Chironji is a nut commonly used in desserts because of its nutty, sweet, and salt taste. Chironji seeds or nuts are derived from the tree named Buchanania Lanzan, which has its native to Indian subcontinents, mainly Northwest India.
You can find this ingredient stacked in most of the Indian Kitchens. Chironji seeds or nuts are often used with or in the place of almonds and are extensively used for making mouthwatering sweet recipes and delicious foods in festival seasons. Both sweet and savory Indian recipes use this festive nut.
Kheer is the most delicious and loving dessert of Indian cuisine, made of milk, rice, special Indian spices like cinnamon powder and cardamom powder.
On serving, it is topped with raisins and nuts like almonds, pistachios, and another nutritious nut that we never discussed enough called Chironji.
According to traditional Ayurvedic medicine, this nut is beneficial in treating various health conditions such as mouth ulcers, headache, respiratory disorders, cough, infertility, skin rashes, and constipation.
All parts of this plant, be it nuts or seeds, fruits, oil, roots, kernels, or gum, are a host of many medicinal values and offer several health benefits. Most traditional medicine formulations have this chironji plant part.
What Is Chironji?
Chironji is a nutty seed harvested from the plant with a botanical name like Buchanania Lanzon. The plant belongs to the Anacardiaceae family, and in some places, it is also called the Almondette tree.
Chironji tree is native to India, but they widely grow in Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, Laos, and Yunnan. The tree grows naturally in the tropical regions of North, West, and Central India.
Chironji has a deciduous origin and is an evergreen tree that grows to 18 meters in height and features tomentose branches and a straight trunk. The tree is commonly found in semi-evergreen forests, lowland forests, open forests, dry forests, moist and drained deciduous forests. The tree can handle harsh weather conditions and highly grows in yellow sandy loam soils.
The plant has a rough external surface with grayish-brown color and fibrous internal surface with a reddish-brown color. The leaves are alternately arranged in the branches, broad, pinnate, and oblong.
The tree yields greenish-white small flowers followed by black drupes on fertilization. The fruits of this tree are green colored and turn to purple-black as they mature. The seeds or nuts of the plant are creamy brown, small, and have dark spots.
Scientific Classification: Chironji
|SCIENTIFIC NAME||Buchanania lanzan|
|SUBKINGDOM||Tracheobionta (Vascular plants)|
|INFRAKINGDOM||Streptophyta (Land plants)|
|SUPERDIVISION||Spermatophyta (Seed plants)|
|DIVISION||Magnoliophyta (Flowering plants)|
|SUBDIVISION||Spermatophytina (spermatophytes, seed plants, phanérogames)|
|FAMILY||Anacardiaceae (Sumac family)|
|GENUS||Buchanania Spreng. (buchanania)|
|SPECIES||Buchanania latifolia Roxb. (chirauli nut)|
Chironji is a medium-sized evergreen tree that reaches 18 meters in height and has tomentose branches. The waterlogged areas are not suitable for this tree. These trees are currently growing in such forest conditions as an underexploited tree and giving appreciation to the tribal community.
Chironji Tree Bark
The tree bark has a thickness of 1.25 to 1.75 cm, with gray to brown outer and red to brown inner surfaces. The bark is moreover channeled and fibrous.
Chironji Tree Leaves
The tree has thick, alternate, exstipulate, and simple leaves. The petiole of the leaves is in 12 to 22 mm in length, glabrous, and stout. At the same time, lamina is 10 to 23.5 cm x 5 to 12 cm, with a round base, broad, rectangular, and lateral nerves are 10 to 20 pairs, prominent, pinnate, and intercostal reticulate.
Chironji Tree Flowers
The tree blooms greenish-white small flowers. The blooms take place between January and March. The fertile flowers are followed by ovoid reniform, drupe, with a size of 10 to 13 x 8 mm, black and oblong. The tree has a hard two valved stone that holds one seed.
