Kalijiri is an Ayurvedic herb of the Bhringraj family which is small in size, bitter in taste and has a strong odour. Therefore, Kalijiri is not used in the preparation of any food but is used only as a medicine. Kalijiri is known in Ayurveda by the names Somraji, Somraj, Aranyajirak, Tiktjirak, Vanjirak, Krishnaphal etc. but it does not belong to any kind of cumin and fennel family. The scientific name of Kalijiri is Centratherum Anthelminticum.
Importance of Kalijiri in Ayurveda
Kalijiri is an Ayurvedic medicine. Many types of nutritious substances are found in it which help to keep the tridoshas (Kapha, pitta, vata) calm. Along with this, it also makes the body disease-free. In Ayurvedic medicine, Kalijiri helps in fighting many diseases. It has the properties of removing bad cholesterol from the body and also controls diabetes. It also contains some antioxidants which protect the body from diseases like cancer. Its consumption reduces stomach worms, liver problems, skin related problems etc. It is known for its better remedy due to its bitter and pungent taste, that is why it is considered the best medicine in Ayurveda.
Benefits of Kalijiri
Rich in some natural chemicals like thymoquinone, thymol etc. Kalijiri provides immense benefits. Apart from this, many other elements, vitamins, crystalline nigellone, iron, sodium, potassium and fatty acids are found in it which are very beneficial for health.
In getting rid of worm infestation-
Antihelminthic and laxative properties are found in Kalijiri which works to kill intestinal worms and protect against parasitic infections. For this, consuming its powder mixed with castor oil is beneficial.
Beneficial for skin-
Antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties are found in Kalijiri which helps in treating skin conditions like acne, eczema, common dry skin and psoriasis. For this, take Kalijiri and black sesame in equal quantity and consume them after exercising in the morning. This helps to fight against acne and acne-causing bacteria and also helps in providing clean, clear, smooth and glowing skin naturally.
Beneficial in reducing weight-
Kalijiri is rich in fibre which works to control abdominal obesity and does not allow fat to accumulate in the body. As a result, obesity does not increase. For this, taking a mixture of powder of Kalijiri, carom seeds and fenugreek in the amount of 3.5 grams daily with warm water after 1 to 2 hours after meals is good. Apart from this, this mixture also helps in reducing acidity and improving digestion.
In reducing cholesterol-
Antioxidants are found in high amounts in Kalijiri which prevents oxidation of cholesterol in the body due to which the amount of bad cholesterol in the body does not increase. Apart from this, anti-oxidants also protect the cells of the body from damage caused by free radicals. Along with this, it also protects against heart-related diseases by reducing blood triglycerides.
The pancreatic beta-cells present in Kalijiri enhances their functioning. In addition, it also increases the low serum insulin concentration. It also reduces elevated serum glucose due to which helps in controlling diabetes.
Helpful in preventing cancer-
Oxidative stress and free radicals can cause many problems including cancer. Antioxidant properties are found in Kalijiri which reduce the problem of oxidative stress and free radicals. Apart from this, thymoquinone is found in Kalijiri which help in preventing cancer from growing in the body.
Helpful in purifying the blood-
When toxins are involved in the body, that action is called bad blood. Antibacterial and antiviral properties are found in Kalijiri which help in removing the toxic particles from the body. For this, take the powder of Kalijiri with lukewarm water. By doing this, the toxic particles are passed out through urine which purifies the blood.
Kalijiri is rich in antioxidants which help in reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. Apart from this, the anti-inflammatory effect present in Kalijiri also helps in reducing and preventing inflammation.
To increase breast milk-
Kalijiri is considered best for pregnant and lactating women because it increases the amount of milk in the mother's breasts. Apart from this, it also helps in bringing back the lost strength and vigour after the baby is born.
Side effects and Precautions for Kalijiri
- The taste of Kalijiri is hot. Therefore, excessive consumption of it can cause digestive problems and heartburn.
- Due to the carminative effect, excessive consumption of it can cause belching, nausea etc.
- Individuals with hypersensitivity should not use Kalijiri.
- Pregnant women should avoid excessive consumption of Kalijiri because consuming it in large quantities increases the risk of miscarriage or premature delivery.
- While taking any kind of medicines, take Kalijiri only according to the advice of the doctor.