Home remedies and solutions for skin and hair wounds, as well as dandruff. Africans have been selecting and cultivating endod (also known as shibti in Tigrigna) for millennia, mainly in Ethiopia and Eritrea. It can be used as a soap and shampoo, as well as a fish poison. Endod is harmful to snails, according to Ethiopian experts, and may be beneficial in schistosomiasis control.
After an Ethiopian scientist, Aklilu Lemma, demonstrated endod’s efficacy to American scientists, they filed a patent in the hopes of selling endod as a biological control for the Zebra mussel, a nuisance in the US and Canada’s Great Lakes. Two varieties of “endod” (Phytolacc) are found in Ethiopia.