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Dates (Khajur), What are Its Benefits

Characteristics

How it looks -

It is a tall palm growing up to 36 m. in length with its trunk covered by the bases of petioles. The leaves are pinnate as in all palms but the lower ones are modified into spines and the flowers are in spadices. The fruits are oval reddish or yellowish brown berries with fleshy sweet pulp and hard single furrowed seeds.

What we use - Leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds

What it does -

  • Leaves - aphrodisiac, hepato protective

  • Flowers - purgative, expectorant, hepatic, febrifuge

  • Fruits - cooling, aphrodisiac, tonic diuretic

Home Remedies for the Cure of General Disorders

  • In cough, and respiratory disorders - Make a paste of dates, raisins, pepper, saunph seeds, honey and ghee and lick a tsp of this preparation twice a day to expectorate phlegm and calm respiratory spasms.

  • In dryness of mouth - At the end of long durations of illnesses, the mouth becomes dry, sore making swallowing and talking difficult. In such cases, make a paste of dates and raisins and coat the mouth with it. Hold the same paste in the mouth for a few minutes and eat it with honey and ghee.

  • In hiccups - Powder the seeds of dates, mix it with pepper powder and lick it with honey to arrest hiccups.

  • In excessive bleeding - Dates are cooling and bestow blood and are therefore ideal in bleeding conditions. Paste the fruit with honey and eat twice a day.

  • In constipation - Soak dates in hot milk for a few hours and then take the preparation at bed time to free bowel movements. Dates soaked in water make for excellent diuretics.

  • As a nervine tonic - Dates and raisins pasted with honey are excellent in nervous disorders and can be taken as a general rejuvenator.

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