Some more info…

Drink jaggery panak (any drink using jaggery), while drinking water eat a bit of jaggery or add a bit of jaggery to day to day dishes. This will help in reducing the occurance of headache.

For sprain, heat jaggery and ghee, when it is still warm, apply to sprain. The pain reduces slowly.

For running nose, mix jaggery with some curd (curd should not be sour) and eat.

For headache, mix jaggery with same proportion of sesame seeds. Grind both with a little milk. Heat the mixture with a small quantity of ghee. Apply this to the forehead and sleep. Headache reduces gradually.

For continuous severe headaches, mix ghee and jaggery in same proportion and eat daily for 5-6 days. The headache goes off.

In olden days, people used to make tea and coffee using jaggery, but these days’ people are using sugar instead of jaggery. But still some people use jaggery for tea, coffee and other drinks and due to this they get definite health improvement.

These days since medicines are available for almost all the diseases people might laugh at some of these remedies. But our whole purpose is to store such precious bits of information and we am sure these will come handy one or the other day.

Jaggery purifies the blood – Jaggery is good to purify the blood. Taking a few grams of jaggery each day is known to be beneficial. It also increases haemoglobin level of the blood and prevents anaemia.

Prevents bile disorders – Bile is produced by the liver to aid digestion. Jaggery helps the prevention of bile disorders in the body.

Rich source of iron, potassium and magnesium – It is known to contain 10 times more iron as compared to spinach!!! I am going to include it in my daily diet. I guess I won’t get such a tasty source of iron anywhere else in the world.

Cures indigestion and constipation – Jaggery has natural cleansing properties that aid digestion. It helps in removing toxins from the body thus relieving constipation.

Helps people with water retention problem – This helps in controlling body weight

Helps to cure dry cough, cough with sputum – As it is anti-oxidant in nature it helps in the treatment of cough and other lung infections. Jaggery protects our lungs and is good for treating throat and lung infections. Jaggery is also helpful for asthma patients as it has anti-allergy properties too. No wonder I can find it in Ayurvedic cough syrups.

Protects the body’s cells against ageing – Once again its antioxidant properties help in protecting the cells against ageing as it fights the free radicals in the body.

Helps in relieving fatigue – Mixing jaggery with water helps reduce tiredness and relaxes the muscles, nerves and blood vessels.

It is used in the treatment of jaundice.

Useful for people with migraine problem.

Prevents rheumatic problems.

Maintains blood pressure.

Acidity and Indigestion – A small Jaggery piece taken after the meals helps in eliminating acidity, improves digestion and also helps in the expulsion of worms in small children.This reduces fatulence as well.

Menstrual Cramps – Grind togeather bitter gourd leaves, 1 garlic, 3 peppercorns with 1 tsp of Jaggery. This paste will relieve Menstrual Cramps. Ayurveda also suggests taking jaggery with milk twice aday during menstruation.

Swollen feet during pregnancy – Mix 1 tsp Jaggery with 2 tsp Fennel seeds and 250ml water. Boil and reduce the liquid to half. This drink is effective in reducing swelling during preganncy.

Palpitation – Palpitation is a condition wherein there is an irregular interval of heartbeats. Mix equal quantity of aniseed, dry coriander, and jaggery powder. Take 6 gm of mixed powder after each meal.

Hiccups – Jaggery and dry ginger powder combination with warm water is effective for stoping hiccups.

Such an easy and tasty way to stay healthy!

The recipe of delicious chikki (sweet candy). You will need Jaggery (a medium sized ball would do), Peanuts (without skin), Sesame seeds and Desi ghee (for greasing purpose)

In a pan lightly roast sesame seeds and keep them aside.

Heat the jaggery in a pan on medium flame till it starts melting, that would be around 2 minutes (not beyond that as then your chikki will turn out to be hard).
Wait for bubbles to appear in the molten jaggery. If you want to check whether the jaggery is of the right consistency just drop a bit on a plate and see if drop is round. If it is so it is ready.

Now to the jaggery add peanuts and the roasted sesame seeds and transfer the contents of the pan to a greased plate (greased with desi ghee).

Wait for a while and allow it to set. Once it cools down then with a knife cut out the chikki with horizontal and vertical cuts forming squares.