Botanical Name: Crataeva nurvala
- English: Varuna
- Ayurvedic: Varuna, Varana, Barnaa, Setu, Ashmarighna, Kumaarak, Tiktashaaka
- Unani: Baranaa.
- Siddha: Maavilingam
- Also, known as: Three leaved caper, Vayvarno, Varano, Baruna, Bipatri, Mattamavu, Neervalamara, Kath, Neermatalam, Nirmatalam, Nirval, Vayavarna, Haravarna, Varon, Baryno. Barna, Barnahi, Maralingam, Bilvarani, Bitusi, Holenekki, Holethumbe, Maavilanga, Mata maavu, Naaram bele, Vitasi, Neervaala mara, Sethu bandhana, Vaayu, Nervaala, Haravarna, Karvan, Kumla, Nirvala, Ramala, Vaayuvarna, Mavilingam, Narvala, Varanam, Maavilangam, Ulimidi, Bilvaram, Chinnavulimidi, Maagalingam, Maaredu, Peddamaagalingam, Peddavulimidi, Thellavulimidi, Ajapa, Ashmarygna, Asmarignah, Barhapushpa, Kumara, Kumaraka, Kumarakah, Mahakapittha, Marutapaha, Pasunadha, Sadhuvriksha, Satuvriksha, Setuka, Setuvriksha, Setuvrksah, Shikhimandal, Shvetadru, Shvetadruma, Shvetavriksha, Tiktasakah, Tiktashaka, Urumana, Varana, Varanah, Varunah, Vasaha, Barun, Bila, Bilasi, Biliana, Vaivarno, Vanni, Vanno, Varno, Varvunna, Chinnaulimidi, Cinnavulimidi, Magalingam, Maredu, Peddamagalingam, Tellavulimidi, Nurvel, Vayvarna
Parts Used: Stem bark, Root bark
Crataeva nurvala, belongs to genus Crataeva and family Capparidaceae, is a high-value, moderate sized, deciduous medicinal tree that grows almost all over India up to 40-50 feet tall. The mature bark is typically 6-15 cm long and 3-10 cm wide with a thickness varying from 5-15 mm. The outer surface of the bark is gray to grayish-brown and rough, due to the presence of several small and rounded lenticels. The inner surface is smooth and whitish-brown to buff colored. Leaves are trifoliate, alternate and extipulate, 8-10 cm long, with oval leaflets. Flowers are white or cream colored. Fruits have multiple seeds and ovoid berries, 2.5 cm in diameter and seeds are embedded in the yellow, fleshy pulp of the fruits. Varuna - The God of water, attains its name in Sanskrit because of its effect on the bodily fluids and urinary system.
How to use:
There are different ways to use powdered herb.
Food Preparation: You can add powdered herbs to any super food, herbal smoothie, sauces, spreads and even cookies. Also, for children, you can mix powdered herbs with honey or glycerin to make a paste. The thicker the paste, the more potent and herbal in taste. The sweet taste of honey and glycerin will help the medicine go down. This method is also known as "Electuaries".
Capsules: Encapsulating your own powdered herb at home, give 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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