Almond (Badam) - Uses and Benefits
They build up healthy mind and body, used also for cosmetics and perfumes. Their oil has medicinal and food values. Almonds should be kept soaked in water overnight, and next morning, after peeling them off, a paste (then) should be made. It is known as almond butter which is far more superior to the dairy butter.
Food Values -
- Moisture - 5.2%
- Protein - 20.8%
- Fat - 58.9%
- Fibre - 1.7%
- Minerals - 2.9%
- Carbohydrates - 10.5%
- Calcium - 230 mg
- Phosphorus - 490 mg
- Iron - 4.5 mg
- Niacin - 4.4 mg
- Small amount of vitamin B Complex
- calorific value - 655 (Per 100 gms of edible portion).
How it looks - It is a middle sized tree with simple greyish leaves and white-tinged red, showy flowers. The fruits are velvetty drupes, separating into 2 halves, exposing stones which contain the kernel called almond .
What we use - Kernel, oil
What it does - Kernel-Sweet thermogenic, aphrodisiac, laxative, diuretic, nutritious, demulcent and nervine tonic, oil-Sweet, cooling, antispasmodic, sedative, laxative and rejuvenating.
Preparing Herbel Medicines Using Almond
Almond milk is the most useful health tonic. It should be prepared by grinding the blanched almonds with milk, adding some more milk and little sugar to it. Almond fat is in an unsaturated form. Besides, it has also 11 gms of a fatty acid (linolenic acid) in 100 gms of almonds. Thus, almonds help to lower serum cholesterol level.
Almonds help to raise haemoglobin, form new blood cells, enable liver, heart, brain and nerves to perform their respective functions normally. It prolongs life, tones up and energises muscle function, energises brain power and strengthens health. Take equal quantities of raisins, almonds and roasted black grams. If 50- 100 gms of this recipe is taken with milk, it will meet all food requirements of body and brain.
Almond is laxative, removes skin disorders, respiratory problems, rejuvenates sexual power and system, does away with constipation but, for all such or any other disorder or to derive tonic effect, only sweet almond should be used, but not the bitter variety.
For healthy skin - Mix equal quantity rose petal's paste, almond paste (of blanched almonds) and milk cream. If applied daily over face, it will beautify the face, by nourishing the skin, It will also provide glow, softness and lustrous look to skin, remove wrinkles, black-heads, pimples, dryness of skin and retard pre-mature aging effects on face.
To remove constipation - Mix half teaspoonful of almond oil to hot milk but, those who have sensitive stomachs, should not use the oil, in stead they can chew the almonds (blanchcd) to be followed by hot milk drink. Almond oil with rose water can be applied to face for facial tenderness.
For reliefin asthma, bronchitis and whooping cough - Mix ten to fifteen drops each of ginger and lemon juices to a spoonful of almond oil and take for 10-15 days at a stretch once or twice a day, depending on severity of the symptoms.
In delayed puberty - Crush a few almonds, along with egg yolk, gingelly powder and a tsp of honey in milk and give it to the girl with delayed onset of puberty, every day. This ensures good overall development during adolescence.
In pregnancy - Almonds being highly nutritive are an ideal source of energy for pregnant women. For best results, soak almonds in milk, add a pinch of saffron and drink the tasty preparation everyday for nourishment both to the mother and the to-be child.
To increase vitality - Almonds in milk also increase libido and enhance general sexual performance in cases of frigidity too.
As a brain tonic - Almond is popular for its property as a nervine tonic. Rich in nourishment and essential fats, almonds serve to enhance memory and intelligence. Soak 4-6 almonds in water and eat after removing the kernel.
As a body coolant - Badam kheer is a well known preparation made by grinding almonds and mixing in milk. This cools the body apart from relieving brain exhaustion and improving functioning.