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Muskmelon or Kharbooja, also called as “Madhuphala” in Ayurveda is a nutrient-rich fruit. Muskmelon seeds are also rich in nutrients and have been used for various culinary purposes.
It is a beneficial summer fruit as it has cooling and diuretic properties that help to keep the body hydrated as well as eliminate toxins from the body.
Eating Muskmelon might help to manage blood pressure as it is rich in potassium which helps to relax the blood vessels and improve blood flow. Due to the high content of vitamin C in Muskmelon, it helps improve the immune system. Muskmelon can be included in the daily diet to assist in weight loss as it is low in calories and high in fiber. Moreover, it is also beneficial for eye health due to its high vitamin A content.
Muskmelon is beneficial for the skin as it is rich in antioxidants. Applying Muskmelon paste along with honey helps to get rid of wrinkles and gives the skin a natural glow.
Eating Muskmelon in excess should be avoided as it might upset your stomach[1][2].

What are the synonyms of Muskmelon?

Cucumis melo, Kharmuj, Kharabuja, Chibuda, Kakadi, Kharbuja, Kharbuj, Sweet melon, Melon, Turbuch, Teti, Chibdu, Shakarateli, Tarbucha, Khurbuza, Sakkarteli, Kachra, Patkira, Phut, Tuti, Kakni, Kakri, Mulam, Khurbuj, Valuk, Chibunda, Gilas, Girasa, Kalinga, Kharvuja, Madhupaka, Amritavha, Dashangula, Karkati, Madhuphala, Phalaraja, Shadbhuja, Shadrekha, Tikta, Tiktaphala, Vrittakarkatti, Vrittervaru, Vealapalam, Vellari-verai, Mulampazham, Mulam, Velipanda, Kharbuzadosa, Putzakova, Velipandu, Kharbuzah[1]

What is the source of Muskmelon?

Plant Based

Benefits of Muskmelon

1. Obesity
Muskmelon can help control weight by controlling your appetite and craving. This is due to its Guru (heavy) property.
a. Take a fresh Muskmelon.
b. Cut into small pieces and have it in breakfast.
c. Repeat daily for better weight management.

2. Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary tract infection is describe under the broad term of Mutrakcchra in Ayurveda. Mutra means ooze, krichra means painful. Thus, dysuria and painful urination is called as Mutrakcchra. In urinary tract infection, Muskmelon helps to control burning sensation due to its Sita (cold) property. It also helps eliminate toxins from the body due to its Mutral (diuretic) effect.
a. Take a fresh Muskmelon.
b. Remove the seeds.
c. Cut into small pieces.
d. Add sugar or rock salt as per your taste.
e. Blend and strain the juice using a strainer.
f. Have it once or twice a day.

3. Constipation
Constipation is caused due to an aggravated Vata Dosha. This can be due to the frequent consumption of junk food, excess intake of coffee or tea, sleeping late at night, stress and depression. All these factors aggravate Vata in the large intestine and cause constipation. Muskmelon helps correct constipation due to its Vata balancing property.
a. Take a fresh Muskmelon.
b. Cut into small pieces and have it in breakfast.
c. Repeat daily to control constipation.

4. Menorrhagia
Heavy menstrual bleeding is known as Raktapradar or excessive secretion of menstrual blood. This is due to an aggravated Pitta dosha in the body. Muskmelon helps control heavy menstrual bleeding by balancing Pitta dosha due to its Sita (cold) potency.
a. Take a fresh Muskmelon.
b. Cut into small pieces and have it in breakfast.
c. Repeat daily to manage menorrhagia.

How to use Muskmelon

1. Muskmelon fruit salad
a. Wash and cut a Muskmelon.
b. Add your favorite fruits like apple, banana etc. to it.
c. Sprinkle salt and squeeze ¼ lemon to it.
d. Mix all the ingredients well.

2. Muskmelon seeds
a. Take ½-1 teaspoon of Muskmelon seeds or as per your requirement.
b. Add it to your daily salad or use it as a topping for your sandwich.

Benefits of Muskmelon

1. Sunburn
Sunburn occurs when the sun rays increase the Pitta present in the skin and reduce the Rasa Dhatu. Rasa Dhatu is the nourishing fluid which gives color, complexion and glow to the skin. Applying grated Muskmelon helps to reduce burning sensation and heal burn skin due to its Sita (cold) and Ropan (healing) properties.
a. Take a Muskmelon.
b. Grate it and directly apply to the affected area.
c. Repeat this once or twice a day to get instant relief from sunburn.

