Acacia Catechu Powder

Botanical Name: Acacia Catechu

Common Name:

  • English: Cutch Tree, Catechu, Black catechu
  • Sanskrit: Gayatri, Gaayatri
  • Hindi: Khair, Katthaa
  • Gujarati: Kher, Kaatha, Kathe
  • Urdu: Chanbe Kaath
  • Also, known as: Khair, kaat, Katthaa, Kharira, koggigida, Kachinamara, Khayar, Khara, Kath, Karingali, Kaviri, Chandra, Kharia, khayera, Khera, Kaggali, Raktasara (heartwood extract), Khadira, Somavalka,Kantaki, Dantdhaavan, Karunkaali, kaasukkatti, Kadiram, kalippakku,

Origin: India

Harvested: Wild

Part used: Bark

General Information:

Pale Catechu is an extract made from the leaves and young shoots of Uncaria Gambier (Roxb.), a member of the order Rubiaceæ, not an Acacia. It occurs in commerce in dark or pale-brown cubes with a dull, powdery fracture, or sometimes in lozenge form. Black Catechu occurs in black, shining pieces or cakes. Both substances are sold under the name of Catechu. Medicinal Action and Uses. Both the dark and the pale Catechu are employed in medicine, the former is more astringent, the latter, being sweeter, is less disagreeable.

How to use:

Powdered Herb:

There are different ways to use powdered herb.

Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".

Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.

Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.

Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot. 


You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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