Friday, November 9, 2007

Kattar vazha,loobikka(ololikka),Koovalam


Koovalam(Aegle marmelose) -Considered as a Sacred plant and it has medicinal value. In Sanskrit it is called as Vilva.This tree is an old one pictured from Mazhuvancherril family, Vadayar. Koovalam fruits regulates digestive functioning in humans. Leaves can be used to cure diabetis, inflammation, Asthma and Cough. The leaves are used as remedy for diarrehea, intestinal parasites and dysentry. It is a good remedy for constipation.
Specially used for the poojas of Lord Shiva. The garland made of Koovalam leaves are very special to Lord Shiva. Koovalam tree is connected with our culture. The word Koovalam can be seen in lot of film song lyrics
"Oru kumbilil niraye koovala mottukal korthu menangu..."The song is from the film 'Fast Track'.
"Neela koovala poovukalo" from an old malayalam movie. "Koovala kankalil karimazhi ezhutham" from the movie 'Gajarajamandiram'. "Neela koovala poovukalo valittezhuthiya kannukalo" Lyrics of vayalar. "Ilayay piraviyundenkil koovalathilayay thalirkkum njan" from the movie Thattakam. "poovum prasaadavumilaneer kudavumaye kavil thozhuthu varunnavale thamara valaya kaiviralalolu koovala thila enne choodikku" I don't know the film. "Iruneermizhi than koovala malaril" from the film "Azhiyatha Bandhangal".

Ripe Ololikka or Loobikka or Lovalolikka -Ripe fruits are pure red in colour and sour. This fruit is used to make pickles and jam.
Scientific name:Flacourtia Jangomas
Family:Flacourtia peac
Picture is taken from Mazhuvancherril house, Vadayar.
Kattar vazha -In my child hood days I had heard a lot about this wonderful plant. In that days most of my friends used this leaves with coconut oil to nourish their hair. I have not yet tried these leaves. Recently most of the beauty related products contain the Aloe vera like soaps, shampoo and cosmetics. Aloe vera can be used as a moisturiser and in hair oils. It is considered as a lucky plant. This plant is used to enhance the beauty of the skin. In sanskrit it is called Ghritkumari.
The leaves contain a gel like substance and it a good moisturiser, heal wounds, burns and ulcers. The oil prepared with the kattar vazha gel and cocont oil is a good remedy for hair loss and the hair will become more black.
Some benefits of this lucky plant ..
  1. It lightens the dark spots on the face
  2. Prevents the ageing of the skin act as a skin nourisher.
  3. Used in lip sticks, facial masks, Anti wrinkle creams, skin conditioners
  4. Used for various skin disorders like Eczema, psoriasis and wounds.
  5. Healing agent for dry and cracked skin
  6. Medicine for liver and spleen disorders
  7. Promotes hair growth
  8. This plant is called as 'women's friend'- It regularises the mensus and eases the menopause troubles
  9. It purifies the blood

To read more http://keralaarticles.blogspot.com/2007/09/aloe-vera.html
About a book explaining the healing powers of Aloe vera http://www.aloe-yourmiracledoctor.com/

You can buy an Aloe vera plant this moment itself from http://www.amazon.com/gp/homepage.html/103-4648619-5495030

From this time I had not even thought that this plant has such medicinal qualities. We have to watch the nature and nurture the nature to save our earth.

enjoy the life

13 comments:

Seena said...

Aswathi,
I visited your blogs and really loved your attempt. You are a lucky girl, spent a wonderful child hood in the bank of a river! Wow..!!!
I will give the herbs blog link in coconut oil blog, actually I started it just to make others know the health benefits of coconut oil since I found many people are away from it, due to cholesterol threat..
any way, thanks Aswathi for commenting, so I could find out your blog..

Varghese Mathew said...

What is loobikka called in english?

davis said...

There are fresh Koovalam fruits available with me for Rs.80/k.g.

Interested persons can contact 9495423308 davis

Shipping cost extra.

team said...

What this kattarvazha called in english ?

team said...

I am planning to plant Kattarvazha with the help of Kerala horticulture Mission. Which part of Kattarvazha i can sell and where i can sell it ?
Pls help me.

AswathiBabu said...

@team I think its Aloe vera. I thinks Kattarvazha is selling as the whole plant. You can contact any ayurvedic pharmasceutical companies or extracting companies for the sale purposes. Wishing you all the success in the herbal business.

team said...

Aswathi, Could you pls tell me this kind of companys which are operating in TVM/Kollam/Pathanamthitta districts ? and also pls suggest me medical plants which i can culitvate to sell the same in local angadi kada ?

Sneha said...

have u ever seen a kuvalam flower...?

Sneha said...

aswathi.have u ever seen a kuvalam flower......?

retheep nalarajan said...

Kattar vazha is called alovera in english. it is a little expensive in kerala.But you can find it free in most of the gulf countries.they are using it as a decorative plant.As I know its gel has been using for medicinal use in African countries also.

retheep nalarajan said...

Kattar vazha is known as aloevera in english. It is a little expensive in kerala,but you can find it free at Qatar(I dont know about other gulf countries)as they are using it as a garden plant.You can find it near the walkways. Now a days I am applying its gel on my scalp to treat hair falling. But I am not sure about the result.

retheep nalarajan said...

Hey devis, just two koovalam fruits are more than enough to weigh 1 kg. And note that it is having no any demand in kerala.Just come to my home and collect all fruits free.

Unknown said...

ONE RIPED KOOVALAM FRUIT WEIGHS ONLY
50 - 100 GRAMS DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE FRUIT.I AM PROTECTING THE TREE AS AN EYEBALL.IF ANY BODY NEEDS THE FRUIT I AM READY TO SHIP. LOCAL MEDCINAL SHOPS ARE COLLECTING THE FRUITS,LEAVES AND SKIN AT REASONABLE COST.

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