Aug 5, 2014

Sinduvara - Nochi

Botanical Name: Vitex Negundo L.
Family: Lamiaceae / Verbenaceae

Common name: Chaste Tree
Sanskrit: Sinduvara, Indrani, Nila nirgundi
Tamil: Nochi
Hindi: Nirgundi, Sindvar
Malayalam: Karinochi, Vennocchi
Telugu: Vavili
Kannada: lakki gidda, Nochi
Bengali: Nishinda
Assami: Aslak
Gujarati: Nagod
Punjabi: Sambhalu, Banna

Vitex negundo, commonly known as the five-leaved chaste tree, is a large aromatic shrub with quadrangular, densely whitish, tomentose branchlets. It is widely used in folk medicine, particularly in South and Southeast Asia.

In China, the flowers are used to treat rheumatic difficulties, colds, cough, angina, and gonorrhea. The leaves are used to calm itchiness of eczematous eruptions. The roots are used to treat colds and rheumatisms, and the stems are used to sooth burns and scalds. An infusion of the stems is drunk to treat headache, dizziness, convulsions of children, cough, mental unrest, and to promote wakefulness. In the Philippines, Vitex negundo L. is used to promote milk secretion and menses.

In India, the plant is used to soothe inflammation and to calm itching. The anti-inflammatory property of Vitex negundo L. is confirmed

Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) is the remedy of choice for external use in ear infections. The juice of the
leaves is mixed with mustard oil and boiled. This medicated oil is dropped into the ear twice daily.

The leaves are used as a vulnerary. An oil prepared with the juice of the leaves is applied to sinuses
and scrofulous sores with beneficial results. A decoction of the leaves is taken internally for flatulence. Externally, the leaves reduce inflammatory and rheumatic swellings in joints and swellings in the testes due to gonorrhea.

A pillow stuffed with the leaves is said to cure headache and catarrh. The leaves, roots and bark are used in snake-bite cures. The expressed fresh juice is given internally and poured into the nostrils for cases of stupor or coma. The roots are used for many ailments such as coughs, asthma, fever, etc., and on scrofulous ulcers.

A tincture of the root is administered for irritation of the bladder and rheumatism.

Lagundi is commonly used for wounds, fever, stomach ache and dysmenorrhea.

Medicinal Benefits:
- Nirgundi is best analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial.

- Nirgundi  is used  for  cleaning and healing wounds

- Nirgundi is also used as a hair tonic

- Nirgundi leaves after heated are tied over the affected part in headache, scrotal swelling, arthritic pain.

- Decoction prepared form Nirgundi leave powder is used for tub bath in endometritis, colitis and orchitis, in these conditions it reduces the obstruction of blood and amakapha, increases perspiration, reduces oedema and also relieves pain.

- Gargles with decoction of Nirgundi leaves powder are useful in pharyngitis, stomatitis, difficulty in deglutition and inflammation.

- Nirgundi is an analgesic, brain tonic and alleviates vata, therefore useful in headache, sciatica, rheumatic arthritis, synovitis, improves memory.

- Nirgundi improves menstrual flow therefore used in dysmenorrhoea and obstetric conditios.

- Nirgundi is stimulated every part of the body, therefore it acts as a rasayan in body.

Take 5gram powder at morning in the empty stomach boiled with water and drink after filtering or as directed by your naturopaths.

Kastooriharidra - Kasturimanjal

Botanical Name: Curcuma Aromatica Salisb
Family: Zingiberaceae
Common Names: Wild turmeric, Aromatic turmeric

Sanskrit: Aranyaharidra, Vanaharidra, Kastooriharidra
Hindi: Jangli haldi, Ban haldi
Tamil: Kasturimanjal
Malayalam: Kastoorimanjal
Telugu: Kasthuri Pasupa
Kannada: Kasthuri Arishina
Gujarati: Zedoari

The wild ginger is one among the 80 members of Zingiberaceae family of plants. The perennial foliage dies down in late autumn and the rhizomes remain dormant in winter. The inflorescence appears in early spring from the base of the rhizomes. During summer monsoon season and the immediately following weeks, the plant grows fast and vigorously. The stalk grows to about 20–30 centimetres tall, and is crowned with enlarged coloured bracts with pink tips. Leaves often appear even after the flowers. When in full growth the plants can reach a height of about40 cm tall.

Kasthuri manjal – Curcuma aromatica – This “cosmetic manjal” is often boiled, dried and powdered to use for external application to the skin. It makes a wonderful skin rejuvenative for skin whitening when used in fresh or raw from in face pack. Kasthuri manjal grows larger than normal haldi used in curries, is lighter in color, more aromatic and has a thinner skin. Unlike Curcuma longa (used in curries), Kasthuri manjal won’t stain the skin yellow.

Kasturi Manjal is used to cure leprosy, skin disease, insect bites and imparts glow to the skin. Applying on the body before bath is a good preventive measure against skin diseases and for a glowing skin.

It also helps to restore or maintain youth by controlling wrinkle and crease formation on the surface of the skin. Turmeric can also benefit skin conditions including eczema, psoriasis and acne.

How to Use Kasturi Manjal for Skin Whitening

People with dry skin can use kasturi manjal with milk cream and let it dry before bath.  Oily skin people can use either rose water or water to make a mixture.

Other well-known beauty recipes with Kasthuri Manjal:
1. During pregnancy, apply a paste of Kasturi Manjal to your lower belly every other day to avoid getting stretch marks.

2. Prepare a mix of Honey and Turmeric and apply this mask on your face to get glowing skin.

3. Prepare a paste with Kasturi Manjal and luke warm coconut oil and apply on face to reduce unwanted hair growth.

4. A mix of Kasthuri manjal and sandal wood powder can cure acne if applied regularly. Rub the mix on affected skin area and wash off after 30 minutes

5. Apply a mix of sugar cane juice and Kasthuri Manjal on your face and wash off after 20 minutes to treat wrinkles.

6. Another mix of buttermilk and Kasthuri manjal applied near our eyes can eliminate the wrinkles and marks.