Sunday, 21 September 2014

Nirgundi | Nochi Leaves Medicinal Uses & Benefits: Home Remedy for Sinus Infection (Nochi Steam)

 

If you ask any person in my village for a home remedy for sinus infection and headache, they will immediately answer "Nochi Steam". Nochi plant is called "Nirgundi" in Hindi and it's botanical name is Vitex Negundo. The leaves of this plant are very famous for it's use in treating sinus infection and In my family, everyone uses this home remedy for sinus with good results. Even, one of my cousins who suffers from migraine finds good relief only, from using this nochi steam. This tree can be identified with it's beautiful purple flowers which I was lucky enough to picture in my farm, as picturing the plants with the flowers makes identifying easier. Traditionally for making this steam, we heat 3 smooth stones called vengachangkal in the open fire till they are really hot. These stones retain the heat very well. We boil water in a huge vessel along with the nochi leaves, when it comes to full boil, it is switched off. The person is made to bend over the vessel and is usually covered over with a blanket to prevent the heat from going out and is made to inhale the steam. When the water loses it's heat, one of the hot stone is dropped inside using a tong and the water comes to the boiling temperature again. Like this way, the person is made to steam and as far as I know, this is the best home remedy for sinus. You get immediate relief and the pain in the cheeks due to sinus and the headache also reduces immediately. Since many of you won't be able to go through this elaborate process, I did it with a steamer. The steamer makes things easier, but the only thing I don't like about my steamer, is it is made with plastic, but it does a good job. To steam, boil the water along with the nochi leaves in the steamer, once it comes to full boil, switch off and then steam. Please be very very careful when doing a steam with electric steamers, especially for children. A person should do this steam once everyday for three days continuously, for best results.  

 


 METHOD:
1. Collect fresh nochi leaves, the leaves have to be fresh.


2. Add water to the steamer.


3. Add the nochi leaves and make sure to insert it well.


4. Put the lid on and switch on the steamer. When it reaches a full boiling point, switch off and steam. When the water looses it's heat, switch on again and then repeat the process.


NOTES:
  • This can be used for young children too.
  • Make sure to use only fresh nochi leaves.
  • Be very careful when using the steam on the children, as they might accidentally touch the hot water.

24 comments:

  1. Can You please give some more details about this tree. I have never seen it. Is it a bush, shrub or tree. When does it flower. Does it bear fruit. Also can u please give some easy points to identify kuppamani. That is the flowers and fruits. I also could not figure out arappu. Do you think it grows in west bengal. I planted bhringaraj and am desperately waiting for you to enlighten your readers of the myriad benefits. Thank you for all your effort. Please do keep it up.

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  2. Aparna, It is a tree. You can best identify it with the purple flowers and the leaves, there is nothing other than the flowers to identify the tree easily. Kuppaimeni grows everywhere and here in Tamil Nadu, you will find it even in towns & cities. You can only identify it with the help of the leaves, next time I will post more pictures of them for you to easily identify. As for arappu tree it is not common and only can be found in villages, so the best bet is to find good quality arappu powder. Aparna, please give me some time to collect the bhringraj and make the oil, as I don't have any bhringraj plant in the farm right now....

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    1. Ramya thank you for your quick reply. And please take your time with bhringaraj. I already paid a small fortune and bought a small bottle though I have not used it. Earlier it used to grow in every nook and cranny in our country but now it is very rare and can be found in moist ledges and open drains. But it is a miracle herb and well worth the effort. We cannot get arappu powder here but when I go down south I will collect it.
      By the way can you also do a post on kalmegh as it is one herb that is plentiful in my city. Thank you dear and good luck and warm wishes for you and your family.

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    2. "Earlier it (bhringaraj) used to grow in every nook and cranny in our country but now it is very rare and can be found in moist ledges and open drains."

      Aparna, or anyone else, what is the reason for this?

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  3. Hello mam, during fever time how to use nochi leaves....Sree

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    1. For fever nochi water is given. After cleaning nochi leaves, it is boiled in water till it is reduced to about 1/8th of it's volume and this decoction is used for treating fever. Especially nochi is known for treating malaria.....

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    2. Many thanks for this very useful and great information. SREE

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  4. Hi Ramya, Once I had this nochi steam with above mentioned using vengachangal. The heat retained by the stone was really great and my aunty added few bunch of neem leaves along with it for steaming :-)

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  5. Can I know the moisture fat protein composition of nochi leaves

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    1. The moisture content of leaf extract of nochi leaves is 16.5. Fat and protein content are 7 & 8.5 % respectively....

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  6. :) I find it helpful !!
    Adding to that I've read it somewhere that its a remedy to keep away from mosquitoes too .. And even my name is Nochi :v
    Ahh proud moment for me !

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  7. I have a Nochi Plant in my Roof Garden. How can I use the leaves for Musquito repulsion. It is still as a plant in the pot and has not grown over more than one year.

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    1. You can dry the nochi leaves into a powder and sprinkle on hot coals to ward of mosquitoes...

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    1. You can apply one or two drops of nochi thailam on your forehead to treat sinus headaches, you can also use nochi thailam for steaming...

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  9. Very interesting and informative discussion. I brought to my roof top garden in New Delhi, a Vitex Negundo sapling from Chennai, where Chennai Corporation distributes it free to residential colonies to cultivate in home gardens, so as to ward off mosquitoes!The flowers are whitish with blue patches,unlike the deep blue/purple colour shown.Since March 2015, it has grown and so I have repotted to a biiger pot.It has also seeded and has black stony seeds. How and when to propagate these seeds? New Delhi has seasonal weather Spring (end Feb, March to early April) or Monsoon (end June) is the right time to sow the seeds? How can the thailam be home made, from leaves boiling and decantation like Eucalyptus oil?Can Kashayam be taken orally, I mean the leaves, boiled in water and if so toxicity/side effects? Giloy/Tinosporia Cordifolia/Seendhil has similar health benefits for common cold, viral infections and many other ailments

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  10. mam can u tel me about vanni tree i need to grow that

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    1. Vanni tree's botanical name is Prosopis Cineraria and it is has got wonderful medicinal uses. It is a boon for pregnant women and also helps treat rheumatism, dysentery, etc..

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  11. Sivashankari vijay20 June 2016 at 00:00

    Mam can u please tell me about vanni tree for rheumatism. Because my sister has got rheumatism.

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    1. I am very sorry for the late reply. Vaani tree's has anti inflammatory and analgesic properties and the bark decoction is used for treating rheumatism...

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  12. What is the exact name of nochi in tamil?

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    1. Notchi Tamil name of this plant. It's of 2 kinds neer notchi,Kari notchi

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    2. Nochi is the Tamil Name for Vitex Negundo...

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  13. Hello mam... i have hyper prolactin and poly cystic ovaries. Is nochi leaves helps to cure this problem? If it helps to cure i want to know how to use nochi leaves..

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