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Hairfall / Hairloss

One of the most worrying problems for any adult is hair loss. Rich, lustrous hair boosts self-esteem and confidence while losing it can create fear and distress.

Unfortunately, hair loss has become more common in modern times. The stressful modern lifestyle, increasing environmental pollution, and unhealthy food habits are all factors that cause damage to your health and are reflected in the quality of your hair.

According to Ayurveda, anyone with excess of Pitta dosha in the body experiences hairloss. Pitta governs our metabolism and digestion. A balanced pitta leads to a healthy body and mind. It controls our general well being. Pitta increases in the body due to excess intake of alcohol, coffee, tea, smoking, fried, spicy & acidic food products, and hot climatic conditions.

Healthy hair also depends on healthy bones. This is because hair and nails are by-products of the process of transformation from food to bones.

The main thing to remember is that health comes from within. Balanced nutrition, digestion, assimilation and elimination are important to overall heath and healthy hair.

Remedies to get rid of Hairfall / Hairloss:

Amla(gooseberry)
» Amla is rich in vitamin C, a nutrient essential for the growth and strengthening of hair (6). Vitamin C also helps build collagen that is vital for hair growth. Apart from this, vitamin C also helps absorb iron, thereby keeping your locks strong and healthy. Consuming it on a regular basis can be quite helpful in strengthening your hair follicles. It can also be applied topically in the form of juice or amla powder.
Add 1-2 teaspoons of fresh amla juice or amla powder to coconut oil and apply it to your scalp. Rinse your hair after 15 minutes.

Yogurt
» Yogurt acts as a natural conditioner for hair. It contains vitamin B5 and proteins that are extremely beneficial for hair. Greek yogurt contains probiotics, which, according to studies, make the hair grow.
Take 1/2 spoon of triphala powder and 2-3 spoons of yogurt. Mix the ingredients thoroughly and apply it on your scalp and then rinse thoroughly with water. This pack acts as a conditioner and will also make your hair smooth.

Coconut Milk
» Coconut milk is rich in vitamins that help to moisturize your hair and keep it healthy. The milk is rich in potassium, another vital ingredient for hair growth.
Apply coconut milk to your scalp using a hair dye brush.Then cover your head with a towel and leave it on for about 20 minutes. You can ideally prepare coconut milk at home by grinding the grated coconut and squeezing its milk. After that, remove the towel and rinse your hair with water.

Aloe vera
» Aloe vera plays a crucial role in balancing the pH levels of the scalp and hair. It penetrates deep into the scalp and hair, thereby promoting hair growth.
Take a stalk of aloe vera and slit it with a knife. Put some methi(fenugreek) seeds in it and keep it for a day. Take this pulp and coconut oil and heat the mixture. When the aloe pulp is charred, strain the mixture and collect the oil. Apply this oil atleast an hour before washing your hair. Fenugreek seeds enhance hair growth and help in the rebuilding of the hair follicles. They also make hair shiny, strong, and long.

Neem
» Neem has excellent antibacterial properties that help you get rid of dandruff. This ensures the scalp is healthy and promotes hair growth. It also stimulates blood flow to the skin, thereby nourishing the hair roots. Neem is even found to eliminate head lice and nits .
Boil the neem leaves in water till the water level comes down to half its quantity. Wait for the mixture to cool. Rinse your hair with this mixture.

Hibiscus
» Hibiscus contains vitamin C, phosphorous, and riboflavin, the essential nutrients for smooth and strong hair. The flower also contributes to toxin elimination and promotes circulation, thereby enhancing hair growth.
Add the hibiscus flowers to the coconut oil and heat the mixture. When the flowers are charred, strain the mixture and collect the oil. Apply this oil every night and wash your hair thoroughly the next morning.

Yoga for preventing Hairloss:

Yoga is the best way to bring about harmony between the body and soul, and live a healthy life. But how do you stop hair loss with yoga? Well, certain yoga poses and pranayama breathing exercises can improve circulation throughout the body and promote healthy hair to prevent hair fall.

  1. Adhomukhasavasan :: This one of the best yoga poses for hair growth, which promotes blood circulation in the head and the crown region which in turn nourishes the hair follicles.
  2. Vajrasana :: This is a simple and easy-to-do yoga for hair growth, that can be done by almost anyone. When you perform this asana, blood circulation in the scalp increases, and it enables the hair follicles to grow.
  3. Shirsasana :: Shirsasana means to balance your body on your head, upside down. Here blood circulation to scalp is increased and it thus promotes hair growth.
  4. Bhujangasana :: This improves the blood circulation in the vertebral columns thereby facilitating better communication between brain and body.
  5. AnulomVilom :: AnulomVilom is also called NaadiShodhan Pranayama. It promotes proper circulation throughout the body and helps relieve cold and promotes the growth of healthy hair by nourishing the scalp. The constant regulated breathing also massages, tones and cleanses the entire nervous system, thereby making you feel relaxed.
  6. Kapalbhati :: Kapalbhati is a powerful prannayam breathing exercise that helps the brain receive more oxygen so that it promotes the functions of the nervous system and removes toxins from the body. It also helps fight diabetes and obesity.
  7. Balayam yoga ::Tips for hair growth almost always include Balayam yoga. It is very simple to perform and can be done at any time, even when you are sitting at your office.
  8. You will just need to rub the fingernails of both hands together. Curl your fingers inwards so that the point towards your palm. Now, bring your hands together so that the nails of all the fingers are in contact with each other. Make sure each nail touches the corresponding nail in the other hand. Rub them vigorously for 5 minutes. Don't use the thumbnails for this exercise.

