Babool is a spiny, medium-sized, perennial tree commonly found throughout India. The bark of the tree is known as Babur or Babul and itself it is known as Kikar in Hindi. It’s botanical name is Acacia arabica, which belongs to the family Leguminosae. It is also known as the “Healing tree”
Parts Used –
Bark, root, gum, leaves, pods & seeds are the parts of babool tree which can be used for medicinal purposes.
Preparations & Dosage –
• Powder – 2 to 3 gm
• Decoction – 15 to 20 ml
• Babool leaves juice – 15 to 20 ml
• Gargle made from tender leaves
• Local application
• Small branches and twigs used as toothbrush
Babool bark helps to treat diarrhea and lose motion because Babool has Kashaya(astringent) and reduce Ama (toxic remains in the body due to improper digestion) properties which help to improve metabolism, give strenght to intestine and control diarrhea or lose motion.
Chew 5-8 Babool leaves and drink a glass of water in the morning daily to cure vaginal white discharge in female and Dhat rog in male due to its coolant and astringent effects.
• Cough and Cold
Babool Bark is helpful in the treatment of cold symptoms as well as relieving sore throat that is associated with cold and cough due to its Kapha balancing property which helps to melt excessive sputum and give relief from a cough and cold.
• Arthritis and Fractured bone
Babool gum works on arthritis pain as well as also helps in the fracture to fasten the union of fractured ends for proper healing of internal injuries when its taken orally due to its Vata balancing and Ropan(healing) nature.
Babool gum is an excellent healer due to its Ropan (healing) and Kashaya(astringent) properties. As a result, balool gum is used to heal and checks bleeding when applied externally minor wound or skin injury.
• Skin disease
Babool bark powder cures skin problems like eczema and fungal infection due to its Kashaya (astringent) quality.
• Oral Health
Babool is helpful in managing teeth disorders like plaque formation, gingivitis etc. It is because Babool consist of tannins and gallic acid that helps to manage tooth infections and inflammations.It not only help strengthen the teeth but heals the gums as well. Use toothpaste having Babool as an active ingredient to brush your teeth twice a day.
• Controls Hair Fall
Babool leaves are great to control hair fall and promotes hair growth. To avert hair fall, apply the paste of babool leaves on the scalp, let it stay for 15-20 minutes and rinse well with warm water. Remember to use a good quality shampoo to wash the hair for a better results.
• Natural Aphrodisiac
The pods of babool are used as an effective traditional remedy to improve libido and vitality in both men and women. In addition, it is also beneficial in treating sexual problems like premature ejaculation and spermatorrhea. Mix powdered pod with honey and have this twice daily which improves the semen quality and treats most of the sexual problems.
Side Effects –
Babool is generally safe for most of the people, however, may have certain side effects for pregnant and lactating women. It is also not recommended for asthmatic patients and those who suffer from constipation.
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