It is a pleasure to binge on some extra saunf (fennel seeds) and mishri (rock sugar) after having an elaborate meal at a restaurant while paying your bill. The two delights come as excellent mouth fresheners as well as amazing digestives. While fennel seeds may have gotten their share of limelight, it is the mishri or rock sugar that also deserves our attention. It may be tiny unrefined form of sugar, but is said to be quite a healthful candy made of sugarcane syrup. It is not just a healthier substitute to table sugar, but has quite some health benefits to look up to. So if you have been only eating these candies at a restaurant, it is time you make way for them at your home too.
Here are some of the well-known and important benefits mishri has to offer, apart from just being a mouth freshener-
1. Relieves cough and sore throat
Cold weather may cause various health problems, which also include cough and sore throat. However, it is believed that mishri may have certain medicinal properties and essential nutrients that help relieve these conditions instantly. All you need to do is to mix mishri with black pepper powder and ghee and make a paste. Consume it at night to cure sore throat. Also you can take mishri powder and black pepper powder in a bowl and take a spoonful of it with lukewarm water at night to cure cough. This will help release excess mucus.
2. Helps boost hemoglobin levels
Low hemoglobin levels may cause problems like anemia, pale skin, dizziness, weakness and general fatigue among others. Mishri comes as a rescuer as it not only helps increase hemoglobin levels, but also regenerates blood circulation in the body.
3. Makes for a great digestive
Not only is it used as a mouth freshener but also as a digestive alongside fennel seeds. Its digestive properties start the process of digestion immediately. So you should have few pieces of mishri after a meal.
4. Acts as an energy booster
Interestingly, its refreshing taste provides an energy boost in post-meal slump. So it is good to have some fennel seeds along with mishri to up your sluggish mood.
5. May stop nose bleeding
You may not believe it, but mishri actually helps in stopping nose bleeding immediately, which is a quite common condition that happens in summer. All you need to do is to put mishri pieces in water and wait till it semi-dissolves. Now, add some drops of this water in your nose to stop the bleeding instantly.
While mishri may have certain benefits, it is important to note that it is sweet, hence should not be overeaten as it may cause other health problems. It is better to always consult a doctor before adding it in your diet.