Benefits of Gardencress seeds/ Halim/ Aliv.

Gardencress Seeds

Have you heard of Garden cress seeds anytime?? Most of the young generations would not really be aware of this highly nutritious food. But our grandparents are definitely using it.

Few years back garden cress seeds/ halim/ aliv was not a common food to be included in your diet except during last trimester of pregnancy and lactation. But as years passed its popularity and its importance have been realized and now people are aware of the tremendous health benefits of these brownie chocolaty seeds. As we know where are facts it is also accompanied by some myths. So one of my concern to write on this particular seeds is to make aware of the real benefits. I chose to write and clear few myths and doubts of these seeds so that maximum people can start making use of these seeds and improve the nutrient content of meals. 

Nutritive value of these seeds is very high. It is available in almost all parts of the world. Its high nutritive value and readily availability makes it possible for people of all the sections of society to include in the diet and increase nutritive value of their meals without increasing the expense of their diet.

Garden cress seeds are very high in Iron and Folic acid content. These seeds are use as herbal medicine to treat iron deficiency anemia. People consuming 2tsp/day have seen to have good increased levels of hemoglobin over a period of 1-2 months.

Garden cress seeds also contains calcium, ascorbic acid, tocopherol, and beta-carotene which helps to improve body’s immunity. Garden Cress seeds are loaded with not just protein, but also linoleic and arachidic fatty acids. Since they contain phytochemicals that resemble  estrogen to some extent, intake of these seeds helps to regulate menstruation and stimulate milk production in lactating mothers.

That is  why women are given foods containing Garden Cress following childbirth.

Traditionally garden cress seeds were considered to be useful only during last few weeks of gestation and post delivery. It is considered to be hot food. But the truth is that these seeds have ability too increase uterine contraction.

So in later stages of pregnancy it helps in inducing labour but if in case consumed in early stage of pregnancy (1st trimester) it leads to spontaneous abortion. It is also very carefully prescribed to a hypothyroid patients because it belongs to cruciferous family and is a goitrogen that prevent iodine absorption.

Health benefits of Garden Cress Seeds

  1. Cures Anemia:

Due to its high quality and quantity of iron and folic acid it helps to overcome iron deficiency anemia. Garden cress seeds being the richest source of non-haeme iron. It is advisable to have vitamin C half an hour after consumption of these seeds as it enhances iron absorption.

  1. Regulates Menstrual Cycle
    These seeds are rich in phytochemicals that are similar to estrogen therefore consuming them helps in creating the hormonal environment to start your menses so it helps to regularize your periods.
  2. Galactogogue:

High nutritive content of cress seeds. It’s given especially to post partum mothers and lactating mothers as it enhances milk production.

  1. Sugar control:

The seed coat of germinating seeds contains mucilage, which has a phytochemical called lepidimoide. It also has hypoglycemic properties which help to control glucose levels in diabetics. Recommended dosage 15g/day

  1. GI Disease:

It is used during constipation as a laxative . It is also used to treat intestinal problems and abdominal colic issues. It is laso very helpful in treating bleeding piles. Garden cress helps purify blood and stimulate appetite and immunity.

  1. Anti-Respiratory tract Disease:

Garden cress seeds are good expectorants and when chewed they treat sore throat, cough reliever, asthma and headache. It is highly recommended for bronchitis as it has broncho dilating properties.

  1. Hepatoprotective:

Cress seeds are stimulant to bile function.It protects the liver from damage from toxic agents like carbon tetra chloride (CCL4). Presence of flavonoids, triterpens, alkaloids, tannins provide protection to the liver.

  1. Anti-Hypertensive: 

It is also seen that cress seeds have anti-hypertensive property. It has diuretic property due to which it has blood pressure lowering property.

  1. Anti-Cancer:

Being a family of Brassica family it has good anti cancer property. Garden cress seeds contain antioxidants like vitamin A and E which help protect cells from damage by free radicals. Hence, these seeds have a chemo protective nature.

