Drumstick plant, what’s that! Is it the plant which bears wooden drumsticks or is self a drumstick! Many questions and many answers, but believe me guys it is nothing like a joke! In fact, it is a plant which seems to be a tree but is filled with benefits. In Hindi, it is called ‘munga’ bearing small dark-green coloured leaves. Today, we will be talking about this plant only with its health benefits too. I am sure, it will be a very interesting thing to know about such plant. Isn’t it. So, lets proceed-
Drumstick plant is a medium-sized tree which measures up to 12 ft in height. Its wild species are found in the Himalayan valleys whereas the normal ones can be seen everywhere. It can be seen around roadsides, at backyards, gardens and many more. It bears brown coloured bark which is soft. Leaves are very small and grow in groups. During the flowering season, the tree bears whitish-purple coloured flowers which are edible and cooked as a curry. Lately, it develops into a well-grown fruit. When the fruit is not mature it looks like the snake’s tail. When the fruit gets wholly developed and thickens; inside it bears pods which has seeds like triangular and bitter.
Kingdom- Plantae Botanical name- Moringa oleifera Family name- Moringaceae English name- Drumstick plant, Horse-radish tree Hindi name- Munga, Sehjan, Sahijan Sanskrit name- Shigru, Shobheyeliner
Nutritions in Drumstick plant:-
- Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C
- Dietary fibres
- Phosphorus and many more
Uses of Drumstick plant:-
- Firstly, the tender fruits are used to prepare curries.
- In South Indian culture, matured drumsticks are used as an ingredient in ‘Sambar’
- The tender leaves are rich in Iron hence used in curries and soups even.
- Many other cultures also use the pods to prepare varieties of recipes.
Medicinal/Health benefits of Drumsticks:-
Now, let us move to the most important part of our topic. It is ‘medicinal and health benefits of drumsticks’. Many of us dont know that thsi very plant is filled with curative properties. So, have a look on the following ones-
1. For Headache-
- Take the root of Drumstick plant and extract its juice.
- Mix equal amount of its root juice and jaggery.
- Give nasya of 1 drop of this mixture.
- It is highly beneficial in headache.
2. For Eye disorders-
- In case of conjunctivitis, grind its leaves and tie the cake of the paste on the eyes.
- Mix 50 gm juice of its leaves in 2 teaspoon of honey; apply this as an eyeliner. It cures corneal disorders.
- In case of swelling of eyes; mix equal quantities of the juice of its leaves and honey.
- Put 2 drops of each in the eyes.
- It cures eye pain and swelling.
3. For Bronchial Asthma-
- Extract the juice of Drumstick plant.
- Mix equal quantities of drumstick’s juice and ginger juice.
- Give 10-15 gm of this twice a day to the patient.
- It cures Bronchial Asthma.
4. For Epilepsy-
Give 20-50 decoction of its roots; twice a day. it helps to reduce convulsions.
5. For Dyspepsia-
- Grind equal quantities of Drumstick’s root, mustard and ginger.
- Prepare tablets of 1 gm each.
- Give 2 tablets twice a day to the patient.
- Or, boil 2 teaspoon of its root in 400 ml of water.
- Boil till the water reduce to 1/4th.
- Give this to the patient for gargles.
6. For Dog bite-
- Mix and gring equal quantities of drumstick leaves, ginger, turmeric, salt and black pepper.
- Apply this on the swollen area.
- It cures swelling and fever.
- Give 10-15 gm of this mixture to the patient twice a day.
7. For Gout-
Massage the affected area with its seed oil. It is beneficial in curing gout and joint pain.
8. For Fever-
Boil 20 gm of its fresh root in 100 ml of water. Give this to the patient regularly. It is helpful to cure long and old fever too.
9. For Digestion:-
- Mix 2 gm ginger root in 10 gm juice of its root.
- Give this to the patient twice a day.
- It enhances the digestive power.
10. For Internal Swelling-
- Grind its bark in water.
- Give 10 gm of this solution to the patient.
- It cures all types of swellings.
- Its bark is also known as Indian penicillin.
So, in this way we saw numerous benefits of Drumstick plant. It is really an amazing thing. Even I was also surprised that this very plant can be such a nectar. Well, but as I discuss in my every article; everything produced by Mother Earth is always beneficial and somehow good for lives. So, go green and live well!
She is a learner and health conscious person. She is always interested in seeking knowledge regarding Ayurveda, herbal medicine and Yoga to cure any health ailments naturally.
She holds a Bachelor Degree in Alternative Medicine and interested in Naturopathy.