Acacia (Vachellia nilotica)

Folk Names

Acacia, Acacia Arabica, Arabian Indogom, Babhoola, Babhul, Babla, Babool, Babool Baum, Babul Tree, Egyptian Acacia, Gum Arabic Tree, Kikar, Thorn Mimosa, Thorny Acacia, Ummughiion




Parts Used

bark, flowers, fruits, gum, leaves, pods, roots, seeds, twigs

Mundane Uses

Gumis used for medicines, dyes, and paints.

Medicinal Uses

GumAstringent, emollient, liver tonic, anti-pyretic and anti-asthmatic.
LeavesChemo-preventive, anti-mutagenic, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, astringent, anti-microbial activity. Tender leaves are used to treat diarrhea, as an aphrodisiac, dressing of ulcers, anti-inflammatory and Alzheimer’s diseases.
PodsAntihypertensive and antispasmodic, anti-diarrhoeal, astringent,anti-fertility and against HIV-1 PR, Inhibited HIV-1 induced cythopathogenicity, antiplatelet aggregatory activity, and antioxidant.
SeedsSpasmogenic activity and antiplasmodial activity.
Stem BarkAntibacterial, antioxidant, anti-mutagenic, cytotoxic bark is used as astringent, acrid cooling, styptic, emollient, anthelmintic, aphrodisiac, diuretic, expectorant, emetic, nutritive, in hemorrhage, wound ulcers, leprosy, leucoderma, smallpox, skin diseases, biliousness, burning sensation, toothache, dysentery, and seminal weakness. The trunk bark is used for cold, bronchitis, diarrhea, dysentery, biliousness, and bleeding piles.
RootsThe roots are used against cancers and/or tumors (of ear, eye, or testicles), tuberculosis and indurations of liver and spleen.

Esoteric Uses

Friendship, money, protection, psychic power/clairvoyance, personal power, platonic love, spiritual enhancement.

  • Use to anoint candles and censers
  • Consecrate chests or boxes that hold ritual tools
  • Use in incense to promote a meditative state

Magical Correspondences:
Deities – Zeus, Bast, Osiris, Astarte, Ra, and Diana
Element – Air
Gender– Masculine
Ruler – Sun
Tarot – The High Priestess
Symbolism Afterlife