Ayurvedic Remedies with Almond (Badam)
also known as
Latin Prunus dulcis
Telugu Badam vittulu
How it looks — It is a middle sized tree with simple greyish leaves (when Mature) and white-tinged red, showy flowers. The fruits are velvetty drupes, separating into 2 halves, exposing stones which contain the kernel called almond.
What we use — Kernel, oil
What it does — Kernel—Sweet thermogenic, aphrodisiac, laxative, diuretic, nutritious, demulcent and nervine tonic.
Oil — Sweet, cooling, antispasmodic, sedative, laxative, rejuvenating.
How we use it in Ayurvedic remedy—-
In delayed puberty—Crush a few almonds, along with egg yolk, gingelly powder and a tsp of honey in milk and give it to the girl with delayed onset of puberty, every day. This ensures good overall development during adolescence.
In pregnancy—-Almonds being highly nutritive are an ideal source of energy for pregnant women. For best results, soak almonds in milk, add a pinch of saffron and drink the tasty preparation everyday for nourishment both to the mother and the to-be child.
To increase vitality—Almonds in milk also increase libido and enhance general sexual performance in cases of frigidity too.
As a brain tonic—Almond is popular for its property as a nervine tonic. Rich in nourishment and essential fats, almonds serve to enhance memory and intelligence. Soak 4-6 almonds in water and eat after removing the kernel.
As a body coolant—Badam kheer is a well known preparation made by grinding almonds and mixing in milk. This cools the body apart from relieving brain exhaustion and improving functioning.