Benefits Of Bottle Gourd

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Different Varieties Of Bottle Gourds, Seeds ,Flowers

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About Bottle Gourd

Latin Name : Lagenaria siceraria

In India, it is known as Doodhi, Lauki or Ghia.

Other names for bottle gourd are; long melon, opo squash, calabash, bottle squash, white gourd etc.

The plant is a vine that can climb to over 12 feet. It produces edible fruits that are eaten as a vegetable. The fruit is available in a variety of shapes and sizes as can be seen in the photos alongside.

Bottle gourd should preferably be eaten with its skin.

In ancient times however, this plant was grown for its fruits which were used for storing water. Bottle gourd is native to Africa.

Apart from being eaten, the fruit is used in various other ways - as a container for storing water, to making utensils of different types, making musical instruments especially percussion instruments, pipes used for smoking tobacco, etc.

Before cooking bottle gourd it has to be ensured that it is not bitter, as the bitter one contains Tetracyclic Triterpenoid compounds, the Cucurbitacins, which are not only bitter but toxic as well, and can be fatal in large doses especially when bottle gourd juice is consumed.

Nutrition Facts : Bottle Gourd

  1. Rich in fiber.
  2. Very low in fat and cholesterol free.
  3. Contains over 95% water.
  4. Rich in iron, Vitamin C and B complex.
  5. Low in sodium and high in potassium. Also contains good amounts of the minerals, calcium and phosphorus.

Benefits Of Bottle Gourd To Health

  • It is cooling and rehydrates the body and relieves excessive thirst.
  • Improves the liver function, is useful in urinary problems and is a diuretic.
  • Relieves mental tension and improves sleep.
  • It is alkaline in nature, decreases acidity, is useful in correcting stomach disorders, relieves constipation, indigestion, diarrhea and piles.
  • Flushes the toxins, removes kidney stones.
  • Reduces blood pressure and heart problems.
  • The high fiber content keeps one full and reduces hunger pangs.

Bottle Gourds As Musical Instruments

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The Ghanaian beaded gourd instrument axatse.Guiro musical instrument from Cubathe maracas of South & Central American originRudra Veena from IndiaSitar from IndiaCora, a harp-lute from West Africa
The Ghanaian beaded gourd instrument axatse.
The Ghanaian beaded gourd instrument axatse. | Source
Guiro musical instrument from Cuba
Guiro musical instrument from Cuba | Source
the maracas of South & Central American origin
the maracas of South & Central American origin | Source
Rudra Veena from India
Rudra Veena from India | Source
Sitar from India
Sitar from India | Source
Cora, a harp-lute from West Africa
Cora, a harp-lute from West Africa | Source

Some Natural Remedies With Bottle Gourd

  • For Scorpion Bite

A paste of bottle gourd applied on the bitten spot as well as drinking its bottle gourd juice neutralizes the poison.

  • For Diarrhea

Grate bottle gourd, boil and strain it and then mix it in curd. Add salt to taste. Consuming this will relieve diarrhea.

  • Kidney Pain

Heat small pieces of bottle gourd. Now take out its juice. Massage tha area of pain with this juice.
Also applying the pulp of the above heated bottle gourd, relieves pain immediately.

  • Burning Of Soles Of The Feet

Pulp of bottle gourd rubbed on the soles relieves the heat and burning sensation.

  • Toothache

Take 75 gms bottle gourd, 20 gms garlic cloves. Grind both and add to 1 liter of water. Boil this mixture till water the quantity reduces by half. Strain and swish this water around in the mouth for relief.

  • Pulmonary Tuberculosis

Make pulp of bottle gourd. Add powdered candy sugar and eat regularly for relief.

  • Piles

Make a paste of bottle gourd leaves and apply on the affected area for relief.

  • Jaundice

Roast a bottle gourd on low fire till it becomes soft. Take out its juice. Add some candy sugar and drink.
It relieves sluggish liver and benefits in jaundice.

  • Heart Disease

To 1 cup of bottle gourd juice add some black pepper power and mint and drink.
Ensure beforehand the bottle gourd is not bitter before juicing it. This is very important.

  • Cholera

Drink 25 ml bottle gourd juice to which juice of 1/2 a lemon has been added.

  • High cholesterol

Oil of bottle gourd seeds reduces cholesterol, clears the arteries and gives strength to the heart. consume as per manufacturer's recommendations.

  • Oral Rehydration Therapy/Diarrhea

Bottle gourd juice taken with a pinch of salt and sugar to taste acts like an oral rehration solution.

