Mimusops elengi L.
SAPOTACEAE


Local Names: Baula (Oriya)

Description of the Plant: Medium sized tree. Flower colour pale white. Flowers in February / March. Fruits in May / June. Abundantly found in forests, hills and also in plains. Tribal people of Orissa plant it in their backyards.

Plant Parts Used: Bark / Leaf / Fruit.

Healthcare Properties:

  1. Dental diseases: Toothache: Boil the bark of Mimusops elengi with water in a pot. Filter the decoction. Gargle with this luke-warm decoction twice a day for four days. (H-4), (T-2) [OR-2-2-1318] [OR-4-2-175] (or) Boil the leaves of Mimusops elengi with water. Filter the decoction. Gargle with this lukewarm decoction thrice a day for three days. (H-4) [OR-4-2-175]
  2. Ozena: Extract juice from the leaves of Mimusops elengi Put two to three drops of this juice inside the nose twice a day until cured. (B-3) [OR-3-2-70]
  3. Pyorrhea: Grind together the bark of Mimusops elengi with 50 g Alum and 5 g common salt, into a powder. Warm this powder and massage this powder on the teeth once a day at the tine of brushing teeth until cured. (H-4) [OR-4-2-175]
  4. Wound: Boil the bark of Mimusops elengi with water in a pot. Filter the decoction. Wash the wound with this decoction twice a day until cured. (B-3) [OR-3-2-70]

Other Usage's: Ripe fruits are edible.

User Communities:

  1. Brahmin (SC) in Kandhamal disrict.
  2. Dhoba (ST) in Keonjhar district.
  3. Kolha (ST) in Mayurbhanj district.