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Health Benefits of Parijat Leaves and Flowers

By Riddhi Parmar +2 more

According to mythological stories, Parijat is a heavenly tree brought to earth by Lord Krishna. Parijat is commonly known as a night-jasmine is a small shrub that has fragrant flowers. Parijat flowers have seven to eight petals arranged on an orangish-red stem. These beautiful flowers are used in many spiritual activities. This flower loses its brightness during daytime and blooms at the night.

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Parijat Leaves and Flowers health Benefits

  • Parijat leaves are rich in antioxidants, which help protect the body against oxidative stress. Source: ncbi
  • Studies have shown that Parijat leaves possess antimicrobial properties, inhibiting the growth of certain bacteria. Source: ncbi
  • Parijat leaves have been found to have analgesic properties, providing relief from pain and inflammation. Source: ncbi
  • Parijat flowers have been shown to have anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects. Source: ncbi

Medicinal uses of various parts of Parijat plant  

From leaves to the roots, the whole Parijat plant is very useful for various healing properties. It is known to improve the function of insulin and reduce the symptoms of diabetes. Thus, it can be included in your  Diabetes Diet Plan.

  • Parijat leaves:

In Ayurveda, Parijat leaves has been used to treat a different kind of fevers, cough, arthritis, worm infestation, etc. The leaves juice is bitter and works as a tonic. The kadha or decoction is excellent for arthritis, constipation, worm infestation.

  • Parijat flowers:

This small, aromatic, white flower works wonderfully for gastric complaints and respiratory complaints.

  • Parijat stem:

Parijat stem powder is very good to treat joint pain and malaria.

Parijat is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are being used traditionally for ages. In my experience, due to these properties, Parijat may be used as an anti-venom in case of snakebites as well.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, MD

Health benefits of Parijat  

Parijat is a wonderful plan in Ayurveda particularly known for its enormous health benefits. Due to its broad-spectrum medicinal properties, it has become a matter of interest for research. This antioxidant, medicinal plant has numerous health benefits from alleviating pain to reducing fever.

      1. Treats various types of fever

Parijat is known as a great anti-pyretic. It cures various nauseous types of fever including malaria, dengue, and chikungunya fevers. Recent studies suggest that Parijat leaf and bark extract are very useful to ameliorate fever instantly. It helps to increase platelet count in dengue and chikungunya fever. It also inhibits bacterial / parasite growth that can cause fever.

How to use it – Take a one tsp of leaf extract and boil it with 2 cups of water, until it reduces to one cup. Also, you can mix 1 ml of olive oil with 2 drops of Parijat extract oil and rub on the soles. It helps to reduce your body temperature.

      2. Treat arthritic knee pain and sciatica  

Arthritis and sciatica are the most painful conditions. Parijat leaves and flowers possess anti-inflammatory properties and specific essential oils to makes them beneficial in the treatment of arthritic knee pain.

How to use it – Ayurveda doctors suggests that decoction of Parijat leaves are excellent for relieving arthritis and sciatica. Also, add 5-6 drops of Parijat essential oil in coconut oil and apply it to the affected area to reduce pain.

      3. Cures dry cough  

Are you suffering from constant cough and irritation of the throat? A tea made from Parijat leaves and flowers is used to reduce cough, cold, and bronchitis. Studies show that the ethanol extract of the Parijat plant is an excellent bronchodilator. It also works beautifully in asthma.

How to use it – Take a few Parijat flowers and leaves with ginger and boil it in 2 cups of water for 5-7 minutes. Steep the residue and drink it by adding honey in it.

      4. Anti-allergic, antiviral, and antibacterial properties  

Parijat oil works wonderfully as an anti-allergic, antiviral, and antibacterial. It helps to inhibit germs like E. coli. , staph infection, and some fungal infection. It can also be used to treat the various fungal infection of the skin.

      5. Immunity booster  

Parijat flowers and leaves act as immunostimulatory to boost immunity due to the presence of ethanol in it.

