Sehjan ki Fali or Drumstick is commonly grown in different parts of India. ‘Moringa Oleifera’ is the Botanical name of Drumsticks. Moringa Oleifera is is also known as ‘Munaga’ or ‘Sehjan’ in hindi, ‘Muringa’ in Malyalam, ‘Shevaga’ in Marathi, ‘Murungai” in Tamil, ‘Nugge Mara’ in Kannada. It is a main ingredient to sambhar (a curry served with idly or dosa). In other parts of India also sehjan ki fali are easily available and added to daal and vegetables curries. Leaves and flowers are also used to make vegetable. Apart from India, it is also commonly grown and used in Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines.
In Ayurveda, Drumstick tree is used to treat about 300 diseases. Every part of this tree has some medicinal benefits whether its leaves, fruit, flower (phool), seed (beej), root (jad), pod, bark (chaal), gum or oil. Sehjan ki fali are used in treatment of joint pains, cough, asthma, skin diseases, sperm production, blood pressure, headache and many more.
Sehjan ki fali or drumsticks can be your complete health supplement and keep you healthy. It is rich in carbohydrates, essential aminoacids, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, vitamin B complex vitamin C, beta carotene, folic acid and many more nutrients. It is said that 100 gm drumstick leaves powder provide calcium equivalent to 5 glasses of milk. Similarly, it has more vitamin C than a lemon. It is believed that leaves of Sehjan has more medicinal benefits than its fruit and flower.
Being warm in nature, sehjan stimulates the heart, cures cough and act as a blood purifier. Because of its bitterness and warmness, it stimulates liver and improves digestion.
How to Use Sehjan or Moringa:
Fresh Leaves :
Sehjan leaves can be chopped and added to salad or cooked to make a saag (vegetable) and have it with chapati (flat bread).
Grind fresh Sehjan or moringa leaves with adding some water and strain it.
Dry Leaves Powder :
Wash drumstick leaves and spread them on a clean sheet. Put to dry the leaves in Sunlight and grind them to make powder. Store it in airtight container.
Soup of Drumstick :
Cut Drumsticks (sehjan Ki phali) in to 3 inch pieces and boil them in about 200 ml of water. Boil in pressure cooker for 2 to 3 whistles and let it cool a little. Mash the drumsticks in water and remove the hard part of drumsticks. Add some condiments if you like or have it plain.
Moringa or drumstick oil is commercially available. It is obtained from the seed pod of drumstick. Moringa oil has amazing analgesic properties and thus used in case of joint pains.
Health Benefits of Sehjan or Moringa
1. Sehjan For High Blood Pressure :
Sehjan leaves juice help to regulate high blood pressure patients. It also help to relieve other symptoms related to high blood pressure like anxiety (ghabrahat), Vertigo (chakkar aana) and vomiting. It has higher amount of Oleic acid,- a monosaturated omega 9 fatty acid which help to lower blood pressure and as well as prevent cell from free radical damage.
Take handful Sehjan leaves and put them in grinder with some water so that it form a paste. Now strain it and add some more water. Drink it twice a day to get better results. You can also make a decoction (kadha) by boiling the leaves in 200 ml of water till it become half (100 ml). Sieve it and drink lukewarm.
2. Sehjan For Babies :
Moringa or Sehjan is a good source of calcium. It is said that 100 gm drumstick (moringa) leaves have calcium equivalent to 4 – 5 glasses of milk. Calcium in turn help to keep the bones and teeth healthy. Pregnant women consuming moringa (drumstick) can provide its nutritional benefits to the baby. Apart from calcium it is also rich in other major minerals like iron, magnesium and phosphorus.
Just add few drumstick to daal or sambhar daily. Or else dry its leaves and make powder and have half tea spoon with milk, curd or salad.
3. Sehjan For Glowing Skin :
Sehjan or Moringa is rich in vitamin A and antioxidants. Vitamin A nourish the skin while antioxidants prevent free radicals in the cell which in turn keep the skin away from aging. Moringa also has antibacterial properties and thus help to prevent pimple or other skin problems. In addition to that, it also helps in purification of blood which treats many skin problems, so add drumsticks to your daily diet and get beautiful skin.
a) Sehjan leaves paste :
Make paste of sehjan leaves and apply on the face for 15 to 20 minutes and wash your face with lukewarm water. It will give glow to your skin, keep it pimple free and delay ageing.
b) Sehjan juice :
Take out juice of 3 – 4 sehjan ki phali (drumsticks) and squeeze a lemon into it. It will rejuvenate your skin and will add shine to it.
c) Sehjan Oil :
Sehjan or Moringa oil (also known as Ben oil or Behen oil) is rich source of behenic acid, which forms protective barrier against the skin and provides moisture. Moringa oil also helps to to rid of pimple marks and blemishes. For clear complexion massage few drops of Moringa oil on your face everyday.
4. For purification of water :
Sehjan has this very amazing property of clarification of water. In ancient times, drumstick leaves powder and seeds were mixed with water to removes its impurities. And later the water was strained through sieve and used for drinking purpose.