Panchakarma therapies like Shirodhara and Nasya shows excellent effects in preventing hairloss.

Dark Circles around eye

According to Ayurveda dark circles and puffiness under eyes occur due to the dominance of Vata and Pitta doshas in the body. Lack of proper sleep, excess expose to television, computer screen, sinusitis, protein deficiency can also cause dark circles, wrinkles and puffy bags under eyes.So one need to rehydrate your facial skin and remove excess heat from body. Drinking insufficient quantities of water each day can make your eyes look unhealthy and tired. Poor food habits and indigestion is another factor. Consumption of alcohol, consuming too much fast food can cause digestion problems in the long run. These stomach problems can lead to under eye circles and other problems.Some medical conditions like hormonal changes, Sinus problemsanaemia, Liver dysfunction, Thyroid problem, Kidney dysfunction, Dermatitis may lead to dark circles.

Remedies to get rid of dark circles:

» A sleep of at least six to eight hours is necessary for a healthy individual. A lack of sleep can also cause dark circles.

» Rose water is extremely useful if you want to get rid of dark circles. It is known for improving complexion and rehydrates the skin.

» Regular use of cow milk soaked cotton ball over eye will also decrease the dark circles and also soothes your eyes and skin.

» Cucumber is an ancient and widely known home remedy for dark circles. It works as an astringent and lighten the dark areas under the eyes. It also increases the blood flow and reduces the puffiness.

» Potato, a good bleaching agent is useful for skin that has turned dark or pigmented.Grate the raw potato and extract the juice from it. Soak two cotton balls in the juice.Place the cotton balls on the dark circles, ensuring that they cover the affected area entirely.Leave the cotton balls undisturbed for 10 minutes, and then remove and wash your eyes.

» Coconut oil keeps the delicate area around the eyes naturally moisturized and eliminates dark circles, wrinkles and blemishes.

» Apply a little amount of almond oil on your dark circles and gently massage it into the skin.

» Whenever you are working under strenuous conditions take a break and cover your eyes with your palms for about 10 minutes and relax.

» Drink a lot of water and Diet, eat a healthy diet rich in green, leafy vegetables such as spinach to keep skin and eyes in good health.

» Meditation, Yogasana and pranayama helps to reduce dark circles such as sarvang-asana, anulom- vilom, jal- neti and sutra- neti (under doctor's guidance) by countering any stress or anxiety.

» Panchakarma like nasya, netratarpan, bidalakaetc (under doctor's guidance).
Pimples and Ayurved

Acne (pimples) is a problem which is encountered by almost everyone at the time of adolescence. Its prevalence is similar for both girls and boys but the peak age of severity for boys is from the age of 17 to 19, and for girls it is 16-17. Acne is referred as Youvana pitikas (which means the eruptions of youth), much-dushika in Ayurveda and has described the causes of acne and recommends the best natural herbal ayurveda acne treatment too.

Invasion of acne:

A large number of oil producing glands called "sebaceous glands" are present under the on face, back, chest and shoulders. During puberty or menopause due to the influence of the hormonal changes in male and female, these glands become more active and produce an oily secretion called "sebum". The sebum makes the skin more oily .The excessive sebum clogs the skin pore or the pit of the hair follicle forming acne.

The blocked pore or acne acts as an excellent habitat for bacteria. The bacterial infection causes inflammation (red, painful swelling of the infected area) of the clogged pore or hair follicle leading to eruption of pimples.

Vata and Kapha are two main doshas, which are involved in eruption of acne and pimples. Rakta dhatu also plays an important role in formation of acne.

Vata when gets vitiated due to unhealthy diet and lifestyles affects other two doshas (kapha and pitta) to aggravate them. Aggravated pitta affects rakta dhatu or blood. The vitiated blood affects the skin and causes excess secretion of oil from sebaceous glands. Kapha has sticky property. The aggravated kapha imparts the stickiness to the oil produced by sebaceous glands of skin. Thus the thick sebaceous plugs are formed in skin pores and hair follicles leading to eruption of acne.

