August 27, 2007

Medicinal uses of tamarind


Most of us are familiar with ‘tamarind’ or ‘imli’. The pulp which is extracted from the long bean like pods of tamarind can be used fresh and it can also be dried and stored to be used for the whole year. tamarindThe fruity and sour taste of the tamarind pulp and the heat of the chilies perfectly complement each other and the combination of these two in the sambars and chutneys of South Indian cuisine give them their tangy, flavorful taste. Apart from its culinary uses, it is also used for treating minor ills and ailments. The extracts of tamarind fruits, leaves, flowers and bark are also used for cosmetic purposes - in body lotions and henna based hair dyes etc.


Home remedies with tamarind
Tamarind for headaches
For headaches due to excessive heat, soak tamarind pulp in water, squeeze it and knead it well so that the pulp is dispersed completely and dissolves in water. Strain it and to this extracted juice, add a tsp of ginger juice and drink.
Tamarind for loss of appetite
Mix jaggery water with tamarind pulp and spice it with cinnamon (dalchini) and cardamom (elaichi). Also when your tongue develops distaste for food, savor tamarind chutney to tickle your grungy taste buds.
Tamarind for Diarrhoea
Blend these ingredients: 1 tsp tamarind pulp, a cup of butter milk and a mashed ripe banana and have it. Provides relief from diarrhea quickly.
Tamarind for indigestion
Add a pinch of salt to tamarind pulp and chew it well, when you are suffering from indigestion.
Tamarind for bleeding piles
Fry tamarind leaves in oil and ghee and cook in sufficient quantity of curd. Add powder of dried pomegranate, coriander (dhaniya) seeds and dried ginger to it and take internally. Liquid gruel soured with tamarind pulp is also useful in bleeding piles.
Tamarind for common cold
In acute cold, soup made from tamarind pulp is beneficial.
Tamarind for skin itching
For an itching skin, even when the itching is uncontrollable, smearing a paste of tamarind pulp over the affected parts provides instant relief.
Tamarind to treat freckles
Application of paste of the roots and bark of tamarind helps to remove freckles.
Tamarind for white discharge (leucorrhea)
Soak tamarind seeds in water for a day or two and then pound it on a stone slab with milk. Take this paste regularly.
Tamarind for sore throat
Gargles with tamarind water helps a sore throat.



Related Posts That You May Like:

7 comments:

  1. Mohit6:00 PM

    Tamarind pulp to be rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron, thiamine and riboflavin and a good source of niacin. Ascorbic acid content is low except in the peel of young green fruits

    ReplyDelete
  2. Anonymous6:06 PM

    Alone, or in combination with lime juice, honey, milk, dates, spices or camphor, the pulp is considered effective as a digestive, even for elephants, and as a remedy for biliousness and bile disorders, and as an antiscorbutic. In native practice, the pulp is applied on inflammations, is used in a gargle for sore throat and, mixed with salt, as a liniment for rheumatism. It is, further, administered to alleviate sunstroke, Datura poisoning, and alcoholic intoxication.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Anirudha9:59 AM

    Gargling with tamarind water aids in the healing of sore throat. Tamarind water with ghee and sugar will stop diarrhea caused as a result of drastic purgatives.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Kailas10:02 AM

    The pulp of the fruit is useful in constipation. According to the Unani system, the pulp is effective in controlling fever. It purges the bile.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Anonymous2:40 PM

    Tamarind is acidic and excites the bile and other juices in the body. This naturally aids in digestion. It also acts as a blood purifier and is also used to treat bronchial disorders and gargling with tamarind water is recommended for a sore throat. It is an effective antiseptic, used in eye-baths and for the treatment of ulcers.

    ReplyDelete
  6. The fruit is said to improve digestion, relieve gas, soothe sore throats, and act as a mild laxative.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Shreya2:42 PM

    Tamarind is a good source of antioxidants that fight against cancer.

    ReplyDelete

Comments posted on this blog are moderated and approved only if they are relevant, on-topic and not abusive. Avoid using links to your site/blog in the body of your comment unless it is highly relevant to the post.

Products you may like