Farmer’s daughter developes salt with medicinal properties


Rashmi Parvathi17-year-old Rashmi Parvathi K has found out ways to produce salt with medicinal properties from coconut palm petiole.

The project titled ‘Salt from Coconut Palm Petiole – a remedy for skin ailments‘ was selected for the prestigious International Science Project Competition of International Sustainable World Energy Engineering Environment Project Olympiad ( ISWEEP) in Houston, Texas from May 8. She’s among four students selected from India and the only one from Karnataka.

In the abstract she submitted at the Indian Science and Engineering Fair(ISEF) – Puttur micro fair, where she secured gold medal and first grand award, she writes-

“The Coconut palm is referred to as ‘Kalpavruksha’, the ‘tree of heaven’ as each and every part of the palm is useful to mankind in one way or other. One unknown fact of the petiole of coconut palm is that it is a source of salts. The petiole consists of a mixture of salts like carbonates, sulphates, chlorides and many others. This mixture of salts is used as a medicine for skin ailments in folklore.”

Daughter of farmer Ravishankar K, Rashmi had earlier bagged the second rank in SSLC and won national accolades by producing antidandruff shampoo using herbs. She presented five science projects at the IRIS national competitions in the past three years.

She is a science student at Vivekananda PU College and wants to be a scientist in the future.

The journey from her hometown Puttur to Houston might not have been an easy one ,but Rashmi succeeded in it. We salute Rashmi for her grit and hard work. India is proud of you!



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