In the first half of the 17th century, a Jesuit missionary and Spanish citizen were cured of malaria by a bark powder given to them by the chief of a village in Peru. They soon spread the news of the excellent effects of "Jesuit's powder". As with many remedies, cinchona has both material and symbolic powers: it reduces fever and, in its country of origin, protects against evil spells.
With antiseptic, seboregulating and anti-dandruff properties, this plant is used in hair products. Rebalancing and revitalizing, it gives hair vitality and shine.