By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD (Ayu), PhD
Drumstick (Moringa oleifera) is a well known vegetable and appreciated by majority of the people due to its pleasant taste, good nutritive benefits, multiple form of utility etc. Its immature seed pod is used as vegetable.
This is well known for its Vata and Kapha pacifying nature and appreciated as a vegetable of choice to improve the eye sight as well as an aphrodisiac. In fact other than its food benefit it has proven efficacy as being the substance of choice in several home remedies.
Other than the pod its leaves and flowers are also very effective members in contributing positive health benefits.
Its leaves are rich in copper, manganese, calcium, zinc, selenium, and magnesium, pyridoxine( vitamin-B6), thiamin (vitamin B1), riboflavin, pantothenic acid,iron, phosphorus and niacin. Due to this it is appreciatyed well in so many medicaments of Ayurveda.
The flowers do possess Vitamin B, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin C, Vitamin A in significant quanity.
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Here are some simple and effective home remedies as well as health beneficiary simple preparations-
1. Drum stick pod decoction for Hypertension, improper fat metabolism, lethargy, sexual debility:
Daily, 1 drumstick is taken and it is cut into pieces and decoction is made. According to ones need and acceptance slight salt may be added. This is taken once daily, preferably during evening, before food.
This has good benefit in hypertension, hyper cholesterol, improper fat metabolism, lethargy, sexual debility etc
Decoction of any herb is prepared by adding a tablespoon of herb with 2 cups of water, boiling and reducing to half a cup. Filtered and consumed when it is hot. It is also called herbal tea.
2. Leaf juice in conjunctivitis and swelling of the eyes:
A fistful of leaves is taken and its juice is obtained. This is instilled to both the eyes in the dose of 2 drops.
In cases of swelling around the eyes, this juice is applied around the eyes (paste can also be used for this purpose)
3. Leaf decoction in dysmenorrhoea, back ache and pimples:
It balances Vata and Kapha Dosha. Leaf decoction of drum stick in the dose of 50-60 ml twice daily is helpful to overcome the back ache and dysmenorrhoea.
Being a blood purifier it pacifies the pimples and black heads too.
4. Flower curry or powder in Abdominal distention and tastelessness:
A fistful of moringa flowers are collected and cooked well with salt and black pepper (or garlic and ginger powder /paste).
This is served during the lunch as a side dish. This has a very good effect in subsiding gaseous distension of abdomen and anorexia.
Dried flower is fried with little ghee and sprinkled with little pepper powder and salt. Or it can be made into fine powder and can be kept ready to serve during food. This has good benefit in cases like morning sickness caused during pregnancy and in any other tastelessness conditions.
5. Leaf paste with lemon juice face pack:
Leaf paste or juice with lemon juice can be mixed and applied over face. This is useful to overcome black heads and acne.
6. Drum stick Pod soup:
The soup prepared from drumstick pods is very much useful in treating the diseases of liver, spleen, pancreas etc. This is an aphrodisiac also. It strengthens the bones and joints too.
‘Trees for Life organization’ quotes “ounce-for-ounce, Moringa leaves contain more Vitamin A than carrots, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, and more potassium than bananas and that the protein quality of Moringa leaves rivals that of milk and eggs”.
Have the nutritious and health beneficial drumstick every day in various forms.
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