Chironji Tree Fruits
Fresh fruits are green in color and turn to purplish-black once matured, which takes almost 4 to 5 months. The harvesting is done manually in April and May. The fruits are 0.4 to 0.6 cm long and 0.3 to 0.5 cm wide. They are oval-shaped and in creamy brown color, flat, compressed with dark brown color lines.
A tree yields almost 1 to 5 kgs of chironji seeds. The seeds should keep in a closed container; otherwise, it will lose its flavor and taste bitter.
Chironji Tree Seed Kernels
The kernels of chironji contain 52% oil, which substitutes olive oil and almond oil. The whole chironji kernel is used or as a replacement for almond kernels in the sweet dishes. The chironji oil is extracted from the fruits, which are called ‘char’ in India. The oil has various therapeutic benefits and is used as tonic and expectorant. Kernel oil is used as a topical application for skin diseases.
Common Names of Chironji
- Botanical Name: Buchanania lanzan
- English Name: Chironji nut, Cuddapa almond
- Tamil Name: சாரப்பருப்பு/Saraparuppu
- Malayalam Name: മൂങ്ങാപ്പേഴ്/mūṅṅāppēḻ, നുറമരം/Nuramaram
- Telugu Name: ప్రియాళువు/Priyaluvu, చార/Cara
- Kannada Name: ಚಾರೊಳಿ/Caroli, ಕೊಲೆ ಮಾವು/Kole Maavu
- Hindi Name: चिरोंजी/Chironji, चार/Char
- Marathi Name: पियाल/Piyal, चार/Char, चारोळी/Charoli
- Gujarati Name: ચારોળી/Charoli
- Punjabi Name: ਚਿਰੋੰਜੀ/Chironji
- Bengali Name: চিরঞ্জী/Chironji,
- Urdu Name: چرونجي/Chironji
Chironji is known by other English names such as Almondette tree, Broad-leaved bachanania, Buchanan’s Mango, Buchanania lanzan, Calumpang nut tree, Calumpong nut, Charoli Nut, Cheraunji nut tree, Cheronjee, Chirauli nut tree, Chirauli nut, Cuddapa almond, Hamilton’s mombin, Hermit’s tree, and Narrow-leaved buchanania.
Other names in Hindi: Achaar, Baruda, Char, Charoli, Charu, Chiraunji, Chirka, Chironji, Kath bhilawa, Payala, Payala, Peirah, Perna, Piyal, Piyar, Pra-savak, Priyal, and Priyala.
Other names in Bengali: Chirangi, Chironji, Chowl, Sarop, and Satdhan.
Other names in Malayalam: Kalamavu, Moongapezhu, Mungapera, Mungapper, Munnapel, Mural, Muungaappeezh, Nooramaram, Nuramaram, Nuramaram, Nuruvei, Padacheru, and Priyalam.
Other names in Tamil: Charam, Korka, Morala, Mudaima, Muolaima, and Saraparuppu.
Other names in Telugu: Cara, Charumamidi, Morichettu, Priyaluvu, Rajadanamu, Saara chettu, Sara, and Sarapappu.
Other names in Sanskrit: Akhatth, Char, Muni, Piyala, Prasavakh, Priyala, Priyalam, Rajadana, Rajanadanha, and Upavatth.
Health Benefits of Chironji Nuts
Chironji is full of fiber, mineral, proteins, vitamins, and other nutritions, and Antiflatulent, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibiotic, antibacterial, antidepressant, expectorant, astringent, digestive, antidiabetic, cooling and many other clinical properties. All these compounds and effects of chironji make it a natural medicine for various ailments.
Chironji nuts are used in the Unani and Ayurvedic medicinal system for thousands and hundreds of years. Daily consumption of Chironji seeds cures and prevents many diseases with their curative properties. Some of the health benefits of Chironji are listed below.
1. Natural Coolant
Chironji nuts are mostly used in Indian cooking during summer seasons. Because they have natural cooling properties that help cool the body in the sweltering summer seasons. The seeds or nuts reduce the body heat naturally.
According to Ayurveda, chironji seeds help treat itching sensation on the skin.
2. Digestion and Bowel Movement
Chironji seed oil contains astringent properties that help in treating indigestion and improving the bowel movements. The oil can bind the stool particles that, in turn, treat diarrhea.
The seeds have anti-flatulent and astringent properties that help remove and prevent gas formation in the alimentary canal, thereby treating flatulence, bloating, and abdominal pain.
The chironji seeds are filled with fiber that makes it an ideal natural remedy for digestive issues like constipation. The anti-acid property of seed powder hampers excessive acid formation in the stomach and treats ulcer, indigestion, and gastritis.
A few drops of chironji oil added to ORS can be consumed to cure loose stools. The roots of the plant are found to help treat stomach problems.
Diarrhea is caused due to excess toxin present in the body and other psychological factors. Excess pitta causes accumulation of dampness on the colon which leads to diarrhea. It may be due to the accumulation of a large amount of water and increased Vata ( air ) inside the body. Chironji seed oil decreases the Kapha and Vata which helps in expelling the toxins, excess air, and water from the body.
3. Improves Reproductive Health
Chironji seeds are found to be a powerful aphrodisiac that improves reproductive health. It effectively improves sexual vigor and vitality.
The seeds can be used to treat reproductive problems like loss of libido and premature ejaculation. Chironji is a traditional medicine used to treat loss of libido and fertility in men. The aphrodisiac properties of chironji help to reduce anxiety and mental stress. It also induces testosterone production that cures libido and fertility.
4. Clears Nasal Congestion
Chironji might help treat cold and nasal congestion. Chironji oil can be used to remove the mucus blocking in the nose. Add a few drops of chironji oil in hot water and inhale the steam.
5. Healthy Weight Loss
Chironji is rich in fiber and protein while low in calories, so it can make you feel full for a long time and avoid frequent eating.
When you are in a food diet, you should check that you have enough nutrients from the food. Chironji seeds are the best dietary nuts that contain a high amount of nutrients that can fulfill your diet. The seeds may promote healthy weight loss.
6. Treats Diabetes
The increased rate of diabetes patients is caused by many factors such as lack of exercise, unhealthy diet, skipping meals, and lack of manual work. According to some studies, the extract of chironji leaf contains anti-diabetic properties that can neutralize the sugar levels in the blood.
The β-pancreatic cells are responsible for producing insulin in the blood, which becomes more active when chironji seed powder or extract is consumed. It also hampers the starch breakdown into glucose that eventually reduces the glucose levels and keeps the sugar levels on check.
7. Boosts the Immune System
Chironji seeds are a source of minerals and vitamins which act against diseases and health conditions. The seeds may improve our immune system, especially in children.
The seeds of chironji have a set of antioxidants that fight microbes and protect our body from various health problems. The nut also pretended to have anti-bacterial, antifungal, and anti-viral properties that make it healthy food and treat the common cold, fever, sore throat, and other ailments.
8. Cures Rheumatic Pains
Chironji gum may better deal with a few health anomalies. For instance, chironji gum dissolved in cow milk is given to cure rheumatic pains. Chironji is an effective natural remedy for rheumatic pain.
Kapha (Earth, Water) is the main reason for Rheumatism problems which may cause laziness, stagnation of salt, uric acid, fatty, and toxic substances in the joint regions. It may lead to swelling, pain, and redness.
Applying Chironji oil will reduce Kapha dosha and its diuretic properties help in eliminating excess deposits of water, uric acid, salt, and toxins through urine. The anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects decrease swelling and pain.
9. Treats Respiratory Issues
Chironji seeds are potent in anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-asthmatic, and expectorant properties that help manage respiratory troubles like common cold and flu. Blockage of catarrh particles in the chest and nasal passage is easily removed by inhaling steam from hot water mixed with chironji leaf extract. The leaf extract of chironji is also beneficial in asthmatic issues and bronchitis. Regular consumption of chironji seed powder improves lung health.