2. Anti-wrinkle
Wrinkles are due to aging, dry skin and lack of moisture. According to Ayurveda, it appears due to an aggravated Vata. Muskmelon helps in controlling wrinkles due to its Vata balancing property. It also increases moisture content in the skin because of its Snigdha (oily) nature and controls fine lines and wrinkles.
a. Take 4-5 pieces of Muskmelon.
b. Blend to form a paste.
c. Add honey to it.
d. Apply evenly on the face and neck.
e. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes.
f. Wash thoroughly with tap water.
g. Repeat to get soft glowing skin.

How to use Muskmelon

1. Muskmelon fruit pulp
a. Take 4-5 pieces of Muskmelon.
b. Blend to form a paste.
c. Add honey to it.
d. Apply evenly on the face and neck.
e. Let it sit for 4-5 minutes.
f. Wash thoroughly with tap water.
g. Use this remedy 2-3 times a week for hydrated and radiant skin.

2. Muskmelon seeds scrub
a. Take ½ -1 teaspoon of Muskmelon seeds.
b. Roughly crush them.
c. Add honey to it.
d. Gently massage on the face and neck for 4-5 minutes.
e. Wash thoroughly with tap water.
f. Use this remedy 1-2 times a day to get rid of dead skin and blackheads.

3. Muskmelon seed oil
a. Take 2-5 drops Muskmelon Seed Oil.
b. Apply on the affected area once or twice a day.

Frequently asked questions

Q. Are Muskmelon seeds edible?

Modern Science View
Yes, like other seeds Muskmelon seed can be eaten. They contain high content of potassium and other minerals. They are also available in the market.

Q. Why eating Muskmelon is good in summers?

Modern Science View
Muskmelon is good in summers as it is rich in water content and has diuretic property. It keeps the body hydrated and free of toxins. It also has a cooling property and helps to regulate body temperature[6][3].
Ayurvedic View
Muskmelon is one of the best fruits in summer. It has high water content and fulfills the minimum requirement of water in the body. It gives a cooling effect and reduces body heat. Muskmelon also helps reduce weakness due to its Balya (tonic) properties.

Q. Does Muskmelon cause cold?

Ayurvedic View
Eating Muskmelon gives you relief from heat or burning sensation in the body because it has Sita (cold) potency. But if you are suffering from a cough or cold, it is better to avoid Muskmelon as it can worsen your problem.

Q. Does Muskmelon cause gas?

Ayurvedic View
Eating Muskmelon gives you relief in hyperacidity due to its Sita (cold) potency. But if you have a weak Agni (digestive fire), it can cause gas or heaviness in the abdomen. This is because of its Guru (heavy) nature.

Q. What is Muskmelon juice good for?

Modern Science View
Muskmelon juice is rich in water. It keeps the body hydrated and helps to expel toxic substances from the body. It prevents the build-up of plaque inside the arteries (atherosclerosis) and also protects the liver by preventing fat deposition (liver steatosis)[3][6].
Ayurvedic View
Muskmelon juice helps to give instant energy, remove waste products from the body and protects the liver due to its Balya (tonic) and Mutral (diuretic) properties. Muskmelon juice is also a good health drink during summer because it helps to reduce body heat and gives a cooling effect due to its Sita (cold) nature.

Q. Is Muskmelon good for diabetes?

Modern Science View
Yes, Muskmelon is good for diabetes as it contains certain constituents (polyphenols) which regulate the blood sugar levels and thereby helps in managing diabetes[3].

Q. Are there any risks of eating Muskmelon during pregnancy?

Modern Science View
Not enough scientific evidence is available about the risks of Muskmelon during pregnancy.
It is in fact considered good during pregnancy, due to its high water content. It helps to manage body heat especially during summer and improves urine frequency. It is also rich in minerals and fibers which makes it good for pregnant women[7].

Q. What are the benefits of Muskmelon on the skin?

Modern Science View
Muskmelon is rich in vitamin A, C and antioxidants so it slows down the process of aging and reduces wrinkles. It can be used as a cleansing agent, moisturizer and cooling agent for the skin[3-5].
Ayurvedic View
Muskmelon helps to manage skin problems when used externally. It reduces inflammation of the skin and gives a cooling effect when applied to the affected area. It also helps to maintain the moisture of the skin and reduces wrinkles due to its Snigdha (oily) and Ropan (healing) nature.


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