Have you heard of black plum or jamuns ? It is Indian blackberry with a unique acerbic taste. The fruit offers beauty benefits and has medicinal properties. The fruit comes with lot of benefits, whether you eat it or apply.
The jamun tree, native to India, thrives easily in hardy tropical regions and is found in all parts of our subcontinent as well as countries of Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa. In India, this large evergreen tree, is grown widely in the Gangetic plains, and the Cauvery delta in Tamil Nadu. The tree bears fruit for 60 to 70 years and the fruits ripen in June or July.It is known by several local names such as jambas, jamun, jambolan, rajaman, kala jamun, neredu, naval, nerale, jamali, java plum, black plum and black berry.
This purple tropical berry has a unique taste, colour and flavour. The most commonly found variety of jamun is often oblong and has a deep purple to bluish colour. The pulp of the fruit is grey or pink and has a seed in the centre. Another common variety is seedless.
It has fewer calories when compared to other fruit and is a good source of iron and mineral content . The fruit extract helps increase total haemoglobin. The juice of the ripe fruit or a decoction of it is administered in spleen enlargement, chronic diarrhoea and urine retention. The tree bark, seeds and leaves are loaded with healing properties and have been used extensively in traditional streams of medicine. Since ancient times the leaves of the tree have been used to treat diarrhoea and ulcers. The leaves have anti-bacterial properties and they are used for making medicines for the strengthening of the teeth and gums. In fact, the ash of its leaves is one of the essential ingredients in tooth powders (manjan) and is effective in treating spongy gums. Jamun vinegar or juice of the fruit is a traditional cure for digestive problems and is known to be good for reducing menstrual problems in women.
Jamun seeds (dried and powdered) contain a glucose called jamboline, which has the ability to control the conversion of starch into sugar. It is one of the best fruits for diabetic patients. It also helps in reducing the quantity of sugar in urine. A diabetic patient taking 1 teaspoon of this powder twice in a day (morning and evening) is highly recommended.
Treats acne and dark spots.
Jamun seeds are the best remedy to treat acne. Make a paste of grinded dry jamun seeds in cow milk. Apply this paste on the pimples before going to bed. Wash it off the next morning. Regular application brings in result.
Are dark spots an issue for you. Mix jamun seed powder, lemon powder and gram flour (besan). Add a few drops of almond oil and rose water to this dry mixture. Mix it properly. Apply the paste on your face, and let it stay till it dries off completely. Wash it off with cold water. Follow this routine for at least a month.
Treats oily skin
Prepare a face mask using jamun pulp, barley flour, amla juice and rose water. Apply this pack evenly on your face and rinse it off once it dries off. A regular application of it will control your skin's oil secretion levels.