Monday, June 5, 2017




Shangar used to be a popular / frequently used word in Kashmiri language.. And also something that was readily available in every Kashmiri household.
" Kya sa Tche tchotuthh zuvv ta potuss karhaai shangar"

" What happened? You did so much for them yet at the end they neglected you"
" Tche Gayii Shangar"
"Shame! Shame! You couldn't make it"
Word Shangar was symbolically used to shame a person or convey neglect.Hakeems and doctors would prescribe Kehwa tea made from SHANGAR or MULETHI or Dried LIQUORICE Roots for so many ailments like throat infection, cough, fever, stomach Ulcer,liver infection  Asthma ,Urinary tract infections and jaundice.

" Diss Shangri kehwa Pagaah Aasie theek"

"Give him kehwa made from LIQUORICE root.He will be alright tomorrow"

I have been given this kehwa repeatedly .We kept a good stock of LIQUORICE root in our house.A barber suggested to me to apply powder made from crushed LIQUORICE root to boils that would erupt on my skin during college days. For sore throat , mother would force us to gulp a cup of Shangri kehwa. It was sweet and had a different aroma / flavour.

 kashmiris had also learnt  the art of using LIQUORICE extract( obtained after boiling the roots in water) with Tobacco. For it's antiseptic properties, it was also applied ( in powdered form) to wounds .
Every Bohra shopkeeper sold Shangar .In our state, it was also used as medicine by Vaids who practiced Ayurvedic system of Medicine . Its extract is widely used in many Allopathic  medicines .

Shangar or MULETHI is no longer seen in our households. I am told that it is still a folk medicine in Europe and central Asian countries.
Autar Mota)

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