Sabar Kand / सांबारकंद / Sabar /

Local Name: Sabar Kand / सांबारकंद

Common Name: Sabar

Botanical Name: Euphorbia nerifolia L.

Status & Habitat

  • Habitat: Shrub

  • Occurrence: Sandy or rocky soils, along roadsides, in wastelands, and in coastal areas

  • Season of Availability: Year-round

  • Geography: South Asia

  • Method of Propagation: Vegetative propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Stem cuttings

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Stem

  • Can be Eaten Raw: No

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: No

  • Ripe: N/A

  • Both Raw & Ripe: N/A

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: Raw plant

  • As Food: N/A

  • As Medicine: Whole plant juice is drunk to help with fever, ulcer, and anemia; leaf juice helps reduce earache, arthritis and skin wart; latex juice can also be drunk.

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: Yes

  • Boiling Before Cooking: N/A

  • Pickling: N/A

  • Brining: N/A

  • Fermenting: N/A

  • Drying for later Consumption: N/A

  • Overall Method: Parts of the plant are usually juiced and then drunk for its medicinal properties.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Rich in carbohydrates and phosphates.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Spleen and Liver ailments, Expectorant, blisters and warts, helps reduce earaches and Arthritis aches

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Used in ayurvedic medicine to treat disorders of the spleen and liver; therapy of weight loss and anemia; treatment of blisters and burns.


  • Tribal Recipe: Treating cracks in foot soles: boil latex with castor oil, along with salt, and apply to cracks.