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Jambul Health Benefits

The Jamun tree is native to India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Indonesia. However it is now being grown in Surinam and Trinidad and Tobago. It was introduced in Florida, USA in 1911. The tree flowers with the onset of summer in March or April and bears fruit in May or June when it is hotter.

 

The fruits’ skin is in various shades of purple, some almost black coloured. It is an oblong shaped berry and the ripe berry has a deep purple flesh that colours the mouth and tongue for a few hours after it is eaten.

 

It is a very good source of carotene, iron, folic acid, calcium potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and sodium. It has high levels of Vitamin C. Jambul is very good to treat Gout.

 

Boil the bark well in water till the water thickens. Cool and apply this watery paste on the affected part to relieve pain and inflammation.

 

The fruit itself is a juicy berry containing a single stone and has a flavour that differs from sweet to fairly sour, depending on how mature it is.

 

The fruit has two varieties; big and small. Seeds of the jambul fruit are also helpful in case of excess urine production or polyuria.

 

To treat polyuria, the powder of the seeds should be consumed in 1 gm dose in the morning and evening. By eating Jambul fruit, you can treat diarrhoea and dysentery conditions very easily.

 

The powder of the Jambul’s seed is an effective remedy for that. In these conditions, approximately five to ten grams of this powder should be consumed with butter-milk.

 

A high concentration of tannic and Gallic acid present in an infusion of the tender leaves is also an effective medicine for diarrhoea and dysentery. For this purpose, a decoction of the bark is also useful if taken with honey.

 

The jambul fruit should not be eaten in excess as it is not good for throat and chest. Wine and vinegar are also made from the fruit. The leaves are used in a variety of tooth powder brands.

 

They are also used as fodder for cattle, sheep and goats. They also act as food for tassar silkworms. The essential oils are used in soap making and perfumes.

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