Precautions to be taken to avoid exaggeration of acne eruptions:

» Avoid foods which are spicy, dry and oily. These may cause indigestion and lead to vitiation of vata.
» Keep a habit of emptying bowels regularly this always normalizes vata. Constipation leads to acne.
» Avoid fast foods and soft drinks.
» Wash your face twice daily with mild cleanser.
» Put a hair band to avoid falling of hair on face. The sweat and dirt accumulated on hair, dandruff may fall on facial skin through hair strands.
» Avoid application of scrubs.
» Wash your hair regularly with ritha (soap nut/ sapindus mukorosse) shikekai (Acacia concinna) or Triphala to keep it clean and avoid dandruff.
» Squeezing and pricking of pimples cause scaring. Hence avoid this.
» Avoid exposure of skin to severe climatic conditions.
» Avoid oil based moisturizers. Water based moisturizers are always beneficial.Avoid exposure of skin to severe climatic conditions.
» Drink plenty of water.
» Practice a regular exercise regimen.

Natural Herbal ayurvedic remedies:

Texts of ayurveda recommend herbs for acne. These herbs act as best ayurvedic acne treatment and Panchakarma therapy like jalaukavacharan and nasya.

  Jalaukavacharan: one of the processes of Raktamokshana (bloodletting) (with Doctor's opinion).
  Nasya: putting medicine in nostril (with Doctor's opinion).

Here are list of such remedies:

» Wash your face with lukewarm water and multani mati, besan, masoor dal (red lentil) flour twice a day.
» Grind juicy tender neem leaves with turmeric to a consistency of paste. Apply this paste on acne and pimples. Wash this off after it dries.
» Apply a multani mati (fuller's earth) or face pack of ripe tomato pulp and wash it off as soon as it dries naturally (preferably after 45 minutes).
» Do not keep the makeup while sleeping. Cleanse it with a mild herbal cleanser.
» Mix besan flour (gram flour) with rose water and apply a face pack.
» Consuming fresh vegetable salads and fresh fruits keeps the skin healthy and resistant to blemishes.

Varsha Ritucharya

According to Ayurveda, Varsha ritu (Rainy season) falls in the Utarayan (northern solstice). Mid-July to mid-September (approximately) is considered as Varsha Ritu. During this season the sky is covered by clouds and rains occur without thunderstorm.The ponds, rivers, etc., are filled with water. The predominant Rasa and Mahabhuta during this season are Amla (sour), and Prithvi and Agni, respectively and The strength of the person again becomes less, vitiation of Vata Dosha and raised of Pitta Dosha, Agni also gets vitiated. One must follow a specific Diet and lifestyle schedule in rainy season as the chances of having digestive problems is great during this season.

Ayurveda describes aggravation of Vata and acumulation of Pita in Varsha ritu.This is the major cause of various diseases ocuring during the rainy season like indigestion, stomach upset, gases, repeated cold cough, headache, sinusitis, tonsilitis, asthamatic attacks, fungal infection, bodyache, joint pain, loose motion, fever. The food and lifestyle should thus be such which helps in balancing Vata and Pita. To over come the health issues in this rainy season we need to follow Ahara Vihara and special panchakarma described in our Ayurvedic Texts according to season.

Diet (Ahara) to be followed :-

Water available in the reservoirs during monsoon is comparatively heavy to digest and the metabolism is sluggish during this period. An individual is likely to experience loss of appetite.Keeping this in mind one needs to make following changes in his diet : -


  • Diet should be light & easily digestible like Salichya Lahya (puffed rice), raajgira and fresh foods prepared from barley, rice and wheat. Avoid outside food.
  • Include cow's ghee, lean meat, lentils, green gram, rice and wheat in daily diet.
  • Consume small piece of ginger with rock salt before every meal it will help to improve digestive power.
  • Take Sour and salted soups of vegetables.Onion, lean meat and vegetables may also be used in soups.
  • Vegetables : Pumpkin, brinjal, pointed gourd(padval), bitter gourd (karale),apple gourd (tinda), bottle gourd(dudhi bhopala), cabbage(kobi), cauliflower (flower), (ghevada), (math), yam (suran).
  • If the days are cooler due to heavy rains, take a diet that is light sour, salty and little oily. Non-vegetarians should go in for lighter meat preparations like soups and stews rather than heavy curries.
  • Drink boiled and cooled water mixed with little honey
  • Add ginger and green gram in your daily diet, dry ginger+ sugar or gaggery in morning.
  • It is better to stick to seasonal fruits because non-seasonal ones tend to get infested with worms during the monsoons. Among fruits, stick to pomegranates, mangoes, bananas, apples, litchees and cherries.
  • Eat warm food and avoid eating uncooked foods and salads
  • Avoid drinking excess of fluids at this further slows down the metabolism.
  • Avoid consuming stale food, poha, peanuts, potato,beans, sprouts, sabudana, cold drinks, ice cream, fermented food.
  • Avoid leafy vegetables during monsoon.
  • Avoid curds, red meat and any foodstuff, which takes longer time to digest. One may have buttermilk instead of curds.
  • Bhavaprakash states that consuming 'haritaki (terminalia chebula) with rock salt in monsoon season is beneficial to health

