Khas Khas(special) – खस खस – Poppy Seeds – Papaver somniferum


Common Name: Poppy Seeds,    Scientific Name: Papaver somniferum

Plant Family: Papaveraceae  , Native Region: Eastern Mediterranean and Western Asia

Traditional Uses: Poppy seeds have been used in traditional medicine to treat a variety of health conditions, including pain relief, respiratory problems, digestive issues, insomnia, and anxiety.

Active Compounds: Poppy seeds contain natural alkaloids such as morphine, codeine, and thebaine, which have analgesic or pain-relieving properties.

Forms: Poppy seeds are available in the form of whole seeds, ground seeds, and poppy seed oil.

Health Benefits: Poppy seeds are believed to have several health benefits, including pain relief, improved sleep, respiratory health, digestive health, and skin health.

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Poppy seeds are small, kidney-shaped seeds that come from the poppy plant, Papaver somniferum. They are commonly used in cooking and baking, and are often added to breads, pastries, and salads. Poppy seeds are also used in traditional medicine and have several potential health benefits.

  • English: Poppy seeds
  • Hindi: Khus khus
  • Bengali: Posto
  • Tamil: Kasa Kasa
  • Telugu: Gasagasalu
  • Kannada: Gasagase
  • Malayalam: Kaskasapoovu
  • Marathi: Khas khas
  • Gujarati: Khuskhus
  • Punjabi: Khaskhas
  • Urdu: Khashkhash

Here are some potential health benefits of poppy seeds:

  1. Digestive health: Poppy seeds are high in dietary fiber, which can help to regulate digestion and prevent constipation.
  2. Relaxation and sleep: Poppy seeds contain compounds that have sedative properties and may help to promote relaxation and sleep.
  3. Pain relief: Poppy seeds contain natural alkaloids, such as morphine and codeine, which have analgesic or pain-relieving properties. However, it’s important to note that the concentration of these compounds is very low in poppy seeds and consuming large amounts is not recommended.
  4. Respiratory health: Poppy seeds have been used in traditional medicine to treat respiratory conditions such as coughs, asthma, and bronchitis.
  5. Skin health: Poppy seeds contain linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid that can help to improve skin health and prevent skin conditions such as eczema and acne.
  6. Nutrient-rich: Poppy seeds are a good source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and zinc, which are important for bone health, immune system function, and overall health.

It’s important to note that while poppy seeds have potential health benefits, consuming large amounts can also have negative effects. Poppy seeds may interact with certain medications and should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. As with any herbal supplement or medication, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before use.

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100 Grams, 200 Grams, 400 Grams, 50 Grams, 900 Grams


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