14. Lebbeck Tree Flower + Sandalwood + Turmeric
Lebbeck Tree Flower (scientific name: Albizia lebbeck) is native to Northern Australia, New Guinea, and Indomalaya. People often call Lebbeck as Siris tree. Whatever the name is, the best thing about this herb is that it has multiple healing effects. The leaves, barks, fruits, roots, and its flowers are used as medicine. Saponins from this tree are often used for making soaps. Coming to health benefits, it promotes healthy teeth & gums, treats inflammation, purifies the blood, great for the respiratory system, heals allergies, etc. According to studies, the ethanol extracts of its pod is highly effective against certain cancer types. In fact, a few parts of this tree are also used for treating impotence and eye problems.
Sandalwood is of many types. However, the ones that grow in India are claimed to be the best. The Indian Sandalwood (scientific name: Santalum Album) offers the best quality. However, two other varieties include Hawaiian Sandalwood (scientific name: Santalum Ellipticum) and Australian Sandalwood (scientific name: Santalum Spicatum). For ages, sandalwood has occupied a position of respect and dignity in different religions and civilizations around the world. Hindus consider it indispensable and holy in their religious ceremonies and rituals. Besides being sacred, it is also blessed with multiple benefits. Whether it is your skin, hair or body, sandalwood has its key role in healing a problem. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, astringent, and antispasmodic properties.
Botanically named as curcuma longa, turmeric is one of the most commonly used herbs for treating an ailment. Probably, this could be the reason why people call it as the “Queen of Spices.” It is widely used in Asian cuisines. It has a bitter, warm taste, which is often used for flavoring or coloring mustards, curry powders, cheese, butter, and so on. However, the roots of turmeric are widely used for making medicines.It has antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, anti-carcinogenic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti mutagenic properties. Also, turmeric is loaded with healthy nutrients like proteins, niacin, Vitamin C, E, K, dietary fiber, calcium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, and magnesium. To try a remedy using these three ingredients, follow the instructions written below:
- Step 1: Take 1 or 2 Lebbeck tree flower, ½-teaspoon sandalwood powder, and ½-teaspoon turmeric.
- Step 2: Grind them few drops of water (or rose water if you like).
- Step 3: Apply this paste on your pimples and leave it overnight.
- Step 4: Wash with warm water in the morning.
- Step 5: Repeat for a few days until your pimples fade away.
How Does This Work?
The seeds of Lebbeck tree are fortified with calcium, crude protein, phosphorus, ascorbic acid, niacin, iron, and other vital amino acids. Now, talking about its flowers and leaves in specific, a paste made of them helps in treating various skin problems like wounds, bites, and insect stings.
The reason sandalwood is often used for treating skin problems is due to the presence of some organic compounds like beta-santalol and sesquiterpenes alpha-santalol. The α-santalol is therapeutic with protective, enigmatic, and healing properties whereas β-santalol gives the sandalwood its strong fragrance.
An active compound in turmeric, known as, curcumin has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiviral, and antibacterial powerhouse. Hence, they help in healing the pimples much faster.
The Remedy Is Not Good, If:
- You are suffering from vomiting and nausea. The scents of lebbeck flower can worsen it.
- You are allergic to any of their compounds.
- You consume it. The remedy is only for topical application.