The Peelu Tree has been used for centuries by people in Asia, Africa and the Middle East to clean their teeth. A frayed branch of the tree is traditionally used.
Now companies have incorporated Peelu fibers into a range of dental products, including toothpaste, toothpowder and a dental gum. Peelu is said to be less abrasive than regular toothpaste. I’ve been using the Peelu dental powder for a while now, and it seems to work quite well. I have to say that the taste of Peelu is not enticing: it has a dry barky taste. But I am impressed by its cleaning action.
Researchers have discovered a number of naturally occurring qualities in the Peelu tree, including:
- a natural chlorine which whitens and removes tartar and stains
- tannic acid and Vitamin C, making it beneficial for healthy gums
- sulfur, which helps keep the mouth clean.
The botanical name of Peelu is Salvadora Persica: it is also regionally called Siwak and Miswak. Here is a link to the Wikipedia article on this tree.