Loofahs are often used as a bath accessory to exfoliate and wash our bodies. Our Loofahs / Luffas are grown and ethically sourced from Kenya, more specifically from the tribe/ethnic group of Kikuyu. Luffas are from the Cucurbitaceae or Gourd family and in it’s natural state resembles a squash type vegetable.
In the Kikuyu tribe/ethnic group, luffas are used for ceremonial blessings of children. As well as, out of this vegetable a traditional beer/wine is made called “muratina” using a fermentation method, adding some wild honey in this process. During their traditional weddings, a luffa is soaked in this beer/wine and is poured over the heads of the couple. With the seeds from luffa signifying the promise of a fruitful/productive life. So when they are full of seeds, it is said you will have prosperity in all areas of your life.
So while you bathe with our Loofah / Luffa, know that this seemingly simple vegetable turned bath accessory to you. In fact holds a sacred place in ceremonies and blessings in Kenya, where they are ethnically sourced.