Desert date

The scientific name of Desert date: Balanites roxburghii Planch

Name of Desert date in different languages:-

Sanscrit: Inguda (इङ्गुद), Hingūpatra, Viṣakaṇta, Anilāntaka, Gaura, Suputra, Bhallaka, Tinguda, Tikta, Ingula, Tilvaka.

Hindi: Hinganbet, Ingudi, Hingoli.

Malayalam: Odamaram-ഓടമരം

Plant description of Desert date:

 The desert date is a spiny, evergreen tree, deciduous shrub, or small tree, that grows 2.5 to 4 m. tall. Leaves are green, petiolate, leaflets 1to3.5 cm and 0.4 to 1.7 cm, elliptic-oblong, pubescent. Flowers are greenish-yellow, in axillary and fascicled cymes. Fruit is ovoid, and yellowish-green when ripe. Flowering occurs in December-March and Fruiting in March-July.

Useful plant parts:

Leaf, Seed, Oil

Medicinal uses of Desert Date Plant

To cure mouth ulcers, sleeping sickness and skin diseases, whooping cough, and treatment of liver and spleen diseases.

Ayurveda medicinal uses of Desert Date Plant

  1. Digestive Health: The plant’s parts are used to support digestive function, aiding in conditions like indigestion and constipation.
  2. Anti-inflammatory Properties: It may be employed for its anti-inflammatory effects, beneficial for conditions involving inflammation.
  3. Skin Disorders: The oil derived from the seeds is used topically for its potential to alleviate certain skin conditions.
  4. Wound Healing: The oil extracted from the seeds is believed to aid in wound healing.
  5. Antimicrobial Effects: It may have antimicrobial properties, useful in fighting against infections.
  6. Rheumatic Conditions: Desert Date is traditionally used for its potential to alleviate symptoms associated with rheumatic conditions.
  7. Liver Support: Some preparations involving the Desert Date Plant are believed to be beneficial for liver health.
  8. Cardiovascular Health: It may be used in Ayurveda to support heart health and manage certain cardiovascular conditions.
  9. Fever Management: In some cases, it is employed to manage fever.
  10. Anti-parasitic Properties: The plant is believed to have properties that may help combat certain parasites.
  11. Respiratory Health: It may be used to support respiratory health, particularly in cases of cough and cold.
  12. Urinary Disorders: Desert Date is traditionally used for certain urinary disorders.
  13. Stress Reduction: It is believed to have calming effects, potentially reducing stress and anxiety.
  14. Anti-diabetic Properties: Some studies suggest potential benefits in managing blood sugar levels.
  15. Antioxidant Effects: The plant is rich in antioxidants, which can help protect cells from damage.

Chemical content:

mild laxative

Other uses:

Apply oil on animals to repel  flies

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