Botanical name of Bermuda grass is Cynodon dactylon and is known as Durva in Sanskrit, Doob in Hindi and Arugampul in Tamil language. Bermuda grass is an amazing herb and a sacred plant that necessarily used for worship in India.
It consists of three blades which represent Lord Shiva, Shakti and Ganesha. Bermuda grass is sacred to Lord Ganesha, the oversoul or “Atman” and is considered “the remover of all obstacles”. Generally, the tender shoots of durva are used in worship ritual of a deity.
Bermuda grass is loaded with medicinal uses that can be used as home remedies. Bermuda grass is used as antiviral and antimicrobial. In India, Bermuda grass has great significance in Ayurveda because of its medicinal as well as clinical properties.
Why Bermuda grass (Durva) used to worship God Ganesha
Once a demon named Analasura caused havoc in the heaven. He emitted fire from his eyes and destroyed whatever came in his way. To save the heaven from the terror of demon, God Ganesha fought with the demon Analasura. In the battlefield, Analasura started attacking God Ganesha with fireballs and eventually tried to gulp him down. At that moment God Ganesha showed him his original form and gulped down the demon instead.
After gulping the demon, God Ganesha felt extremely restless due to the heat inside his body. So, the moon came to his help and stood on Ganesha’s head. Thus he was named ‘Bhalchandra’. God Vishnu gave his lotus to bring down the heat; God Shiva tied his cobra around Ganesha’s belly. But nothing could bring down the heat. Finally, a few sages came with 21 leaves of Bermuda grass (Durva) and placed them on Ganesha’s head. Miraculously, the heat went off. Thus, God Ganesha declared that whoever worships him with Bermuda grass (Durva) will receive his blessings forever.
The amazing medicinal benefits of Bermuda grass
#1. Nutritional value: The Bermuda grass is rich in calcium, phosphorous, potash, potassium, sodium, manganese, protein, enzymes, carbohydrate, fiber, flavonoids and alkaloids.
#2. Wounds healing: Paste of Bermuda grass is prepared and applied over fresh wounds and ulcers to control the bleeding and quick healing.
#3. Menstrual problem: Bermuda grass is effective in case of prolonged menstrual duration. To control heavy menstrual period, use of the juice of Bermuda grass and honey 3-4 times a day is very beneficial.
#4. Bleeding of Gums: Bermuda grass has adequate amount of flavonoids that acts against ulcer. It reduces the formation of phlegm and prevents gums related problems. Bermuda grass strengthens the teeth and remove bad odor from the mouth.
#5. Nose bleeding: The fresh juice of Bermuda grass is installed as nasal drops to control bleeding from the nose.
#6. Constipation: Bermuda grass is helpful in curing of stomach related problems. Taking the juice of Bermuda grass with water is helpful to detoxify the body by releasing toxins from the body. Bermuda grass is also good for acidity and normal the bowel movement thereby beneficial for constipation. It promotes regular bowel movement.
#7. Immunity problem: Bermuda grass contains a bio-chemical compound called cynodon dactylon protein fractions, which helps to enhance immunity of the body. Bermuda grass is easily available and affordable immune booster and energizer.
#8. Scorpion bites: In case of scorpion bite, the fresh juice of Bermuda grass is given in a dose of 30-40 ml. to nullify the effect of poison.
#9. Epileptic seizure: Fresh juice of Bermuda grass is given in a dose of 15-20 ml. in conditions of epileptic seizure and psycho-somatic disorders.
#10. Nerves disorder: Bermuda grass is good for nerves. It helps to tone the nerves. Regular drinking of Bermuda grass juice is good for the nervous system.
#11. Obesity: Bermuda grass is good to control obesity and helps in weight loss. To have a good result, prepare a decoction of 3 teaspoons of Bermuda grass, 4-6 nos. of black pepper and pinch of cumin. It should be taken twice a day with coconut water or butter milk.
#12. Mucus removal: Bermuda grass is advised to take Bermuda grass to prevent cold. It helps to remove phlegm from the body.
#13. Eye infection: Apply the juice of Bermuda grass over the affected eye region. Bermuda grass is good in overcoming eye infections.
#14. Anemia: Bermuda grass is good for anemic patient. It helps in the formation of red blood corpuscles (RBC) due to adequate amount of chlorophyll in it.
#15. Diarrhea: Prepare a decoction of 3 teaspoon water melon juice and 3 teaspoons of Bermuda grass juice and take this mix half a cup twice a day to cure diarrhea.
#16. Blood purification: Make a decoction of Bermuda grass, betel and black peeper in the ratio of 4:2:1 and take 20 ml of the decoction in a day.
#17. Urinary tract infection: Bermuda grass is good for urinary tract infections. Bermuda grass juice is with yogurt shows good result for them who are suffering from piles and vaginal discharge. Bermuda grass is a good herbal remedy for Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS).
#18. Piles: Bermuda grass is effective in curing of piles and hemorrhoids. Boil the mix of 2 teaspoons of Bermuda grass and 1 cup of cow’s milk for 10 minutes on a low flame. Strain the mixture, and drink after cooling it.
#19. Sugar control: Bermuda grass has hypoglycemic effect thus helpful in controlling of blood sugar levels and reduces fatigue. Bermuda grass is also beneficial in prevention of disorders and conditions associated with diabetes. Bermuda grass juice along with margosa (neem) leaf juice is good in normalizing blood sugar level. Even for chronic diabetes, the drinking of Bermuda grass juice keeps the sugar levels in control. Drinking the juice empty stomach in the morning is good in normalizing the sugar level.
Research should be continued to find benefits of grasses and plants around us
There are so many herbs given by nature to be healthy. But with the time remedial features many herbs, we have forgotten and a lot of research yet to be done. We should know the importance of easily available grasses and plants around us and used to treat the disease.
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