Kapha is the reason for the stagnation of the water in the body, toxic deposits, and the development of phlegm and mucus in the respiratory system. Usage of Chironji oil will lower the Kapha effect and cure various respiratory problems.
10. Reduces Inflammation and Heals Wounds
The seed powder consists of bioactive compounds that promote regeneration of damaged tissue, thereby improving the healing process of wounds. The leaf extract of the plant is used for dressing wounds.
The anti-inflammatory and antiarthritic properties of the bioactive compounds in the chironji nuts make it an effective remedy for arthritis pain and inflammation. The seeds work great to reduce rheumatoid arthritis, which we call Amavata in Ayurveda. The seeds can provide rapid relief from itching and burning sensations.
Chironji tree latex mixed milk is taken to get relief from inflammation and pain. Chironji oil also has anti-inflammatory properties that can offer instant relief from rashes, infections, blemishes, and scars in the skin.
11. Purifies Blood
According to Unani and Ayurvedic medicine, Chironji seeds possess anti-toxic properties that clean the blood. By purifying the blood, Chironji nuts enhance blood circulation in your body, eliminate the toxic substance, and decrease the secretion of cortisol (stress hormone). Over secretion of cortisol will give mental and stress problems. By decreasing these hormones, Chironji nuts will balance your mind and body.
12. Cure Ulcers
The anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer properties of the chironji leaves cope up with treating many types of ulcers like peptic ulcer, ulcerative colitis, canker sores, and mouth ulcers. Traditional medicine for ulcers includes chironji. The cooling effect of the chironji soothes the mouth ulcers.
13. Enhances Fertility And Libido
Mental stress and anxiety are major factors that affect the secretion of testosterone. Chironji has an adaptogenic property that reduces stress; also has aphrodisiac properties that stimulate the production of testosterone and enhance libido and fertility. It also provides excellent stamina to men.
Consuming the drink prepared with chironji seed powder and warm milk before sleep will increase the blood circulation in the genitals organ. This increases the secretion of reproductive hormones in both males and females.
It also treats reproductive system ailments like premature ejaculation, lack of sexual interest, and impotence in men. Chironji oil is also used in the treatment of sexual and reproductive problems.
14. Postnatal Care for Mothers
Chironji plant parts are used to make traditional medicine for new mothers to improve their health after childbirth. The immune-enhancing property of the chironji is why they are given to stimulate the mothers’ immune system.
15. For Heart Health
Chironji consists of medicinal properties that extensively benefit heart health and treat various heart problems. Chironji leaves contain purgative, aphrodisiac, and expectorant properties, so the leaf extract of chironji on regular intake improves heart health. The juice extracted leaves is an excellent cardiotonic that relieves fatigue.
The chironji seed powder can improve the strength of heart muscles, reduce the cholesterol levels, and stops the formation of lipids, thereby lessening the chances of heart health ailments like heart attack, heart blacks, atherosclerosis, blood clots, etc.
16. Helps With Fatigue
Chironji is highly beneficial as a natural tonic for various health ailments and therapeutic indications. The juice from chironji leaves helps children relieve chronic tiredness and fatigue in the body.
17. Improves Cognitive Functioning
Chironji consists of brain-boosting, and adaptogenic (stress relieving) properties provide a natural solution to enhance brain functions. The bioactive compounds found in the plant prevent brain chemicals from breakdowns, thus increase the memory power, focus, concentration, and calmness in mind.
As a brain tonic and enhancer, chironji medicinal formulations are found to enhance reasoning, problem-solving, memory, and various cognitive functions. It will promote the brain health of your children. Childhood is an important stage in which human mental and cognitive functions develop properly. So, nourish your children regularly with the help of Chironji seeds.
Beauty Benefits of Chironji
Chironji seeds are a source of vitamins and minerals, so they are highly beneficial for skin health and healing skin problems. It can potentially restore the health and glow of your skin.
