Hermal Seeds, also known as Harmal, is a perennial plant of African origin, mainly grown in the Middle East and in parts of South Asia mainly in India and Pakistan. It is also known as Syrian rue and Wild rue. It grows to about 2.5 feet – 1 foot tall and is adversely known for its various uses. One of the main uses of Harmal includes the extraction of dyes. The seeds of the plant are believed to release a red dye, called the “Turkey Red”, often used to dye carpets in Western carpets. Found vehemently in the lustrous mountains of Himalayas, from Afghanistan to Kashmir, prominently in Ladakh and the Kashmir Valley, Harmal also has some evident medicinal values. Being a medicinal plant, Harmal is used in various Ayurveda medicines.
- It influences the secretion of breast milk in lactating mothers.
- The most important uses of P. harmal in traditional pharmaceutical sciences are in cardiovascular diseases
- Highly effective in the cure of laryngitis or the inflammation of the larynx.
- Effective in providing relief in remittent and intermittent fevers. Also helps in curing chronic malaria.
- Helps in curing Asthma.
- Effectively eliminates tapeworm infestations. The alkaloid harmaline, present in the herb shows anthelmintic properties.
- Helps in reducing sleeplessness and Insomnia, with its narcotic properties.
- The plant is evidently effective in curing difficult and painful menstruation and helps to regulate menstrual periods.
- A paste of the roots of the plant with mustard oil helps to kill head lice when applied externally.