Psoralea Seed Whole (Babchi)


Botanical Name Psoralea corylifolia

Common Name:

  • English:  Babchi, Purple Fleabane
  • Also, known as:  Somaraaji, Somavalli, Somavallik, Soma, Chaandri, Vaakuchi, Baakuchi, Avalguja. (Somaraaji and Avalguja have also been equated with Centratherum anthelminticum.) Baabchi, Bakuchi, Karpoogaarisi, Avalguja, Somaraji, Habucha, Bakuchi, Somraji, Hakucha, Veeja, Bavachi, Babchi, Bavachi, Bakuchi, Bauchige, Bhavantibeeja, Bhavanchigid, Babchi, Karkokil, Bawchi Bakuchi, Babchi, Bavchi, Karpokarisi, Karpogalarisi, Karbogalarisi, Bavanchalu Babchi

Habitat: Asia

Origin: India

Harvested: Cultivated

Parts Used: Seed                                                               

General Information:

Psoralea corylifolia grows 50–90 cm tall and is an annual plant. It has pale-purple flowers in short, condensed, axillary spikes. Its corolla is pale purple. Flowers one-seeded fruits. The most distinctive feature is the occurrence of minute brown glands which are immersed in surface tissue on all parts of the plant, giving it a distinctive and pleasant fragrance. The Fruits is dark chocolate to almost black with pericarp adhering to the seed-coat, 3-4.5 mm long, 2-3 mm broad, ovoid-oblong or bean-shaped, somewhat compressed, glabrous rounded or mucronate, closely pitted, seeds campylotropous, nonendospermous, oily and free from starch, odorless, but when the chewed smell of a pungent essential oil felt, taste, bitter, unpleasant and acrid.

How to use:   

Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!


  • You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.


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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