Avarampoo, cassia auriculata or senna auriculata or tanners cassia is a legume tree which yields bright yellow flowers. As the flowers grow in beautiful bunches it is used for landscaping home gardens and roadways. Apart from the beauty the flowers provide a number of health benefits. Parts of the plant, leaf, flower, bark, seed root and gum are used in different branches of Indian medicine.
The flowers alone provide many health benefits. There is an old saying that the flowers of senna auriculata are life savers emphasize the usefulness of the flower. Some of the major and significant benefits of avarampoo are:
- Glowing skin: It had been used by Indian women to enhance the glow of the skin, to keep the skin even and to remove the black spots in the skin. The dried flower is mixed with curd and applied on the face as a mask and also used as face wash to brighten the skin and enhance the beauty of the body. Click here to know how to use it on your facial skin.
- Removes bad odor: The flower emits fragrance on account of which it is applied over the body to remove the body odor. The powder is used for both dry and moist skin to prevent boils and infections on the skin.
- Tea: The avarampoo powder is used in preparation of herbal tea. It not only protects the skin but also purifies the blood. The tea also quenches thirst besides hydrating the body.
- UTI: The juice extracted from the flowers is consumed to cure urinary tract infection and other urinary problems.
- Bacterial inventions in eyes: Due to its antibacterial property, avarampoo is used to cure gonorrhea and infections in the eyes including conjunctivitis.
- Treats fever: The flower decoction is given to children to cure fever. As the flower do not contain toxins or other chemicals as in other types of remedies it is harmless.
- Treats diabetes: Consumption of the powder dissolved in water or the herbal tea prepared from it has the potential to regulate the blood sugar levels. The herbal tea is prepared by adding small quantities of cardamom and jaggery to the flower powder. Using palm candy as a substitute for jaggery is more beneficial particularly for people with high blood sugar levels. Milk may be added to the tea decoction given to children. Adults may take the tea directly or diluted with water. Click here to know a recipe.
- Hydrates body: While the regular caffeinated tea dehydrates the body, this herbal tea works the opposite way by hydrating the body well. By consuming the same early mornings in empty stomach it boosts the insulin level in the body. It is very beneficial to diabetics since its regular consumption do not produce any side effects. Moreover for diabetic persons the flower tea quenches the thirst nicely.
- Reduces blood sugar: A research study published has recorded that consumption of 0.45gm per Kg body weight for 30 days significantly reduce the blood sugar level in addition to enhancing secretion of insulin. Click here to know how to make milkshake using avarampoo.
- Improves the liver health: Gastrointestinal disorders are removed by the flower. In addition to protecting the intestinal tract, the flower products can protect the liver. The detoxifying agents present in the flower strengthens the liver functions in addition to preventing liver disorders.
- Reduces inflammation in eyes: The fried flowers are used as a bandage on the eyes to keep the eyes cool and remove redness and inflammation in the eyes. The paste of the flowers can be directly applied in the eyes to cure eye sores. It is to be noted that eye sores even with formation of pus is cured by such bandage. The flower has an excellent cooling effect on the body. The fact that in rural areas people working in hot sun used to place the flowers on their head to escape from the heat of the sun is ample proof of the cooling property of the flowers.
- Anti-bacterial and anti-microbial: Fresh flower extract has antimicrobial property and is consumed to cure urinary tract infection, typhoid and cholera which are caused by microbial infections. Saponins present in the flower have antimicrobial property which is responsible in curing the above ailments. Its antimicrobial property also comes in handy as antidote for food poisoning too.
- Menstruation: The flower extract regulates the menstrual cycle in addition to removing the pain related to menstruation and reducing excess menstrual flow.
- Prevents constipation: The flower powder or extract has laxative property and can be consumed to facilitate easy bowel movement and to prevent constipation.
- Cures ulcers: The flower powder, paste or extract has healing property which cures ulcers. It also increases production of blood cells and enhance blood circulation in the body.
- Reduces cholesterol: The flower consumption on regular basis lowers the blood cholesterol level and strengthens the overall immune system of the body.
- Improves digestion: The flower powder enhances the functioning of the digestive system which in turn relieves any discomfort during digestion.
As a word of caution for diabetics, who are already taking other medicines for lowering their blood sugar levels need to carefully monitor the sugar level on consumption of avarampoo herbal tea as it has the potential to lower the blood sugar level significantly.
It must be borne in mind that even though it is an herbal remedy excessive consumption may cause adverse effects. Dosage can be determined in consultation with a practitioner. The flower can be procured from gardens, if possible or can be bought from stores as dry flower or in the form of powder.