Salvadora persica — a cute, bright green bush that grows wild throughout Kenya and many parts of Africa, that in a pinch will give you berries, and that Colgate smile.
At Selenaki Conservancy, Wilson Kesaine and our Lion Guardian and Maasai warrior guide, Sunde, showed us how the Maasai brush their teeth:
Cut a twig, whittle it quickly to expose the innards, if you will, and make it into a point.
It contains a natural antibiotic that keeps the mouth clean and prevents tooth decay.
Mother Nature and native knowledge. Always fascinating and a reminder what's out there, and what you don't need chemical wise, off a shelf.