Terminalia chebula is a multifunctional Ayurvedic ingredient known for its detoxifying, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and regenerative properties (per Premium Beauty News). It goes by many names, including Haritaki, T. chebula, and black or chebulic myrobalan, but is commonly referred to in Western skincare products as chebula.
According to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, chebula is a tree native to South and Southeast Asia and is found in the mountainous regions of countries such as India, China, Nepal, Vietnam, Thailand, and Sri Lanka. The tree grows ribbed, oblong, nut-like fruits with two pointed ends that range in color from yellow to orange-brown. Lovingly referred to as the “king of Medicine,” this small berry has been used in herbal medicine for centuries to combat ailments and diseases ranging from asthma to bladder diseases (via PubMed).
Although chebula only entered the Western skincare world in recent years, research and anecdotal evidence suggests that its bioactive properties are powerful enough to consider adding to your daily skincare routine.
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