Jarul (Lagerstroemia flos reginae)

Treasures of Nature (Prakriti Ka Khazana) – Jarul

Jarul (Latinname - Lagerstroemia flos reginae), is also referred to as the Queen’s flower, the Giant Crape Myrtle & banaba. It is a deciduous tree growing in India and Sri Lanka. In fact, it is a popular herb used in folk medicines. From curbing the increasing blood sugar levels to regulation of blood pressure levels, jarul has several health benefits to offer.

Medicinal uses of jarul

  • The herb can be employed to control the body’s blood sugar levels. It helps break down carbohydrates and sugar and also facilitates their excretion from the body. Ellagitannin, present in jarul’s leaves, is beleived to possess strong properties similar to insulin. Hence the herb serves as a wonderful anti-diabetic supplement.

  • The roots of jarul have been used largely in folk medicines to cure various stomach conditions. It is known to provide relief from stomach cramps and diarrhea.

  • Jarul is also a rich source of dietary fibers. So, people suffering from hard stools can use the bark, leaves, and flowers of Jarul in order to ease the stools & smoothen bowel movements. Consequently, this offers great relief from constipation.

  • Infusion or decoction made from jarul leaves tend to have a positive impact on different urinary disorders like dysuria and renal inflammations.

  • Jarul is also good to control hyper tension. The herb is also known to bring down the blood pressure levels, thus easing hypertension and several other health conditions.

  • The corsolic acid found in jarul enables it to be employed as a natural treatment choice for various kinds of cancer.

  • Jarul has a strong impact on reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels, thereby shielding the heart from arteriosclerosis & myocardial infarction.

  • The leaves of Jarul have the potential to destroy the free radicals. So, it serves as a good anti-inflammatory agent.