Soaked Garden Cress Seeds



Side-effects of Garden Cress Seeds
1. Diuretic Properties
Garden cress contains diuretic properties thus patients suffering from frequent passage of water and urine should be cautious when using this plant.

2. Abortifacient Properties
Garden cress is abortifacient in nature thus capable of inducing abortion in early pregnant women if taken in excess. Pregnant women should refrain from eating garden cress as it has the tendency to induce uterine contractions and abortion. Garden cress seeds can increase uterine contraction, thus certain people use it to induce labor in late stages of pregnancy.

3. Goitrogenic Properties
Garden cress contains goitrogens, which are substances that subdue the proper functioning of the thyroid gland through its interference with iodine absorption. If consumed in a very large quantities can cause the thyroid gland to enlarge, thereby causing goiter and hypothyroidism.


How to eat:

  1. Roasted slightly with added salt.
  2. Soaked in water then added to milk or juice.
  3. Chikki or laddoo can be made. (preparation similar to til laddoo/chikki).

How much to eat:

Start with 1 tsp/day and then an be taken 1 tsp/2c a day.

Cress seeds have many more medicinal properties and researches are still on to find its benefits on health. Garden cress should be eaten in moderation. Excess consumption of these seeds may hv adverse effect on health.

Garden Cress Seeds

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167 Responses to Benefits of Gardencress seeds/ Halim/ Aliv.

  1. sajid pathan says:

    asaliay seeds are effective in stifnes and other joint pain
    I tried asaliya seeds and empro ra factor…and aarthritis..

  2. SNPark says:

    Hi Neha I am planning to eat laddo’s made of halim and gond after pregnancy.
    As I am a thyriod patient can you please suggest the daily dosage of ghalim which would be fine for me. As of now I take 75 micrograms of thyroxine daily.

  3. Feroz says:

    Hi Neha,
    My son is 12 yrs old. He is bit short n my wife is too worried. Is it fine if I give him 1 tsp daily ? Doesn’t it makes body heated up as I heard ?
    Pl advice

  4. Umm says:

    Is asariyo seeds and halim seeds same
    We got in dubai named as asariyo seeds (alive)

  5. Hetal sah says:

    Garden cress seeds can increase height. in gujarati households(india) mothers give this seeds to their children who areshortat the age of 15 or even later you can start having this 2-3 years daily by soaking 1 tbsp in water overnight and having them first thing in the morning with milk. Strain the water and add them to milk and chew it properly. it has increased the height of my freind’s and family member’s.

  6. jyothi says:

    Where can I find Aliv or Halim seeds in US to eat?

  7. shahin says:


    is it recommended to take the seed as it is, or should be grounded first?


    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Shahin,
      It has to be used exactly the way we use Basil seeds (Sabja). Have to soak for 10-15 minutes and then use.

  8. deepika says:

    hey , i m a bit confused. is it the same as flaxseeds?

  9. anber says:

    are gardencress seeds have side effect?
    my daughtrer is eight yeas old but her height is short.can she take theese seeds with milk

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Anber,
      Garden cress seeds is rich in Iron. Not to be that with milk. There is no evidence which proves that it helps in increasing height.


      • Rohit says:

        Hello Neha ,
        But the above blog gives direction to use it with milk “Soaked in water then added to milk or juice.”.
        Kindly guide.

    • sneha says:

      i had not a period for 4 month is halim is better to get regular periods

      • Neha Kava says:

        Hello Sneha,
        If your periods are irregular because of low Hemoglobin , then Halim will surely help

  10. Zainab says:

    Are garden seeds good for hair thickening?

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Zainab,

      Garden cress seeds will not majorly work for hair thickening. But will definitely work to buildup your overall health.


  11. pritika baheti says:

    Hi… M planning a baby… Can I consume garden cress seeds as they r good to increase hemoglobin…??? Also I need to know difference between sweet basil seeds and garden cress seeds… Can I consume sweet basil seeds if m planning to conceive…???

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Pretika,

      Garden cress seeds are known to cause stomach contractions, though there are no researches that prove that.Traditionally Indian mid mothers use ti give garden cress seeds when the women use to reach close to due date to induce labour.
      Basil seeds you can take.


