A2Z 2020 — essential oils — Z — Zanthoxylum acanthopodium

Z letter

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 Comments Add yours

  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. msjadeli says:

      Shweta, I can believe the knowledge is exploited by profitmongers whenever possible 😦 Glad you enjoyed the series and am happy you will keep visiting, thank you 🙂

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      1. Yes. I have been following your blog for a while now, and yes, I will keep visiting. 🙂

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  2. conglatulations on completing it!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Pete 🙂 It took extra time, and with lockdown it was easier than last year.

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      1. Yes I thought I might join in next year, but it’ll depend on the theme. I’m not gonna be able to write post after post on something which doesn’t interest me.

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        1. msjadeli says:

          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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  3. Frédérique says:

    Never heard about his one!
    Thank you for this so interesting AtoZ theme, I really enjoyed it, and learnt a lot too! Thanks for being such a regular visitor too!
    Z is for Zakka

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Glad you enjoyed and learned, thank you and it was my pleasure to visit yours every day!

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  4. I’ve never heard it,can’t pronounce it but it sounds fab. It could cure all my ailments. I wonder could I get it here?
    Oh and hey…go you! Well done on completing the ATOZ Challenge. You’re brillo. Xxxxxx

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Bernie I think you can at least get the cooking spice online but the rest of it is a little fuzzy on this one. Thanks much about the A2Z! 🙂 ❤

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      1. I might give it a go 😉

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  5. Beth Lapin says:

    A new one for me. Congrats! We did it!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      YES! Back at ya!

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  6. Arti says:

    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. msjadeli says:

      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.

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  7. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

    Interesting! Great challenge 🙂

    An A-Z of Faerie: Grogoch

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Ronel. I’m amazed the the quantity and quality of the information you gathered for yours! I wasn’t able to read every one but I did read at least 75% of them.

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      1. Ronel Janse van Vuuren says:

        I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  8. A wonderful tongue-twister with which to bring your fragrant month to an end! It’s been a joy to visit you.

    Z is for …

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Keith, if you do your obscure words stories next A2Z, make sure you use this one, ok? Thank you very much for your kind words and glad you enjoyed learning about fragrant essential oils!

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  9. Anne Nydam says:

    Congrats on completing the A-Z! I enjoyed seeing all the interesting plants you featured.
    Black and White (Words and Pictures)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much, Anne, glad you enjoyed them!

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  10. kristin says:

    Such beautiful leaves and such a list of ailments to be soothed.
    Congratulations on completing the A to Z! And thank you for visiting my blog and commenting so often!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for the congratulations, Kristin. It was my pleasure to visit and comment on your A2Z each day. You have a wonderful family ❤

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  11. Kathe W. says:

    wowow- never heard of this before….but then you have introduced a lot of new plants to all of us! Thanks and have a great year!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thanks Kathe! You also!

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  12. Good job coming up with a Z entry! I smiled at the label photo – I like my pepper to be less numbing indeed. I quite enjoyed your series Jade – thanks for all you shared about EOs.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Deborah, thanks, and glad you enjoyed the info on EOs!

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  13. ghostmmnc says:

    Great ending for the challenge! I’ve enjoyed learning about the oils and what all they can be used for, plus the history of the plants. 🙂

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    1. msjadeli says:

      So glad you enjoyed them, Barbara, thank you.

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  14. Good job on Z! I kind of ran out of steam towards the end of the challenge because of the difficulty of the letters, but finished regardless.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Alexandra. It is easy to run out of steam at the end with the letters for sure.

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  15. Tamara says:

    Lemon pepper – I think I had this in an Asian dish once!

    Congrats on completing the alphabet! I enjoyed following your essential oils series.

    My Z is for Zermatt, the remote mountain village you go to see the Matterhorn:
    https://thethreegerbers.blogspot.com/2020/04/a-z-2020-switzerland-zermatt.html

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much for being a regular reader and commenter during A2Z, Tamara. Glad you enjoyed the topic.

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  16. Lael-Heart says:

    Now I need to find this! An excuse for a spice trip once we’re able to 🙂

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  17. Irene says:

    Great series, MsJadeLi, I learned a lot about essential oils this month!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you and happy you enjoyed the topic 🙂

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  18. rothpoetry says:

    We still have a lot to learn about natural remedies!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes we do, especially in light of how much we have lost along the way.

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  19. Pradeep says:

    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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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much for your comments, and you are welcome for the blog visits.

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  20. Tarkabarka says:

    Congratulations on completing the challenge! You had a fascinating theme! 🙂 I hope to see you again in A to Z next year!

    The Multicolored Diary

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much, Tarkabarka. See you next year!

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  21. Quite a nice list of therapeutic uses for zanthoxylum acanthopodium although a hard one to pronounce.Weekends In Maine

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  22. Congrats on finishing another year of A2Zing, my friend! I’m a bit behind but will catch up. Thanks for sharing your daily essential oils with me. I learned a few things in April. It’s nice seeing what we can do for ourselves with what God has given us through nature. Stay healthy and be blessed, my dear!

    Cathy’s Pinup Girl Art Sketch Series ‘Z’

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you so much, Cathy. Your thoughtful and gracious comment is appreciated. Take Care!

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  23. theresaly520 says:

    Love how this can treat asthma! I hope to catch up reading everyone’s posts for a2z. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic info about essential oils. Informative, helpful!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      You are welcome and very happy you enjoyed the information 🙂

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