We are a pill popping generation but our ancestors juiced various medicinal leaves to cure a lot of illnesses. Here is a list of health benefits of Indian medicinal plant juices that can be easily made at home.
Advantages of juicing at home
1. No side effects
2. No harmful chemicals
3. Natural products – we know exactly what is being consumed.
4. No dangers of consuming fake medicines.
Bermuda grass juice
Also called Arugampul / Cynodon_dactylon / Niladurva.
This readily available grass heals our body and cures a lot of illnesses.
It gives instant vitality to our body and strengthens the nerves.
The main advantage of consuming juice of this grass is the increase of red blood cells. This is ideal for those suffering with anemia.
Regular consumption of Bermuda grass strengthens the heart, relieves constipation and clears up the skin by flushing out toxins.
It regulates blood sugar when taken regularly in the morning on empty stomach and increases breast milk in feeding mothers.
Juice is made by crushing in a juice extractor or blending in a mixie with water. It is better to make it fresh and consume it in the morning on an empty stomach, if possible without adding sugar.
Holy Basil juice / Tulasi leaves juice
This plant is highly revered and worshiped by Hindus. A few decades ago, almost every house in India had a tulasi maadam which is a special altar in the center of courtyard.
It cures fever, coughing, indigestion, liver disorder, ear pain.
This leaf is considered a super food and that is why everyone in the house was encouraged to eat one or two leaves everyday in the morning.
False Daisy / Manjal Karisalanganni
|Botanical Name||Eclipta prostrata|
|Hindi||Bhringaraj ( भ्रिंगराज ), Kesharaj (केशराज )|
This is called Keshraj meaning king of hair. One of the best tonics for healthy hair growth.
Yellow daisy when consumed regularly makes skin shiny. It is also believed to improve complexion.
This cools the body and hence improves eye sight.
My schoolmate had very shiny jet black hair. Her mother used to make homemade hair oil by frying karisalangani paste in coconut oil. The work ‘Kari’ means black in Tamil.
The leaf improves brain power and memory power.
Ponnanganni Keerai (Dwarf CopperLeaf)
If you understand Tamil, here is a video that talks about the benefits of ponnanganni keerai or dwarf copper leaf.
“pon” in tamil means gold. This leaf is believed to be worth its weight in gold for its health benefits.
This reduces body heat and regulates body temperature. It increases strength to the body and improves eye sight.
There are 100s of recipes for ponnanganni keerai because Indians consume this leaf regularly. Drinking raw juice preserves the nutrients and gives clear skin.
Vallarai Keerai / Gotu Kola / Pennywort
If you grew up in India, there is a high chance that your parents made you swallow these bitter leaves during exam time. Vallarai keerai is a brain food. It improves memory and Indian parents never forgot to feed their children this leaf regularly either as a tonic or by sneaking it into other foods items. 🙂
This not only strengthens the brain, but it also improves digestion and sperm count. This video lists all the benefits of this leaf. The video does get a little too academic after a few minutes but if you are interested, you can watch it.
This juice can be bitter so a little sugar will make it easier to drink.
Mint is very useful for improving oral health. It cleanses the mouth and prevents oral ulcers. Mint in general cures all kinds of ulcers. It relieves gas. Mint refreshes the body and arrests cough. A few mint leaves can be added while juicing fruits and vegetables. A few mint leaves when chewed and consumed in the morning before breakfast will improve the overall health of the digestive system.
Mint paste when applied to face as a thick paste removes tan and improves complexion. It is a good skin cleanser. If mint juice is made in a juicer, the pulp can be made into a paste with a little mint juice and applied to face.
Amla / Indian gooseberry juice
Amla juice stops hair fall, coughing, sneezing and tooth decay. It improves appetite and strengthens the heart.
Benefits of Amla has been listed here – Prevent Anemia, Wrinkles & Dull hair with Amla
Banana stem juice / Vazhai thandu juice
This is the white stem of the banana plant. The banana stem is highly fibrous and very good for health. It flushes out toxins and cleanses the body. Vazhai thandu soup and juice is recommended for people with kidney stones because it can dissolve them. Regular consumption of this juice normalizes high blood pressure and reduces paunch or pot belly.
Note: If you are drinking raw juice (made by grinding small pieces of banana stem), remember to brush your teeth immediately as this juice can stain teeth.
If you would rather cook and eat it, here is the recipe for banana stem curry
Coriander leaf juice / Cilantro juice
Coriander juice improves appetite, controls fever and cough. At the onset of cold, drinking a glass of coriander juice will give the body enough strength to fight the sickness. Coriander is very helpful for regulating bile production. A lot of sickness come because of liver irregularity or over production of bile. One of the main indicators of pitham / high amounts of bile is premature graying of hair or pitha narai. Coriander is added to almost every Indian dish. It can be consumed raw along with buttermilk daily.
Peepal tree / Arasa maram / Ficus Religiosa
“Arasan” means king and “maram” means tree in Tamil. This is called the king of trees and is highly revered in India. This tree is special because it releases oxygen even during night unlike other trees that release oxygen only during day (photosynthesis) and carbon-di-oxide during night time. That is why in India, people are discouraged from sleeping under the trees during night. In villages, it is a common practice to sleep in wooden cot in open air under tree shades during afternoon.
Arasa maram leaves are believed to improve fertility. It is one of the main grandma remedies suggested to women who are struggling to get pregnant. The women are asked to chew one or two tender leaves as this improves uterine health and cures reproductive disorders.
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