Kewra water is a valued therapeutic extract distilled from aromatic Pandanus flowers from the larger Pandanaceae flowering family. Pandanus flowers are commonly found in tropical regions in Asia.
Primarily the treasured extraction is obtained from the male flowers of fragrant Scrape pine tree botanically known as Pandanus odoratissimus Linn. or Pandanus odorifer.
It is transparent and similar to rose water and is used commonly as a flavoring agent in North India.
It is also known by other vernacular names, namely Pandan, Pandanus(French), Ketaki (Sanskrit), Kewda, Ketki, Thazhampoo (Tamil), Kedagi(Kannada), Gagandhul, Pushpa-chamar, Panshuka, Kiura, Kevara, Jambala, Jambul, Panshuka, Ketaki (Urdu).
Besides its culinary uses, Kewra water is also used for many medicinal purposes such as:
- Kewra water has a purifying property and is used as a pore’s cleanser.
- It is known to cure acne and skin inflammation.
- Kewra water is used as a natural moisturizer.
- It is known to rejuvenate and revive skin cells.
- It is known to Slow down the aging process.
- It has a calming effect on nerves and aids in managing stress.
- It is known to aid in regulating body temperature.
- Kewra water is known to regulate heartbeat and improve the functioning of heart muscles.
A word of caution:
Kewra water is considered safe for consumption with multiple health benefits. However, Pregnant women, children, nursing mothers, diabetics, people on prescription drugs, and people suffering from heart problems must consult a doctor or a health expert before taking Kewra water.