Balsam oil or Roghan Balsan is derived from Balsam Peru, which is a large tropical tree having straight smooth trunk & beautiful foliage including very fragrant flowers. Resinous juice for making the oil is obtained from exposed lacerated wood after strips of bark are removed. It is initially collected in form of a dark brown or amber semi-solid mass and later distilled to achieve pure oil extract. COMMON NAMES
Balsam of peru, Peru Balsam Essential Oil, Peru oil. BLENDS WITH:
ylang-ylang, petigrain, patchouli, sandalwood, spices, rose, floral and oriental bases and most other oils. CONSTITUENTS
Benzoic acid, cinnamic acid, benzyl cinnamate, cinnamyl cinnamate. USES
Peru Balsam essential oil acts as a stimulant, parasiticide & expectorant and helps in asthma, nervous tension, bronchitis, stress, eczema and rashes. It is also used as fixative & fragrance component in soaps, detergents, creams, lotions & perfumes.
A nutritious herb, Ginseng is a slow-growing perennial plant with fleshy roots that typically grows in Northern China, Korea, and eastern Siberia. While it also is believed to be a powerful natural aphrodisiac and tonic, here are the plant’s top health benefits
Botanical Name: Mucuna pruriens
Family Name : Fabaceae Family
Description of Herb
Mucuna pruriens or Kaunch is one of the popular medicinal plant of India. It is widespread over most of the subcontinent and is found in bushes and hedges and dry-deciduous, low forests throughout the plains of India.
Mucuna is an annual twinning plant.. Leaves are trifoliate, gray-silky beneath; petioles are long and silky, 6.3–11.3 cm. Leaflets are membranous, terminal leaflets are smaller, lateral very unequal sided. Dark purple flowers (6 to 30) occur in drooping racemes. Fruits are curved, 4–6 seeded. The longitudinally ribbed pod, is densely covered with persistent pale-brown or grey trichomes that cause irritating blisters. Seeds are black ovoid and 12 mm long
All parts of Mucuna posses valuable medicinal properties and there is a heavy demand of Mucuna in markets.
Mucuna pruriens have been long used to increase the sexual libido in both men and women.
The beans of Mucuna pruriens is being also used on sportspersons to increase their muscle mass. These seeds also help in improving the memory power and help to gain weight which is lost due to excessive exercise.
Prolactin is a hormone released by the pituitary gland which is considered to be the cause for erection failure in men. The beans of Mucuna pruriens are known to release L-dopa which combines with dopamine to restrict the release of prolactin hormone by the pituitary glands. Oral intake of Mucuna pruriens seed helps in promoting fertility and improves erection. Some people also use Mucuna pruriens seeds for treating intestinal gas, diarrhea, cough, rheumatic disorder, muscular pain, diabetes, menstrual pain and tuberculosis.
The main constituent of Mucuna pruriens seeds is L-dopa or Levadopa which acts as a natural dopamine.
The seeds of velvet bean are high in protein (20-29 %), lipids (6-7%), dietary fiber (8-10%), ash (3%), carbohydrates (50-60%) and minerals. Also they are extremely rich in alkaloids, saponins, and sterols. Mucuna seeds (as well as the seeds of all Mucuna species) contain high concentration of L-dopa (7-10%) – a direct precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine. The hairs of the seed pots contain the phytochemical mucunain, the very constituent that irritates the skin when in contact. The serotonin is also has been found in the pod (as well as in the leaf and fruit).
Main use of the plant are following:
It contain L-Dopa which is used as anti-Parkinson’s, help increases testosterone
Aphrodisiac – increases libido and it is very good for impotency and erectile dysfunction
It is used to stimulate growth of hormone – anabolic/androgenic
It help reduces spasms and relieves pain – analgesic/ antispasmodic
Help lowers blood sugar and blood pressure (hypo tensive)
It increases urination (uterine stimulant), help reduces fever (febrifuge) and it is a good cough suppressant
It calms nerves (nervine), reduces nerve pain (neurasthenic)
It help lowers cholesterol (hypo cholesterolemic)
it act as a weight loss aid
It reduces inflammation – anti-inflammatory
Other important Mucuna properties:
It help prevents or eliminates kidney stones (antilithic)
It help kills parasites (antiparasitic) and expels worms (vermifuge)