Tuesday, March 18, 2014
The shoeflower plant (chembaruthi/chemparuthi/chemparathai) is well known for its hair conditioning property. Called chembaruthi in Malayalam, the flowers and leaves of this plant have immense medicinal value. The single layered flower with five petals is used medicinally instead of the multilayered flower called adukku chembaruthi.
The chembaruthi flower is found to strengthen the heart. Chembaruthi flowers can be boiled in a glass of water and reduced to half. Jaggery or palm candy is added to this decoction to make it more palatable. This is taken in the mornings on a regular basis to benefit the heart. This also increases sperm count and improves sperm motility. Shoeflower is also found to have anti-diabetic properties.
The leaves of chembaruthi can be used as a hair conditioner. A handful of fresh shoeflower leaves is collected and a fine paste is made out of it. This paste is applied on hair in place of a conditioner shampoo. After five minutes it can be washed off. It will provide a dark and soft look to the hair. The hair will have a nice bounce and shine. People with sinus problems should not use these leaves as a hair conditioner as it can worsen their sinus difficulties.
The paste of shoeflower leaves when consumed internally can heal stomach ulcers. For this either fresh leaves or dried and powdered leaves can be taken. In case of fresh leaves, they can be made into a paste and a small marble sized paste is taken internally for a week. The flowers too can be used either fresh or dried and powdered.
Diabetics can take one flower or bud once a day, to keep their glucose levels in check. It also removes toxins from blood and cleanses it. Chembaruthi tea strengthens the heart and heals inflammation of urinary tract.
The paste of shoeflower leaves has anti-fungal properties and can be applied externally over areas affected by fungal infection. It also heals chronic ulcers.
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