Haritaki, known by different names across India, is a medical wonder which offers several health benefits. Botanically known as Terminalia Chebula, haritaki treats various diseases and ailments - serious or mild.
Be it antibacterial, antioxidant, antifungalorantiviral - you name the advantage and haritaki provides one with that.
Haritaki is a great treating ingredient to store at home. Buy matured haritakis and after drying them in the sun, store them in airtight boxes. It will make them last long. Haritaki has no sideeffects,but it is always better to consult an Ayurvedic practitioner to learn about its correct dosage.
Here are sometop health benefits of Haritaki:
1. Cures Cold And Cough:
Haritaki is very useful in curing cough in both children and adults. But it is better to consult a doctor before giving haritaki to small children.
2. Helps In Reducing Weight:
Haritaki flushes out toxins from the body and keeps the digestive system healthy and helps in the proper absorption of food. Consuming haritaki regulatesthe hungerprocess;and if you back it with a proper diet and exerciseplan, it will help in reducing your weight naturally.
3. Treats Hair Problems:
Regular use of haritaki oil treats hair problems like lice infection, dandruff and hair loss. Heat a cup of coconut oil and add some three haritaki pods into it. Cool it and store it in a glass bottle. Haritaki can be made into a paste along with curry leaf powder, amla powder and yogurt and applied on to the hair to improve its texture.
4. Heals Acidity Problem:
Haritaki improves the production of mucus in the stomach,which prevents acidity and ulcer. Mix some teaspoon of haritaki powder with lukewarm water and drink it to cure the acidity problem.
5. Good For Skin:
For those who suffer from skin allergies caused by friction of jewelleries, like for example in the ears, haritaki is a great agent to cure it.
6. Good In Treating Constipation:
Take haritaki powder instead of medicines if you are suffering from constipation. Mix the powder with lukewarm water and drink it regularly before going to bed and you will feel better the next morning.
7. Cures Acne:
The antibacterial properties of haritaki make it very helpful in treating acne. Mix haritaki powder in boiled water and apply it on the acne. Haritaki extracts also protect the skin against UV radiation.