There are many herbs, spices and other ingredients in our kitchen which can give relief to many common ailments. [This is not to encourage you to disregard any medical advice by your physician.] So as part of week 3 of BM #45, I shall post some time tested home/herbal remedies, handed over by my MIL.

For Day 1, here is a herbal decoction that has been tried by many friends and family upon the advice of my Mother-in-law. She herself takes this mixture whenever she finds there is a fluctuation in her blood sugar levels. The three ingredients are commonly available in the stores in India or they are also available online. 

There are many personal stories to vouch for its effectiveness which prompted me to post it as part of this series.

As per my MIL, people with pre-diabetes benefit the most as they wouldn't have started any medication/insulin yet. With careful diet they can keep a healthy level of blood sugar. If you are interested check out these posts on Diabetes and Weight Management

Ingredients - 

Vaamu (Ajwain)
Karakkaya (Latin - Terminalia Chebula ; English - Indian Gall Nut ; Hindi - Harad ; Tamil - Kadukkai ; Bengali - Haritaki ; Kanada - Arale) shelled and deseeded
Vatti Veru (Khas, Vettiver)
 (its fragrant roots which are used for making mats and screens.)

Vattiveru                    pic courtesy Ebay
Method Of preparation - 

Take equal quantities of all three herbs. Please note that they should be of equal weight. (The deseeded karakkaya weight to be considered)

Break the karakkaya shell and discard the seed. 

Crush the Vattiveru in a muslin cloth. This also ensures that the dust is cleared.

Check for any impurities in Ajwain.

Grind all the three into a fine powder and store it in a clean and dry container.

Dosage - 

Boil 1.5 cups of water with 1 tsp of the powder . Let the mixture boil until the water is reduced to about 1/2 cup.

Cool it. A portion of the powder settles down in the container. 

Transfer the water into another container and strain it if required.

Drink this kashayam/decoction first thing in the morning. Wait for about an hour before consuming coffee/tea/water/breakfast (whichever comes first!).

It is observed that after 40 days of this regimen, the blood sugar levels stabilize. But please continue with the medication/insulin prescribed by your doctor. 

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 45.
Posted by Harini on Friday, October 17, 2014


  1. Very interesting.

  2. Srividhya Says:
  3. Great tip.

  4. Nothing like tried and tested home remedies.

  5. Priya Suresh Says:
  6. Wow this is a fantabulous home remedy.. wish i have those ingredients at home.

  7. Anonymous Says:
  8. thanks for sharing lovely

  9. Srivalli Says:
  10. Very useful Harini. When you say equal measurement of all, do you measure the karakkaya before shelling out or how?..

  11. Harini R Says:
  12. Thanks everyone. @Srivalli - The deseeded karakkaya weight is to be considered. I updated the post. Thanks.

  13. Pavani Says:
  14. Very useful home remedy Harini. Thanks for sharing.

  15. except for ajwain other ingredients are new to me...

  16. Unknown Says:
  17. We use vetti veru for freshening up our drinking water. Nice to know such a remedy for maintaining blood sugar level. Jayanthi(

  18. veena Says:
  19. Lovely tip. Very useful

  20. Wonderful tip!!

  21. Jayashree Says:
  22. Thanks for sharing a tried and tested home remedy.

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