Baheda Powder and its benefits.

Baheda which is commonly grown in Southeast Asia can be used for several medicinal purposes. In India, it can be found in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Maharashtra.  Its botanical name is Terminalia bellirica. Baheda is also known as “Bibhitaki” in Sanskrit. The word Bibhitaki or Vibheetaki consists of two words, where ‘Vibheeta’ means ‘lack of fear’ and ‘ki’ denotes the ‘fruit’. So, the name of this herbal ingredient symbolizes ‘the fruit which takes away fear of diseases’ since it is deemed as the ultimate remedy for most health anomalies. It forms an important part of the magical Triphala churna which is composed of a blend of dried fruits of Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia Bellirica) in appropriate proportion bestowing one with amazing therapeutic properties. Baheda can be used for many medicinal purposes especially as a cure for digestive and respiratory problems. Baheda can also be used alone for the beauty and health of skin and hair. According to Ayurveda, Baheda pacifies Kapha and Vata dosha. It also has antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiarrheal, anticancer, anti-hypertensive, and hepatoprotective and antipyretic activities. However, since it has high potency, it should not be used when you have hyperacidity and gastritis.

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Some benefits of Baheda are as follows-

  • Baheda for cold- Baheda is one of the main constituents of Triphala that is used for managing common cold and cough. This ayurvedic herb helps the patient breathe freely by controlling cough, expelling mucus, and clearing the air passages. Thus, it provides relief from cold and cough.

  • Relieves Constipation- Be it the whole fruit or dried powder form, Ayurveda, a centuries old practice strongly recommends the use of Baheda in the treatment of constipation. It boosts the secretion of bile by the liver, which in turn, acts on the peristalsis movement of the intestines and liver, thereby allowing smooth passage of faecal matter from the large intestine. The laxative property of Baheda plays a pivotal role in minimalizing mucous and excess fat content in the stools and preventing them from sticking to the intestinal walls and thereby allowing easy movement.

  • Bibhitaki for Dental Problems- This decoction made by boiling the shell of the broken fruit along with little water can be used as a mouth rinse and it will treat most of the dental problems like mouth odor, mouth ulcers, etc.                                                                                                                       

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  • Baheda, the hair mask- Powdered form of Baheda should be mixed with 1 tablespoon of baheda powder in hot water until creamy. Let it rest for half an hour. Apply this compound to damp scalp and then to hair lengths. Leave on for about 15-20 minutes and then rinse thoroughly with shampoo. 

  • Baheda, the face mask- As for the skin of the face, mix a teaspoon of baheda with a tablespoon of ventilated green clay. Add as much lukewarm tap water as you need to make a cream and apply to a clean face for 15 minutes. Then rinse, spray floral water and massage serum oil or your usual face cream.

  • Treats Wounds and Ulcers- The anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer properties of Baheda hold high significance in treating different types of ulcers like ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcer, canker sores or mouth ulcers, etc. The bioactive compounds in the fruit powder actively enhances tissue regeneration, facilitates wound healing whereas the oil extracted from the seeds is also used for dressing wounds.

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  • Baheda for Weight loss- One of the main causes of weight gain is the increased accumulation of Ama toxins in the body. Regular consumption of Baheda helps reduce the accumulation of Ama by increasing the digestive fire. It also helps in improving the metabolism in the body and induces weight loss. 

  • Boosts Immunity- Thanks to the quarry of antioxidants and bioactive components, Baheda offers several folk remedies for improving the immune system, fighting microbes and shielding the body against various infections. It also portrays the presence of strong anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and antifungal properties, which is extremely effective in preventing infections and uplifting overall health and wellness.

  • It can keep our liver healthy- Studies suggest that compounds present in Terminalia bellirica have hepatoprotective nature. Oral administration of Baheda extract had shown positive effects on the liver by reducing the liver iron, lipid peroxidation, protein oxidation, liver fibrosis, serum enzymes, and ferritin.

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