Black Myrobalan Medicinal Properties: Greying and Losing of Hair Remedy
(Terminalia chebula) The Black Myrobalan is a moderate sized deciduous tree attaining a height of 25-30 meters. The tree has a 6 mm. thick, dark brown bark and belongs to the plant family Combretaceae. The leaves are 7-20 cm. long and are simple, alternate, acute at the leaf apex and base. The petioles are 2-5 cm. long and covered with soft hairs. The bisexual flowers are 4 mm. across, stalk-less, and dull white or yellow with an offensive smell. The fruit is a drupe, 2-4 cm. long, ellipsoid or obovoid and more or less 5-ribbed. They are yellowish green when dry. The seed is oblong, very thick and mildly angled. According to the reports the fruit which is part of the Ayurvedic "Triphala" improves the appetite and digestion, tones up the intestinal tissue and strengthens the body. It is believe to slow down the aging process, prolong life, and enhance the intellect.
Parts Used: Raw or dried fruit peels
- Whitlow, which is a painful abscess on the side of the nail of a finger or toe
- Loss of hair
- Acidity and heartburn
- Bleeding and painful gums
- Graying of hair
- Mouth ulcer
- Vaginitis or inflammation of the vagina
How to Use
- For asthma, chew a small piece of the dried fruit peel every night.
- For whitlow, remove the seeds from six fruits and roast them. Powder and mix it thoroughly with one cup of water poured down tamarind pulp so as to form a paste. Apply the paste on the infected finger or toe at bedtime.
- To fight constipation, take one teaspoon of the fine powder of the dried fruit peel with a pinch of salt. Mix this in lukewarm water and drink.
- For piles, an unripe fruit is fried in castor oil till it turns golden brown in color. Powder and store. Take 1 teaspoon of this powder at bedtime with a little lukewarm water to ensure normal bowel movement. It has a healing effect.
- For loss of hair, remove and discard the seeds from 8-10 fruits, boil in one cup of coconut oil. Use this hair oil every day.
- For acidity and heartburn, grind well one teaspoon each of the dried fruit peel of amia (Phyllanthus emblica) and Black Myrobalan. Add one teacup of water and boil the mixture well. Filter and drink along with one teaspoon of honey.
- For bleeding and painful gums, discard seeds and use a fine powder of the dried fruit as tooth powder.
- For graying of hair, a decoction of the fruit is used as hair rinse frequently.
- For mouth ulcers, make a smooth paste of the powdered fruit cover, mix with thin buttermilk and use as a mouthwash several times a day.
- For vaginitis, a decoction of dried fruit cover is used as a vaginal douche. Caution: Pregnant women should not use this.
Caution: The seeds should never be used as they can prove harmful.