Mishri (Rock Sugar):
Mishri (rock sugar or candy sugar) 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.
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. Rock sugar is famous for its medicinal uses to cure various health problems from centuries.
Misri (rock sugar) 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. Vitamin B-12 mostly found in non-vegetarian food; but palm sugar is a good source of vitamin B-12. 15 gm rock sugar approximately contains 60 calories (net carbs 15gm), therefore consume it in a limited quantity.
Tal Mishri & Its Properties:
Tal mishri is a form of rock sugar. Actually, rock sugar is made from the solution of sugarcane (ganna in Hindi) as well as sap of the Palmyra palm or the date palm. It is famous by the name of ‘Tal Mishri’ and 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 remedies. It is good to treat many health problems naturally such as- kidney ailment, high blood pressure, cold cough, breathing problem, anaemia, 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.
Also read- Recipe 1 for Eyesight:
2. Good Brain Tonic:
Rock sugar improves strength of brain; take it with walnuts (akhrot).
Read- Recipe-2 for Brain:
3. Effective in Cough & Sore Throat:
Mishri or rock sugar is a best supportive natural medicine for prevention of cold, cough and sore throat. It clears cough and soothes the oral cavity. It also loosens up excess mucus and provides quick relief.
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.
Also 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.
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’. Some people face problem of nose bleeding (naksir) usually during summers; mishri is a good home remedy to control this nose bleeding. Whenever you face this problem, simply put some rock sugar powder near your nostrils and inhale its smell.
But if you usually face this nose bleeding 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).
Also 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‘.
Mishri also helps to cure stomach-ache (pet dard) with neem leaves. 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- ‘Recipe- 11 for breathing problem‘.
4. Good for Lactating Mothers:
Mishri is also good to increase lactation. Rock sugar with black sesame seeds is helpful for improving milk in lactating mothers. Firstly, grind equal amount of black sesame seeds (kale til) 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:
Many people generally face the problem of headache due to poor vision; mishri (rock sugar or sugar candy) helps to control this headache naturally. Eat rock sugar with fennel seeds and green cardamom.
Read- ‘Recipe- 12 for Headache‘.
7. Burning Eyes:
Rock sugar works well in curing burning eyes problem. Burning eyes problem is very common during summer; it generally occurs due to eye allergies or bacterial and viral eye infections. use rock sugar with black pepper (kali mirch).
Read- ‘Recipe- 13 for Burning of eyes‘.
8. Piles (Bawasir):
Mishri is a suppportive home medicine to cure piles. Take it with nag kesar to cure piles.
For details, read- ‘Recipe- 14 for Piles‘.
9. Neck Pain:
If you usually have pain in your neck (gardan me dard), eat mishri with poppy seeds (khus khus).
Also read- ‘Recipe- 15 for Neck pain‘.
10. Loose Motion:
Use of Mishri is very effective as a supportive medicine in loose motion. To cure loose motion, consume rock sugar or candy sugar with dry coriander (sukha dhania) powder.
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.