How to use it – Take 20-25 leaves and flowers of Parijat and grind it by adding 1 glass of water. Boil the mixture and reduce it to half, then, filter the solution and divide it into three equal parts. Consume each part in the morning, noon and evening, 1 hour before the meals & continue for 2 months.

      6. Diabetes Control  

One of the major health benefits of Parijat is to control high blood sugar levels. Previous studies suggest that Parijat flower extract has a potent anti-diabetic effect.

      7. Nourishment of hairs

A decoction of Parijat seeds clears and controls dandruff and hair lice. Flowers of Parijat works as a hair tonic and are used to strengthen the hairs and prevent hair fall. Parijat also helps to prevent greying of hairs and other scalp related problems.

        8. For the treatment of Malaria  

Studies have found that parijat leaves are very beneficial for the treatment of the symptoms of malaria. Parijat leaves alleviate malaria fever and helps reduce the parasite concentration in the body. The leaves also reduce inflammation caused by malaria significantly.

Apart from the above benefits Parijat also works great in the following conditions:

  • Works as laxative
  • Best skin healing properties
  • Manages anxiety
  • Helps to relieve menstrual cramps
  • Prevent dental issues
  • Cures digestive problems such as hyperacidity, nausea, etc.
  • Get rid of worm infestation

From my perspective, Parijat is a potential medicine for various skin diseases. To support this, I recently came across an article that says the extracts from the flowers and seeds of Parijat have shown the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature of Parijat making it a potential aid for skin ailments.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

How to Use  

Parijat leaves and flowers can be used in a few different ways:

  • The easiest way to use Parijat is to make a tea or decoction using the leaves and flowers.
  • Oil extracted from the plant is also used for its healing properties.
  • There are capsules, powders and tablets of the Parijat plant that can be found in the market too.  
  • Parijat tincture (an alcoholic extract) is also used for medicinal purposes.  

Side Effects of Parijat  

Parijat should be used cautiously and in moderation. There can be a few side effects of Parijat that can be seen:

  • Parijat leaves have a bitter and sharp taste that can cause vomiting for first time consumers.  
  • Continuous use of parijat leaves can cause gastric lesions as it contains methyl salicylate.  
  • The leaves also contain tannic acid that can cause stomach irritation, nausea, and vomiting for some people.  
  • Ingesting large amounts of Parijat leaves at once can cause nausea, stomach irritation, and diarrhoea due to the presence of glycoside in the leaves.

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Can u describe how to use parijat flower for our hair ?

P j Singh

My mother is taking parijat leaves karhaa for 3 to 4 days but yesterday she experienced shivering and a fever of 100.5 degree F. What could be the cause?

Dr. Nikita Toshi

Parijat leaves’ karha has shown benefits in people suffering from fever. However, every herb or recipe may not suit everyone. If your mother is experiencing a fever after consuming parijat leaf karha for few days, it could also be a coincidence. Kindly discontinue the karha and consult your doctor if the fever persists or worsens. Wish you good health.


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Shreya Gupta

Thank you for your feedback, glad you liked it.


My wife is 33 weeks of pregnant, Can she take for parijat leaves as Kadha?


Can I take the powder of Parijat leaves for joint pains?

Rahul Rajput

“My mum is my doctor”actually we don’t have enough money to pay doctor’s fee so she spend some time on YouTube to get knowledge of these kind of herbs..
For the past couple of years she kept on repeating the benefits of harsingar,parijit… But I never gave it a shot so today finally I decided ok Rahul let’s Google it and my whole world went upside down I went crazy

Ashir Sahal

Thank you, glad you liked it. Stay tuned for more such articles.

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इतने सारे लाभ हैं पारिजात से ….मैंने भी एक पौधा लगाया था ,इस समय पुष्प आ रहे हैं…मनमोहक सुगन्ध …धन्यवाद लाभप्रद जानकारी के लिए…

ketan chauhan

In my view, parajit leave also use full to control cholesterol

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