Tamil Name : Katilupai, Kattu Iluppai Ennai, Iluppai
Englsih Name : Mahua Oil
Hindi Name : Mahuwa Oil
Malayalam : Irippa, Ilippa, Iluppa, Eluppa
Telugu : Ippa Puvvu
Kannada Name : Hippegida, Hippe, Hippenara, Madhuka, Ippa, Eppimara
Marathi : Mohda
Oriya : Mahula
Panjabi : Mua, Mahua
Mahua oil is a sort of oil extracted from the herbaceous plant Bassia Latifolia. Both the flowers and seeds of the Bassia Latifolia plant are edible, and the fruit of this tree is used as a vegetable. The seeds of the tree contain about 40% oil which is light yellow in color. Most of the tribal people living in states like Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Odisha in India use Mahua oil as cooking oil.
The residue that remains after the oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant is used as a fish poison. The Bheel tribe of Madhya Pradesh uses it to repel snakes as the gas released by burning the residue becomes poisonous to snakes. Mahua oil is widely used in the manufacture of vegetable butter, skincare oils, soaps, and hair oil. Mahua flowers contain about 65 to 70% albumin, cellulose, sugar, water, ash, enzymes, and yeast.
Due to the high sugar content, the flowers of this plant provide sufficient energy for oral administration. In some parts of India, Mahua flowers are eaten by tribal women who breastfeed their babies. In Bihar, the flowers of the Bassia Latifolia plant are used to treat Tuberculosis, which means that consuming two teaspoons of pickles made from this flower can be used to control Tuberculosis within two months.
In the Indian states of Northern Maharashtra, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, and Jharkhand, the indigenous people known as Bastar produce liquor by fermenting Mahua flowers. The powder obtained by grinding the bark on the trunk of the Bassia Latifolia tree is used by the tribes of Rajasthan to treat respiratory ailments. Mahua flowers contain vitamins, sugars, amino acids, organic acids, enzymes, and other compounds that are used to make jellies, biscuits, jams, and many other foods.
Medicinal Benefits of Mahua Oil (Iluppai Ennai)
- Mahua or Madhuca tree is an herbal tree of various medicinal importance.
- Madhuca flowers are an excellent source of cough relief, stimulant, anthelmintic, laxative, and anti-inflammatory.
- The flowers of the Bassia Latifolia plant are used to treat coughs, colds, bronchitis, and many other respiratory ailments.
- Mahua oil has Galactogenic properties which means it can stimulate breastfeeding in young mothers.
- This oil acts as an excellent pain reliever and also carries out the process of inducing vomiting.
- These are used as the best medicine for pneumonia, skin diseases, and piles.
- The bark of these trees is used as an excellent natural remedy for gingivitis, tonsillitis, diabetes, and skin ulcers.
- The leaves of the Madhuca plant contain proteins, alkaloids, carbohydrates, tannins, saponins, and triterpernoids.
- The traditional treatment uses mahua oil to treat bronchitis, chronic bronchitis, headaches, hemorrhoids, and rheumatism.
- In Ayurveda, Mahua flowers are used as a fermenting agent for the preparation of alcoholic fermented drush (Asava and Arishta).
- Due to the medicinal properties of Mahua oil, they are used in various areas for pain relief, liver protection, reducing inflammation, reducing fever, lowering blood pressure, anti-tumor, wound healing, and anti-progestational activities.
There are no side effects of using this product.