Exploring The Aromatic Kewra Plant And Its Uses
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The kewra plant is grown in some states of India, which are Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. It thrives in tropical humid climates and mashy areas like rivers and streams, and it loves the monsoon rains. The long, pointed leaves of this plant and the assembled flowers give it an ornamental beauty. It is also popular as a garden plant, but every part of this plant is very valuable.  

All parts of this plant are used in some way or another for either culinary uses, medicinal uses, furniture, powder, or sharbat. Most prized of all is the aromatic Kewra water distilled from the flowers. This is used in traditional Indian rituals, food dishes, and natural medicines. 

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With its versatile uses and divine floral scent, it's easy to see why this botanical wonder holds such an esteemed place in Indian culture and daily life.  

Kewra Flowers  

The fragrant Kewra flower has many important uses. Its sweet smell makes it perfect for perfumes. The oil from the flower is used in attars and mixes to make scents. Some people cook with the flower too. They add it to drinks, desserts, and sweets because of its subtle sweetness. The flower also has a religious meaning. Hindus use it in rituals and ceremonies to represent purity. Temples are decorated with the auspicious Kewra flower for festivals and celebrations.   

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Kewra Plant Leaves  

The long, strap-like leaves of the Kewra plant are prized for their flexibility and durability. Artisans weave them into baskets, mats, hats and other crafts that showcase traditional skills. In certain areas, cooks wrap food in the leaves, which imparts subtle flavour and moisture during cooking. The versatile Kewra leaves thus find use both in handicrafts and the kitchen.  

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Kewra Fruit  

The Kewra fruit contains edible seeds that can be eaten after processing. These seeds are used in some traditional dishes like phirni, custard, dry fruit rice, and more. However, the fruit itself is not commonly consumed. The fragrant Kewra flowers and leaves are more popularly used.  

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Medicinal Uses Of Kewra   

The Kewra flower, also known as screw pine, has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. As per the National Library of Medicine, the essential oil of the kewra plant is believed to have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. 

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When applied to the skin or inhaled, the floral aroma can promote relaxation. Extracts from the kewra plant may also aid digestion when consumed. According to the National Library of Medicine, compounds in the leaves, stems, and flowers can help treat stomach ailments like indigestion.   

Kewra Sharbat Benefits  

Kewra Sharbat is an ayurvedic medicine made from fragrant kewra flowers.   

  1. As per the National Library of Medicine, it contains antioxidants that help fight free radicals and prevent cell damage.  
  2. May help prevent cancer by boosting immunity and fighting inflammation.  
  3. It treats pimples and acne due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties.
  4. Reduces fatigue and increases energy levels. The cooling effect helps relax the mind and rejuvenate the body.  
  5. It relieves thirst and burning sensations. As per the National Library of Medicine, the hydrating liquid soothes irritation and boosts energy.  
  6. It improves taste and digestion. The floral flavour stimulates appetite and aids digestion. 
  7. It helps treat urinary tract infections that cause painful urination. According to the National Library of Medicine, the anti-inflammatory properties reduce discomfort.  

Overall, Kewra Sharbat is an herbal tonic that promotes health through its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects.