Herbs and uses

Raisins health benefits

According to principles of ayurveda Vitis vinifera or grape has the body cooling properties. Hence its use in burning micturition  (burning sensation while passing urine) is very well appreciated. Soak 8-10 raisins 9dried grapes) overnight in a cup of water. Next day morning blend these with same water and consume in empty stomach. This helps in conditions like cystitis or “infection urinaire”.

Ayurveda acharyas eulogize grapes and raisins as “trishnaghna” or substances which quench thirst in conditions like fever and dosha imbalance. In these conditions we feel increased thirst which cannot be satiated by plain water. For this boil 20 – 25 raisins in a liter of water and cool it. Sip this water frequently and chew the boiled raisins in between.

Benefits of raisins during pregnancy are innumerable. Raisins are rich source of iron and fibers. Hence they help to fight anemia and constipation which usually occur during pregnancy.  They also help in menstrual disorders. Usually women face menstrual disorders like cramps and excessive bleeding. Iron deficiency anemia surfaces when there is increased menstrual bleeding. Consumption of raisins definitely helps in menstruation problems. For all the above mentioned conditions the following home remedy with dry grapes can be tried. Boil 20 – 25 dry grapes in a cup of water. Allow it to cool. Mash these grapes along with water and add a tea spoon of honey. Consume this twice daily. This home remedy with raisins helps in pregnancy related constipation.

The above mentioned remedy is useful in constipation experienced by normal persons. Raisins are known to increase shukra dhatu. Hence it can be used by men who suffer from constipation and erectile dysfunction.

People who are underweight can reap the benefits of this fruit. Raisins help to gain healthy weight. While explaining Brihmana therapy (weight gain therapy), ayurveda  acharyas recommend preparations of dry grapes or draksha. Drakshadi rasayana is one such preparation of raisins which helps in weight gain.

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Rock salt or sendha namak

The Ayurvedic Sanskrit name of rock salt is “Saindhav lavan” . Saindhav lavan is one among 5 salts described by ayurveda.It is also known as “Halite”, which is a mineral of Sodium chloride. Rock salt is rich in minerals and does not pose health problems. The benefits of rock salt have been described here. Rock salt is known as Sendha Namak in hindi.

  1. This salt enhances the taste of formulations and recipes in which it has been used.
  2. Rock salt supplies minerals which are required by our body. Our body requires salt for its proper functioning. Salt enhances water absorption, maintains PH and helps in movement of nutrients between tissue fluid and cells.
  3. Apart from these functions, rock salt stabilizes blood pressure and also acts as an anti-oxidant.
  4. Rock salt pacifies all the three doshas and is considered the healthiest form of salt in ayurveda
  5. Ayurvedic formulations for digestive disorders contain Saindhav lavan as it improves appetite, removes gas and soothes heartburn. Hingvastak powder is one such formlation.
  6. Health benefits of Sendha namak are numerous. Rock salt is also used as home remedy in various health conditions like arthritis, herpes and insect bites.
  7. The brine of this salt can be used for gargling, in throat infections and common cold to clear passages.
  8. This salt can be used as teeth whitener.
  9. Sendha namak can be used as body scrub. It exfoliates dead skin and increases glow of skin.
  10. It can also be used as foot scrub, hand scrub or for foot bath.
  11.  A pinch of rock salt mixed with 1 tea spoon of ginger juice increases appetite and aids digestion.

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cumin seed health benefits, cumin seeds induce labor, cumin seeds for indigestion

Cumin seeds or jeera are easily available on kitchen shelves. Health benefits of cumin seed are numerous. This spice is extensively used in ayurvedic preparations.This spice is used extensively in Indian cuisine. cumin seeds  also help to induce labor pain. It is a common home remedy in India to chew cumin seeds to prevent indigestion.

Here are few home remedies which can help to harness the medicinal properties of this seed.

1.White colored variety of this spice is known for its galactogogue properties. It is given to lactating mothers to increase milk secretion. 10-30 seeds of this seed is mixed with a tea spoon of jaggery and is chewed by lactating mother.

2.In urinary disorders like urinary calculi (stones in urinary tract), dysuria (difficulty to pass urine) etc a mixture of cumin seed powder and sugar is given.

3.Cumin seeds are known to correct disorders of digestion. In conditions like indigestion, bloating, constipation, loss of appetite, flatulence 1 tea spoon of roasted and powdered seeds has to be consumed with equal quantity of honey, two times daily.

4.The same powder helps to reduce white discharge from vaginal canal. But it has to be taken in increased quantity with milk or ghee.

5.It is customary in India to serve hot tea made from these seeds to the woman who just started getting labor pains. It balances vata and helps in progression of labor pain without any complications.

6.In conditions like tuberculosis, typhoid, malaria etc the fever continues for many days. In such chronic conditions 1 tea spoon of roasted and powdered cumin seeds have to be consumed with luke warm water three times daily.

7.Texts of ayurveda recommend application of paste of cumin seeds on skin lesions and inflamed joints.

8.The fresh paste of cumin seeds help to increase fairness when applied as face pack.

9.The water boiled with jeera can be used to wash face. This helps to reduce wounds, acne and scars.

10.Pepper and cumin seeds are roasted and powdered together. This powder is consumed along with honey or warm water in empty stomach to digest ama or body toxins. This is done for three days, before starting any ayurveda therapy like Vajikarana therapy.

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neem-the best home remedy for dandruff

Dandruff is an embarrassing condition. Dandruff causes hair loss, itchy scalp and ugly flaking of scalp skin. These flakes when fall on body skin can irritate skin to cause boils or eruptions. Let us know what causes dandruff.

