A source of a sweet manna, eaten, for example, by the Tuareg with porridge or in beverages (FAC). Resin from tree also edible; salt excreted from leaves used to salt foods (GHA). Bedouin's grazing herds are fed the foliage (ZOH).
• Asian Indians suggest the galls as astringent (KAB).
• Asian Indians combine the powdered bark with oil and kamala as an aphrodisiac (KAB).
• Baluchistani use bark for eczema and other skin disorders (GHA).
• Dhofari take tea of dried leaves to ease prolonged or difficult labor (GHA).
• Lebanese priests believe that manna from Sinai (T. mannifera) was very healthful for children and gently laxative for adults (HJP).
• North Africans boil bark in vinegar and water as a pediculicide (BOU).
• North Africans take astringent gall infusion for enteritis and gastralgia (BOU).
• North Africans take shoot decoction for splenomegaly, with ginger for uteral problems (BOU).
• Omani apply dried leaves to sores and wounds (GHA).
• Saudi apply green shoots of some species of Tamarix to head for headache and fever (GHA).
• Yemeni use tea (of T. nilotica) to treat diarrhea (GHA). Natural History (Salt Cedar):
This inhabitant of the hot deserts, very wasteful of water, excretes salts from glands in the leaves.
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