Herb Spotlight: Babul (Acacia arabica)

Babul (Acacia arabica aka Vachellia nilotica) is a small thorny tree with yellow flowers, native to Africa, the Middle East and India and having a wide variety of medicinal uses from almost all parts of the tree (including its leaves, bark, twigs and seed-pods). It is also an important source of gum arabic, harvested from the hardened sap of the tree and widely used in food products, cosmetics, painting, photograph & print-making, stamp & envelope adhesives and even in the production of incense!

Medicinal Uses

According to Ayurveda, Babul is a powerful astringent and anthelmintic herb which is traditionally used to control bleeding and treat wounds and ulcers (especially of the gums, stomach and intestines) and to counteract intestinal parasites and relieve diarrhea. It is considered a kaphahara herb, balancing to any excess of the kapha dosha. The gum of the tree is also important in the production of traditional ayurvedic pills and lozenges, especially those used to ease sore throat, coughing and congestion.

Similar to Neem & Peelu, it is also considered one of the toothbrush trees from which traditional teeth-chewing sticks, called miswak or datun, are made. It is thus one of the principal herbs in Ayurvedic dental care, commonly included in Ayurvedic toothpaste and traditional tooth powder formulas to cleanse the teeth and fortify the gums.

Apart from its traditional uses, modern medical research has also focused on Babul’s antimalarial potential.

Auromere Products Containing Babul

As Babul is one of the principal herbs in Ayurvedic dental care, it naturally features in Auromere’s popular Ayurvedic Dental Care line of products including:

Auromere Ayurvedic Herbal Toothpaste, a unique Ayurvedic toothpaste formula full of beneficial herbs for protecting the teeth and gums (with 23 Ayurvedic herbal ingredients including Babul and the toothbrush trees, Neem & Peelu). Available in four varieties: Fresh Mint, Classic, Mint-Free and Foam-Free Cardamom-Fennel.

Auromere Ayurvedic Mouthwash, an alcohol-free Ayurvedic herbal mouthwash, gentle and yet powerfully effective, containing the same beneficial 23-herb formula as our popular toothpaste along with 9 essential oils.

~ With all best wishes to your health and wellness from Auromere ~

1 thought on “Herb Spotlight: Babul (Acacia arabica)

  1. There are a lot of acacia trees around my village. I know some of the medicinal properties, but not that much. I am always interested to know more about trees and medicinal plant, Here, I found a treasure. Thanks for valuable article

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