Sappan Wood is a small thorny tree, 6-9 m in height and 15-25 cm in trunk diameter with a few prickly branches. The heartwood which is used in medicine is light yellow when freshly cut, but it quickly changes to red. It’s color diffuses out easily in hot water. In about 7 to 10 hours, the extract becomes deep orange in color.
It is a styptic, useful in diarrhea, wound healing. It is called Ku-chandana, as it is similar to sandalwood in qualities and usage. Due to the styptic nature, it is very good in healing mouth ulcers. Therefore, it is an essential ingredient in Khadiradi Vati – used in Ayurvedic treatment of bad breath, oral ulcers, diseases of teeth etc. It’s a good anti oxidant and anti inflammatory agent and is also scientifically proven to have hepato-protective activity. Hence,it’s also useful in fatty liver changes and liver damage caused by excess of caffeine, paracetamol, alcohol etc.
It produces a reddish dye called brazilin, used for dyeing fabric and also to make red paint and ink.
KERELA AYURVEDIC WATER
Kerela Ayurvedic Water is a hot drinking water, slightly pinkish in color. It is used by many people in the state of Kerala, India which is served in majority of the restaurants and homes just before eating. It is made with a hard part of the wood of a multipurpose tree which is widely used for various medicinal purposes. “Pathimugam” is boiled in water, which purifies the water and thereby drinking this water can prevent epidemic diseases spreading through water.
This herbal drinking water has the ability to cure anti-thirst and is also used as blood purifier, anti- diabetic, improvement of complexion and several other properties. This heartwood has also established itself as a coloring agent for liquor, wine, meat and fabrics etc.
For preparing this valued and amazing Kerala Ayurvedic water, firstly take a bowl and add water, pathimugam and boil for about 2 – 3 minutes and later strain the water and serve water hot.