Acacia Acacia senegal

  • Common Names
  • Acacia , Gum Arabic, Cassie flower, Catechu, Egyptian thorn
  • Botanical Name
  • Acacia senegal
  • Family

Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Acacia

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How to Use: Acacia

Herbalists use acacia gum to bind pills and to stabilize emulsions. It is also used in aromatherapy for applying essential oils. Acacia (gum arabic) is used widely as an ingredient in foods like candies and soft drinks, the gum has the properties of a glue that is safe to eat. Acacia gum is widely used in organic products as natural alternative to chemical binders.

Preparation Methods & Dosage :Add acacia gum to homemade creams and lotions to stabilize and improve texture. Also used in aromatherapy as a resin and carrier for essential oils.

Acacia Side Effects: None noted

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Plant Description

  • Flowers:Small flowers have five very small petals, almost hidden by the long stamens, and are arranged in dense globular or cylindrical clusters; they are yellow or cream-colored in most species, whitish in some, even purple (Acacia purpureapetala) or red (Acacia leprosa)
  • Plant Class:Shrub
  • Leaves:Pinnate, feather-like, the plants often bear spines, especially those species growing in arid regions.
  • Preferred Habitat:Tropical
  • Flowering Season:Spring
  • Distribution:Sub-Saharan Africa, most abundant in the Darfur region of Sudan

The acacia is a plant in the subfamily Mimosacaea(sometimes considered a family, Mimosaceae ) , of the flowering plant family Fabaceae(the legumes), of mostly tropical and subtropical trees and shrubs. The trees produce the most resin under stress conditions.1

Regional Traditions :African * Middle East *

Related Species Acacia nilotica Indian gum arabic
Acacia seyhal talha
Acacia dealbataMimosa

books citedWorks Cited
  1. Mimosaceae, University of Hawaii Botany Department(2006)
  2. Acacia Gum History, Cniworld (2010)