Noni juice helps protects your liver against exposure to chemicals that cause damage and illness.

4 – Noni Juice Helps to Relieve Arthritis Symptoms

Noni juice has natural anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce pain, sensitivity, and swelling related to arthritis.

5 – Noni Juice Improves Memory

Research has shown that drinking noni juice encourages cerebral blood flow and helps improve memory functions.

6 – Noni Juice Reduces Aging Signs

Noni juice is rich in vitamins and antioxidants that stimulate collagen growth and prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.

7 – Noni Juice Strengthens the Immune System

Since early times, noni juice has been valued for its ability to fight infections and other ailments due to its unique combination of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. These helpful nutrients stimulate white blood cells. The scopoletin chemical in noni juice also possesses anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-histamine properties.

8 – Noni Juice Reduces Constipation

Drinking noni juice on a regular basis helps to eliminate toxins from your body through the need to excrete more frequently. People who’ve suffered from IBS and constipation for year have been able to find relief by drinking noni juice.

9 – Noni Juice Reduces Pain

Noni has been nicknamed “The Tree for Headaches” or “The Painkiller Tree” because of its strong analgesic affects.

10 – Noni Juice Helps You Sleep Better

Noni juice stimulates melatonin production, which regulates your Circadian rhythms and helps you to sleep better. It also helps to improve your mood.

11 – Noni Juice Can Reduce Hypertension

Noni is high in phytonutrients, selenium, and Vitamin C which fight free radical damage on blood vessels and work to lower blood pressure.

12 – Noni Juice Reduces Cholesterol

Noni prevents the absorption of LDL cholesterol, thereby reducing plaque in the arteries.

Interested in Trying Noni Juice?

You can find it at your local health food store, or online at Africa Imports here. We hope you enjoy the many benefits it can give you! Let us know your experience in the comments!

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It Might Look Weird – But This African Soap Is Changing Lives

Black Soap Paste Feature PhotoWe’re a little obsessed with finding the healthiest, most natural ways to take care of your skin. We’re also a little obsessed with finding ways to bring unique African products to people here in the US. Why? Well, you get to enjoy amazing skin AND talented artisans and soapmakers in Africa can have access to more customers and more job opportunities!

So today we’re thrilled that West African Black Soap Paste has been met with such enthusiasm by so many users! This soap paste is made using age-old African techniques, and is completely hand-crafted by soapmakers in Ghana. We know it works wonders, but we don’t want you to just take our word for it. Find out what our customers are saying!

Black Soap Paste Heal Acne

“This soap is literally magic. I’ve suffered bad all-over acne my whole life due to a medical condition. Before getting this product my skin was oily and my pores were huge! After using the soap only twice my pores have shrunk, my skin is less oily, and while I’ll never be able to totally get rid of my acne most of it is gone. I’m finally starting to feel comfortable in my skin. I suggest using raw shea butter after using this soap, trust me it will make your skin feel perfect.”
– Kim from Wisconsin

“I’ve struggled with EXTREMELY oily skin, and acne on my back for years. So far nothing has helped. Immediately after using this soap my skin felt soft and not oily at all. In fact, it continues to keep it from being oily for a number of hours. It doesn’t dry out my skin like most products, either. The difference it’s made for me has been incredible! I will continue to use this product daily.”
– Autumn from Georgia

“I have really bad cystic acne and scars all over my face and with one wash this soap dried them up! I also have really dry skin but I just make sure to moisturize with something thick and I’m all set! it got rid of my back acne and chest acne within 2 washes! I’m amazed and will definitely buy again!”
– Kayla from Nevada

Black Soap Paste Clears Blackheads

“This product works super well! I’ve used it less than a week and I can already see a difference. Honestly it not only helped with regular acne but it also helped clear up my blackheads that I’ve struggled with for awhile.”
– Alexis from University Park, PA

Black Soap Paste Heals Acne Scarring

“I always struggled with bad acne and the resulting ugly acne scars. None of the expensive acne treatments would work for me, but I tried this soap and WOW! I’ve only been using this for about a week, but my face is smooth and soft and many of my acne scars have lightened or gone away completely. Love this soap!”
– Haley from Albany, NY

Black Soap Paste Reduces Signs of Aging

“This stuff is INCREDIBLE. I’m 23, have struggled with acne for over ten years, and recently experienced some of the worst breakouts of my life. I used this stuff once and within just hours I already noticed a difference. It cleared up even my worst blemishes. I would even recommend it to those who don’t have acne because it’s just great as a face wash in general; I noticed that it evened out my skin tone, removes dead skin (it’s not even a scrub and it somehow exfoliates!) and it tightens the skin, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and pores. It’s amazing, and the price is great! I’ll definitely be buying again.”
– Brandy from Deltona, FL

Black Soap Paste Reduces Dandruff

“This stuff feels amazing on my face, and has started clearing up blemishes after just one use! I also used it on my hair, and my dandruff hasn’t been as obvious to the point of going away completely! I’ll definitely be buying more after I run out! Love this stuff!”
– Sheridan from Spring Hill, FL

Where Do I Get This Soap?

