Raisin (Munakka in Hiindi) is a type of grapes, dried in a certain manner. It is grown mostly in the Mediterranean region of the world. Raisin is sweet in nature and has cooling effect on body. It is good for health and cures multiple of health problems naturally. Raisin is known as a energetic dry fruit and does not have any side effect but diabetics should not use it without consulting to physician.
Raisins (munakka) are a good source of fiber, anti-oxidants, iron, calcium, potassium and natural sugar- Sucrose and Glucose. (1) Because of these nutrients, it helps to strengthen our bones and teeth.
Munakka (raisin) has countless benefits. It helps to cure many diseases such as – cardiovascular, stomach, and lungs diseases. Moreover, it is highly beneficial to get faster relief after long illness.
Health Benefits of Munakka (Raisin):
1. Raisin for Vertigo:
Munakka helps to control vertigo (chakkar). Simply, fry some raisins in clarified butter (ghee) and eat 5-7 raisins with a pinch of rock salt daily in the morning. Continue this remedy for 3-4 weeks.
Alternatively, you can soak 8-10 raisins or munakka into water overnight. Next day morning, mash them in the same water thoroughly after removing seeds; then ingest it on an empty stomach.
2. Munakka for Headache:
Raisin is also known for its healing properties. If you often have headache–
- Just take 8-10 raisins, 10 gm liquorice (mulethi) and 10 gm mishri.
- Then grind all the three ingredients to make fine powder.
- Now, take a pinch of snuff of this powder.
- It is very effective in headache due to acidity.
3. Good for Mouth Ulcers:
Raisins are good to cure any type of oral problem including mouth ulcers. Simply, boil 8-10 raisins and 3-4 leaves of blackberry in a glass of water for 10 minutes. Make gargles of this decoction (lukewarm) for 3-4 times in a day. This is an effective home remedy; if you do not have any relief within 1 or 2 days that means something is serious and you should consult your doctor.
4. Munakka for Nosebleed:
To control nose bleeding (naksir), put 3-4 drops of grapes or raisin juice in nostrils. Even by taking only smell of juice of grapes or munakka you will get immediate relief.
5. Controls Bad Breath:
Munakka has anti-bacterial properties and works well to control bad breath due to cough or indigestion. It helps to release mucus and improves digestion. If you eat 5-10 raisins daily, you will get rid of bad breath without mouth freshener.
6. Munakka for Chest Wound:
To cure chest wound, eat munakka with paddy seeds.
Paddy seeds 10 gm
Raisins 10 gm
Water 100 gm
- Soak paddy seeds and raisins into water for two hours.
- Then mash them with finger tips thoroughly to make paste.
- Ingest 6 gm (dosage) of this paste with honey for 3-4 times in a day.
This home remedy is also good to control vomiting.
7. Cures Dry Cough:
Raisin can cure even chronic or dry cough; you can treat it as follows –
Raisin (munakka) 10 gm
Piper longum (pipali) 10 gm
Black Pepper (kali mirch) 10 gm
Dates (khajoor) 10 gm
- Firstly, collect all the ingredients and remove the seeds of raisins and dates.
- Then, grind all the ingredients one by one and mix well.
- Now, consume 5 gm of this chutney or paste 3-4 times in a day.
- It is an excellent home remedy that will cure dry cough completely.
8. Munakka for Constipation:
Munakka is an amazing natural medicine of constipation (kabj). To cure constipation, you can consume raisin with different combination. Some of them are –
a. Raisins with Milk:
Boil 10-20 raisins into a glass of milk for ten minutes and drink it at night with raisins. It is a safe laxative.
b. Raisins with Rock Salt:
If you often have problem of constipation (kabj), take roasted raisins with a pinch of rock salt at night before going to sleep.
c. Raisin with Figs & Fennel Seeds:
To cure old and chronic constipation, decoction (kadha) of raisin, figs, fennel seed (saunf), rose leaves and Amaltas fruit pulp is very effective and safe. Drink this at night for 5-7 days to cure chronic constipation.
d. Munakka with Cumin Seeds:
Similarly, munakka with cumin seeds and black pepper works well to cure constipation naturally. You can prepare chutney of all these ingredients and lick 2-3 times in a day.
To know about the detailed remedies of raisins for constipation with different compositions, refer to ‘Raisin good for constipation‘.
9. Controls Acidity:
Raisins with fennel seeds (saunf) cures acidity. Soak 10 gm raisins and 5 gm fennel seeds in 100 ml water at night and mash them in the morning with finger tips. Drink this water after sieving on an empty stomach.
