Keelanelli Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses: Cure For One Sided Headache
It is such a joy to write about herbs that are treasured and used for centuries. Keelanelli is one such herb that has been used in home remedies for centuries. It's botanical name is Phyllanthus Niruri. It is called Bhuiaonla in Hindi and Bhumyamalaki in Ayurveda. I am sure many would have heard about keelanalli for it's amazing use in treating hepatitis. This herb has been so synonymous with hepatitis that many tend to forget that this wonderful plant has other medicinal uses too. Usually the root of this keelanelli plant is used more than the leaves in home remedies. One of our long time farm workers, was telling me about her experience with this amazing plant. This happened before she came to work for us. Her husband is no more but a few years before he passed away he suffered from one sided headache | otrai thalai vali in Tamil. Just imagine a daily worker who has to go to work daily to feed his family, getting one sided headache often. She had 2 young daughters and her husbands headache problem was taking a toll on the family, as he was the sole worker and was often not be able to go to work. After a few months of going to different doctors, her elder sister had suggested this keelanelli plant oil. Here in Tamil Nadu, especially in the village side, oil baths are a must and a tradition that everyone follows. She asked her to collect keelanelli plant, take the roots, make an oil with it and make him have oil bath with this keelanelli oil. He had oil bath with it weekly once as suggested and within 2 to 3 months the one sided headache was completely gone. When I heard her say this experience, I was touched because of the faith they had in in these plants that made them patiently practice the remedy for 2 to 3 months, all the while suffering from intense headache. Many of us loose faith in home remedies because we want instant results. Having faith in these amazing herbs and being patient by allowing these plants to work their magic is the key in practicing home remedies. Keelanelli plant is everywhere and if you can identify this plant, you can easily find it. It even grows in cities and towns where there is a little bit of soil. Always try to make this oil with fresh roots and unrefined sesame oil. She insisted that this oil should be made fresh at the time of having the oil bath and should not be stored. This oil works best for one sided headache, not for regular headache due to cold or fever. After narrating her experience, she said very sweetly to record it so others will not suffer like her husband, so this post is dedicated to her and her late husband :)
1. Collect fresh keelanelli plants and remove the roots alone.
2. Clean the roots really well, until no trace of dirt remains. If the roots are long, cut into small pieces.
3. Heat unrefined sesame oil in a small pan, preferably an iron pan but please don't use non stick pans. Once hot add the cut roots.
4. Boil till the sizzling sound stops and then take a spoon and press the roots to release the essence.
5. Let the oil cool to lukewarm temperature. Now take the oil and massage it well into the scalp and wait for half an hour. We traditionally use arappu powder to have hair wash, but you can use a mild shampoo.
This treatment is done weekly once and the soaking time is half an hour. Men always have their oil bath on Saturdays, women on Fridays.
Please don't store this oil for future use, make it for single use and finish it off. Make it fresh each time.
I know it will be hard to get the plant each time for oil bath, but this treatment is so worth the extra effort. You can also start growing them, it needs little to no maintenance at all.
After the migraine stops, discontinue the usage. Treat this oil as a medicine.