Harsingar(Queen of the Night)
The Night-flowering Jasmine is called by several names in Hindi like Parijat , Harsingar, also Queen of the Night.The South-east corner of my front-yard is occupied by this mystifying tree. It produces the most delightfully fragrant flowers from September to November. The breeze that fondles the flower brings with it an enchanting aroma.
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Harsingar is also known as Night Jasmine or Parijat. It is loaded with beneficial qualities and is native to Southeast Asia and South Asia. It is a small tree or a shrub growing up to 33 feet tall with a grey flaky bark. The leaves are quite broad with a margin. The flowers look breathtaking with 5 to 8 white corolla petals, having an orangish-red center. The fruit which this flower bears is a brown round to heart shaped capsule of 2 cm diameter containing a single seed.
This flower is found in abundance in West Bengal, India and also in Kanchanaburi Province in Thailand. This flower loses its brightness during daytime and is most commonly used as a yellow dye for clothing.
Benefits Of Harsingar And Its Side Effects
- It provides treatments for Dengue, Chikunngunya, Malaria and Arthritis. It prevents gas, radical damage, treats cough, fights breathing problems, etc.
- Additionally it has anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties which make it fight various infections in the body.
- It also acts as a laxative in most cases.