5. For Weight Loss :
Sehjan are low in calorie and high in protein and other nutrients which makes it a perfect diet food. Apart from this, it also boost metabolism which is a potent cause for obesity. These leaves are also good source of protein and calcium as well.
Have drumstick soup or eat its leaves vegetable (saag) to reduce weight.
6. Sehjan Cure Indigestion :
Sehjan helps to strengthen the digestive system. Drumsticks are rich in fiber and help to regulate the bowel movement and treats constipation. It is also good to treat other stomach related problems like loose motion, dysentery, cholera, diarrhoea and jaundice.
a.) Sehjan Root with Mustard and Ginger
|Drumstick or Moringa Root||50 gm or equal quantity|
|Mustard(Sarson)||50 gm or equal quantitiy|
|Ginger||50 gm or equal quantity|
Grind equal quantities of its root, mustard and ginger and prepare tablets of 1 gm each. Give 1 tablet every morning and evening. It cures spleen and improves digestive power.
b.) Sehjan or Moringa Root Juice with Ginger
|Moringa Root Juice||9 gm|
Mix 1 gm ginger root in 9 gm juice of its root and give this to the patient every morning and evening. It enhances the digestive power.
7. For Cold and Cough :
Sehjan has high level of Vitamin C which helps to build immunity. It helps to fight general infection like common cold and cough. In ancient times it was also used for treat asthma, tuberculosis and bronchitis. For more remedies for go to ‘13 Natural Remedies for Cold’.
a) For blocked nose and congestion :
Take 10 – 12 drumstick tree leaves and 5-6 seed pod (sehjan ki fali) and boil them in 2 litres of water. Take steam with this water twice a day. repeat the process for 3 days for better results.
b) For Bone Strength :
Sehjan or Moringa has high amount of calcium and other minerals like zinc, magnesium and potassium. Calcium is the building block of bones and teeth while magnesium helps in the overall functioning of the body.
c) Nutritional Supplement :
Sehjan is full of nutritional elements and thus it is a perfect natural nutritional supplement. For children from 1-3 year old and pregnant ladies it is one of the best source of nutrition. In African Countries Sehjan (Moringa) soup is commonly given to small kids and pregnant mothers. It is a cheaper as well as natural source of nutrition.
8. Drumstick Seeds For Headache :
In Ayurveda, Sehjan has remained a medicine for migraine for centuries. People suffering from prolong headache and uneasiness should definitely include drumstick (moringa) in their diet. Add it to your food in any form and gain its benefits.
a) For Migraine :
Take 15-20 washed drumstick leaves and make a paste. Apply the paste to your forehead and other part of head where you have headache. Lie down comfortably, close your eyes and rest for about 20 minutes.
Or Rub the dry seeds of moringa on a rough stone and inhale it. The smell help to relieve headache.
9. Drumstick for Sex Power :
From ancient times, Sehjan or Moringa is known for its sexual health benefits. Zinc present in drumstick help to increase the sperm count. In addition to that, it help to make the semen viscous. Men and women both should consume moringa (drumstick) for better sexual health. Therefore it is also known as ‘Indian Viagra’.
Drumstick (moringa) is also used as an ingredient to drugs for treating erectile dysfunction in men. Also in women it is used as an aphrodisiac (to increase sex drive).
a) Bark with Honey :
Boil few pieces of drumstick bark tree in about half litre of water for about five minutes and mix a tea spoon of honey. Drink this decoction (kadha) regularly to get rid of premature ejaculation problem (shigrapatan).
b) Moringa flower with milk :
Boil 7 – 10 flowers of sehjan flower in a glass of milk (200ml) for 2 minutes and drink it warm. Have this milk twice a day(morning and evening) to regain potency.
10. Sehjan For Intestinal Worms :
Sehjan leaves juice or powder help to remove stomach worms for kids as well as adults. It can prevent various bacterial and fungal infections. These worms release toxic contents in the intestine and drumstick leaves juice help to remove the worms and the toxins from the body. Intestinal worms can you look dull, anaemic, lethargic and week as they feed on the nutrition of the food you eat. Drumstick powder capsules are also available in the market and are easy to consume.
In African countries Drumstick tree seeds are grounded and used for purification of water. Polluted water is the main cause intestinal worms as it contain the worm eggs.
11. Sehjan For Pain :
Sehjan has analgesic properties and help to reduce any kind of pain like muscular pain, stomach ache, rib pain and many more. It also reduce swelling and inflammation.
a) Sehjan Bark :
Make paste of sehjan tree bark (chal) and apply on the affected area. It also help to reduce internal swelling, inflammation and pain.
12. Drumstick For Constipation
Pick tender leaves of drumstick tree and make its vegetable (saag) and include it in your diet to treat constipation. Moringa (drumstick) powder is also available in the market. Take 1 teaspoon powder empty stomach with water, curd or buttermilk. For more natural remedies for constipation go to ‘12 Natural Remedies of Constipation.’
