Have you heard of Harataki? and no, it is not a japanese fighter. Harataki is a fruit from India. It was introduced to me by a friend who was still high on excitement after meeting and speaking with a holistic doctor and acupuncturist, Dr. Winston Kokayi Patterson. He began telling her of all of the medicinal uses of the Harataki fruit. She sent me to Dr. Patterson’s office in Silver Spring to pick up a bag of, what looked to be peach seeds. I was told to put about 2 to 3 of the fruit into a glass bottle or jar (the doctor’s bottle was a quart in size), let it sit for about an hour, until the water turns a little yellow, and then drink the water throughout the day. He also said to eat the fruit when you finish the water.
WELL…..yesterday I finally mustered up the courage to eat the fruit for the first time. I was forewarned that it was bitter and had a taste similar to the bitterness you may experience when you eat a walnut (the most bitter part). Although I like walnuts, I was still scared because they both (the doctor and my friend) informed me that the fruit did not have a good taste. I placed it in my mouth hesitantly, and took about two chews and I immediately spit it out! I cannot even begin to describe this bitter, pungent taste. It is really something you just have to experience. I was called all types of names for not being able to handle the taste, so I put it back in my mouth reluctantly. It took all my might to finish that fruit! Once you get through the bitterness in the beginning, it’s not so bad. But all through the night, I have been dreading that time of day that I will have to experience that again.
You may be asking why I am torturing myself – just knowing all of the benefits that the research has shown. I was never skeptical because I trust my friend and the doctor didn’t come off to be a quack, but I also know that different things benefit people in different ways. The doctor told me that he had not worn his glasses since eating and drinking the Harataki. Well when my friend came to me and told me the same, I said I have to try it. Not only that but her skin was beginning to glow – and this was all five days into eating and drinking the fruit.
Nevertheless, I am on day two. It’s 9:00 AM and I am not even halfway through the water (by the way, the water is HARDLY as bitter as the fruit). I will update in a week – hoping I can stick it out that long. In the meantime, I can’t finish without sharing some of the benefits:
- Removes obstructions from channels and pathways of body
- Promotes fearlessness
- Nervine tonic, promotes brain functioning and intelligence
- Preserves vital force in body
- Promotes longevity and youthfulness
- Relieves and corrects gastrointestinal ailments
- Detoxifies body
- Aids in elimination and colon health
- Strengthens sense organs
- Treats internal and external diseases of eye
- Nourishes all tissues
- Nourishes the heart, liver, spleen
- Improves memory
- Improves urinary health
- Normalizes excess body fat
- Corrects flatulence
- Nourishes blood
OH – Be warned….I found this out yesterday from a friend who I somehow convinced to try the fruit as well….it is also noted to be a mild laxative. I’m not sure how, but this is one amazing fruit; almost a one-fruit wonder. All I know is the Harataki fruit contains a substance which has antibacterial and anti fungal properties. This substance inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi such as E. coli. With this known, there can only be good things that come out of this.
Are you still wondering why I blogged about this and what it has to do with my skincare blog? Well, if I didn’t mention it before, it is known to help with skin and hair health. Can you imagine if it detoxifies the body in so many ways, how your health will begin to appear through your skin?!