Giloy | Guduchi is an ancient herb that is used extensively in ayurvedic medicine, it is an amazing herb with wonderful medicinal uses and health benefits. The stem of giloy is the most used part but giloy leaves and roots are also used as a medicine. Giloy is an anti aging herb and it improves digestion, treats all types of fever, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, asthma, pcos, skin problems, heals even the worst type of wounds that does not heal for a long time and it improves the general health.
Giloy extract is a good tonic for liver, improves vision, reduces stress, treats cough and cold and heals all the problems of the stomach. It also increases platelet count and is very good for treating dengue. Because of it’s anti pyretic properties, it is also used for preventing all types of fevers like typhoid, chikungunya and malaria.
This plant can be found growing wild on trees and shrubs and it can be easily identified with the heart shaped leaves. The leaves have a perfect heart shape and giloy can be easily grown in pots at home. When trying to identify this plant make sure to look at the plant closely as many creepers are also heart shaped.
Look keenly at the color of the stem, the fruits and the size of the leaf etc. Guduchi bears fruits that are the size of a pea and it turns beautiful red on maturity. The stem is green and here there is an other creeper that has heart shaped leaves too but the stem is red, so make sure to look at the plant closely while identifying it.
Everyday evening, our dog Bruno and I go in search of herbs in our farm. It is a time that I look forward to everyday, as I feel really calm and serene when I am looking at plants and herbs. I haven’t noticed giloy lately in our farm, but ever since the water started flowing in the stream, it has started growing in abundance. Nowadays nothing makes me more happy than finding a herb that I am searching for and I was so very happy when I saw giloy.
Botanical & Common Names Of Giloy:
Giloy Medicinal Uses:
Preparations Using Giloy:
1. Giloy Juice | Ras:
Giloy juice | Giloy Ras is one of the best ways to consume giloy. Many companies sell giloy juice now but you can also make giloy juice easily at home. To make giloy juice, take the fresh giloy root, wash it well and grind it along with little water and extract the juice. Drink this homemade giloy juice immediately for best results.
There are also 2 varieties of giloy juice that is sold in the markets, one is made along with amla and is called amla giloy juice and the other is neem giloy which is made with neem leaves and giloy. You can make them at home by adding either amla or neem while grinding the giloy stem.
2. Giloy Satva | Seenthikodi Sakkarai:
3. Giloy Powder | Churna:
4. Giloy Ghan Vati Tablets:
5. Giloy Syrup:
Giloy Side Effects:
Guduchi is very dood for diabetic patients but it is best consumed by diabetic patients under medical supervision as it might lower the blood sugar levels significantly. Pregnant and feeding mothers should avoid guduchi and for some people, it might cause mild form of constipation otherwise this herb is very safe to use…..
5 Top Health Benefits, Medicinal Uses & Side Effects of Guduchi | Giloy | Gulvel | Amruthaballi | Gulancha| Seenthil Kodi :
1. Giloy | Guduchi For Skin: Wounds, Gout, Psoriasis
Giloy | Guduchi is wonderful for treating skin related problems. Both external application and internal consumption is done for treating skin related diseases. For wounds, take guduchi and pound in a mortar and pestle. Fry it in a little bit of neem oil and apply it as a poultice over wounds.
Take a large betel leaf and place it over the guduchi paste and secure the mixture with a bandage. This remedy heals wounds very fast. Guduchi leaves also can be fried in little castor oil and can be applied as a warm compress for treating arthritis and gout.
You can also make a tincture of guduchi using high proof alcohol and use it for treating all types of inflammation like turmeric tincture. But remember to use high proof alcohol else the tincture will surely spoil as we are using a fresh herb. Internal consumption of guduchi treats skin diseases like psoriasis…
2. Giloy | Guduchi for Allergies:
Guduchi gives amazing relief from allergies. A relative of ours had nasal allergies and she was taking medications for it for a long time. She used to sneeze continuously and her eyes will tear and she will have itchy eyes and ears. Especially during the parthenium flowering season her allergies used to get worse.
After years of suffering and being on and off on medications, she started taking guduchi pills that are sold in the markets. Now after a long time of suffering, she doesn’t get her allergic attacks anymore. She has completely stopped taking the medicines and uses only guduchi pills. Even I was spell bound and I can only say that if you want to experience real miracles, get to know and use these kind of wonderful herbs…
3. Giloy | Guduchi Satva | Seenthil Sakkarai: Best Liver Tonic
Yesterday I was talking to my grandma about guduchi satva | guduchi sugar, the powder made from the stem that I mentioned before. I was surprised when my grandma said that she used to make it at home. Before I was born there was a long time helper who was an amazing herbalist and he had helped my grandma make it.
My grandma said eating a pinch of seenthil sakkarai or guduchi satva will keep the body from falling ill, is an immunity booster, treats respiratory problems and is used to keep the blood sugar level stable. It balances the doshas and it is a medicine that can be taken for a long time without any side effects. She said she used to take a pinch of it weekly twice or thrice.
It is also very good for liver and is the best liver tonic. It is best to buy guduchi satva from the shops, as it is difficult to make it at home correctly. You can also boil the guduchi satva along with little water and take it as a decoction, if you don’t want to take it as such…
4. Giloy | Guduchi For Diabetics:
Guduchi has been proven in the laboratory to reduce the blood glucose levels and that too in a significant way. You can read the research that proves this claim here. If you are a diabetic patient, you can use guduchi to lower the blood sugar levels. But since diabetic patients will be on medications already, consuming guduchi might lower their blood sugar levels even more. Therefore it is very important that it is done under the supervision of a medical professional.
Long time sufferers of diabetic mellitus develop severe complications and one such complication is peripheral neuropathy i.e loss of sensation in the legs and hands. For this condition massaging the hands and legs daily both morning and evening with guduchi oil gives good relief. You can get guduchi oil easily online…
5. Giloy | Guduchi Tea: An Effective remedy For Fever, Cancer & For Improving Memory!
Guduchi tea is very easy to make and does not have any bitterness at all, in fact it is quite soothing to drink this tea. To make the tea, take a fresh stem of guduchi and remove the leaves. For a cup of tea around 5 to 6 slightly bruised guduchi stem around 1.5 inches in length will be enough.
Take around 5 pepper corns, 2 tsp of palm candy and 1/2 tsp of cumin seeds and crush coarsely in a mortar and pestle. Now add the cut cut guduchui stem and pound it till slightly mashes. Boil a cup of water in a pan and add the crushed pepper corns, guduchi, cumin seeds and palm candy mixture and let it boil.
Once it reduces to half a cup, strain and drink it. This tea treats all the stomach disorders, reduces stress in the body, improves memory, is a good home remedy for fever ( you can read the study that proves this claim here) and it is said to be an effective anticancer medicine.