Gond Katira, famous for its cooling properties should be incorporated into your daily diet, especially during hot summers. With the warning for Heat Waves being issued in most parts of the country, it is essential to keep yourself hydrated and cool in this scorching heat. In this post, read about an ancient herb that will not only cool you down but also has several health benefits. It is one of the best energy and immunity boosters as well. It is a dissolvable gum that can be mixed in drinks to curb the heat off and avoid heatstroke or sunstroke. Bonus: There’s an easy recipe at the end of the post.
What is Gond Katira?
Also known as Tragacanth Gum, it is an amazing herb with dual properties of cooling the body in the summer and heating it during the winter. It is a wonderful yet lesser-known herb and you might have heard your grandmother mentioning it for its several benefits! It is an age-old herb that’s famous in Ayurveda for curing diseases like cough, constipation, excessive body heat, etc.
Let’s uncover Gond Katira and its benefits, uses, and how it can benefit you in numerous ways.
The nutritional value of 100 g of Gond Katira is as follows:
- Calories – 70 kcal
- Carbohydrates – 35g
- Fiber – 30g
- Hydrates – 5g
- Fats – 0g
- Sodium – 9g
Gond Katira Benefits
Curing dehydration/treating heat-strokes
Gond Katira is very useful for curing dehydration and treating heat strokes. It has cooling properties and hydrates the body. However, if you are consuming it please remember to drink a lot of water.
Maintaining a good digestive system
Keeping a healthy digestive system is very important for overall health. The health of your digestive system is necessary because it directly impacts the overall health of your body. If you have a weak digestion system means poor health and it also slows down your metabolism.
Gond Katira for Weight Loss
It has high-fiber content that benefits your body by keeping you full for a longer time and improving your gut health. It helps in flushing out toxins from your body and enhances metabolism.
Benefits for Skin and Hair
Gond Katira has anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties that work wonderfully well on fine lines and wrinkles. It is also used to treat various skin conditions including acne, eczema, dry skin, and others. It improves hydration and helps in improving the texture of the skin. It is beneficial for acne, pimples, pigmentation, wound healing, spot reduction, etc. It also benefits your hair health by adding more volume and strengthening. It helps in case of hair loss issues due to its rich calcium and protein content.
Pro tip: Use this gum in face masks or hair packs for best results.
Gond Katira for Pain Relief
It helps in reducing all types of body pain. It acts on your nervous system and reduces the sensation of pain. It is also helpful in making your bones stronger due to its rich calcium and magnesium content.
It is incredible for boosting immunity and strength. It also works as an antiviral agent to strengthen the immune system. It aids in improving blood circulation by increasing the rate of blood flow. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help to fight against bacteria and other fungi.
Gond Katira might cause choking or blockage of the intestines if not taken with adequate water intake. Try to increase your water intake whenever you eat Gond Katira in any form.
- 2 Teaspoon Gond Katira
- 1 cup water
- 2 Cups thick milk – cold
- 9 to 12 tablespoons Rooh Afza or Rose Syrup or your favorite syrup
- Ice cubes – add as required
- Add Gond Katira to 2 cups of water. Cover and allow it to soak in water overnight or for 8 to 9 hours.
- After it becomes jelly-like, strain the excess water, if any. If it becomes too tight
- Then you can add some more water.
- In a glass, mix soaked gond and rooh afza or your fav syrup.
- Add chilled milk.
- Add ice cubes.
Serve it immediately. You can add some chopped dry fruits for garnishing.
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