Latin name: Pongamia glabra, Pongamia pinnata
Sanskrit/Indian name: Karanja
Pongam Oil Tree is found in the Eastern Himalaya regions, South India and Sri Lanka. On topical application, its oil keeps away insects and other microbes from the surface of the skin.
The seeds of Pongam Oil Tree yield an essential oil, which contains the chemical constituent karanjin. Karanjin gives the tree extracts its insecticidal and microbial properties.
Key therapeutic benefits:
- The oil of the Pongam Oil Tree is beneficial in treating skin diseases. It is also an insecticidal and antimicrobial.