India is considered as a treasure of medicinal and aromatic plants which are being utilised since ancient times.
Mahua is one of the plants with numerous health benefits!
Madhuca Longifolia commonly known as Iluppai Maram in Tamil or the butter nut tree is a medium to large sized deciduous tree. Flowers, fruits and leaves are fresh or dried. It is usually cook with flour used as a sweetener and fermented with alcohol.
The seeds of Madhuca Longifolia are so good that it yields 35 to 47 percent of oil.
It is an important aspect of adivasi communities of Chhattisgarh,chota Nagpur plateau Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh Maharashtra.
Mahua seeda are good source of edible fats. Flowers has been traditionally used as cooling agent, tonic, treatment of helminthes. They are also used for the treatment of bronchitis, tonsillitis and pharyngitis.
Leaves are used as cough expectorant and also treats Cushing syndrome.Now, I have told that the seeds of the great mahua is beneficial for us in many ways.
Global market there is an urgent need of herbal based formulations which must be free from any kind of harmful chemical compounds of synthetic origin. Mahua or butternut tree is a large multipurpose forest tree found in the Indian subcontinent and South Asian countries.
It is a well known tree of India having traditional uses like antidiabetic activity, rheumatism, bleeding,spongy gums, skin diseases pneumonia, hemorrhoids and anti ulcers.
Now does it produce oil also? How does it help us? Let’s get straight into the topic!
1.Great For The Skin
Every consumer in the global market expect that a skin product should not cause hyperpigmentation, allergy,uneven tone make the skin insensitive and rough.”Mahua oil was found to be chemically inert, good emulsifier ability and widely available.
Mahua Oil is an excellent skin care product as provides a glowing skin and promotes hair growth” said INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HERBAL MEDICINE.
How to apply it in on scalp?
1.Add few drops of Rosemary oil in in one to two drops of mahua oil.
2.Massages your scalp well.
3.Wash it after one hour.Do it once a week to get better results.
2. Antidiabetic Activity
Study shows that regular mahua drinks among Santhal tribe who have increased blood sugar normally to improve diabetic profile and lipid profile except triglycerides and VLDL. This was researched by International Journal of basic and clinical pharmacology.
3. Mosquito Repellent WithA Good Sense Of Smell
India unheard reported that “people of Bhalukola village, Odisha usually burns this oil to make mosquitoes run away. In fact, this is a good choice of sweet smell repellent instead of using harmful repellents which is not at all healthy for our body causing lung issues!
4. Effective For Joint Pain
Inflammation is effect of defence mechanism of our immune system. When any foreign particle enters through an injured side, defence mechanism takes place,WBCs which access soldiers in our body migrates towards the injured side and result in phagocytic action.
Phosphate is formed with arachidonic acid and there will be production of prostaglandins which result in pain.
Almost all anti-inflammatory agents inhibits the COX enzymes to block pain. Researchers of pharmaceutical and phytopharmacological research of Chattisgarh found that the extract of mahua seeds is similar to the compound of diclofenac sodium in response to inflammation in a test. done with rats.Massaging this oil for elders relieves joint pain.
5.Used As A Laxative
Constipation is a condition of passing difficult stools. Dried mahua flower is believed to work as a bulk laxative. When it is consumed at night,it absorbs water from the stomach, propel the digested food contains through the rectal route.
Seeds of the Mahua is also used as a laxative to reduce stool stiffness and facilitates its passage.
Do you believe the Mahua oil is also used as a bio diesel? Yes! It is a very good advantage of the Mahua oil which benefits the automobile sector as well as petroleum field.
Ripened healthy crushed seeds of Mahua oil is crushed under a motor and oil is extracted by extraction process. It is done mixed with commercial source and provides energy.
7. Insect Bite
The tribal people of Chhattisgarh oil for external application as a solution for insect bite. It is applied through the skin to relief from rashes and roughness.
8. Multipurpose Plant
This multipurpose plant actually serves the tribal people in the form of 3F
Food, fuel and fodder. Due to its limited availability in limited places it is still untouched by professionals and researchers.
There is a strong need for commercial utilisation of this flower along with advanced technologies for producing valuable products which help in the upliftment of tribal people economy and their development.
- https://www.florajournal.com, https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/mahua