English Name: Dhatelo Oil
Scientific Name: Prinsepia utilis Royle
Nepali Name: ढटेलो
Dhatelo is a deciduous shurb native to Nepal that can grow up to three metershigh at altitude of 1,800 to 3,000 meters in central to western Nepal. It produces flowers from February to March and fruits from April to May and usually grows in open areas exposed to sun light on dry hillsides near water sources.
About 15 – 20 kg of oil can be extracted from 100 kg good dried seeds of Dhatelo.
Traditional use of Dhatelo in Nepal:
- Raw fruits can be eaten and are especially enjoyed by children
- Deep purple dye from the fruit can be used as paint
- Seed oil can be used in cooking as a substitute to vegetable oil
- Seed oil can also be used a topical application for treatment of rheumatism, muscular pain, stomach pains, skin infections and relief of coughs and colds
- Seed oil can be used in the hair as hair serum to increase shine and strength
- Seed oil can be used as fuel for oil lamps
- Seed oil residue can be used for washing clothes
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