1. Promotes Skin Health
The nutritions in the chironji seeds with other medicinal values cope up with beautifying skin and improving skin health. For a glowing and moisturized skin, make a paste of milk and chironji seeds. Apply this face mask for 15 minutes on your face.
The seeds are a very good scrub too, they cleanse the skin and remove the dead cells, facial hair and exfoliate drifts from the skin. Skin infections like pimples and acne are also prevented and treated by using chironji seeds. For skin infections, mix the chironji seed powder with rose water and apply it on the affected areas.
Chironji seeds powder is mixed with curd and gram flour, lemon juice, and honey, or fuller’s earth and rose water to make face scrubs that cleanse the skin.
Chironji oil has been added to beauty treatments and cosmetics to offer clear, healthy, and glowing skin.
2. As a Regular Beauty Treatment
We are all running to know natural remedies for our skin to get rid of potential side effects. Consuming fruits and vegetables is the best natural that one could do for their skin health. In the same way, add nutritious foods like chironji nuts to your routine to get quick results.
Mix the chironji seed powder with milk or olive oil to make a daily face mask. Apply this mask for a few minutes and wash it off with fresh water. It removes blemishes and prevents infections.
3. Removing Aging Signs
As a nutty seed, chironji has antioxidant properties that offer spotless glowing skin. It prevents the skin from oxidative radical damages due to UVB and UVA rays, thereby reducing several aging signs like spots, wrinkles, dark circles, fine lines, etc.
The anti-inflammatory properties of chironji help reduce allergic conditions like pimples, acne, cuts, and other infections. The powdered seed kernels of chironji have an exfoliating property that removes dead skin cells, dryness, and clogged pores.
Grind the chironji seeds and orange peel into a powder. Add milk, a few drops of honey to the powder mixture, and make a paste. Apply the paste on face and scrub gently around the face in circular motions, continue for 15 minutes, do this practice on alternative days to get rid of pigmentation and wrinkles.
To treat dermatitis conditions, mix 15 grams of borax powder, 100 grams of chironji kernel powder with rose water and make a paste. Apply it on the affected areas one time a day.
Nutritional Content of Chironji
Chironji seeds are a good source of protein. It contains low calorific values and fat content, with that the seeds are a great addition to your daily food routine. It has a good amount of fiber content that helps in digestion. It has an array of nutrients such as Vitamin B1, B2, C, niacin, and minerals like iron, phosphorus, and iron.
|Protein||19 – 21.6 grams||19 – 21.6%|
|Vitamin C||5 milligrams||6.6%|
|Vitamin B1||0.69 milligrams||83%|
|Vitamin B2||0.53 milligrams||40%|
Chemical Constituents of Chironji
The Fruits and Seeds of Chironji plant contain various essential oils and bioactive compounds which are mentioned below. Because of these extensive range of constituents, chironji is highly beneficial in therapeutic, food, and cosmetic industries.
Chironji seed kernels hold 50 to 52% of essential oil extracted using the cold compression method. The extracted oil can potentially replace almond and olive oil in cooking. The whole kernel of chironji seeds is added to sweetmeats.
The oil extracted from chironji fruits is called ‘char’ in India with various clinical uses and acts as a tonic and an expectorant.
Parts of Chironji Tree and Its Uses
Chironji tree has a special place in traditional Ayurveda, Unani, Folk, and modern medicines. Every part of the press has its specific medicinal values and properties.
The extract derived from roots has expectorant properties that used to treat infections in blood, liver or gallbladder dysfunction, and digestive system disorders.
The leaves have cooling, digestive, aphrodisiac, and expectorant properties and are used to treat bronchitis, cough, cold, flatulence, constipation, skin infection, and seminal weakness in the body.
The juice taken from chironji leaves is a natural remedy for digestion problems. It relieves fatigue and tiredness. The extract is used as a tonic for heart health. Dried and powdered chironji leaves are occasionally used on wounds as dressing.
