Botanical Name: Buchanania Latifolia Roxb
Family Name: Anacaradiaceae
Common Name: Almondette, Cuddapah almond, Calumpong nut, Hamilton mombin. Some Indian common names are Chironji, Piyal, Priyal, Charoli
Part used: All the parts of the tree is used. However seeds are used in many ways.
Specific Gravity: At 200C the specific gravity is 0.8942
Refractive Index: 1.4584
Blends well with: Buchanania Oil or Chironji Oil blends well with a variety of carrier oils and essential oils. Some carrier oils that Buchanania oil blends well with include Coconut oil Sweet almond oil Jojoba oil Argan oil Grapeseed oil Apricot kernel oil Olive oil.
Buchanania oil, also known as chironji oil, has several uses, including:
Skincare: Buchanania oil is used in many skincare products for its moisturizing and nourishing properties. It is believed to have anti-aging properties, making it a popular ingredient in anti-aging creams and serums.
Haircare: Buchanania oil is also used in haircare products to strengthen and nourish hair. It is believed to prevent hair loss, dandruff, and other scalp conditions.
Ayurvedic medicine: Buchanania oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat a variety of ailments, including skin disorders, digestive issues, and respiratory problems. It is also used to boost the immune system and improve overall health.
Massage: Buchanania oil is used as a massage oil because of its moisturizing properties. It is often blended with other carrier oils and essential oils to create a customized massage blend.
Aromatherapy: Buchanania oil is also used in aromatherapy for its nutty, slightly sweet aroma. It can be diffused or used in a variety of aromatherapy applications.
Countries where it is found
Chironji tree is native to India. It is generally seen in forests and also in ravine lands which have eroded. In India it is grown all over the country and in particular in Northeast India. It is also found in Malaysia, Burma and Nepal.
Buchanania seeds are harvested from the Buchanania lanzan tree, which is native to India. The tree produces small, round fruit that contain a single seed, which is used to extract the oil.
The harvesting of Buchanania seeds usually takes place in the months of May and June, when the fruit is fully ripe. The fruit is handpicked from the tree and collected in baskets. Once collected, the fruit is then allowed to ripen further for a few days until it turns a yellowish color.
The fruit is then opened and the seed is extracted. The seed is covered with a hard outer shell, which is removed by cracking it open using a wooden mallet. The seed is then sun-dried to remove any moisture and to prevent spoilage..
History of Plant
For many centuries in India, all the parts of the Chironji tree were known for its medicinal properties and as a taste enhancer. There are many Sanskrit verses which talk about the properties and uses of the Chironji tree.
Chironji seeds are brown in colour which turn dark when stored. Seeds are simply cold pressed to extract the oil in it, then filtered.
Commonly Known Benefits
Chironji oil is used as a substitute for olive oil and almond oil. Chironji oil is believed to be effective for grey hairs. It is used in many pharmaceutical products. There is a precaution mentioned in the usage of chironji products; pregnant and lactating women are advised not to use it. The oil can control premature ejaculation. It is good for rheumatism and fever also.