Botanical Name: Nyctanthes arbor-tristis
- English: Night-flowering Jasmine, Coral jasmine, Night Jasmine, Sad Tree, Tree-of-Sorrow, Tree of Sadness, Parijat, Lover’s Tree, Har Singar, and Queen of the Night.
- Also, known as: Rat ki rani, Harsinghar, Parijat, Paarijaatak, Harsingur, Seoli, Sheoli, Sihau in Hindi, Parijat , Prajakta, Parijataka, Parijathak, Kharbadi, Kharassi, Khurasli in Marathi, Parjatamu, Kapilanagadustu, Pagadamalle, Parijat, Sepali in Telugu, Manjatpu Pavelam, Pavazha Malli, Majjapu, Parijata, Paghala, Pavala-malligai, Pavazha-malligai in Tamil, Parijattah, Goli, Harsing in Kannada, Parijat, Harshanagar, Jayaparvati, Parijatak in Gujarati, Ganga Shiuli, Godokodiko, Gunjoseyoli, Singaraharo in Oriya and Sephalika, Harsinghar, Seuli, Seoli, Sheoli in Bengali.
Parts Used: Leaves
Parijat, that goes by the scientific name Nyctanthes arbor tristis belongs to the Oleaceae family. It is a small tree or a shrub growing up to 33 feet tall with a grey flaky bark. The leaves are quite broad, lanceolate with a margin. The flowers look breath-taking with 5 to 8 white corolla petals, having an orangish-red centre. They mainly bloom at night, and fall down as the dawn appears, forming the white icy carpet. The fruit of this plant is brown in colour, round to heart shaped capsule of 2 cm diameter containing a single seed. Parijat chiefly grows on rocky ground in dry hill shades, dry deciduous forests or at sea-level up to 1500 m altitude with a wide range of rainfall patterns, from seasonal to non-seasonal and is tolerant to moderate shade. It thrives well in a wide variety of loamy soils and in soils found in average gardening environments. This flower is found in abundance in West Bengal, India and also in Kanchanaburi Province in Thailand. Parijat is loaded with medicinal qualities and is native to Southeast Asia and South Asia.
The leaves of Harsingar contains fructose, glucose, carotene, amorphous resin, methyl salicylate, ascorbic acid, benzoic acid, tannic acid, oleanolic acid and flavanol glycosides. The bark of this plant is useful due to its alkaloids and glycosides content. The flowers are extremely beneficial as it contains essential oils and glycosides which possesses antifungal and antiviral properties while the seeds of this plant contain palmitic, oleic and myristic acids. Parijat also showcases antileishmanial, hepatoprotective and immunostimulant qualities.
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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