In a normal scalp skin the new cells of scalp skin push the older ones to the surface of scalp. The dead and old cells are shed almost in an invisible way. But in few conditions like dry skin, irritated oily skin, inappropriate shampooing, psoriasis, Eczema, sensitivity to hair products, fungus etc  , the process of replacing dead skin becomes unusually rapid and the dead cells are shed in form of dry flakes.  These flakes of dead skin are known as dandruff.

According to text books of ayurveda dandruff is caused due to vitiation of kapha and vayu. Vitiated kapha and vayu make the scalp skin dry. Vitiated kapha causes itching of scalp. Thus dried scalp skin comes out in flakes.

Ayurveda acharyas suggest very easy ayurveda remedies for dandruff. The herb which helps in controlling dandruff is neem . Neem is known as “Nimba” in ayurveda . Neem due to its anti microbial properties helps to control dandruff effectively.

Here is an effective ayurvedic home remedy for dandruff

Collect two fists full of fresh neem leaves. Soak it in a cup of hot water. Leave it overnight. Next day blend this in mixer and apply it to scalp. Leave this for 20 minutes; wash it off with luke warm water. Repeat this twice in a week. This helps to control dandruff. This ayurvedic remedy helps to reduce dandruff, hair loss and increase the shine of hair.

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health benefits of okra

Okra or lady finger is a vegetable which is elongated, slender and green in colour. It belongs to mallow family.Okra has various medicinal uses.

The health benefits and medicinal uses of lady finger are as follows

  1. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and Vitamin D. It is also a store house of amino acids, proteins, folic acid and flavonoids .
  2. It helps to stabilize blood sugar by reducing the rate at which sugar is absorbed from intestinal tract. It can be added in ayurveda diabetes diet.
  3. The mucilage of lady finger helps to bind cholesterol and reduce its level in blood. It also helps to reduce toxin level in liver.
  4. Okra reduces incidences of constipation by its bulk increasing qualities. It is the best ayurvedic remedy for constipation
  5. Okra increases intestinal flora or friendly bacteria. Intestinal flora aids in synthesis of Vitamin B Complex.
  6. Okra has a very good medicinal property of healing ulcers. It neutralizes acid and forms a protective coat in digestive tract.
  7. The high beta carotene component in Okra or ladies finger lowers the risks of cataract.
  8. The insoluble fibers keep the intestines healthy and reduce the risk of colon cancer. It also protects the heart.
  9. This vegetable is considered as a remedy for spermatorrhea  in men and leucorrhoea in women. It boosts sexual functions and acts as an herbal ayurvedic remedy for erectile dysfunction.

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Ayurveda acharyas recommend to use all plant parts of tulsi (Ocimum Sanctum) to prepare its juice. Collect leaves, tender branches, tender roots, seeds and flowers of tulsi. Wash them well with flowing water. Cut them into small pieces. Grind them in a mortar and pastel (khalwa yantra) to prepare a soft paste. Do not add water. Place the prepared paste on a thin cotton cloth and squeeze it to get pure tulsi juice.

Uses of tulsi juice

 This juice is very effective in fever, cough and bronchitis.

This juice can be used in nasya karma to treat migraine headache

Tulsi juice helps to reduce acne, pimples, rashes and other skin problems. Juice of tulsi can be applied on affected skin. Tulsi juice is used as natural ayurveda remedy for acne

Consumption of tulsi juice helps to get rid of intestinal parasites.

Regular consumption of tulsi juice purifies blood and also keeps the heart healthy.

Tulsi juice reduces blood sugar in diabetes and cholesterol level.

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Texts of ayurveda eulogize aphrodisiac properties of ashwagandha roots. It is said that   “Kando vajikaraha smritaha”- The roots of ashwagandha act as Vajikara or aphrodisiac. The food preparations which include roots of ashwagandha as ingredient always act as best food for erectile dysfunction.  It increases sperm count naturally. Ayurveda acharyas have explained many ashwagandha preparations to increase libido in men naturally. The benefits of ashwagandha powder can be harnessed with good ayurvedic recipes.

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amla home remedies, amla juice home remedies

Amla is widely used in ayurvedic herbal preparations, to treat different health conditions. The botanical name of amla is Emblica officinalis. It is eulogized as “dhatri” by ayurveda acharyas. Dhatri means mother. When we regularly consume this berry, it protects our body by virtue of its immense medicinal properties like a mother who protects her child. Here are few herbal remedies with this wonderful herb, for many health conditions.

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Breast milk is a treasure house of nutrients and immunity building components.  These nutrients keep babies healthy.

Thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth. Exposure to antibiotics (either by the child or a breastfeeding mother), yeast on nipple, yeast infection in birth canal of mother etc  can cause thrush. If baby is on antibiotics, it kills the friendly flora, or bacteria, found naturally in the human body, allowing the yeast to thrive. If thrush is due to antibiotic treatment of baby, then mother’s milk will help to fight this condition.

Dr.Shirish Bhate remembers usage of breast milk drops in conjunctivitis in childhood. Coconut oil and human breast milk contain one component in common i.e lauric acid. Lauric acid is medium chain fatty acid. When these substances are consumed, Lauric acid gets transformed into monolaurin. The compound Monolaurin helps to fight numerous infections. Thus coconut oil and breast milk act as antibiotics.

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Plant Structure

The herb Manduka Parni (Centella Asiatica) or gotu kola also known as Indian pennywort is a small herb which grows in tropical swampy areas. This herb is known as gotu kola in Hindi.It is an annual herb with slender, green soft stalk. The roots consist of rhizomes and root hairs. The plants are connected to each other . The leaves are round, smooth and reddish green in colour.. The flowers are small and pinkish red in colour. They occur in bunches. The plant matures in three months.

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