Harmal/wild Rue seeds locally known as “Izbandh” have been used since ancient times in the culture and religious rites not only in Kashmir but through worldwide.
It is Widespread in the subtropical regions of India, abundant in Kashmir and Ladakh. In the valley different smell of Izband embellish the mureeds (devotees) in a light-filled hall at a Sufi shrine, as according to folklore Izband smoke wards off the evil eye.
Traditionally Izband seeds are sited on red-hot charcoal and in Kangiri, wherein they explode with small popping noise freeing aromatic smoke. This tradition is still followed in Kashmir whenever good news rings the bell.
Besides these cultural uses, this 2.5 feet plant has some health benefits too. So, take a fraction from your tiring schedule and roll on… as in this blog we have compiled some unique medicinal values of Izbandh for you:
- It is known to treat depression.
- It is known to have antibacterial properties.
- It is useful for treating irregular fevers.
- It is effective in curing insomnia, with its narcotic properties.
- It can cure persistent malaria
- It Helps in curing Asthma.
- It effectively eliminates tapeworm infestations. The alkaloid harmaline, present in the herb shows anthelmintic properties.
- The plant is evidently effective in curing difficult and painful menstruation and helps to regulate menstrual periods.
- It influences the secretion of breast milk in lactating mothers.
- It is highly effective in the cure of laryngitis or the inflammation of the larynx.
- A paste of the roots of the plant with mustard oil helps to kill head lice when applied externally.
- Izbandh consists of beta-carbonyl alkaloids which can prove to be anti-cancerous in nature.