Botanical Name: Centratherum anthelminticum
- English: Purple Flebane, Worm Seed Fleabane
- Ayurvedic: Aranya-Jiraka, Vanajiraka, Kaalijiri, Karjiri. Somaraaji
- Unani: Kamoon barri
Also, known as: Aranya jirakah, Brhatpali, Somaraji, Vanajirakah, Somaraaj, Kaaleejeeree, Kadavijeeree, Kaalijeeree, Karajiri, Soharaai, Kaadujeerage, Kaarijirige, Kaadujeerage, Kaarijirige, Kaadujeerage, Kaarijirige, Kashmiri, Krimishatru, Kattujirakam, Kadujire, Kaattuchirakam, Chittilai, Adavijilakaroa, Garetikamma, Kaattu seerakam, Vanda, English: Purple Flebane
Hindi : Kali Jeeri, Kalijiri, Karbi Jiri, Karba Jeera, Kaali Jeeri, Soharaai, Bakshi, Bakchi, and Buckshi
Tamil: Kattuchirakam, Chittilai and Kattu chirakam
Malayalam: Karun Jiragram
Telugu: Adavijilakaroa, Garetikamma
Gujarati: Kaaleejeeree, Kadavijiri, Kadvo-Jviri
Sanskrit: Aryana Jeerak, Tikta Jeerak, Vrihatpali, Kalijeeri, Somaraji, Vanya Jeerak
Bengali: Somaraaj, Babchi
Punjabi: Bukoki, Kakshama, Kala-Zira, Kali-Ziri, Malwabakchi, Malwabakshi
Kannada: Kari Jirige
Parts Used: Seed
Kalijiri, also termed Bitter Cumin, is the seed obtained from the plant Centratherum Anthelminticum. Kalijiri seeds are traditionally utilized as an ingredient of numerous classical Ayurvedic formulations and are quite popular in combination with Ajwain and Methi for treating obesity and enhancing digestive health. Its powerful antibacterial property makes it useful for the treatment of several skin diseases which helps to reduce itching and skin irritation. Being a powerful blood purifier (correctly detoxifier), Kalijiri eliminates the toxins from the blood and curtails the incidence of different health conditions. Kali Jeeri offers an outstanding remedy for roundworms, tapeworms and threadworms. Although it boosts appetite, its bitter taste may induce nausea in some taste-sensitive people. Kalijiri which goes by the botanical name Centratherum Anthelminticum belongs to the family Asteraceae. It is a tall, branched, glandular-pubescent, annual plant attaining a height of 2-3 feet. The leaves of this plant are membranous, lanceolate, coarsely serrated, and coated with hairs. There are multiple inflorescences which occur in clusters and subcorymbos. The flower head bears 30-40 minute purplish flowers. Fruits of the plant are termed schemes. Each fruit encloses seeds which are blackish-brown to black and tastes bitter. The plant usually bears seeds from May to June.
How to use:
Decoctions are suitable for roots, barks, large seeds & berries, and other dense material. The simple way to make decoction is, in a saucepan, add 1 tablespoon of dried herbs to 1 cup of water. Bring the water to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30-60 minutes. Strain and squeeze out as much as liquid as possible and enjoy!
- You can sweeten your herbal decoctions with bit of honey, natural fruit juice, stevia leaves powder and or licorice root powder.
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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