Daily routine (Vihara) :-

Only taking healthy diet may not provide desired benefits unless supported by a healthy lifestyle. The important changes that one should make in one's lifestyle in rainy season are : -


  • Avoid Sleeping in daytime as it hampers digestion and slows down the metabolism
  • Avoid over exertion and over exposure to sun. Avoid moving out in afternoon sun.
  • Always keep the surrounding dry and clean. Do not allow water to get accumulated around.
  • Keep body warm as viruses attack immediately when body temperature goes down.
  • Do not enter air-conditioned room with wet hair and damp clothes.
  • Apply dry ginger and vekhanda powder on chest and head after bath to avaid repeated cold cough.
  • Avoid walking in dirty water during rainy season. Keep your feet dry.
  • Avoid getting wet in the rains.If you happen to get wet, change into dry clothes as soon as possible to avoid getting infections as immunity is low during this season.
  • Drying clothes with fumes of loban and dry neem leaves is also recommended in Ayurvedic texts.
  • Panchkarma ( Basti ) can be done.
  • Use of Perfumes is advocated in this season.
July - Water

As we all know whole universe is composed of five great basic elements such as prithvi, aap, aagni, vayu and akasha. According to Ayurved everything in life is composed of panchamahabhutas- Prithvi (Earth), Jal (Water), Agni (Fire), Vayu (Air) and Akash (Space). Prithvi manifests itself in the solid structure of the body (bones, teeth, flesh, hair etc), Jal is in all body fluids (as plasma, saliva, digestive juices), Agni controls the functioning of enzymes (intelligence, digestive system, and metabolism), Vayu denotes the movement (essentially mascular), Akash corresponds to spaces within the body (mouth, nostrils, abdomen etc).

The second most important element is water i.e. jala in sanskrit. Jeevan is a synonym for water which means life giving; life could not exist on this planet without water. This element has no odor (smell) but can be heard, felt, seen and tasted. In human blood and other fluid are refer to water.

The human body consists of approximately 70% of water that is vital for keeping the body healthy and functional. Water is necessary component in sustaining bodily functions, food digestion and keeping moisture in your skin. However, the most important reason why we need water is the fact that human can survive without food for many weeks but not only few days without water. One should start prescribed amount of water every day which helps to boost metabolism and thinking power, beneficial for skin, sustains your immune system, prevents headaches, cleans your body from harmful bacteria, and reduces joint pain and many health problems.

 

अजीर्णे भेषजं वारि जीर्णे वारि बलप्रदं ।
भोजने च अमृतं वारि भोजनान्ते विषं प्रदम्‌ ॥

 

As mentioned in above sutra acharya explained the great secret regarding diseases origin is indigested food, drinking water in starting of meal is like drinking poison. It kills the jatharagni (digestive power) which results in rotting of food inside the system instead of getting digested. This in turn leads to excess acid and gas being produced in the system and very vicious cycle starts and land to diseases like indigestion, gases, acidity etc.

श्रेष्ठमुदकमाश्वासन.....।
अ. हृ. १३/१

When we need to give any bad news or need to console someone, we give them water first by which it helps to make person relax and calm.

The Right Way of Drinking Water:

According to Ayurved, Water should be consumed only when you feel thirsty; this should be the basic criteria of drinking water.

Always drink water sip by sip with touching it to lips which gives instant relief from thirst.

If you are drinking water regularly in the morning then it is to be consumed warm at body temperature and should be sipped like hot tea.

अन्नेन कुक्षेर्द्वावंशौ पाननैकं प्रपुरयेत्‌ ॥
आश्रयं पवनादीनां चतुर्थमवशेषयेत्‌ ।
वा. सू. ८/ ४६

According to classical text mentioned above, one should make four parts of stomach, two parts should fill with food, one with water and one part should be keep empty for air which will facilitate churning and leads to digest food properly.

Water should be consumed at least 40mins before food. Food should be chewed at least 30-32 times so all digestive secretion moistens the food bolus and it get digested well and in between food if needed then take only by sips.

The minimum gap between food and water should be between 1.5-2.5hrs. This also varies based on geographic and other conditions and the duration is higher in the mountains and lower in plains and hot areas. This is because the body's ability to digest food varies with the ambient conditions.

To clean the mouth and throat after food only one or two sips of warm water can be taken.

Never drink cold or chilled water. It should be always warm or lukewarm or as body temperature. Drinking cold water leads to decrease in blood supply to various organs. Over a period of time this leads to the weakening and hence failure of organs and causes kidney failure, heart problems, etc. Chilled water causes severe constipation. Large intestine shrinks causing various other complications. This is applicable for other cold food as well.

Generally mud pot or copper pot should be used for drinking water storage. In case you are using copper pot regularly then you should stop for couple of weeks after 3 months of continuous usage.

