Child births is one of the most beautiful phenomenon in anyone's lifetime. However considering the amount of strain the mothers go through before and after the birth is unbelievable and extremely tiring physically. ancient traditions used food effectively to help mothers go through that challenging this phase with ease and good health. That is Pillai petha marundu. It's eaten by women who have recently had a baby. The medicine is a mixture of herbs.
This medicine/ legiyam given after a fortnight after delivery. a lehyam is eaten about a spoonfull in early morning in empty stomach., even before the coffee or tea. After taking this legiyam for one hour they should not drink water or any food.Having betal leaves is helpful for digestion.
This legiyam is eaten for three months. It will help in the healing of surgical wound, increase production of milk, help proper digestion and bowel movements. Give relief to constipation, help contraction of uterus, enhance excretion of waste, relieve body pain etc. Along with this legiyam Giving Pathiya sappadu after delivery is considered as very important to maintain the health.
I made this Pillai petha marundu for my daughter who recently delivered baby boy.
kanda thippili-50gm, கண்டதிப்பிலி
arisi thippili-100gm, அரிசிதிப்பிலி
vaayu vidangam-50gm, வாயுவிடங்கம்
vaal milagu-50gm, வால்மிளகு
kasturi manjal-50 gm, கஸ்தூரி மஞ்சள்
athimathuram 50 gm, அதிமதுரம்
virali manjal-50gm, விராளி மஞ்சள்
adhi vidayam-50gm, அதிவிடயம்
kadukkai -50gm, கடுக்காய்
thaalisa pathri-50 gm, தாளிசாபத்திரி
Preparing the legiyam
The prepared powder - 1 cup
Palm jaggery (Karupatti Vellam)-1/4 kg
Honey - 100gm
1.Clean all above items and Sundry all the ingredients individually for a day.
2.Take sundried items in kadai and Roast each of them individually till aroma comes. After cooling mix all the roasted ingredients and make them into fine powder form using a mixie.
3.Clean all above items and Sundry all the ingredients individually for a day. In a hot kadai, dry roast ingredients one by one, just until they become hot to touch and reserve.
4.Once all the ingredients come to room temperature, get them all ground to a fine powder in a mixie.
5.Cool the ground powder by spreading on a clean paper and store it.
6.Peel the skin from the Ginger and clean it well with water. extract the juice from the ginger and remove them of any impurities using a filter.
7.Add water to palm jaggery, heat until it dissolves, strain and reserve.
8.Heat Kadai. Add 1/2 glass of ginger juice to a kadai and heat it for a minute.
9.Then add honey and then the palm jaggery syrup. Let it boil.
10.While boiling Now add the powder and keep stirring until it comes to a non-sticky halwa like consistency.
11.Once the mix starts to become like a paste, reduce the heat to low flame and add the ghee 12.When you touch the paste and it should not stick to your finger, its time to take the kadai out of the flame and keep it aside.
13. Finally add rest of the honey as required and mix it well and let it cool down.
14.After the mix has been cooled down, transfer it to a bottle jar or stainless steel container.
15.Enjoy the medicine as required by eating it in small balls in the morning hours with empty stomach. Do not each too much as it will cause heavy bowel movement.
This is an excellent herbal medicine for everyone and especially for post pregnancy women.
* This measurement of legiyam I made is for a week .