  • Stomach Diseases Like Gas/Acidity/Ulcer/Indigestion etc

Drink bottle gourd juice daily.

  • Insomnia

Mix some sesame oil in bottle gourd juice and massage the soles of the feet to bring on sleep.

  • Gout

Tie pulp of bottle gourd on the affected joint for relief.

  • Nose Bleed

Boil bottle gourd and consume.

  • Facial Pigmentation/Freckles

Apply pulp of bottle gourd on face for sometime.

  • Pimples

Apply bottle gourd juice mixed with lemon juice on the face.

Precautions

Ensure the bottle gourd is not bitter by tasting the raw one before cooking or making juice.

The bitter bottle gourd is toxic and should not be consumed.

References

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-06-28/hyderabad/29712339_1_gourd-icmr-juice
http://www.geocities.ws/ayurveda_adviser/ayurveda_lauki.html
http://www.sowingnewseeds.org.uk/pdfs/Growing%20dudi%20_bottle%20gourd_.pdf

Disclaimer

The information provided in this hub is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician, or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

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cabmgmnt 3 years ago from Northfield, MA

You are so efficient when discussing the benefits of a food. I never knew that bottle gourd could be eaten. I have seen them dried and used to make bird houses or instruments but I have never seen the produce fresh. Thanks for teaching me something new today!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Corey, thanks! I'm glad this hub was useful to you. Appreciate your visit and comments.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Interesting about Bottle Gourd, it is such a good tasting vegetable, and the meals are such great ideas. You always inform us on unique information about food thanks for this hub.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have never had this, Rajan, although this year we are going to grow some gourds because we want to use them for birdhouses. Great research and information, and have a wonderful weekend my friend.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks bill. We use this quite a lot in cooking. It is a very versatile vegetable. Nice to see you again and you have a wonderful weekend as well.


sid76 3 years ago

Very useful and informative hub Rajan. Sharing and voted up!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

- Thanks Soumen. Glad you found it informative. Thanks for sharing it as well.

Devika - bottle gourds are both healthy and versatile. Thanks for reading.


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Peggy W 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Rajan,

I have never seen these for sale in a grocery store for consumption but have probably played with them as maracas. Looking at the musical instruments in the photos it is obvious that the bottle gourds can grow to impressive sizes. UUI votes and will definitely share.


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Man from Modesto 3 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

14.000 years? I'm curious, what is the source of that information?


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Man from Modesto, check the 4 th link in the references I have given for your answer. Thanks.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and interesting. Thanks for another informative and fascinating hub. Never heard of this bottle gourd before. Will look into it. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

I just get healthier everyday. Thanks for information on this..Would never have given it a second thought. Now I will. Voting up and sharing.


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ARUN KANTI 3 years ago from KOLKATA

Thank you very much for sharing the valuable information.


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JCielo 3 years ago from England

Hi Rajan. Another top notch hub.

I'm particularly interested in the gout relief remedy. I had not come across this particular gout remedy before. I'll delve more into it as a result of your hub. Thanks.

Up and useful.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

@ Peggy - bottle gourds do grow to various sizes and shapes as well. You might find them in the Asian produce section of your store. Thanks for stopping by.

@ Rasma - I'm glad you learnt about a new food. thanks for the visit.

@ Carol - thanks for stopping by.

@ Arun - thank you.

@ John - I knew you'd be interested in gout remedies. Thanks for sparing time to visit.


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Fascinating. I have never heard of bottle gourd. I am always amazed at how many different vegetables there are around the world. Thanks!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

I agree with you GTF. There is much in this world we do not know about. Thanks for apppreciating this information.


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Indian Chef 3 years ago from New Delhi India

As a child I never enjoyed eating Ghiya ki sabji but my mom pushed it down to my throat. But Now knowing how beneficial it is to my body i have started to eat more and more..voting it up.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks Indian Chef. I love to eat ghia raita.


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Very interesting hub and something I never heard of . Voted up and sharing.


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

Thanks moonlake, for reading, appreciating and sharing.


abediah 2 years ago

searching for oil here in USA,normally we can easily from the market in India but we have to search here to get ,for use if any one knows where to find it can you please tell me ,thank you.


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rajan jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA. Author

abediah you can purchase from Amazon.


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karynklairekoski 2 years ago from Toronto

The "calabash" is indeed a very interesting vegetable, wonderful report. Did you know that it is a very important symbolic tool used in some of the more metaphysical aspects of Feng Shui? The shape represents a vessel to hold illness and is often placed in areas of a home to represent the "form" of a feng shui cure.

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