Chironji Gum or Latex
The gum extracted from the chironji tree helps treat diarrhea, chest pain, and loose motions. Chironji latex mixed with milk is given to get relief from rheumatic pains.
The chironji seed powder benefits skin health and provides strength to the body. The bark of the chironji tree contains antioxidant properties and used in various health disorder treatments.
The seed kernels of chironji trees are powdered and topically applied on skin infections that cause itching, blemishes, and spots.
Chironji oil from seeds and kernels has various clinical values applied to glandular swellings to reduce inflammation and pain.
Ayurvedic Properties of Chironji Seeds or Nuts Chironji has below ayurvedic properties.
|RASA (TASTE)||Madhura (Sweet)|
|GUNA (QUALITY)||Guru (Heavy)|
|IYALBHU (NATURE)||Snigdha (Unctuous or oily)|
|VIRYA (POTENCY)||Shita (Cold)|
|VIPAKA (TASTE AFTER DIGESTION)||Madura (Sweet)|
|SARA GUNA||Mobile quality|
|EFFECTS ON TRIDOSHAS||Calm Pitta (Fire), Vata (Air) and aggravate Kapha (Earth, Water)|
With the intrinsic properties and effects on doshas, Chironji provides a positive effect on Dhatus (Body Tissues) such as,
- Asthi (Bones)
- Mamsa (Muscles)
- Rasa (Plasma)
- Rakta (Blood)
- Shukra (Reproductive Fluids)
Ayurvedic Indications of Chironji
From the day of the reveal, Chironji has been added several ayurvedic medicine formulations and indications to treat various health conditions mentioned below.
- Amahara (indigestion)
- Anulomana (breathing)
- Arsha (piles)
- Balya (muscle strength)
- Dahahara (burning sensation)
- Deepana (stomach fire)
- Hikkanigrahana (hiccups)
- Hridaya (heart problems)
- Jvara (fever)
- Kamala (jaundice)
- Kanthya (voice)
- Kantya (sore throat)
- Kasahara (cough)
- Krichra (painful micturition)
- Krimihara (intestinal worms)
- Kustha (skin disorders)
- Mehahara (urinary tract disorders)
- Onitasthapana (bleeding)
- Pachana (digestion)
- Prameha (diabetes)
- Raktadoshahara (blood purifying)
- Rochana (appetite)
- Sangrahini (diarrhea)
- Shvarnya (complexion)
- Shwasha ( breathing difficulties)
- Triptighno (pseudo-satiation)
- Trutahara (excessive thirst)
- Vamana (nausea and vomiting)
- Vamanopaga (emesis)
- Vayasthapana (aging)
- Vran Ropana (wounds)
Traditional Uses and Benefits of Chironji
Chironji gum or latex can be used for Leprosy treatment. Chironji latex or gum, root powder, and dried leaves are mixed with buttermilk and given to cure diarrhea. Chironji gum mixed with goat milk is taken as an analgesic.
In Andhra Pradesh, Chironji gum mixed with cows milk is given as a folklore medicine to reduce rheumatic pain.
Roots of Chironji consist of cooling, constipating, acrid, depurative, and astringent properties. They can be used to treat diarrhea and skin ailments. In biliousness, tree root is used as an expectorant and cures blood infections.
Chironji Fruits are used for treating coughs and asthma.
Chironji seeds are used on Ayurveda and Unani medicine practices.
In India, ground chironji seeds mixed with turmeric powder and milk are used as a face mask to improve the glow, suppleness, and complexion of the skin.
Leaves of the plant are used as a dressing on wounds, treating various skin diseases, and as a tonic, it improves heart health. Dried and ground chironji leaves encourage wound healing.
Decoction or juice is prepared from Chironji leaves used as a blood purifier and cures loss of libido and impotence in Unani medicine.