You can order this soap online at Africa Imports here, or you can take a trip to Ghana and pick it up from a soapmaker there!

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Annie Lee Dolls Portray the Work of a Legend

Annie Lee Dolls Feature Photo

“You’re going to be working all of your life, so just do what makes you happy! And, if you are able to make others happy while doing what makes you happy, what more could you ask?”
– Annie Lee

We were recently given the incredible opportunity to add a line of Annie Lee dolls to our products here at Africa Imports. The original retail price on these dolls was $84, but we are now able to offer them at a surprisingly low price of $3.95 each. We hope that you and your customers can enjoy these dolls and help pay homage to the creator of these timeless figurines. To see the wonderful collection we have available in limited quantities, simply click here.

Annie Lee

The Legacy of Annie Lee Dolls

Annie Lee, the creator of these dolls, is renowned as one of the front-runners in African American artwork. She was known for her exuberant, lively style and the way her faceless dolls would portray emotion and glamour in a way that was not only fun but humorous. Her dolls had no faces, nor did the subjects of much of her artwork, but their posture reveals an emotion and liveliness that is hard to find elsewhere. “I try to paint things that people can identify with,” Lee told Contemporary Black Biography. And she succeeded. At her first gallery show in 1985, her paintings sold out within four hours of the show.
Lee’s work seems to lure the viewer into the lifestyle and atmosphere it shows; you can hear the saxophone player in her paintings and you can sense the swagger in a faceless doll wearing a fancy blue dress and dangling gold-colored earrings. Everything about Annie Lee’s artwork and her dolls speaks of the lush, everday life in African American culture as Annie Lee knew it.

Annie Lee’s Origins

Annie Lee was born in Gadsden, Alabama in 1935 and raised in Chicago by her devoted single mother. Growing up, she was expected to learn survival skills like cooking, washing, cleaning, and sewing. She enjoyed listening to radio shows like The Lone Ranger and The Shadow while knitting, crocheting, or drawing. At an early age she found fulfillment through painting, and won her first art competition at the age of ten. She loved art throughout her childhood, and grew more and more skilled as a painter and creator throughout high school. After high school, Lee was offered a four-year scholarship to attend Northwestern University after high school, but chose to marry and raise a family instead.

Unfortunately, life wasn’t easy after that. She wasn’t able to resume painting until she was 40-years-old, and before that she had gone through the sadness of losing two husbands to cancer and raised a son and daughter largely on her own. By day she worked as a chief clerk at Northwestern Railroad, and by night she studied art. After eight years of night classes, she earned her masters degree in interdisciplinary arts education from Loyola University. “Getting my masters degree was the best thing I ever did for myself. It reopened my mind,” Lee is quoted as saying.

Physical Hardships and Personal Tragedy

Annie Lee’s life still wasn’t easy after she got her masters degree. She developed tendonitis and spinal problems from painting so much, and the fumes from her acrylic paints made her sick. Even so, she refused to give up and had her first gallery show in 1985. The demand for her work was incredible, and she was inspired to keep working nights to bring in a supplementary income for her two children.

Sadly, tragedy struck in 1986 when Lee’s son died in an automobile accident. She left work to grieve her loss, and decided she would give up the financial security of her day job to pursue her art full-time. “I prayed I could make my living by painting. I felt I was supposed to paint. Now that my son was gone, I didn’t need such financial resources,” Lee remembered to CBB.“God did this through me,” she continued.“I never thought I would leave the railroad, but it was the best thing I ever did. It was hard to leave the security, but you have to take a leap of faith.”

A Successful Art Career

Annie Lee’s daring risk was a good one. In 1990, she opened her own shop, Annie Lee and Friends Gallery. She had a strong business sense and her gallery was a success! Some of her paintings even appeared in popular TV shows like Bill Cosby’s A Different World.
Lee was determined to capture Black American life and to convey emotion through body language and style as opposed to facial expressions. “You don’t need to see a face to understand emotion,” Lee explained to CBB.“I try to make the movement of the body express the emotion. And people can use their imaginations.”

Sadly, Annie Lee passed away on November 24th, 2014, in Henderson, Nevada. She was 79-years-old, and she will be truly missed. We hope that many more artists will follow in her footsteps and learn from her determination and unique perspective.

To see the Annie Lee doll collection available now, click here.

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