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Cassia auriculata: The death defying Avarampoo

Useful For:

Diabetes, Skin disorders, Joint and Muscle pains, Elevated Cholesterol, Premature Greying of Hair, Urinary Tract Infections, Excessive bleeding, Jaundice, Constipation and Gastrointestinal diseases.

Disclaimer: For the untrained eye, many plants appear similar. Do not attempt to harvest and use herbs until and unless you are familiar with herb identification and usage.

If you want to use any of the herbs mentioned on these blogs, please do so under the guidance of a doctor or a holistic practitioner. You can also write to us at for usage information specific to your issue.

Scientific Name: Cassia auriculata | English: Tanner's Cassia | Sanskrit: Avarttaki | Tamil: Avaram, Aavarai | Marathi: Taravada | Telugu: Tangedu | Kannada: Avarike, Tangedi | Hindi: Tarwar |

Parts used: Flowers, Seeds, leaves, Stem and Roots.

For Prehealing purposes: ( Using the herb proactively before any Disease strikes)

Powder of the flowers can be taken once or twice a week. The best way to take it would be to mix 1 tsp of powder in half a glass or a glass of lemon juice and then drink the juice along with the powder.

Herbal tea of the flowers 3-4 times a week could be taken by those who find the powder difficult to take. This herbal tea can also be given to children.

If you stay in areas where this herb is found in plenty, then do use the opportunity to harvest flowers / purchase fresh flowers and add them while making herbal juices.

You can add a handful or more of fresh flowers while preparing Sambhar, Rasam and Dals. You can also make a curry of these flowers or add the petals of these flowers to your salads.

Cassia auriculata flowers and buds
Avarampoo Leaves, buds and Flowers

Usage in Traditional Medicine: Every part of the plant is useful. Here is a quick overview of the various medicinal uses of this plant.

1. The flowers can be either eaten raw by adding them to salads or they can be cooked and eaten. Taken this way, they help address constipation, Gastrointestinal discomfort and Diabetes.

2. Flowers are also brewed into a medicinal herbal tea. Besides being a panacea for Diabetics it has a host of other benefits from being a liver tonic to helping heal Urinary Tract Infections. This herbal tea has antipyretic properties too and is good especially for reducing fever in children.

3. As a facepack: Powder of the dried flowers mixed along with Chickpea flour, Amla (Indian Gooseberry) or Triphala powder is made into a paste by addition of water/lemon juice or curd. This facepack helps in improving complexion, removing blemishes and for keeping the skin healthy and glowing.

4. A very fine powder of the flowers mixed with Vasambhu (Acorus calamus) can be used for children and adults alike to protect from prickly heat and skin infections during summers.

5. Poultice of leaves can be used for dressing cuts, nicks and wounds. They facilitate faster healing

6. The flowers, bark and seeds of the plant are also used to address Rheumatic pains.

7. Decoction of these flowers can also be used to make the bio-fermented drink which has all the benefits of the herb besides supplying the body with much needed probiotics.

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