When you’re outside watering your lawn, have you ever paid any attention to the type of grass you have? Whether you have Bluegrass, Bentgrass, or St. Agustine, none of them amount to all the benefits Bermudagrass proposes for your health.
For thousands of years, many cultures have utilized the healing capabilities of bermudagrass heal many afflictions. It might come as a surprise to know that the grass from your lawn can offer medicinal benefits but just one cup of bermudagrass can help alleviate constipation and epilepsy along with many other common ailments.
Botanical Name and Family of Bermudagrass
Bermudagrass is known botanically as Cynodon dactylon and has been considered as a sacred plant, which has great significance in Ayurveda because of its medicinal as well as clinical properties. So much, in fact, the Hindu culture often used it in religious ceremonies and considered this grass as a deity.
Bermudagrass is apart of the Poaceae family and also referred to as Durva grass, Bahama grass, and Indian doab.
What Is Bermudagrass?
Bermudagrass was originally found in the Middle East from where it later spread to Bermuda and North America. This greyish-green grass has short blades with rough edges. Bermudagrass is tough, quickly recovers from damage, survives high temperature and is drought resistant; it’s practically indestructible making it a popular choice for sports fields.
Bermudagrass has been used in Ayurveda, Unani and Homeopathy systems of medicine for its health benefits.
Active Ingredients Found in Bermudagrass
Bermudagrass contains alkaloids, flavonoids, triterpenoids, glycosides, vitamin A and C and beta-sitosterol. Bermudagrass also contains crude protein, phosphorus, and calcium for strong bones and teeth, potassium for heart health, manganese for enzyme production and fiber for creating the perfect environment for probiotic growth in your colon, if the whole plant is consumed.
Health Benefits of Bermudagrass
Traditionally, Bermudagrass has been used to treat vision problems and eye disorders, worm infestations, foul breath, bronchitis, asthma, tumors, and fever. Along with the previously mentioned benefits, bermudagrass has also been proven to help these following ailments.
- Acid Reflux
- Healing Wounds
- Cardiovascular Disease
It is believed to have expectorant, anti-inflammatory, analgesic, aphrodisiac and carminative properties. Research studies have shown this herb to possess valuable anti-diabetic, antioxidant, anti-cancer, aphrodisiac and male fertility enhancing activity.
How to Consume Bermudagrass
The great thing about bermudagrass is, it grows all over the world and its free food! If you grow it of course, but now it has become easily accessible in the form of seeds, powder, and even supplements.
Bermudagrass can be consumed as a juice or as a spice for cooking. In order to make bermudagrass juice; take a large amount of washed bermudagrass without the roots and add coconut or filtered water, then use a blender to mix together.
Drink the juice first thing in the morning on an empty stomach every day.
Side Effects of Bermudagrass
Although bermudagrass provides a variety of benefits, it has been known to cause allergic reactions in some individuals. For this reason, it is recommended to be used with caution by patients on anti-diabetic medication.
Make sure the bermudagrass has not been sprayed with pesticides and is not a GMO-based product; consuming the purest form of bermudagrass is imperative.
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