13. Sehjan Good For Pregnant Women :
Sehjan help to make the baby delivery process easy by reducing the pain and discomfort. It is full of nutrients which are good for pregnant mother and the child inside (fetus). Although it is suggested not to have sehjan just after the delivery, but can be taken after few weeks. But it is suggested to reduce the consumption of moringa in the third trimester.
14. Sehjan for Lactating Mothers :
As mentioned above, sehjan is full of nutrients which lactating (feeding) mothers can pass on to their infants. Apart from this its Flower help to increase milk production in lactating mothers. For ease of use dry drumstick flowers and grind to powder. Take 1 tea spoon powder with warm milk everyday(morning). Please consult your doctor before taking Moringa (drumstick).
15. For Mouth Ulcers :
Sehjan is a rich source of vitamin B complex and also treat stomach related general problems like indigestion. To cure mouth and throat ulcers, boil its 1 teaspoonful root in 300 ml water until water is reduced to ¼. Gargle with this decoction 2-3 times a day.
16. Drumstick For UTI :
Moringa (drumstick) is known for its antibacterial property. Urinary tract Infection (UTI) is mainly a bacterial infection causing pain and discomfort while passing urine. According to research Moringa bark decoction help in treating UTI. (1)
Simply drinking moringa leaves tea have diuretic action as well as help to fight bacterial infection.
17. For Blood Purification :
In Ayurveda, Moringa (drumstick) is known for its properties as a ‘rakt shodhak'(blood purifier) and Yakrit Shodhana (liver cleanser). Sehjan has toxin binding capacity which removes toxins from blood and purifies it.
18. Sehjan as Tumour Inhibitor :
Sehjan (moringa) is known to have anti tumour properties. According to research, moringa reduced the cell growth in Ovarian Cancer. Based on such research moringa has potential to fight tumour.
According to Ayurveda, Moringa helps in purification of blood. And when clean blood circulates in the body it inhibits growth of tumour.
19. For Ear Pain :
If ear pain troubles you put few drops of sehjan leaves juice in the ear. Repeat the process after 4 hours if pain persist.
20. Sehjan For Wounds :
Sehjan has antibacterial properties which help to reduce infection in the wound. Apply the paste of its leaves on wounded area and cover with a cotton cloth. Wash after few hours. Repeat the process for better results.
21. Sehjan for Flatulence/ stomach ache :
Sehjan (moringa) is potential medicine for indigestion. It helps to control flatulence with some other ingredients. But, remember excessive use of drumstick can lead to stomach gas or flatulence. Here are some remedies for Flatulence –
a) Sehjan Bark with Heeng and Sonth
|Sehjan or Moringa bark||100 gm|
|Sonth (Dry Ginger)||15 gm|
|Heeng (Asafoetida)||4 gm|
Mix all the ingredients mentioned above and grind them with some water. Prepare tablets of 1 gm each. Give 1 tablet, 2-4 times a day. It cures swelling if the stomach caused by indigestion or accumulation of wind and stomach pain.
22. Sehjan For Bronchial Asthma :
Bronchial Asthma is allergic in nature which leads to contraction in bronchioles and difficulty in breathing. Sehjan (moringa) seeds have potential effect in treating Bronchial Asthma. Having 3 gm moringa seeds powder with water help to reduce symptoms of Bronchial Asthma. In addition it improve the respiratory function of the lungs.(2).
a) Sehjan Root with Ginger
|Sehjan or Moringa Root juice||15 gm or equal quantities|
|Ginger Juice||15 gm or equal quantities|
Mix equal quantities of juice of its root with juice of ginger and give 11-15 gm of this every morning and evening to the patient. It cures bronchial asthma.
23. For Eye Disorders :
Drumstick and its leaves are commonly used as a vegetable in different parts of India. It is a rich source of Vitamin A and other nutrients.
a) For Conjunctivitis :
Grind few leaves and make a paste. Apply this paste over closed eye and tie it with a strip of cloth. Let it be there for about an hour and wash gently. Repeat the process twice a day.
b) For Corneal Opacity :
Take sufficient Sehjan leaves to take out about 50 ml juice. Mix this juice with one tablespoon of honey and apply over the eye as eye liner. Let it be there for few hours and repeat the process twice a day. Apply it at night, so it could remain over eyes for long time.
c) For Eye Swelling and pain :
According to Ayurveda, drumstick or Moringa is beneficial in eye pain and swelling occurring due to vata, pitta and Kapha (Doshas Of Ayurveda).
Mix Drumstick (moringa) leaves juice and honey in equal quantities and put one drop in each eye. Repeat the process for few days to get better results. It is better to store the mixture in refrigerator.
Side effects of Drumstick:
- Excessive use of Drumstick (Moringa) leaves can have laxative effect . It can also cause chest burning and diarrhoea.
- People on any medication related to blood should avoid its consumption. It has blood thinning property.
- Pregnant women or new mothers should always consult their doctor before consumption of Moringa (drumstick).