Botanical Name: Vachellia nilotica
- English - Black babool, Gum arabic tree, Indian arabic tree
- Hindi - Babool, acacia in Hindi
- Uttrakhand - Babul
- Oriya - Babulo,Boburo
- Urdu - Babul
- Konkani - Babul
- Kannada - Babbuli), Pulai
- Gujarati - Babal, Babalia
- Tamil - Karu belmaram
- Telugu - Talltumm, Barburumu
- Bengali - Babla, Babul
Punjabi - Babla
- Malayalam - Karuvelakam, Karuvelam
- Marathi - Babhul
- Arabic - Umm-e-ghilan
- Persian - Muginlan, Kharemughilan
- Other Names: Samaghe ‘Arabee, Aqaaqiyaa, Akakia, Indian Gum-arabic, Gum Acacia, Babul, Wattle Bark, Babool, Gummiarabicabaum, Arabischer Gummibaum, Kaloabaval, Baval, Keekar, Kikar, Babul, Babool, Babla, Babur, Sak, Acacia arabica Willd, Khare-Mughilan, Vabboola, Vabbula, Barbura, Babula, Babul, Gond Babul, Gond Kikar, Khadir, Kala Babool, Kala Kikar
Parts Used: Leaves
Babool is also known as the “Healing tree” as all of its parts (bark, root, gum, leaves, pods, seeds) are used for various medicinal purposes. According to Ayurveda, chewing small pieces of fresh Babool bark is good for managing oral health problems as it strengthens gums and teeth due to its astringent property.. Babool also helps in the management of diarrhea by decreasing intestinal motility due to its Keshya property. It also provides relief from cold and cough symptoms as well as sore throat by promoting the removal of sputum from the air passages and eases breathing. Consuming Babool gum powder along with water once a day helps in relieving joint pain due to its analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. Applying a paste of Babool leaf powder and coconut oil helps manage oral problems such as plaque formation and gingivitis due to its antibacterial property
How to use:
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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