A paste of chironji leaves and Diospyros melanoxylon mixed in water is given two times a day to heal snake bites.
Add a few drops of Chironji oil bathing water. It helps to relax stomach lining and intestine, and improve the bowel movements.
Add two drops of Chironji oil into your vaporizer and inhale the aroma to get rid of loss of appetite.
Regular hair massage with Chironji oil will reduce gray hairs.
Culinary Uses of Chironji
- Chironji seeds can be consumed raw or cooked. With an excellent flavor, these nuts replace pistachios and almonds in sweet dishes.
- Chironji nuts are used for desserts and sweetmeats. In some parts of India, dried chironji fruits and seeds are baked to make bread.
- The chironji seeds are powdered and used as thickening agents in savory sauces, and meat curries.
- The hard shell is removed to obtain short, soft seeds that are more or less like pine nuts.
- The fruits are sweet and have a subacid flavor that can be eaten raw or after dried.
- The oil obtained from seeds is in yellow color that substitutes almond and olive oil in cooking.
How to Use Chironji Nuts
For Stomach Problems
- Mix 3 – 5 drops of Chironji oil in warm bathing water can help in relaxing the bowel, lining of the stomach, and intestines.
- Add 2 to 3 drops of oil to your vaporizer and then inhale the vapor, which aids in loss of appetite.
- Mix 4 drops of Chironji oil with 2 ml of coconut oil and then massage it over your abdomen region to improve digestion.
- Prepare a glass full of buttermilk seasoned with one teaspoon of cumin seeds and coriander leaves and drink it. It will cure all kinds of digestive disorders.
For Skin Maintenance
- Make a face pack paste by mixing crushed chironji nuts with rose water. Apply it over your face, keep it in your face until it gets dry, and then remove the face pack. It will make your face smooth and glowing.
- A face pack prepared with powdered nuts, milk, and turmeric powder is used to provide glow, complexion to the skin.
- Mix the powdered Chironji nuts, orange peel powder, and milk. Apply the paste on the face, wait until it gets dried, and then wash your face with water.
- Hives can be treated by chewing 20 grams of Chironji nut, which gives relief from itching and burning sensation on the skin surface. To get complete relief from hives, consume nuts regularly for 1 to 3 months.
- Mix 100 grams of Chironji nut powder, 15 grams of borax, and rose water. Apply it over the infected area, which is the best remedy for Atopic dermatitis or weeping eczema.
For Reproductive Problems
- Mix 20 drops of Chironji oil, three drops of Cinnamon oil, and two drops of Ylang Ylang oil; then massage it over your body which helps in increasing your sexual interest, treat premature ejaculation and impotence by increasing vigor and blood count.
- Mixing three drops of Chironji oil into your bathing water or two drops of Chironji oil and two drops of Rose oil in your diffuser will peace your mind, reduce fatigue, and treat mood swings.
For Respiratory Problems
- Add 2 to 3 drops of Chironji oil to steam and inhale the vapor and also add two drops of Chironji oil with vaporub; massage your throat, chest, and back to decrease the mucus and phlegm deposits, and give relief from chest congestion, nasal congestion, common cold, runny nose, and reddish, watery eyes.
- A blocked nose can be cured by inhaling the steam of chironji oil with water. The mucous gets removed quickly.
Anti-Depressant: Blend 10 drops of chironji oil with 10ml of coconut oil and five drops of lavender oil; then massage it over the body, which provides a positive vibe, relax your mind, and remove toxic substances in the body.
For Headache, Excess Thirst & Fainting: Boil Chironji seed powder with milk. And drank it twice a day to treat headaches, fainting, and excessive thirst.
Rheumatism: Massage knee with a mixture of 5 drops of Chironji oil, two drops of Peppermint oil, and 4 ml of sesame oil can provide significant relief from rheumatic problems.
Recipes Using Chironji
Chironji seeds or nuts are often used as topping on sweet recipes, but they can also be used in the main course. Let’s check a few delicious recipes that you can try with Chironji nuts.