  12. Ravindranadh Alagari says:

    My son age is 12 years weight is 45 kgs height 135 cms.can I expect increaseing of height after using this seeds. ?

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Ravindranadh,
      It will not really be helpful. But you concentrate giving him good amount of protein and calcium and other minerals in his diet. Make him play various sports ike foot ball, basket ball, swimming, cycling.. ALl this will help.


  13. Lavanya says:

    Does halim seeds help in recovery from acute low back pain because of disk prolapse

  14. Lavanya says:

    I suffer from disk bulge. Does Halim seeds help in the recovery from disk bulge.

  15. Saniya says:

    Hi. My mother in law recommend me to take halim seeds because I am going through natural miscarriage and she said it helps in cleaning the extra blood inside. How long should I take it for and what quantity. Also, if u know any other natural way please share as I don’t want to go through D&C.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Saniya,

      There is no evidence for what your are taking Haim seeds. Halim seeds causes stomach contraction. And best person to suggest anything would be you gynecologist.


  16. Fatima Shaikh says:

    Hi neha I have missed my periods and someone recommended me to eat gardencress seeds so that it will get natural abortion. Is right to eat and how to eat please reply???

    • Fatima Shaikh says:

      Please reply me as soons as possible…I am suffering from thyroid also will it will work…? Does it will work for abortion cause it is unplanned pregnency please help me…

      • Neha Kava says:

        Hie Fatima,
        Halim seeds causes contraction in stomach muscles. So it can result in abortion.


        • Fatima Shaikh says:

          Please let me know how much quantity i should eat to have abortion i daily eat one small bowl of haleem cooked in jaggery…In how much time i will get my periods plz let me knw asap neha…ill be thankfull if u solve my problem…

          • Neha Kava says:

            Hello Fatima,

            Halim is known to cause stomach contractions. But it is not guaranteed that you will be able to abort the baby. Kindly take help of your gynecologist or your physician for further procedure.


  17. Shreejaya says:

    3 month hv. Been completed after delivery. But still. Have heavy back pain. Kindly. Suggest

  18. R. tom says:

    Hello, one of my friend told me using Garden Cress seeds mix garlic and olive oil put in between line it will make the hair grow more. is is ture?

  19. ANU says:

    My mom is 56 years old & she got thyroid from last 7-8 years. She is consuming garden cress seeds from last 1 month. But i just came to know from ur post that it is not good for ppl with thyroid. Should she continue to have garden cress seeds ?

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hie ANu,

      No advised to take gardencress seeds every day. occasionally she can take. Why is she taking these seeds. IS she anemic?


      • ANU says:

        Thanks for ur rpl. She is not anemic at all. Bt its really healthy, so she started to consume those.
        So how many times a week she can consume those seeds?

  20. irfan says:

    Hello neha
    I am also 24 year so its possible to increase my height level by this natural treatment

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Irfan,

      There would be no increase in height with any treatment you will take. Just be happy with what god has gifted you.


  21. Vidya says:

    Since halim seeds have chemicals similar to oestrogen, could they cause any side effects in men, if they take one teaspoon of the seeds every day? Also, would it be alright for people with no ailments to take a teaspoon of these seeds everyday?

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Vidya,

      Irrespective of male and Female, halim can be taken 1 tsp (Soaked) per day. There is no side effects if it’s taken by any individual. Only pregnant females should avoid as it causes stomach contraction which is not advisable in pregnancy.


  22. suresh says:

    I want to say that seeds are helps to grow hight?

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  24. Vishal says:

    Hi Good Afternoon,
    This is Vishal from Mumbai. I have 1 question to ask. Actually i have iron & vitamin D deficiency in my body. My question is that how do i consume garden cress seeds for iron content? My age is 25. If u have solution for chapped lips(loosing lip skin daily) then also tell me i have been suffering it since 10 years. when i took Nuroday D3 tablet chapped lips stopped partially. If u have better solution then please share. Thank you.,….:)

  25. Zahra says:

    Why do you advise not taking garden cress seeds with milk?
    I’ve been taking it with yoghurt for quite some time now(on and off).

