Aavaram Poo also called Avarampoo in Tamil is a very popular shrub here in Tamil Nadu. It has amazing health benefits, medicinal uses, and skin and hair care benefits. Avarampoo is traditionally used for treating diabetes and avarampoo face pack made with the dried avaram flowers treats almost all skin problems.
Avarampoo tea made by steeping the flowers is also widely consumed for it’s amazing health benefits. Aavaram poo powder got by drying the flowers and leaves is widely used in skin care. Avarampoo leaf extract has been proven to aid weight loss as it has anti obesity properties.
1. Anti Microbial Properties:
The leaf extract of avarampoo plant has amazing anti microbial properties and the methanol extract is more potent than the water extract. The antimicrobial property is due to the presence of phenolic and flavonoids present in the plant. This anti microbial properties is one of the main reason this plant is widely used for skin care.
2. Anti-inflammatory Properties:
The leaf extract of avarampoo plant has wonderful anti inflammatory properties. Traditionally we use the leaf poultice for treating wounds and it is because of it’s wonderful anti inflammatory properties that it helps reduce the pain and inflammation very quickly.
3. Anti Diabetic Properties:
Avarampoo flowers have been traditionally used for reducing high blood sugar levels in diabetic patients and I am happy to say that this traditional use has been backed by research. We make avarampoo flower tea at home and it greatly helps bring down high blood sugar levels effectively.
4. Antioxidant Properties:
Avarampoo plant has amazing antioxidant properties and regularly consuming antioxidant rich ingredients is the key to good health. Antioxidant rich herbs greatly prevents free radicals which is the major reason for premature ageing of hair and skin. Try to consume avarampoo tea regularly to get it’s amazing antioxidant benefits.
5. Antihyperlipidemic Properties:
Another amazing benefit of avarampoo is it’s cholesterol reducing properties, you can read the study that proves it here. The best part is avarampoo flower extract has been proven to be effective equal to prescription medications for lowering high cholesterol but without any of the side effects!
6. Anthelmintic Properties:
The leaf extract also possesses anthelmintic properties (ability to kill off parasites). The water extract got by boiling the leaves in water has the ability to kill the parasites and the effect is dosage dependent. The best part is the effect was equal to prescription medications and you can read the study here.
7. Anti Cancer Properties:
Another important medicinal of avarampoo plant that really amazed was it’s anti cancer properties. The leaf extract of the plant was tested on breast cancer and larynx cancer cells and in both cases it proved to be very effective in inhibiting the cancer cell growth. You can read the study that proves it here.
8. For Hair Growth:
Dried Avarampoo flowers are generally added to hair oil preparations along with other herbs like amla, fenugreek, henna and curry leaves to promote hair growth. Since avarampoo has anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties, it helps treat scalp infections and also helps reduce scalp inflammation really well.
9. For Skin Care:
Avarampoo is very popularly used for skin care here in Tamil Nadu, from lightening scars and blemishes to treating wounds, it is extensively used. For skin care, we include the avarampoo powder in bath powder recipes, face packs and face scrubs. Avarampoo is very fragrant and is very mild on the skin so it can be used for young kids too.
10. Anti Pyretic Properties:
Avarampoo tea got by steeping the flowers in water has fever reducing properties as well. Along with reducing fever, it also reduces body pain too as it has analgesic properties. If you are suffering from fever I would suggest consuming avarampoo tea regularly for a few days.