Chironji seeds are produced from a tree known as Buchanania lanzan which is cultivated across India, popularly in the northwest. The Buchanania lanzan plant is a deciduous tree that can grow up to a height of 15 meters and belongs to the same family as cashew nuts. A Chironji plant bears fruits and each Chironji fruit contains a single Chironji seed.The seeds can be eaten raw but are mostly roasted or fried to increase their flavor, while the fruits are known to be one of the most delicious fruits.Chironji which is also known as charoli has a unique taste which is slightly sweet, slightly acidic similar to the flavor of almonds.
With various nutritional and health benefits, different parts of the chironji (Buchanania lanzan) plant are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. Chironji seeds, especially, are used as a replacement for almonds due to their high protein, good cholesterol, and low calorie content. They are also rich in dietary fiber, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C. Apart from these, minerals like iron, phosphorous, and calcium make the seeds a good topping for your salads and desserts. Mentioned below are the various health benefits of chironji.
Here are some unheard-of health benefits of Chironji Seeds :
Treating Respiratory Illnesses
The Chironji plant is beneficial in treating respiratory problems. Firstly, the Chironji oil when added to hot water and inhaled in the form of steam, loosens the mucous and provides immediate relief from cold and cough. The Chironji seeds which contain antioxidants and anti-inflammatory activity help to relieve nasal and chest congestion.
Regular Bowel Movements
This plant is also known to have astringent properties that assist in binding stool and regulating the bowel movements. By doing this, charoli oil has been found to be very useful and effective in treating diarrhea as well as other complicated digestive problems.
Chironji must be extensively used in dishes prepared in summers, because it has a cooling effect on the body. These nuts naturally reduce body heat, and keep you cool from the inside. In Ayurvedic medicines, chironji is often added to preparations for treating itching or prickly heat on the skin.
Promotes Skin Health
Chironji seeds make excellent face packs, and the oil extracted from these seeds keeps the skin moisturised and helps to remove dark spots and blemishes. Chironji seeds are often ground and mixed with gram flour and curd, honey and lemon, or rose water and multani mitti (fuller’s Earth) to make cleansing scrubs. These scrubs protect the skin against infections and prevent acne.
Enhances Sexual Health
The roasted seeds of chironji have aphrodisiac properties. They increase libido and help overcome problems like premature ejaculation and impotence. They also enhance the quality and motility of sperms. The roasted and ground seeds when consumed with milk promote added benefits of strengthening the reproductive system.
Cure Mouth Ulcers
The traditional medicine made using the Chironji plant has been used to treat mouth ulcers. Chironji is also believed to have a cooling effect on the body in addition to its treatment of the digestive problems which contributes to treatment of ulcers.
Another health benefit of this plant is the treatment of diabetes. The extract from Chironji seed contains antioxidant properties which help reduce or protect from oxidative stress and as a result help in the treatment of diabetes.
Clears Nasal Congestion
Chironji may be used to cure to clear nasal congestion and severe cold. One of the ways chironji oil may be used to expel the mucous blocking your nose. Put a few drops in steaming water and inhale the steam.
Chironji Side Effects:
It is not good to consume the nuts or seeds while having indigestion problem and during constipation.