  26. Darshika says:

    Can I take aserio seeds for early menses

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Darshika,

      Gardencress seeds or Aserio is rich in iron and also causes stomach contraction. There is no evidence based study which tells that it will help to get early menses. Though traditionally people use it for the above purpose. You can definitely try as it will not harm you in any way.


  27. Ramakrishna says:

    Hi ma’am I am suffering from back pain due to disc bulge, is it ok to consume one cup of garden cress daily? Or Else suggest me positive food to heal the bulged disc.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Mr. Ramkrishna,
      1 tsp of gardencress seeds in a day is more than enough. Consider including foods which are rich in Omega-3 Fats in your diet.


  28. Anna says:

    Hi there. Are these seeds recommended for those trying to conceive? If yes, what is the best method of consumption. Upon soaking seeds in water, can one drink the water in which the seeds have been soaked along with the seeds themselves or must the seeds be strained and transferred to a fresh glass of water and then ingested?

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Shazana,

      Gardencress seeds is rich in iron. Usually taken during last few weeks of gestation to induce labour. SO not recommended to take during pregnancy because of its heaty property.


  29. rashi says:

    Hello ma’am dis is me rashi i have
    Completed my 19 years dis month
    Mam i want to increase a few inches
    (3-4) to my height right now my height
    Is 5.2 .. mam plz suggest plz me what
    To eat or drink inoder to increase height
    Badly in need of it

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Ms. Rashi,

      Unfortunately there is no remedy from my side which will help you to increase your height. According to me 5’2″ is decent height. Do not worry about thing which cannot be changed. Rather concentrate on things which will help you to have brighter future.


    • kk says:

      common cress is very useful plant for mankind. It is called haliv in marathi and halim in hindi.It ‘s seeds are useful for better health.The seeds contain Iodine, iron, phosphates and potash. It contains sulfur in ample amount.
      Sulfur which is called gandhak in marathi and hindi is very useful for health. I have used it as gandhak rasayan in my practice and found that it has been very effective in skin treatment. One patient with exema and tremendous itching allover the body got tremendous results with this gandhak rasayan and is now totally in disease free condition.
      Haliv or common cress has been mainly used as tonic may be due to possessing so many minerals in it, it acts as strengthening agent to body. Particularly in post par tum period ie. after delivery women are supplied with sweat made from haliv so that the new born gets sufficient milk from mother and subsequently strength and immunity against diseases. Proper weight gain to the baby is effected by this common cress sweat meet. The women also gets strength to the lower back which gets weakened in delivery process.
      It is also used in white discharge problem in women.
      ladu or khir are 2 preparations of haliv both are sweet in taste.
      It is also used in short children to increase their height it is due to phosphates in it that causes increase in bone length eventually helping in height increase. It is the bone length that is important factor in determination of height.1 fistful of haliv mugged up with plain water every morning is its dose for that purpose.Or you can add 1 cup milk and 1 tsf suger and boil it [ khir ] and consume it in morning it is good for all.

  30. Lateef says:

    Hi, am making a health concortion with honey, olive oil, ginger, garlic and am thinking of adding cress seed to it. Any contra indication pls?

  31. Rashmi says:

    Hi Neha,
    I’m 2 months pregnant and I’ve been taking garden cress everyday 1 teaspoon with milk and sugar. I’ve done this for past 3 weeks. I heard about it today that it causes contractions. I’ll definitely not take it anymore. But just worried if it might cause any problems for me for rest of my pregnancy. Any suggestions?

    • Neha Kava says:

      Dear Rashmi,

      Do not take gardencress seeds anymore till 9 months. You can continue after that. It will not cause any problem in regards to what you consumed it earlier. So relax and enjoy your motherhood time.


