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Turmeric (Curcuma longa [Latin]), also known as curcuma, produces a root that is used to produce the vibrant yellow spice used as a culinary spice so often used in curry dishes. Turmeric is native to India and parts of Asia, and is a relative of cardamom and ginger. Today's herbalists and naturopaths consider turmeric to be one of nature's most potent anti-inflammatories and antioxidants. Turmeric may help treat a variety of conditions related to inflammation and antioxidant damage, including cataracts, arthritis, cancer, and heart disease. It is also used to treatment of scabies and digestive disorders, promote wound healing, and strengthen the immune systembundant antioxidants such as vitamins A, D, E and K that promote healthy hair growth.
‘Shikakai’, popularly known as ‘fruit for hair’, is a powerful herb for hair, native to southern India. The pods of the plant are rich in saponin, the foam-forming substance. It is mixed with reetha, and other herbs and used as a hair pack. Shikakai is a natural conditioner, which removes oil and dirt, and keeps hair free of fungal infections, by detoxifying the blood in the scalp and preventing premature graying of hair. Shikakai contains100 times more vitamin C than grapefruit .
Harada Fruit (Terminalia chebula)
Harada Fruit is a traditional Ayurvedic herb. Of the thousands of Ayurvedic herbs, harada is the most commonly used. It is considered so precious that it is said "do not worry if you do not have a mother as long as you have harada." Like the other fruits, harada is strongly astringent, and is often used for the health of the mucosa.
SIKAKAY WHOLE‘Shikakai’, popularly known as ‘fruit for hair’, is a powerful herb for hair, native to southern India. The pods of the plant are rich in saponin, the foam-forming substance. It is mixed with reetha, and other herbs and used as a hair pack. Shikakai is a natural conditioner, which removes oil and dirt, and keeps hair free of fungal infections, by detoxifying the blood in the scalp and preventing premature graying of hair. Shikakai contains100 times more vitamin C than grapefruit .
Reetha is a very important herb in Ayurveda. It has several benefits. The botanical name of Reetha is Sapindus mukorossi and it belongs to the family Sapindaceae. It is generally known by various other names such as Soap nut, Soapberry, Ritha, Wash Nut, Aritha Doadni, Kanma, Dodan and Thali.
The dried fruit of reetha is the valuable part of the plant. The skin of the fruit is generally used to wash hair by the rural folks. Thus, it is used in shampoos and detergents. Various Ayurvedic texts have mentioned its medicinal uses. It is used to treat various health conditions such as pimples, epilepsy, common cold, nausea and constipation.
Amla berries, also known as Indian gooseberries, are a tart, light green to yellow fruit well known in Ayurvedic traditions to be a sacred fruit which heals both the physical and emotional heart. Scientists have confirmed the benefits of amla berries as an antioxidant, due to the fact that amla berries are a natural source of vitamin C in the form of ascorbic acid, and are rich in flavanoids and polyphenols. Amla berries actually contain twenty to thirty times the vitamin C per pound than oranges, whichmakes amla berries an extremely effective superfood. Liver toxins, high blood cholesterol, and age-related kidney conditions have all been scientifically proven to be corrected with the antioxidant properties contained in amla berries.
Botanical Name(s): Beleric, Belliric Myrobalan, Bahera
Uses & Benefits of Baheda
Beleric is a rejuvenative and laxative.It proves beneficial for hair, throat and eyes.
Beleric seed oil or fruit paste is applied on swollen and painful parts.
The seed oil gives excellent results in skin diseases and premature graying of hair.
Fruit pieces are baked and chewed for cough, cold, hoarseness of voice and asthma.
Beleric fruit is powdered and used to dress wounds to arrest the bleeding.
Beleric fruits and kernels are used in making medicated hair oil, used to alleviate pain and burning sensation, boost hair growth and impart black color to the hair.
The paste of the fruit is applied on eyelids, in case of conjunctivitis.
The herb is used in various eye ailments, such as myopia, corneal opacity, pterigium, immature cataract, chronic and acute infective conditions.
Beleric helps in loss of appetite, flatulence, thirst, piles and worms.
The ripened fruit acts as an astringent and anti-diarrheal.
The decoction of the kernels is used in case of excessive thirst and vomiting.
Beleric plant alleviates cough, relieves blocked phlegm, controls bleeding in the sputum and eases bronchospasms.
It prevents ageing, imparts longevity, boosts immunity, improves mental faculties and enhances the body resistance against diseases.
It helps in lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.