SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pongamia pinnata


HINDI NAME: Karanj, Dithouri, Karuaini


ENGLISH NAME: Indian beech, Pongam oil tree, Smooth leaved pongamia


FAMILY: Fabaceae


The Karanja tree is very versatile as all parts of the Karanja tree (roots, flowers, leaves, bark) are used for medicinal purposes. It is a medicinal plant mostly used to treat skin and hair issues. Has astringent, bitter, pungent, in taste, easy to digest, and has piercing and hot potency qualities.


  • Wound healing action
  • Anti-microbial & anti-inflammatory
  • Improves bowel movements
  • Improves oral health
  • Improves digestive functioning
  • Relief from cough
  • Amazing for female reproductive health
  • Cures diabetes
  • Amazing for hair growth


  • Don't take without expert supervision if pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • To apply it locally, use Karanja with rose water or coconut oil because of its hot potency.


  • Apply Karanja oil over the affected skin area with eczema and boils to heal the wound effectively.
  • Apply a paste of Karanja leaves over the wound to fasten the healing.
  • Karanja stems can be used for teeth cleaning and maintaining oral health.
  • Take ¼-½ tsp Karanja powder with lukewarm water twice a day after meals to improve digestive issues like appetite, indigestion, constipation etc.
  • Take ¼ tsp Karanja powder with honey twice a day to get relief from cough.
  • Apply 3-5 drops of karanja oil mixed with coconut oil in the pile mass after having bowel movements and cleaning the area twice daily.