Try this for 3-6 months and you can feel the changes in health. You will feel fresher, lighter and improvement in sleep, digestion, pains, heart.

Drink Appropriate Water
&
Be Healthy

May - Grishma Rutucharya

Grishma rutu comes as hot weather dry climate after vasant rutu. This Grishma rutu is considered as approximately may to mid of July.

In this season environment is prevalent with intense heat and unhealthy wind. Grishma rutu is also described as season of dehydration, exhaustion, lethargy and lack of energy. During this summer season, there occurs decrease of kapha which was increased in previous Vasant Rutu (Mention in previous article named: "Vasant Rutucharya") due to the heat of sun and dryness in the air hence the increased kapha get pacified in Grishma. At the same time mild increase of vaat dosha occurs due to dryness of the atmosphere. Due to the heat ponds water dries off means sun absorbs the unctuous qualities from the living beings as well as from nature. In this season we tend to drink lots of water which results in mandagni that is appetite lowers down. Such seasonal changes hamper health of an individual.

To overcome the health issues in this hot and sunny summer we need to follow Ahara Vihara and special panchakarma described in our Ayurvedic Texts according to season.

Basti Karma


As described earlier, in this season vaat dosha starts increasing in the body as a result of climatic changes which further leads to vaat prakopa in next rutu. As we all know 'Prevention is better than cure', our ancient science have already designed prevention by one of the Panchakarma to get over it is named Basti karma. Basti karma is panchakarma procedure advisable in Grishma rutu to maintain health in season and also prevent health issues which hampers health in next seasonal variations.

Diet (Ahara) to be followed :


» Diet should be light & easily digestible like Salichya Lahya (puffed rice), Raajgira.
» Should drink plenty of water and other pleasant and fragrant panaka (beverages) and mantha etc. As descrbed earlier article named “Panaka ”
» Take Madhura (Sweet), Sheeta (Cold by nature), Drava (Liquid) food.
» Take shali rice or normal rice should be roasted before cooking, boiled rice with meat, meat soups, ghee, cornflour, curd can be taken in food.
» Include ample of fruits and vegetables in regular diet. Eat fruits like mangoes, pomegranate, dates, watermelon, raisins, peaches, plums, grapes, pears, avocado and berries. Keep in mind that all fruits consumed in summer should be ripe and sweet. Discard if they are sour and unripe.
» Cereals like wheat, oats, sweet corn, new rice can be added in diet.
» Use vegetables like asparagus, cucumber,ladies finger, cabbage, sweet potato, green leafy vegetables.
» Avoid food that is heavy, too oily, fried, spicy, hot and pungent taste. Try to cut down the intake of coffee, tea, alcohol consumption.
» Spices to be used : cumin, fennel and more on coriander seeds and powder. One can use more coriander leaves in food.
» Eat fresh food that is cooked just an hour before.

Daily routine (Vihara):


» Walk around the lake / pool/ well, near river in the forest, smear body with Chandan Lepa (sandal pack) on body.
» Wear thin, light and pleasant clothes.
» Sleep in a place which has artificial fountains in the daytime and night time should apply Karpoora (Camphor) or Chandana Lepa and sleep under the sky on a mattress which is covered with fragrant flowers.
» Follow Sheetali pranayam 10-15 times/day.
» Avoid strenuous exercises, outing in afternoon time.
» Afternoon sleep can be advisable.

April - Panaka

Panaka is an old recipe of health drink / energy drink is a real thirst quencher and commonly made in most homes in summer.

The panaka subtle flavour of the saffron, the aromatic freshness of cardamom, the zing of ginger and the lime plays vital role in the sharbat and complemented by the sweetness of jaggery.

Fruits like mango, pomegranate, grapes, orange or pineapple is crushed or steamed and juice is expressed out from them, sixteen parts of cold water and sugar or jaggery is added into them and mixed well, this drink is called as Panaka.

From Ayurvedic perspectives it is good for digestion, fatigue, stress, anxiety, excessive thirst, dehydration, heatstroke especially in hot summer. Acts as good appetizer, maintains strength, health of body and provide nutrition to the body.

Aamra Panaka


Commonly known as kairi panhe. It is healthy beverage drink made with raw mango pulp and spices like cumin, black pepper.

It is rejuvenating and refreshing drink in summer works as digestive with unbeatable flavour.

Provides nutrition and acts as good appetizer. Prevents heat stroke, scurvy, bleeding gums, morning sickness in pregnancy.

It is good for anaemia and iron deficiency also it has anti cancer property.

Chincha Panaka


Tamarind is soaked overnight in water, next day it is macerated well and liquid is filtered. Water, sugar, saindhav (Rock salt) is added to it for flavour fried jirak and marich are sprinkled and served.

It improves digestion and appetite.

It has been used in many traditional medicines as a laxative, digestive, and is useful in excessive thirst, digestive tract problems, bile disorders, joint pains.

Chandan Panaka


Chandan Panaka is also prepared by using maceration process.

