Betel leaves or paan patta are eulogized by ayurveda acharyas for their immense medicinal properties. Betel plant or Piper betle is a vine which belongs to Piperacea family. This vine has heart shaped leaves and is mostly grown in South East Asia.
Note: This herb has to be consumed only under the supervision of a qualified ayurvedic doctor. It should not be used directly as it is extremely toxic and may cause damage to the liver, kidneys and nerves, as well as death.
Figs also known as Anjeer in India, belong to Mulberry family. Fresh fruits are lusciously sweet and crunchy seeds add to the taste. Dried figs are sweet and chewy. Dried ones are available throughout the year. This nutritious fruit is used as main ingredient in many sweet and spicy dishes. Texts of ayurveda refer to this fruit as FALGU or RAJAOUDUMBARA.
Tomato is an edible fruit and belongs to nightshade family or Solanaceae. It is almost sour to taste. Tomato is a rich source of vitamins (vitamins A and C), anti oxidants and folic acid. Tomatoes contain an important pigment “lycopene”. This pigment is responsible for red colour of tomatoes.
Kapha blocks pores on skin. This leads to formation of acne and pimple. The tikta rasa of neem and katu, tikta rasa of tulsi help to reduce kapha and unblock the pores. Tikta rasa acts as astringent and helps to close pores. Ushna veerya of tulsi cleanses the skin and the anti micro bacterial properties of these two help to prevent infection and formation of acne, pimples and back acne.
Kumkumadi lepam is an age old ayurveda remedy for acne and pimples( known as youvana pitikas in ayurveda), dark circles, pigments, scars and stretch marks. Kumkumadi lepam contains skin friendly herbs like Saffron, sandal wood and Turmeric .
It's summer and the heat is on. The rising mercury levels indicate arrival of summer. The seasonal fruit of summer is watermelon. Juicy pulp of this fruit cools body, quenches thirst and satiates taste buds. The main constituent (92%) of this fruit is water.