“Crab’s Eye seeds were once used to weigh gold in India!
Native to India, its seeds are called ratti in Hindi and are very consistent in weight. These seeds were used to weigh gold using a measure called a ‘Ratti’, where 8 Ratti is 1 Masha and 12 Masha is 1 Tola (11.6 Grams).
In West Indies, the seeds are strung into bracelets and worn around the wrist or ankle to ward off evil spirits. The roots, seeds and leaves are used for medicinal purposes in Ayurveda. It is also used to promote hair growth and sometimes used as an ingredient in Indian hair products.