The power of holy durva grass
Durva is a sacred grass and has a special significance when
it comes to Lord Ganesha. The word ‘durva’ is derived
from the words ‘duhu’ and ‘avam’. ‘Duhu’ means, that
which is far away and ‘avam’ means that which brings
closer. Thus, in a way, we can say that the Durva grass
brings the Ganesha devotees closer to him. It is especially
an important offering when you perform Ganesh puja. The
Durva grass consists of three blades which represent the
three principles of primal Shiva, primal Shakti and primal
Ganesha. Durva is said to have the highest ability to attract
the Ganesha principle which explains why it is an
important offering made to Lord Ganesha.
Durva grass is a traditional herb used in the preparation of
Ayurvedic medicines since time immemorial.
Durva is a perennial creeping grass which grows in any type
of soil. The spreading nature of the grass could be the reason
for Durva to be known as the Devil’s grass.
Durva in Sanskrit means “which is cut or eaten by animals”.
Durva grass is a storehouse of healthy nutrients like proteins,
calcium, potassium, fibre, phosphorous, carotene, sitosterol.
BENEFITS OF DURVA -
Enhances immune function -Durva grass contains protein
fractions which enhance the immune modulator activity that
helps in optimizing the immune system.
Cures skin problems-A paste of the Durva grass mixed with
turmeric and applied on the affected area is a remedy for a
host of skin related disorders.
Improves digestion-To treat acidity, one should take juice of
Cynodon dactylon (3-4 tsp) and water (1 glass) empty
stomach in the morning. This mix is quite effective not only
for acidity but also beneficial for stomach ulcer, colitis, and
Controls blood sugar levels- Doob grass juice along
with neem leaf juice is good in normalizing blood sugar
Relieves stress -Consumption of Durva grass juice regularly
relieves stress and strengthens the nervous system.
Epitaxis -Cynodon dactylon is effective in stopping of
nose bleeding . For this, one has to put 2 drops of doob grass
juice on the bleeding nostril.
Purifies blood-Juice of Durva taken every morning on an
empty stomach is said to detoxify the body.
Boosts heart health-Regular consumption of Durva grass
juice helps in reducing weight and the cholesterol levels.
Cure for conjunctivitis -A few drops of the juice is dropped
in the eyes to treat conjunctivitis.
Cares for Hb -Durva contains 65% of chlorophyll thus is a
natural remedy for treating anemia as it increases the red
Good for a woman’s overall health- A spoon of the Durva
grass juice taken along with yoghurt is effective in treating
Urinary tract infection and vaginal discharge in women.
Durva strengthens the uterus and is highly beneficial for
curing abortion. It is a natural remedy for PCOS (poly cystic
ovarian syndrome) and boosts production of prolactin
It is very effective in treating excessive blood loss during
Relieves oral problems-It is used to treat bleeding gums and
How to consume Durva grass- a few strands of Durva grass
should be taken and washed properly with clean water. A fine
paste should be made by adding a little water to it. One
spoonful of this paste should be mixed in a glass of warm
water or milk in order to avail health benefits from it.