By Dr MS Krishnamurthy MD(Ayu), PhD
The dry fruit world announces Almond as the king of all. It is known as Vatama in Sanskrit and Badam in Hindi. It is a well known rejuvenator-aphrodisiac, anti oxidant and complexion enhancing food ingredient.
Almonds are good sources of mono-unsaturated fats and poly-unsaturated fats. They facilitate bad cholesterol (LDL cholesterol). In additional, eating almonds in small amount (say 3-4 per day and a maximum of 10-12 ) on regular basis can help in rise of HDL cholesterol which is appreciated as good cholesterol.
Being the rich sources of manganese, Vitamin E, riboflavin and copper it helps to gain daily need of energy from these primary resources.
The almond milk is rich in potassium which constitutes electrolytes in the human body. As the electrolytes aid in boosting the memory, they certainly sharpen the memory.
Almonds are known for hair care. The poly unsaturated and mono fatty acids followed with the other bodily requirements like vitamin A, D, B1, B2, and B6 take care of skin and hair. These nutrients have the ability to penetrate into the deeper sites of hair and make the hair healthy, silky, soft, dense and beautiful.
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For hair, skin care
1. Almond milkshake in fatigue, neuritis, hair care and skin glow:
3-4 almond seeds are taken along with 1-2 cup of milk. This is blended / churned well in mixer and filtered. This is consumed once or twice a day. As per one’s need and liking, a saffron or a few cashew nuts can also be added. This is very effective against the tiredness, peripheral neuritis, wrinkle formation etc.
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As face scrub
2. Almond Face scrub for lustrous face:
Almond is made into fine paste by grinding with milk or water. This is used as a face scrub. This helps to remove dead skin cells from the body surface especially face. It gives good luster to the face.
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For hair growth
3. Almond oil for hair growth:
Regular application of pure almond oil over the scalp helps to get dark and thick hair. It also prevents from hair fall.
For growth and stamina
4. Almond powder burfi/sweet in growth and stamina of the children:
1 cup of almond powder is mixed with half cup of jaggery or sugar and cooked well with 50 ml of milk. On attaining semi solid consistency this is taken out and pressed over a plate. This sweet burfi if given to the growing children it helps significantly in attaining good stamina and energy. DOse is 20 – 30 grams per day.
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For memory improvement
5. Soaked Almond as memory booster:
2-3 almond seeds are soaked in water for overnight. Next day morning this is taken in empty stomach with milk. This boosts the energy and provides stamina. This acts as a immune-modulator too.
For sexual vigor improvement
6. Almond kheer to improve sexual vigor:
12-15 almond seeds are taken and cooked well with milk. This is smashed or pounded well. Further by adding this fine paste to the coconut milk (400-500 ml) this is cooked well.
While cooking, 2- 3 teaspoon sugar is also added and dissolved.
At the end saffron or cardamom is also added. This kheer promotes sexual vigor considerably.
For black heads
7. Almond Oil for dark circles and black heads:
Regular application of almond oil over the lesions of black head and dark circles around the eyes will relieve the complaints very effectively. 14-21 days application brings considerable change.
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One dry fruit; but multiple benefit !
3-4 Almond every day; so as to remain joyful throughout the day!
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