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.

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The 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 fruit


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.

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.

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.


For indigestion

Add a pinch of salt to tamarind pulp and chew it well, when you are suffering from indigestion.


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.

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.


To treat freckles

Application of paste of the roots and bark of tamarind helps to remove freckles.


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.

For sore throat

Gargles with tamarind water helps a sore throat.


Final Note

So do you make use of tamarind or imli in your day to day cuisine? Do you like its sour taste? Did you ever use it for medicinal purpose? Which remedies with tamarind has worked wonders for you? Do you have any other home remedy using tamarind to share with us? Do mention in the comments.

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  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

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

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

  7. Shreya2:42 PM

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


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