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Pilu

Pilu

Toothbrush Tree, Mustard Tree
Latin name: Salvadora persica
Sanskrit/Indian name: Peelu, Pilu, Meswak, Miswak, Arak

General information:
Young stems of 3-5 mm are used as toothbrushes. A toothstick is also said to relieve toothache and gum disease, and the leaves are used as a mouthwash and for tooth and gum problems.

Fruit of this plant with or without seeds is said to contain 1.7-1.8 % sugars when ripe. Fermented drinks are also made from the fruit.