Last week in various classes I was asking around to see if anyone was familiar with myrobalan. Some had heard of it – most not. So here is that promised blog post.
In India, myrobalan is also called haritaki. Hari means “that which steals” and taki means “that which cleans and enhances the glow of the skin.” That is the etymological breakdown. The basic idea is that haritaki is that fruit which removes all diseases from the body and brings a luster and shine to the skin. A fairly formidable fruit – no doubt.
This fruit is not meant to be eaten like apples, pears or bananas where you might have 2, 3 or even 4 at a time. Rather, just a tiny, small piece on a regular basis after your evening meal is enough. Or it can be soaked in water and then you can drink a small portion of the water each day.
So where to find this incredible fruit or seed? At this point, here in the US it seems to be limited to Indian shops? Of course if you go to India or other tropical places like Hawaii etc, then it is more readily available. In India, in particular, such trees are quite pervasive.
Ok, so you want to know more about this panacea of a fruit. Well, here are but some of the many articles that discuss the benefits of haritaki:
If you do go out and buy some, let us know where you find it and what you experience.