Monday, 7 April 2014

Tamarind Leaves Medicinal Uses: Antiseptic Wash Recipe for Cuts & Wounds

This homemade antiseptic wash made with tamarind leaves has amazing medicinal uses. It can be used for cuts, wounds, allergies, skin infections, scrapes and is very effective in treating and healing wounds naturally. This antiseptic wash is made with tamarind leaves and neem leaves. Both neem and tamarind leaves have powerful antiseptic properties and together, they help in faster healing of the wounds. Tamarind leaves are mostly used in culinary, to make soups and other dishes and it is available in both fresh and dried forms. In India, we use it to treat painful swellings and to treat wounds. In Tamil Nadu, you can find tamarind trees everywhere, even in cities and towns. The leaves of tamarind tree have a distinctive smell and sour taste. Fresh leaves can be stored in the refrigerator and can be used for a week. If you don't get fresh leaves, try using dried leaves, as they store really well. I am sure everyone knows about the antiseptic properties of neem, as using neem to treat skin related diseases is getting popular the world over. I have heard my elders say that each and every part of neem tree is used a medicine. I especially love home remedies made with neem, as I have seen time and again the healing properties of neem. To make this antiseptic wash, first collect fresh tamarind and neem leaves. Boil water in a wide pan and once the water comes to boil, add the leaves all at once. Let it boil till the leaves change color. The color of the water will also change to light green color, switch off. Cool and use it as an antiseptic wash, to wash the wounds. Try using it both morning and evening for best results. 


1. Collect fresh leaves of both tamarind and neem leaves.

2. Boil water in a wide pan. Once the water comes to boil, add the leaves all at once.

3. Boil till the leaves change color and the color of the water also changes to light green.

4. Switch off and let it cool. Strain and use it as an antiseptic wash.

  • I have used equal quantities of neem and tamarind leaves, if you like you increase the quantity of neem leaves.
  • Try using it regularly both morning and evening, till the wounds heal.
  • You can store the left over liquid in the refrigerator and use it for 2 to 3 washes. 

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