Honey tree

Scientific name of Honey tree: Madhuca longifolia, Bassia latifolia

Name of Honey tree in different languages:

English: Butter tree, Mahua Tree, Maura butter Tree

Sanskrit: Madhuk, Tikshnasar

Hindi: Madhukam

Malayalam: Eruppa, Madukajam, Madukam (ഇരിപ്പ, മധൂകജം, മധൂകം)

Plant description:

The honey tree is an Indian sub-tropical tree, It is a fast-growing, deciduous tree, that grows up to 20 meters in height, sometimes semi-evergreen foliage, leaves are simple alternate and clustered, and young leaves are yellowish in color, the bark is reddish-brown or dark red vertically cracked, Fruits are greenish, fleshy. It is planted in India to get a beverage (alcohol) spirit made from its flowers.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Oval Margin-Entire Venation-Pinnate
 oblong  Margin_Entire  Venation-pinnate

Useful plant parts:

leaf, Root, Flower, bark, seeds, oil,

Medicinal uses: 

To treat skin diseases, head aches, purgative treatments, to prevent excess bleeding, bronchitis flowers are used to enhance lactation in feeding mothres.

Chemical constituents:

Alkaloid glucosidic saponin, sapogenin

How to prepare medicines:

Fermented flowers are used to make tonics,

The honey tree is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like-

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