Health and Beauty Benefits of Tamarind (Tamarindus Indica)
Tamarind (known as Imli in India and Scientific name : Tamarindus Indica) is found in almost all Indian kitchens. Tamarind is a fruit of a tropical evergreen tree originally from West Africa.It is now widely being grown in India, South-East Asia and the West Indies.
Tamarind is packed with carotene, vitamin C, flavanoids and the B-vitamins. It is widely being used for culinary, medicinal and beauty purposes throughout the world. It has amazing health and beauty benefits those are very less known. It is cheap and easy on budget solution for many diseases as well.
Solution to Various Diseases
Tamarind contains various nutrients in different proportions that are desired by the body. It has been found through research to prevent, or cure the following health disorders:-
Diabetes: Tamarind helps to lower blood sugar.
Digestive Disorders: Tamarind is very good for digestion due to it's fibre contents.
Inflammation of joints: Crush tamarind leaves and apply on affected area, it is very effective in reducing the pain and swelling of joints.
Scurvy: Tamarind being the rich source of vitamin c, helps to cure scurvy.
Common cold and fever: Tamarind pulp, when made into rasams or drinks, is a powerful remedy for fevers too. For sore throats, one of the best remedies involves gargling tamarind water (i.e. water that tamarind pulp or bark has been boiled in).
It plays an indirect yet very important role in controlling the cholesterol levels in the body. Dietary fibres in tamarind binds to bile salts formed from cholesterol and decrease its re-absorption. This helps excrete bad cholesterol and keeps your heart healthy.
Mix tamarind with herbal tea This amazing remedy can be used for treating malaria fever.
Tender leaves of the tamarind tree, when burned to ash and mixed with gingerly (til) oil It prevents edema, and stimulates the growth of healthy skin while protecting the wound against harmful germs and moisture.
A decoction of tamarind leaves is used in preparing medicinal solutions for curing jaundice and ulcers.
Mild and laxative properties of Tamarind pulp can improve bowel movements considerably.
Tamarind juice, extracted from its flowers is beneficial for piles treatment.
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Beauty Benefits of Tamarind
Tamarind has antioxidants, flavanoids, alpha hydroxy acids and vitamin C and A. can be used for skin ligtening, detanning, scrubing and face packs. It has the tendency to soothe inflammation, irritation and dark patches on the skin. Some simple ways are given below:-
Skin Lightening:- Take a handful of tamarind pulp, add 100 ml of water and knead until thick
rub gently on the scarred section and let dry, then rinse with water.
Take some mashed turmeric and mix with tamarind pulp/water. apply a mask, let stand for 20 minutes, then rinse with water.
Bleaching and Dispigmentation:- Mix Tamarind pulp with lemon juice and honey (1 tpsn of each). Mix it well and apply on the face and affected areas. Keep for 15 minutes and wash with lukewarm water.
Scrubing:- Take Tamarind pulp and mix it with sugar. Add some baking soda. Mix well. Apply as exfoliater.
Face Packs:- Add tamarind pulp with semolina and gram flour. Add honey and apply all over the face. Let it dry for 20 minutes. Wash with lukewarm water in circular motion.
Toner:- Add Tamarind jiuce with rose water. It is a really good hydrating toner. Apply it with cotton on your face.
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Tamarind Could be Stored Easily
- Unopened, compressed, whole pods could be easily stored in cool, dark place.
- After opening, store it in the refrigerator in airtight container. It will stay good for at least three months. Break them in pieces and store in refrigerator in a zip-lock pouch. Soak in water before using.
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