- Chironji Seeds – 1 cup (soaked)
- Ghee – 2 tbsp
- Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
- Cardamom – 2 to 3
- Peppercorns – 4
- Ginger – 1 tbsp (finely chopped)
- Green Chillies – 2 (slit)
- Coriander Powder – 1 tbsp
- Rock Salt – 2 tsp
- Chili Powder – 1/2 tsp
- Yogurt – 2 tbsp
- Coriander Leaves for garnishing
- Remove the husks from the seeds by rubbing them.
- Take half of the nuts and grind them into a paste.
- Take a pan, put ghee, once the ghee is heated, add cardamoms, cumin, peppercorns, saute them for a few minutes, and add ginger.
- After the ginger is fried, add yogurt gradually, while keeping stirring to prevent scorching.
- When the oil floats on the top, add coriander powder, chili powder, salt, and green chilies, saute well.
- Now, add chironji and mix well. Add plenty of water that should above the ingredients in the pan and let everything boil.
- Once the mixture boils, turn down the flame, and cook the mixture in sim.
- Garnish the dish with coriander leaves and serve hot.
- Cashew Nuts – 100 gm
- Pistachios – 100 gm
- Almonds – 100 gm
- Chironji Nuts
- Sugar – 250 gm
- Ghee – 2 tbsp
- Soak the almonds for 6 hours and grind it to a paste.
- Finely chop the cashew and chironji nuts, and then fry them in ghee to a light brown.
- Take a wide pan, add ghee, put almond paste, and saute it until the water evaporates.
- Add pistachio and fry it until it starts spreading aroma, now add chopped cashew and chironji nuts, and a little bit of cardamom powder.
- Prepare sugar syrup with two thread consistency and cool it down, mix the dry fruits with it.
- Round the mixture and give them burfi shapes. Serve it with nuts topping and enjoy.
Chironji Butter Cookies
- All-purpose Flour – 1 cup
- Sugar – 1/2 cup
- Salt – 1/4 tsp
- Butter – 1/2 cup
- Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp
- Chironji Nuts – 3 tbsp
- Milk – The required amount
- Preheat the baking oven to 350 F. Take a big bowl and mix flour, sugar, salt, and chironji.
- Add melted butter to this mixture a little bit at a time, add cardamom powder, and mix them well.
- Gradually add milk to this mix and make a soft dough. Once it is done, make small dough balls and flatten them in a disc.
- Place the disc over the baking sheet and lines over a tray. Create impressions on the disc using a fork.
- Put it in the oven for 15 minutes till the dough baked and got golden brown edges. Take off the tray and cool down.
- Serve the cookies with a cup of strong tea and enjoy it.
The potential medicinal dosage of chironji nuts or seeds varies on people based on their physical strength, age, severity, the effect on appetite, and health conditions.
It is necessary to consult the doctor and get a prescription for an effective dose of chironji for both short and long term use.
Δ Decoction or Juice of Leaves: 20 – 80 ml per day
Δ Ground Seeds, Nuts or Kernels: 3 – 20 grams per day
Δ Chironji Gum/Latex: 500 mg – 1 gm per day
Δ Chironji Root Powder: 3 – 5 grams per day
Chironji Cautions and Side Effects
Though Chironji has many nutrition contents, medicinal properties, and bioactive compounds, it is safe only when you consume it in the correct dose advised by a doctor or an ayurvedic practitioner.
Intaking a high amount of chironji seeds or nuts will cause loss of appetite. Excessive intake or improper usage of chironji seed powder or oil without consulting a doctor will cause excessive urination and constipation.
Chironji is well-known because of its sweet, salty taste and nutty flavor, and also it possesses lots of health benefits. It contains potent bioactive compounds widely used in managing diabetes, common cold, cough, and it helps to treat digestive anomalies, sore throat, reduce urinary problems, improve cardiac functions, promote digestion, and inhibit skin diseases, etc.