Botanical Name: Cassia fistula
- English: Purging Cassia, Indian Laburnum
- Ayurvedic: Aarevat, kirtmalaka, Aaragvadha
- Unani: khyaar Shambar
- Also, known as: Golden Shower, Chaturangula, Kritamala, Nripapadapa, Shampaaka, raajvrksha, Karnikaara, Praagraha, Raajvrksha, Amaltaas, Sarakkonrai, Amaltaasa, Garamala, Krtamala, Sampaka, Garamalo, Vyadhighata, Sondala, Rela, Sunari, Bahava, Sondala, Kriyangal Phali, Sharakkonrai, Sarak Konnai, Konna, kritamalam, Aragvadha
Harvested: Wild or Cultivated
Parts Used: Fruit pulp
Cassia fistula, known as Canafistula, the Golden rain tree and by other names, is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae. This species is native to the Indian subcontinent and adjacent regions of Southeast Asia. It ranges from southern Pakistan eastward throughout India to Myanmar and Thailand and south to Sri Lanka. It is the state flower of Kerala in India. It is a popular ornamental plant and is also used in herbal medicine. It is the national tree of Thailand, and its flower is Thailand's national flower.
This is a moderate-sized deciduous tree, very common throughout India as a wild or cultivated plant that is growing to 10–20 m tall. The growth of this plant is very fast. The leaves are deciduous, 15–60 cm long, and pinnate with three to eight pairs of leaflets. The flowers are produced in pendulous racemes 20–40 cm long, each flower 4–7 cm diameter with five yellow petals of equal size and shape. The fruit is a legume, 30–60 cm long and 1.5–2.5 centimeters broad, with a pungent odor and containing several seeds. The tree will bloom better where there is a pronounced difference between summer and winter temperatures. The tree has strong and very durable wood and has been used to construct "Ahala Kanuwa", a place at Adams Peak, Sri Lanka, which is made of Cassia fistula heartwood.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herb to any super food herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also for children, you can mix powdered herb with honey or glycerin to make paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, gives you assurance that the contents of the capsules are pure herb and no filler or any other products. These capsules can be taken with liquid.
Poultice: Poultice can be made with an herbal powder and liquid (mostly water) to form a paste which is then applied to the skin. This method is very helpful for skin conditions.
Herbal shot: Powdered herb can be mixed with water, fruit juice or other liquid to make herbal shot.
You should consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.
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