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A2Z 2020 — essential oils — Z — Zanthoxylum acanthopodium

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In the Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge Vol. 7(4), October 2008, pp. 581-586, an article titled, “Herbal remedies among the Khasi traditional healers and village folks in Meghalaya” provides first hand information on the herbal remedies practiced by the rural folks of Meghalaya. During the study, out of several known herbal plants 54 plant species [including Zanthoxylum acanthopodium] belonging to 53 genera and 38 families were found to be used by the local medicine men and village folks to cure various ailments.

Figure 3 from The Indonesian Zanthoxylum acanthopodium DC ...
Zanthoxylum acanthopodium

Zanthoxylum acanthopodium (a.k.a. Andaliman)

Plant appearance: is a genus of about 250 species of deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs and have yellow heartwood

Parts used: fruit and bark

Therapeutic uses: fruits are used for treating digestive, asthma and bronchitis, relieving pain, heart disease, mouth diseases, teeth and throat, as well for treating diarrhea. Andaliman fruits extracts have been reported to have antimicrobial activity, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, xanthine oxidase inhibitor, and to possess cytotoxic activity.

Precautions:  None known but do further research before using in essential oil form.

There are no recipes today as it was difficult to find even this information on it.  I did find it in it’s “pepper form” and am including a photo of it with useful information on the label.

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Here we are folks, at the end of A2Z 2020.  It’s been a fun journey and I’ve enjoyed the conversations about the miracle substances that are essential oils!

52 thoughts on “A2Z 2020 — essential oils — Z — Zanthoxylum acanthopodium

  1. I’ve never heard of such a plant before. The indigenous tribes of India know a lot about medical herbs. Unfortunately, their knowledge is exploited a lot and biopiracy has happened to many such local secret ingredients.

    Thanks a lot for this really informative series. I was able to learn a lot. And congratulations on surviving the A2Z. 😄 I’ll keep visiting.

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        1. Yes, I hope you do, and you have a whole year to think about what you want to write on. This is my 2nd year doing it. Last year I rushed to write a post the night before and it put a big crimp on reading others’ blogs. This year I worked on them early and got most done by the first day, which was a big plus.

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  2. I was wondering what your Z would be Jade! And imagine my joy when I see that you’ve mentioned the Khasi people today. This is serendipity. I’ve shared a link on my post today (of an older post) which will take you to the magic of the Khasi Hills and its sacred groves.

    Even though the name of the herb is a mouthful, its benefits sound impressive.

    Although I hopped on to your blog pretty late in the A to Z, I enjoyed your posts as well as your thoughtful comments on my blog.

    Stay safe:)

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    1. Arti, I look forward to reading that article about the Khasi Hills and its sacred groves ❤ Thanks for the kind comments. Not sure if I got started on yours the first day either, but your daily stories have brightened my spirits and touched my heart more than you can know.


  3. India’s native tribals know a lot of herbal medicines and they use them also very frequently. Nice to see this post here, though I haven’t heard about this before.

    Congratulations on making this journey through April. Your posts have been very informative, and I could learn a lot from them. I have missed some of your earlier posts, which I will try to go back and read. Thank you for visiting my blog and taking time to jot down your comments. I am looking forward to your future posts and hopefully, you will continue to read my posts.

    Take care and best wishes.

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