It improves digestion and appetite.

It has been used in many traditional medicines as a laxative, digestive, and is useful in excessive thirst, digestive tract problems, bile disorders, joint pains.

Kokum (Gracinia indica) sharbat


It is not only delicious like above but also serves health to the individual.

It is reach source of antioxidants and has healing property.

Useful in skin rashes, urticaria, piles, flatulence, constipation, acidity, heat stroke, stomach pain and also acts as cooling agent.

Falsa (Grewia asiatica) Sharbat


It is made from fruits of falsa. It acts as appetizer, digestive, laxative and useful in anaemia fever, diarhoea, indigestion, stomach upset and jaundice.

Banafsha (Viola odorata) Sharbat


This is made from flowers of banafsha. It is cooling refreshing drink and beneficial for cough, sleeplessness, indigestion, headache, migrain etc.

Lemon Juice


It is commonly used drink in summer season. Lemon juice with honey or sugar helps to reduces symptoms of excessive pitta dosha, thirst, and palpitation.

It also helps in Urinary tract infection, kidney stone, hiccups, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, indigestion, stomach upset, and jaundice.

It has ample amount of vitamin C which helps to improve bone and teeth health.

Water melon


It is best way to beat summer heat. It is instant source of energy. It is useful in fatigue, stress, anxiety, dehydration, kidney stone, and heartburn, cures dry cough, relieves constipation.

Melon - Helps to improve health of bladder, useful in urinary tract infection, heartburn, constipation.

Solkadhi


It is a popular dish from the konkan region slightly pink in colour due to presence of kokum and coconut milk. Cumin seeds, green chillies gives distinct flavour to it.

It is useful in heartburn, indigestion, gases, cramps, constipation, diarrhoea, abdominal pain.

Coconut Water


It is naturally cool, sweet and healthy drink. It is best thirst reliever, improves bladder health and useful in urinary tract infection, gives strength to heart, improves digestion.

In oligohydramnios condition, it is useful to improve amniotic fluid level.

Grapes


It improves body strength, good for hair, voice, eyes.

It is Useful in fever, nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, kidney stone, urinary tract infection, heat stroke, heartburn. It also helps to regulate menses.

Article of the Month - Vasant Ritucharya

Seasonal routine or regimen is called Ritucharya. According to Ayurveda and position of sun, the year is divided into two kaal.

1. Aadan kaal (Uttarayan) (Northeren Solastice)
2. Visarga kaal (Dakshinayan) (Sourtheren Solastice)


Vasant comes as warm, welcome changes after shishir ritu (long winter). This Vasant ritu (spring) covers month of Feb, Mar, April. This season is the most charming due to beauty in the surrounding nature. All nature turns full of beautiful flowers, fruits & leaves. Sunshines brighter as compared to winter & makes atmosphere hot.


This environment conditions prone to melting of freezed Vruddhi kapha dosha in the body cause of winter which further lead to kapha prakopa and digestive power of stomach gets suppressed (agnimandya).


This kapha prakopa in body can prone to flu, cold, cough & allergies. This prakupit kapha acts as toxins prepared by body & environmental changes which may further cause unusual fatigue, sluggish, or drowsy after lunch, loss of appetite, sharp headache, dizziness unexplained muscle ache like cramp in calf muscle, tongue may get coated & throat sore.


Vasant (spring) is the best season for detoxification because nature is already trying to clear out the toxins. Vaman karma (Vasantika Vaman) is one of the best Panchkarma procedure which assist these toxins in moving out of the body & it helps body to efficiently detoxify the channels & dhatus of body (under expert guidance & supervision).


Benefits of Vaman Karma

It relieves from repeated cold, cough, sinusitis, tonsillitis, fever, headache, asthma, bronchitis, skin diseases.


Diet (Ahara) to be followed

» Diet should be light & easily digestible like Salichya Lahya (puffed rice), raajgira.
» Cabbage, bottle gourd soups with cumins, black pepper, ginger tadka
» Medicated milk i.e. milk boiled with dry ginger ananta (Hemidesmus indicus)& arjun (Terminalia arjuna)
» Rice should be roasted before cooking
» Jeera rice with ginger can be preferred
» Vari rice
» Wheat flour (Phulka), jowar & bajra bhakri
» Pulses - Lentils (Masura), Chick peas (Chana), Moong beans (Moong), Dew beans (matki)
» Pickles - Turmeric pickles
» Vegetables - Methi (Fenugreek leaves), Palak (Spinach), Maath, Shepu (Dill), Gawar (Cluster beans) , Shevga (Drumsticks)
» Green tea with Dalchini (cinnamon), Gavati Chaha (Lemon grass), Pudina (Mint leaves), Tulsi (Basil Leaves), Jeshthamadh (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Miri (Black pepper), Lavanga (Cloves), Jaggery
» Fruits - Kavath (Limonia acidissima), Lemon, Betel nuts, Dadima (Pomegranate), Jambul (Syzygium cumini)
» Drinks - Warm water, Kairi Panhe with cardamom (Velchi), Sidhu (fermented sugarcane juice), Asava (fermented infusion), Asava (fermented decoction), water mixed honey, water boiled with extracts of chandan.

