Kalijiri Powder


Botanical NameCentratherum anthelminticum

Common Name:

  • English:  Purple Flebane, Worm Seed Fleabane
  • Ayurvedic: Aranya-Jiraka, Vanajiraka, Kaalijiri, Karjiri. Somaraaji
  • Unani: Kamoon barri
  • Also, known as: Aranya jirakah, Brhatpali, Somaraji, Vanajirakah, Somaraaj, Kaaleejeeree, Kadavijeeree, Kaalijeeree, Karajiri, Soharaai, Kaadujeerage, Kaarijirige, Kaadujeerage, Kaarijirige, Kaadujeerage, Kaarijirige, Kashmiri, Krimishatru, Kattujirakam, Kadujire, Kaattuchirakam, Chittilai, Adavijilakaroa, Garetikamma, Kaattu seerakam, Vanda, English: Purple Flebane
    Hindi : Kali Jeeri, Kalijiri, Karbi Jiri, Karba Jeera, Kaali Jeeri, Soharaai, Bakshi, Bakchi, and Buckshi
    Tamil: Kattuchirakam, Chittilai and Kattu chirakam
    Malayalam: Karun Jiragram
    Telugu: Adavijilakaroa, Garetikamma
    Gujarati: Kaaleejeeree, Kadavijiri, Kadvo-Jviri
    Sanskrit: Aryana Jeerak, Tikta Jeerak, Vrihatpali, Kalijeeri, Somaraji, Vanya Jeerak
    Bengali: Somaraaj, Babchi
    Punjabi: Bukoki, Kakshama, Kala-Zira, Kali-Ziri, Malwabakchi, Malwabakshi
    Kannada: Kari Jirige

Origin: India

Harvested: Cultivated

Parts Used:  Seed                                                               

General Information:

Kalijiri, also termed Bitter Cumin, is the seed obtained from the plant Centratherum Anthelminticum. Kalijiri seeds are traditionally utilized as an ingredient of numerous classical Ayurvedic formulations and are quite popular in combination with Ajwain and Methi for treating obesity and enhancing digestive health. Its powerful antibacterial property makes it useful for the treatment of several skin diseases which helps to reduce itching and skin irritation. Being a powerful blood purifier (correctly detoxifier), Kalijiri eliminates the toxins from the blood and curtails the incidence of different health conditions. Kali Jeeri offers an outstanding remedy for roundworms, tapeworms and threadworms. Although it boosts appetite, its bitter taste may induce nausea in some taste-sensitive people. Kalijiri which goes by the botanical name Centratherum Anthelminticum belongs to the family Asteraceae. It is a tall, branched, glandular-pubescent, annual plant attaining a height of 2-3 feet. The leaves of this plant are membranous, lanceolate, coarsely serrated, and coated with hairs. There are multiple inflorescences which occur in clusters and subcorymbos. The flower head bears 30-40 minute purplish flowers. Fruits of the plant are termed schemes. Each fruit encloses seeds which are blackish-brown to black and tastes bitter. The plant usually bears seeds from May to June.

How to use:

Powdered Herb:

There are different ways to use powdered herb.

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

Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give 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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