Salvadora persica

Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany

Salvadora persica L.


  • Arak Tree
  • Mustard Seed
  • Peelu Tree
  • Pepper Bush
  • Real Mustard Tree
  • Toothbrush Tree
  • salfadora سلفادورا
  • suwak سواك
  • urak أراك
  • salvadora parsit
  • סַלְוָדוֹרָה פָּרְסִית

Tree, phanerophyte shrub

  • Desert
  •  Thermophilous plants
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Salvadora persica L.

System/State Traditional
Activity / Interpretation
Preparation/ Administration
Parts Used
Oral Health

Sterilizing mouth

Antiseptic, Mouth wash

Soak stem in water & rub over teeth x2/day.

Stem B
Oral Health

Swollen gums

Anti-gum disease

Rub teeth with tree bark + Thymbra capitata.

Bark Z
Oral Health

Tooth whitening


Soak stem in water & rub over teeth x2/day.

Stem B
Women`s Health

Delay menstruation


Soak stem in boiling water for 12 hr, filter & drink x1 cup/day as needed.

Stem B

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