10. Munakka for Anemia:
Raisin or munakka is rich source of iron and vitamin B- complex. By eating 5-10 raisins daily with milk, you can increase your hemoglobin level and cure anemia naturally.
11. Bed Wetting Disorder:
Bed wetting is a common problem of small children; to cure bed wetting-
- Take two raisins, remove its seed and insert 1-1 black pepper seed in it.
- Give it to the child to eat before going to sleep at night regularly for 2-3 weeks.
- Or you can give 2 raisins only without black pepper.
12. Complete Health Tonic:
Raisin is full of nutrients and works as a complete health tonic. It helps to make your body healthy and energetic. Therefore eat 5-10 raisins daily with milk or soaking into water overnight.
Because, it is hot in nature, so consume it after soaking into water during summer season. It is rich source of iron and very effective in weight gaining. Therefore, consume it in a little quantity if your weight is already at higher side.
13. Good for Vision:
Munakka is good source of Polyphenolic- a phytonutrients that is good for eyes. Its anti oxidants and other nutrients are good for ocular health and protect our eyes from glaucoma, night blindness and cataract etc.
14. Munakka for Bones Health:
Raisins are rich source of calcium and the micro-nutrient ‘boron’ which help to strengthen our bones and teeth. It also helps to protect from the dangerous disease of bones- Osteoporosis. Therefore, include it in your daily diet and ingest 5-10 raisins daily.
15. Helps in Weight Gain:
Raisin is very helpful in gaining weight because of its iron and natural sugars- Sucrose and Glucose. If you are weak or under weight, there is no need to take any health supplements available in market; only eat munakka (7-10) with milk twice a day.
However, you can eat raisins (7-10) after frying in clarified butter (ghee) too. At first, remove seeds of raisins and fry with ghee in a pan over heat. Now, put a pinch of black salt over raisins and eat it daily in the morning on an empty stomach.
16. Raisin for Teeth:
Raisins have certain types of photo-chemicals which are necessary for teeth health. By eating 5-7 munakka daily, you can protect your teeth from cavity, tooth decay and other gums problem.
17. Good for Cancer Prevention:
Raisins have ‘catechin’- an invaluable anti-oxidant and ‘Kaempferol’, a flavonoid which are available in raisins naturally. ‘Catechin’ and ‘Kaempferol’ help to decrease the growth of cancerous colon tumors. Therefore, eat 5 raisins daily with milk or soaking into water.
18. Raisins for Hypertension:
Raisins contain potassium which helps to reduce tension in blood vessels. If you are a patient of high blood pressure, take munakka daily in a limited quantity. Its other important nutrients like- fiber, antioxidants and Iron- also help to control blood pressure naturally.
(Note: If you are already taking hypertension medicine, don’t stop without consulting your doctor. Raisin (munakka) is not the substitute of any medicine and not advisable for diabetics.)
19. Reduces High Fever:
Munakka (raisin) strengthens the immune system; it is also good to control chronic and high fever. If you are prone to chronic fever and inflammation, try any of the following natural medicine.
a. Raisin with Lemon Juice:
For reducing high fever, soak 25 raisins in 200 ml of water for few hours. Then, mash the raisins with fingertips into the water and add half lemon juice in it. Now, strain the water into a cup and ingest twice a day.
b. Raisin & Fig:
Another remedy for reducing high fever is to ingest raisins with figs. Soak 10 munakka and 1 fig into a half cup of water for few hours. At night, remove the soaked raisins and fig from the water and boil in a glass of milk and drink milk with raisins and fig before going to sleep (remove the seeds). Continue to follow this remedy 3-5 days; it will completely cure any type of high fever.
c. Raisin Avleh:
Raisins 20 gm
Piper Longum 20 gm
Dates 20 gm
Honey 20 gm
Ghee 20 gm
Firstly, collect all the five ingredient and remove the seeds of raisins and dates. Then, grind raisins, dates and piper longum one by one. Now, mix all the ingredients thoroughly to make paste (avleh). Lick 5 gm of this paste four times in a day to cure chronic fever.
Side effects of Munakka:
Raisin is an excellent dry fruit for over all body health if it is consumed in a limited quantity and proper supervision. Though there is no known side effect of munakka, but because of its sweet content diabetics should not take it without consulting to physician. It is considered as a great source of calories and may be harmful for over weight people.
10 gm of raisins have 30 calories, therefore it is better to take dietitian’s advice about its quantity.
Purpose of remedial uses of raisins or munakka given above, is only to make aware people about health benefits of raisins; it is only for knowledge purpose, not for any treatment or business purpose.
You can purchase munakka or raisin and other ingredients from grocery shop or any super market or even from on line food stores.