Doctors advice us to have; handful of dry fruits with breakfast. Dry fruits such as cashew nuts, raisins, pistachio, almonds, walnuts, figs etc all are highly beneficial and provides longevity. It is said that those who regularly consume dry fruits develops body mechanism 2 times faster than normal ones. Here, in this very blog we will be talking about one of the dry fruits called “Walnuts”. So, lets proceed-
Why brainy walnut? The reason is; the cracked kernels resembles the structure of human brain in a 3D shape! It comes under the category of herbs only. Walnut is a beautiful and fragrant tree which is found in two forms; Wild walnut and Agriculturally grown walnut.
Asia has counted the largest production of walnuts. China, Iran, Romania, US, Mexico, Ukraine, Turkey, France, Chile etc are some of the countries which comes under the list of top 10 producers of walnuts.
In India, walnuts are very expensive. But, the price varies as per the location; like if you purchase from high ranging places like Jammu it will cost little less. Walnuts are used as one of the prashad item in the temple shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.
Walnut belongs to kingdom Plantae and Juglandaceae family. Its binomial name is “Juglans regia” which is Latin in origin. In Hindi, it is also called ‘akhrot’. It is also called Butter-nut or white walnut which is the species of walnut native to US and Canada.
Appearance and properties:-
The bark of the tree is dusty black in colour and has lateral fissures. The leaves are dense and its roots are hairy. The tree bears green-coloured unisex flowers which are rectangular in shape. The tree grows 40-200 ft tall.
When the fruit is unripe it is covered into a green coloured husk; as it gets ripen the husk bursts and the brown coloured fruits comes out. The unripe fruits are round with yellow spots at their ends. The tree flowers in spring and bears fruit in autumn.
Walnut kernel contains 40-45% of oil in it; so when you touch or eat it; you will feel an oily taste. It contains jugladic acid and oxalic acid in it. Except the seed and its oil, all parts of walnut are astringent in nature.
Medicinal benefits of Walnuts:-
As every natural grown substance has some medicinal properties in it; similarly walnuts are also rich in health benefits as well as medicinal properties. So, let’s have a look in all these-
Good for hairs and skin-
You must have seen, many of the beauty products like oil, scrub, cleansers etc contains some amount of walnut in it. For skin, consume 2-4 walnuts with milk on a daily basis. It will make your skin shine and bright.
You can also apply the oil on your skin to get soft and supple texture. You can erase your wrinkle, signs of ageing by including walnuts in your diet. It also rejuvenate your hair texture and makes it lustrous and healthier.
Increase brain intellect-
These brain shaped kernels are rich in antioxidants and other nutrients which grows intellect. Take 25-50 gm of walnut seeds regularly. It helps in stabilizing the brain. You can also have ‘Badam Rogan’ with milk as it has the best capacity to grow brain health.
Cures urinary disorders:-
Twek 50 gm of walnut seeds , 40 gm of chhuara and 10 gm cotton seeds. Mix and grind them together. Now, in a small amount of glee roast it. Add equal amount of sugar candy to it and preserve in a container.
Take 25 gm of this mixture every morning. You will start getting the results in few days only. Keep in mind, after having the mixture don’t take milk as it can be bad for health.
Aiding in parasitic worms-
Many of us op[t to allopathic medicines and liquids to kill the intestinal parasites. But that can be bad for future references. In place of all these, opt for walnuts. Prepare a decoction of walnut bark. Give 60-80 gm of this decoction; it is able to kill the intestinal worms.
Goitre is a problem related to thyroid. You can cure it using walnut. Prepare a fine paste of walnut bark using water. Heat the paste and apply it on the swelling part. After applying, place a bandage over it; it will be able to resist enough heat. Within 10-15 days the swelling will melt and be cured. Repeat the process twice a day.
If you are suffering from cough or throat infection then chew roasted walnut seeds. Burn the walnut along its outer cover completely on fire. As it forms ash, take 1 gm of ash with 5 gm of honey; it helps in controlling cough and other throat problems.
So, in this way we saw numerous benefits of walnuts. These natural things are really fabulous! Mother nature has produced them with so elegance that these are like nectar for present world. Go natural, stay well!