Daily routine (Vihara)

» Physical exercise - gymnastics & hardwork
» Masaage - before bath massage the body with dry powder (Udvartana) of chandan (sandal wood) & usher (Vetiveria zinzanioides) etc
» Sleep - Day time sleep is strictly prohibited

Herb of the Month - August 2013


Chaitra shuddha pratipada is the new year of the people in India. On the new year occasion, the tender leaves of neem and flowers of pepper, asafoetida, rocksalt, cumin seeds, tamarind and jaggery are mixed and consumed in the new year morning. This combination not only increasing appetite but also provides a natural shield for the diseases. So it is a tradition that all the people consume the some new year morning and achieve better health and immunity.
The Latin name of Neem is Azadiracta Indica. It is used in medicines as follows-

Wound/Skin

» The leaves of neem are boiled in water & cleaning the wound with neem decoction gives better healing of wound.
» In the scabies the Neem leaves powder with Karanj oil is applied.
» Leaves of Neem are used against snake bite.
» To get rid of acidity Neem decoction is given to let out the pitta.
» For urticarial leaves with pepper are applied Bark on the body.
» Bark is used in fever.
» Bark is used in jaundice with Kutaki & Bhunimb.

Fruits

» The tender fruits are consumed in the ailments like worms & diabetes.
» Oil of fruit is use to apply for vaginal pain.

Seeds

» The powdered seeds are useful in worms & also for lice treatment.

Roots

» Roots of Neem is tied to waist of the woman who is having prolonged labour. So that she gets delivered easily.

So the leaves , bark , fruits, seed, root, all the parts are having medicinal values.
Besides medical properties, it has so many other good utilities as well.
» It gives very soothing shadow. So are planted near streets, temples & public places.
The air becomes fresh due to the presence of Neem trees. So specifically these trees are planted in industrial areas to control air pollution.
» The wood is useful in construction activity.
» These are grown at the ‘BANDH’ of the farms. It does not deteriorate the quality of the soil. So even though it is bitter to taste but ends in a sweet outcome. It is considered as a fabulous tree of Indra’s heaven on the earth.

Herb of the Month - September 2013


It is an holistic tree. It is scientifically called as Ficus bengalensis and ‘Vad’ in Marathi.
It is a very big tree and thus shade giving tree. A peculiarity of banyan tree is - it has arial roots. These arial roots go down the soil and thus the girth of the tree goes on increasing. Its life span is thousands of years. At Gujrath, near river Narmada, there is one ‘Kabirvad’ 5 thousand people can sit & take rest under that one tree easily.

This tree is used in so many diseases in Ayurved.

Diabetes

The tender arial root’s decoction is given in diabetes.

Wounds

The gum is applied to the wounds for getting healed.

Loose motions

The tender arial roots are crushed with rice water & swallowed with buttermilk.

Stomatitis

The decoction of leaves of Banyan, Umbar, Long Peper, Jamun(Jambola), Nandrukh used for gargles to get rid of stomatitis.

Urine retaintion

The decoction of dried leaves is given.

For Infertility

The apical buds are consumed with ghee for 21 days so that the fertility increases.

Nail Toxins

The lepa is applied on the scrateches. The lepa contains bark of Vad, Shami and neem.

Thus the Banyan tree is useful for us in many ways. The leaves are also used to make the dishes. It helps us in the ailments like beeding tendencies, oedema, herpes, wounds, infertility, vomiting, fever, vaginal infection, burning sensation, urinary problems etc. Thus Banyan tree is fabulous tree on the earth.

Herb of the Month - October 2013


It is a holistic plant & also known as “Holy basil.” Scientifically it is known as “Ocimum Sanctum.” It is a aromatic herb & widespread as it is a cultivated plant.
According to Vaishnavas, it is believed in puranas that during Samudra Manthan when the gods win the Ocean churning against asura, Lord Dhanvantari comes up with Amrit in hand for the gods. Lord Dhanvantari sheds happy tears & when the first drop falls in Amrit which forms “Tulasi.”
In the ceremony of tulasi vivah, tulasi is ceremonially married to Lord Krishna, so it is believed that lord Krishna resides in tulasi plant , so that it helps to maintain homeostasis in the body as well as mind. Tulasi also also helps to decrease Tama & Raja dosh of mind & increases satva guna which stabilises the mind . it releases more oxygen level in atmosphere so the person who dwellsnear Tulasi plant feels replenished.
Tulasi has been used for thousands of years in Ayurveda because of its various properties . Some of it mentioned below-

Wounds

We used paste of Tulasi leaves in our patient who are having skin diseases as well as in fungal infection as local applicant.

