Mishri (Rock Sugar):
Mishri (rock sugar or candy sugar in English) is a unrefined form of sugar. It is used for culinary as well as medicinal purposes. Rock sugar has its origin in India and Persia; it is made from crystallized and flavoured sugar.
Actually, rock sugar (also known as Sita or khanda sharkara in Sanskrit) is a type of confectionery mineral which is edible and tasty as well. It is basically of two types- non-crystalline candy and crystalline candy.
Mishri is made from the solution of sugarcane (ganna) and the sap of Palmyra palm tree (Taad ka ped). It is made by pouring the solution of sugarcane into drums where threads are already placed and the solution is allowed to dry around the threads. Crystals were grown as a result of cooling supersaturated sugar solutions.
According to Ayurveda, rock sugar is a coolant which is known for its vata and pitta reducing properties. It is more healthier than sugar because it is purified naturally. Rock sugar is very rich in essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It is believed to have an important vitamin- B-12, which is rarely found in vegetarian food.
Remember, 15 gm rock sugar approximately contains 60 calories (net carbs 15 gm), therefore consume it in a limited quantity.
Tal Mishri & Its Properties:
Rock sugar, made from the solution of the sap of the Palmyra palm or the date palm, is famous by the name of ‘Tal Mishri’. Actually, Tal mishri is a form of rock sugar and is very good to cure kidney ailments.
For producing palm sugar, firstly, sap of the inflorescences of the palm tree is collected by tapping; then the sap is boiled until it thickens. Now, the syrup is allowed to crystallize into various shapes and sizes.
Palmyra Palm Sugar (Tal mishri) is very rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. An important vitamin- Vitamin B12, which is mostly found in non-vegetarian diet, is found in this rare plant of Palmyra palm.
Known for its 24 natural nutrients, Palm sugar is an essential part of many Ayurvedic medicines and traditional home remedies. It is good to treat many health problems such as- kidney ailment, high blood pressure, cold cough, breathing problem, anemia, asthma etc. Palm sugar helps to strengthen teeth, bones and heart, therefore good for arthritis, respiratory diseases, diabetes and other problems.
Main Benefits of Mishri or Rock Sugar:
1. Good for Eyes:
Mishri or rock sugar is good for eyes. It is used in traditional medicines to improve vision with fennel seeds and almonds.
To know more about recipe of the remedy, read- Recipe 1 for Eyesight:
2. Good Brain Tonic:
Rock sugar improves strength of brain; take it with walnuts (akhrot).
For details, read- Recipe-2 for Brain:
3. Effective in Cough & Sore Throat:
Take a medium sized piece of rock sugar and keep it in your mouth and swallow its juice (do not chew) for cough and sore throat. Because of its sweet taste, it can be used for any age group either it is a small child or older people.
Similarly, mishri also helps to soothe sore throat. If you take it with black pepper and almonds, it will release excess nasal mucus.
For more details, read- Recipe -3 for Sore throat :
4. Impotency (Napunsakta):
According to Ayurveda, rock sugar is ‘shukranu-vardhaka’; it improves seminal fluid in males. By eating mishri with walnuts (akhrot) and saffron, one can treat impotency.
For detailed remedy, read ‘Recipe- 5 for Impotency’: Rock Sugar with Walnuts & Saffron:
& ‘Recipe- 6 for impotency‘: Mishri with Root of Lady-finger:
5. Improves Digestion:
Mishri with fennel seeds after a meal facilitates easy digestion, prevents acidity. If you have burning in your chest, simply put a small piece of rock sugar on your tongue and swallow. It is a very effective remedy that works within seconds, especially in mild acidity.
6. Nose bleeding (Naksir):
Rock sugar has ‘Rakta-pittahara properties’; it helps in curing bleeding disorders like ‘naksir’. Nose bleeding (naksir) usually occurred during summers. Whenever you face this problem, simply put some rock sugar powder near your nostrils and inhale its smell.
But if you usually face this problem (naksir), take rock sugar with dry lotus flower leaves. Read ‘Recipe- 7 for Nose bleeding‘ for details:
7. Mouth Ulcers:
For details, read ‘Recipe- 8 for mouth ulcers‘.
8. Hoarseness of Voice:
Mishri (rock sugar) is very effective to cure hoarseness of voice. Whenever you have dry, hoarse throat and loss of voice, consume rock sugar with dry ginger (sonth).
For more details, read- ‘Recipe- 9 for hoarseness of voice‘.
Other Benefits of Mishri:
1. Kidney Stone:
Rock sugar is a supportive medicine of removing kidney stone; use it with onion juice if you have kidney stone.
For details, read – ‘Recipe- 10 for Kidney stone‘.
Simply, take 10-12 tender neem (Azadirachta indica) leaves and 10 gm mishri and ingest it, stomach-ache will be vanished within few minutes.
3. Breathing Problem:
Mishri is helpful in breathing problem too; use it with black pepper (kali mirch) and milk cream (malai).
Read detailed remedy in – ‘Recipe- 11 for breathing problem‘.
4. Good for Lactating Mothers:
Mishri or rock sugar is also good to increase lactation; use it with black sesame seeds (kale til) for improving milk in lactating mothers. Simply, grind equal amount of black sesame seeds and rock sugar. And after mixing well both the ingredients, give 1 tbsp of this powder with hot milk twice a day to lactating mother.
5. Bad Breath:
Mishri helps to control bad breath. Use it with fennel seeds (saunf) as mouth freshener daily to control bad breath.
6. Headache due to Poor Vision:
For details, read- ‘Recipe- 12 for Headache‘.
7. Burning Eyes:
Burning eyes problem is very common during summer; it generally occurs due to eye allergies or bacterial and viral eye infections. Rock sugar works well in curing this burning. Use rock sugar with black pepper.
Read- ‘Recipe- 13 for Burning of eyes‘.
8. Piles (Bawasir):
Mishri is a suppportive home medicine to cure piles; take it with nag kesar.
For details, read- ‘Recipe- 14 for Piles‘.
9. Neck Pain:
If you usually have pain in your neck, eat mishri with poppy seeds (khus khus).
To know about how to use it, read- ‘Recipe- 15 for Neck pain‘.
10. Loose Motion:
Use of Mishri is very effective as a supportive medicine in loose motion; consume it with dry coriander (sukha dhania) powder.
For details, read- ‘Recipe- 16 for loose motion‘ for details.
Though rock sugar or mishri is completely harmless but it is not advisable for diabetics. It is also high in carbs and may increase weight, therefore take it in limited quantity.