More popularly known in the Philippines as “kakawate”, this leafy legume tree is valued for its wide healing properties. Extracts from its leaves, roots and barks are now finding their way in bottles of pet shampoos and conditioners as well as in bars of soap.
A quick look at what the market has to offer revealed at least six brands of Madre de Cacao infused pet products.
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But if you really want to go traditional, you could opt to get fresh kakawate leaves and boil them and use the water as a topical bath solution.
The Bureau of Agricultural Research said that aside from its anti-bacterial properties, the Kakawate (Gliricidia sepium) is also an effective mosquito repellant. Farmers grind the Kakawate leaves and apply them where mosquitoes alight. The Kakawate is not edible. It is actually quite poisonous and, for this reason, it is often used as rat bait.