(Cicer arietinum)


Article by Kaniz F. Shah


Botanical Name: Cicer arietinum
English Name:  Chickpea, garbanzo bean, gram
Hindi Name:  Bengal gram, channa, besan
Popular Name(s): chickpea,besan
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: fabales
Family: fabaceae (pea)
Genus: cicer
Species: c. arietinum
Parts Used: bean
Habitat: India, Australia, Pakistan, West Asia, Mediterranean
Height: 20-50cm.
Odor: sweet, nutty
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ph: alkaline


Manganese, folate, iron, molybdenum, B vitamins, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, potassium, protein


  • Antioxidant
  • detoxifying

Plant Description:

Chickpea (Cicer arietinum), is also called garbanzo bean or Bengal gram, annual plant of the pea family (Fabaceae), widely grown for its nutritious seeds. The bushy 60-cm (2-foot) plants bear pinnate leaves and small white or reddish flowers. The yellow-brown beans grow one or two to a pod. Chickpeas are an important food plant in India, Africa, and Central and South America.

Chickpea for Hair & Scalp:

Chickpeas can be used in the hair to help keep them healthy and protect them from damage. They are a good source of zinc and vitamin B6, the building blocks of protein in the hair. Together with vitamin A, will help make the hair stronger and possibly prevent excessive hair loss and dandruff.

Chickpea for the Skin:

  • Clean & Healthy Skin:

    Chickpea powder helps in the removal of dead skin cells, which leads to skin rejuvenation. Using chickpea face packs regularly will make your skin smoother, softer, tighter and gives is a healthy glow.
  • Brightens the Skin:

    It helps lighten and brighten dull or oily skin.
  • Antioxidant & Detoxifying:

    The manganese in chickpeas helps skin cells produce energy and fight free radical damage. The molybdenum in chickpeas helps detox skin by aiding in the removal of sulfites, a common food preservative that can mess with skin’s smoothness. Chickpeas contain ample amounts of folate, vitamin B that helps provide the fuel that skin cells need in order to repair damage from sun and toxins.
  • Anti-Aging:

    Chickpeas help slow down the aging process, helps tighten the skin and aid in reducing the effects of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.

Since chickpea powder is naturally alkalizing, it needs to be mixed with milk, yogurt or lemon juice before applying to the face.


This article is for informational purpose only. Chickpea is not a treatment for any disease or condition. It is safe when used on the skin or hair, but to ensure safety, it is best to do an allergy test. Consult your doctor before using for medical purposes.