Monday, April 25, 2011
Scientific name: Canarium ovatum Engl. Burseraceae
Description: Erect and spreading, this large tree reaches a height of about 35 m and is a meter
or more in diameter. The leaves are alternate, pinnate and about 30 cm long with usually three pairs of opposite leaflets and a terminal leaflet.
The leaflets are ovate to elliptic, 12-20 cm long and 3-7 cm wide, smooth and shiny on both sides, pointed at the apex and rounded or obtusely pointed at the base. The fruit or nut, botanically a drupe, ovoid to ellipsoid, 4-7 cm long, about 3.8 cm wide.
Medicinal Value et al:
Young shoots, fruit pulp and the pili nut kernel are edible, used for cooking and making salads. The seed coat must be removed before eating as it can cause diarrhea.
Oil from the pili pulp could also be used in the make of soap.
The oleoresin is used as a stimulant; a rebefacient (an external skin application causing redness of the skin); and an antirheumatic when applied externally.
Poultices of brea(soft resin obtained from genes Canarium tree) are used externally for swellings of the legs.
Oleoresin, prepared in the form of ointment is applied on indolent ulcers.
It is a good source of fiber; minerals; vitamin E, folacin and other B vitamins and monounsaturated fat.
THOUGH THE CONTENT OF THIS BLOG HAD BEEN TRIED & TESTED AND HAD BEEN USED AS FOLK/HERBAL MEDICINE IT IS STILL BEST TO CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.