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Javitri (Mace)

Javitri Scientific Name

Myristica dactyloides

Javitri Other Names

English: Mace Spice
French: Fleur de muscade, Macis
German: Muskatblüte, Macis
Hindi: Javitri
Sanskrit: Jatisasya

What is Javitri?

Javitri also known as Mace is an evergreen tree native to Indonesia and is also widely grown in regions of India, China etc. It is the crimson red petal-like structure that grows on top of the Nutmeg seed. It is sun-dried and used in cooking. It is also known to be a rich commercial source of nutmeg butter, essential oil. Also, gives a bright orange and saffron color to the desserts and is used as a flavoring agent in dishes.
Javitri has common beneficial properties like Nutmeg. In Ayurveda, it is mainly used to boost immunity. It is a mood-enhancer and effective aphrodisiac that improves vigor. It acts as an appetizer and improves digestion and absorption of nutrients. Decoctions and formulations made from Javitri are used as cardiac tonic to promote healthy heart function. It is a natural detoxifier that makes skin heathy and shiny. Javitri also exhibits certain anti-bacterial properties that help in preventing and treating intestinal worms and other intestinal infections.

Common forms of Javitri

Whole, Powder

Javitri is commonly used for:

  • Balancing the blood sugar levels
  • Treating urinary tract infections
  • Clearing throat and reducing sputum
  • Relieving headache and joint pains.
  • Reliving depression.
  • Detoxifying kidneys and liver.
  • Promoting healthy appetite
  • Treating insomnia

Javitri Dosage

Powder: 250mg to 1gram, which is usually present in food amounts

Javitri Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Psychoactive effects can be seen if used in large quantities
Not so common side-effects: Not Known.
Pregnant and nursing mothers: Not Known.
Children: Not Known.

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Khus (Vetivar)

Khus Scientific Name

Chrysopogon zizanioides

Khus Other Names

English: Khas Khas grass, Khus Khus grass, Vetiver
Spanish: Zacate Violeta, Pacholi
French: Chiendent orodant
Hindi: Khas, Usheer
Sanskrit: Ushira

What is Khus?

Khus also known as Vetiver is a perennial grass of the family Poaceae. Khus is native to tropical Asia and has been introduced into the tropics of both hemispheres. The plant is sometimes grown as a hedge and is useful in dryland restoration to reduce soil erosion. The incredibly soothing fragrance of the essential oil mainly obtained from roots, is mood-enhancing and widely used in Aroma therapy to relieve stress and anxiety. It is also a common ingredient in perfumes.
In the books of Ayurveda khus has many medicinal benefits as it helps to improve digestion owing to it’s high dietary fiber content. It is an anti-inflammatory and consuming Khus root decoction for a few days helps managing rheumatic pain and stiffness. It is also an anti-diabetic herb that increases insulin secretion and helps to manage Diabetes. The anti-oxidants in Khus are found to promote healthy skin and prevents acne and blemishes.
Khus has a cooling effect on body. Khus infused drinking water gives it an earthy taste of natural springs and it is recommended especially during extremely hot summers.

Common forms of Khus

Juice, Powder, Oil, Root-infusion

Khus is commonly used for:

  • Treating rheumatic pain
  • Curing insomnia
  • Relieving stress
  • Purifying blood
  • Curing digestive problem
  • Quenching thirst

Khus Dosage

Juice: 5-6 teaspoons twice a day.
Powder: ¼-1/2 teaspoon twice a day.
Oil: 2-5 drops or as per your requirement.

Khus Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Not Known.
Not so common side-effects: Not Known.
Pregnant and nursing mothers: Unsafe for pregnant mothers as it might cause miscarriage.
Children: Not Known.

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Fennel (Saunf)

Fennel Scientific Name

Foeniculum vulgare

Fennel Other Names

English: Fennel
French: Fenouil
German: Fenchel
Spanish: Hinojo
Latin: faeniculi
Hindi: Saumph, Saunf
Sanskrit: Shatapushpa

What is Fennel?

Fennel is obtained from the flowering plant species in the carrot family and consist of hardy, perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. All parts of this plant including the bulb, stalk, leaves, seeds are edible and are used to add flavor in foods. Flavor of Fennel leaves is much similar to Dill.
The vitamin and mineral content in fennel like phosphate and calcium are important in bone structure; Iron and Zinc are critical for the production and maturation of collagen; Manganese is present for the formation of bone matrix. Fennel also consist of Vitamin A which helps improving the calcium absorption and may reduce the excretion of calcium in urine.
In Ayurveda, fennel is used for it’s estrogenic properties that promotes menstruation, healthy libido and milk secretion (in nursing mothers). It has Hepatoprotective (prevents liver damage), anti-oxidant and anti-bacterial properties (against Helicobacter pylori) that prevents gastro-intestinal disorders and infections.

Common forms of Fennel

Dry seeds, Powder, Capsule, Tea & infused water

Fennel is commonly used for:

Fennel Dosage

Seeds: ¼ to ½ teaspoon twice a day
Powder: ¼ to ½ teaspoon twice a day
Capsules: 1 to 2 capsule twice a day

Fennel Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Excessive consumption may cause difficulty breathing, tightness of chest/throat, chest pain, mild increase in menstrual flow.
Not so common side-effects: Over- consumption of Fennel might cause a seizure.
Pregnant and nursing mothers: Avoid using fennel preparations other than fennel honey and fennel seed infusions during pregnancy.
Children: Recommended to use only fennel honey.

Where to Buy Fennel in US?

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