  32. Roopa says:

    hello Neha,

    My daughter is anemic and her hemoglobin level is less. she is 6yrs old 20 kgs… how many grams of gardencress seeds is advisable for her ? also it would be nice if you can suggest me with any herbal medicine to increase her intake of food as she is a poor eater.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Roopa,

      If she is physically active then do not bother about her weight. But for Hemoglobin you can consult her physician and get a prescription of iron and multivitamin which will increase her hunger. Involve her in some out door physical activity so she feel hungry and she eats.


  33. liz says:


    Are these seeds the same as halon/hawliyan/aseero seeds?

    There are dark black cress seeds where I live but I’d like to know if the cress seeds you mention are the same as aseero/halon seeds which are slightly reddish in colour?

    Also you mentioned these are given with caution to hypothyroid patients, what’s the dosage you recommend for such patients?

    And finally, is it necessary to chew the seeds for better digestion or are they as effective if swallowed in a drink of lemon water or milk as you’ve suggested.

    Many thanks

  34. Ravindra Kuvalekar says:

    Hello Neha,

    I am 45 yrs old. I drive my car daily 40-45 Kilometers thru busy traffic. Because of this using clutch pedal of car and sitting posture, I find pain/stiffness in my legs. Is it good to take Aliv daily with milk?


    • Neha Kava says:

      Hello Ravindra,

      Aliv seeds will not help you for the problem you listed above. It will help up o build up your iron store. But not advised to take it with milk.


  35. Ramesh says:

    Dear Neha – Is this seeds are useful for Slip disc ( Spinal problem)? I am having this problem and it goes worst during winter season.

    Ramesh M

  36. Sam says:

    Hello Neha, very interesting posts I have come across on this site – Great work 🙂

    My wife is having Thrombosis (blood cot thing) and SLE (Lupus) problem. She is taking Warfarin (blood thinner) and hydroxychloroquine sulcate 200mg for Lupus. she also has Hypothyroid.

    We have been married for 9 years, she had miscarriage 4 times and no kids yet. Whenever she becomes pregnant we change her Warfarin to Clexane,

    Do you advise anything from herbal world? Would be grateful for your advise.

    Many thanks


  37. Vijaypal says:

    Hi Neha,

    These seeds are called ALIYA Seeds in Rajasthan it is used for increasing height or weight of youngsters,

    Usually for height it is advised to be taken in the morning empty stomach with cow milk(without boiling) OR With camel milk for best result.
    it is also said that if you take this seeds and sit for a long time you go fat and if you take this and run or do some standing exercises you grow tall.

    I have taken this and the results is good.

    In Karnataka it is used in sweets specially made during winter.

    This is easily available at any marwari kirana shop.

    • Neha Kava says:

      Thanks Vijaypal for sharing the additional traditional information. As per the nutritional content these seeds are high is iron and as milk is good source of calcium. So it is not advisable to take this combination of iron and calcium together at one time as the absorption of both the nutrients will be affected.


  38. Vijaypal says:

    Hi Neha,

    These seeds are called ALIYA Seeds in Rajasthan it is used for increasing height or weight of youngsters,

    Usually for height it is advised to be taken in the morning empty stomach with cow milk(without boiling) OR With camel milk for best result.
    it is also said that if you take this seeds and sit for a long time you go fat and if you take this and run or do some standing exercises you grow tall.

    I have taken this and the results is good.

    In Karnataka it is used in sweets specially made during winter.

    This easily available any marwari kirana shop.

  39. Manvir says:

    Hi ii ..m 38 weeks pregnant and want my baby early I would like to know if halim does help to bring a labour on as well ??

    • Neha Kava says:

      HI Manvir,

      In first place don’t try doing any thing in an artificial way. Traditionally Halim does initiates stomach contractions. You can also try raw papaya. Do more of walking to initiate labour pain.

      • Manvir says:

        Ok thanks …I had pineapple already as it’s believe it helps to bring labour on early …but my mom strongly believe to have a halim with hot milk …to start your labour soon …is it happened to anyone ??? Or how truth is it about halim ?? Please reply

        • Neha Kava says:

          Hi Manvir,

          I have myself had taken halim on the day of delivery. So traditionally it is believed to induce stomach contraction which causes labor.


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