Acacia caesia (L.) Willd. is an armed woody straggling shrub of medicinal importance belongs to the family, Mimosaceae, distributed widely in the foot hills of the Western Ghats around the altitude of 500ms above msl. For its medicinal properties, the traditional healers of western districts of Kerala ,Tamil Nadu (Tirupur, Coimbatore, Erode and Dindigul) prescribed the species for various ailments. The leaves are used as vegetable and in the treatment of asthma, skin diseases,menstrual disorders,and scabies.
A perennial, woody climbing shrub grows over large trees. Leaves compound, leaflets 8-15 pairs, oblong-ovate, small and glabrous. Flowers whitish in axillary or terminal panicles. Fruits thin long pods, brown colored, contain 3-5 small compressed seeds.
It is traditionally used for bathing after ayurvedic oil massage.Carefully dried and hygienically packed, incha fibre can be used as a natural bath scrubber for a long time.It is a good natural antibacterial and commonly used for burning sensation and other skin diseases. The crushed stem is used as a natural scrubber for bathing.