MYROBALAN (OLIVES, GREY & BLACK)

Scientific Name: Terminalia chebula; Hindi: Haritaki

MYROBALAN (OLIVES, GREY & BLACK)

1. Terminalia chebula, commonly known as chebulic myrobalan, is a species of
Terminalia, native to South Asia from India and Nepal east to southwest China
(Yunnan), and south to Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Vietnam.
2. This tree is wild in forests of Northern India, central provinces and Bengal, common
in Madras, Mysore and in the southern part of the Bombay presidency.
3. Terminalia chebula is the main ingredient in the Ayurvedic formulation Triphala which
is used for kidney and liver dysfunctions. The dried fruit is also used in Ayurveda as a
purported antitussive, cardiotonic, homeostatic, diuretic, and laxative.
4. Myrobalan is a great dye to modify colours on cotton.
5. Haritaki or Myrobalan is a fruit bearing tree, indigenous to south East Asia and is
known for its medicinal properties. However, to the dyers it is a great source of
organic dye. Obtained in a powder form, the fruit of Myrobalan tree leaves behind
soothing shades of yellow and green.
6. Haritaki is widely used to cure constipation and high blood pressure.
7. To use fabric dyed from Myrobalan will aid in maintaining the blood pressure