Chaulmoogra Essential Oil

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Chaulmoogra or Hydnocarpus wightiana belongs to the family of Hydnocarpus which is actually a common plant family in the southern Asia; it belongs to the Achariaceae family. This plant has the tendency to grow up to 15 to 20 meters high and it has drooping branches which have very long leaves. The small flowers on it are greenish white in color and they form clusters of white color. The trees on which female and male flowers grow are separate.


In the ancient times Chaulmoogra Essential Oil was used to treat diseases like leprosy and other skin related ailments. In south India, it is also used to treat skin diseases that are chronic in nature, ulcers and wounds. In England, it is used by many for various veterinary purposes. It entered the medical system in the western civilization only in the 19th century but in the eastern countries, its usages for many skin related ailments and leprosy were famous from many centuries ago only. 


A Burmese tale is often related to the magical effects of Chaulmoogra tree. Once a Burmese prince acquired leprosy and seeing this, the Gods themselves advised him to take leave from his empire and go into the forest to meditate. It’s said that the prince then left to the forest and he was directed by the Gods to a particular tree and the Gods then asked him to eat the tree's seeds. Soon, he was cured of his leprosy. Other than this, there is also an Indian version of this tale.


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Botanical Name Hydnocarpus laurifolia.
Origin The chaulmoogra oil is native to southern Asia
Method of Extraction & Part of Plant Used Chaulmoogra oil is extracted from the seeds through the process of steam distillation.

The color of this oil is pale yellow and it is heavy viscous.


The fragrance of the oil is very strong. It has a woody aroma.

Integrants The compositions of this Essential Oil are Chaulmoogric acid and palmitic acid.
Therapeutic Properties Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Fungal, Anti-Bacterial, Antiseptic, Antimicrobial, Vulnerary, Cicatrizant, Analgesic, Nervine and Anti-spasmodic
Blends Well With


The oil of chaulmoogra mixes well with Tea Tree


Chaulmoogra oil contains cyanide so; it should not be taken internally (i.e. this oil should never be ingested). Cyanide when taken by mouth can cause cyanide poisoning. The oil can also cause cough, headache, muscle pain, difficulty in breathing, serious throat spasms, visual disorders, kidney damage and paralysis when taken by mouth. Pregnant women should prefer avoiding the usage of this oil. It is always recommended to seek the advice of a practitioner before using this oil. 

Skin Diseases: Dilute 4-5 drops of chaulmoogra essential oil in water. Soak in cotton ball to gently clean infected part of body. Antimicrobial property of this oil helps to cure different kinds of skin diseases like eczema and acne.

Scrofula: Add 2-3 drops of chaulmoogra essential oil in your regular beverage to cure infections of lymph nodes for treating scrofula.

Rheumatism: Mix 4-5 drops of chaulmoogra essential oil in 10 ml of carrier oil (preferably Myrrh or White Pepper). Massage this blend gently over painful joints or muscles to alleviate inflammation and pain.

Skin Care: Put 2 drops of chaulmoogra essential oil over your regular cream or body lotion and mix thoroughly. Apply this blend over dry or sore skin to attain radiant and irritation-free skin.
Sprain & Muscle Cramps: Prepare a blend of chaulmoogra essential oil with carrier oil (preferably Frankincense Or Peppermint) in a ratio of 1:1. Gently massage this blend over painful body parts to quickly attain relief.

Wounds, Cuts or Sore: Dilute 10 drops of chaulmoogra essential oil in 50ml of distilled water. Thoroughly clean wounds and cuts with this water for quick and effective cure.

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