Herb Spotlight: Peelu, the Toothbrush Tree

Much like its famous sibling Neem, Peelu is a traditional Ayurvedic herb for oral care, commonly used in ancient times and still up to this day in the form of a chewing stick in place of a modern toothbrush.

Peelu (Salvadora persica) grows in arid regions of India, Northern Africa and the Middle East as a shrub or small tree, and its twigs (or more commonly its roots) are used as tooth cleaning brushes known as Miswak. Use of Peelu has a very ancient history, reputed to go back thousands of years in the native cultures of its homelands, and was prized for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in cleaning and caring for the teeth and gums. Even the World Health Organization in 1986 mentioned the use of Peelu as an effective instrument for use in oral hygiene.

While effective as a chewing stick, the beneficial herbal properties are also effective in extract form, and it is in this form that it is used in Auromere’s oral hygiene products. Peelu is one of the premier herbal ingredients in Auromere’s herbal extract blend contained in our Ayurvedic toothpaste as well as in our Ayurvedic mouthwash. In this way we are able to bring the ancient healing wisdom of India and the beneficial properties of Ayurvedic herbs like Neem and Peelu into today’s fast-paced lives and our modern health and hygiene routines. Now it’s not necessary to find and chew Peelu sticks to get the benefit of Peelu for your teeth and gums!

For further reading and scientific research articles on Peelu, please check out:

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352003514000069

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3545237/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4436748/

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