Cough-cold

The decoction of tulasi leaves along with black paper, ginger etc. is having very good results in our results in our patient.

Immunity booster

Intake of 1 leaf daily helps to increase immunity of a person.

Malaria

In malaria we used tulasi leaves in one of our formulation.

Heart burn

Tulasi beej are useful to reduce burning sensation. One of the type of Tulasi beej known as Sabja is having same properties like Tulasi beej & it is use in falooda.

Sting

Mud of the Tulasi plant is applied on sting of Honey bee

Antiviral

Extract of tulasi leaves exhibits antiviral activity.

Ear ache

tulasi leaves extract releases earache.

Weight loss

Many of our patients losses their weight with the help of Tulasi + molasses along with ayurvedic medicines & regular yogabhyas.

Insect bite

Tulasi leaves are also useful in various insect bites in the form of paste or extract. Looking forward to the multifacet uses of Tulasi plant , it becomes our duty to plant atleast a Tulasi in our garden contributing a hand towards wellness of our health thus gifted to us.

Herb of the Month - November 2013


Sanskrit Name : KUMARI - Kumari is a synonym used for female & hence can be used commonly in menstrual disorders in Kumari roga.
GHRUT KUMARI- Greasy & sticky as ghee.
Aloe Vera is planted widely as garden plant & hence can easily used in simple fever & cough.

Chemical Constitution

» Aloe vera contains crystalline glucoside called Aloin & Barbilion.
» It also contains Aloe Amoedin, resin & volatile substances.

Properties

» Guna - Guru, Snigdha(unctous), Pichila(slimy).
» Rasa (Taste) - Tikta, Madhura(sweet).
» Vipaka - Katu.
» Veerya - Sheet.
» Prabhav - Bhedhan.
Kaala Bol - Laghu, Ruksha, Tikshna, Ushna

Systemic Functions

» External Uses
LEPA - Turmeric powder is sprinkled on aloe vera pulp and heated for a while and is applied on the swellings, pain & enlarged liver.
Internal Uses
Digestive System
» In small quantities it acts as Deepan(appetizer), Pachan(carminative action) & stimulates actions of liver.
» In large quantities it acts as Virechak (laxative) & Krimighna (Anti-helmentic)
» It improves appetite & can be used in diseases like ascites, tumour, hepatomegaly & splenomegaly, constipation & worm infestation.
Circulatory System
» It acts on liver.
» It acts as blood purifier.
» It works on acne when taken internally.
» Also can be used in obstructive jaundice.
Reproductive Sysytem
» Due to qualities such as snigdha, pichila which are as same of that of shukra, it acts on reproductive system
» Aloe vera has contractile actions on uterine muscles and thereby facilitates ovulation.
On Skin
» Aloe vera when used purifies skin by eliminating toxic materials and subsides skin disorders.
» Lukewarm application of aloe vera pulp mixed with Til tail on scalp results in healthy hair.

Herb of the Month - December 2013


Latin Name: Rosa Centifolia

Sanskrit Name: Taruni

 Synonyms:

It contains an essential volatile oil oleum-rosi, tannic acid, galic acid & tannins.

(A) Shatpatri- It has hundred or many petals.
(B) karnika- Petals are as big as an ear.
(C) Laksha- It is of red colour (Flower).
(D) Gandhadhya- It has fragrance.
(E) Gulab- GUL means flower & AAB means water.

  • There are total 12 species of roses found in India.
  • ROSE-‘It is a queen of flowers’.

 Chemical constituents:

» It contains an essential volatile oil oleum-rosi, tannic acid, galic acid & tannins.

 Properties (GUNA)::

 Rasa (taste):

» Tikta(bitter), katu(pungent), kashaya(astringent), madhur(sweet).

 Veerya (potency):

» Sheeta(cold).

 Vipak(post digestive effect):

» Madhur(sweet).

 Qualities(guna):

» Laghu(light), Snigdha(unctuous).

 Prabhav:

» Hrudya(Cardio tonic).

Karma (actions)

  1. Dosha karma- Tridoshghna,italleviates Vata(being madhur&snighdha),Pitta (being sheeta,tikta&kashaya).
  2. Systemic actions

(A) External Action :( application in paste form)

  • Varnya- Enhances/improves complexion
  • SHOTHAHAR-It has anti-inflammatory action
  • VRANA ROPAN-Helps in fast healing of wound.
  • DURGANDHA NASHAK- Removes bad odour.

(B) Internal Actions:
(1) Nervous System

  • Medhya (improves intellect)
  • Saumanasyajanak

(2) Digestive System

  • Balya( tonic) for stomach, intestines & liver.
  • Deepan(appetizer) &Pachan(digestives)- used in indigestion.
  • Grahi-Taruni in less quantities works on diarrhoea (atisar) and dysentery (pravahika).
  • Mild laxative when used in large doses.

(3) Circulatory System

  • Hrudya- good for heart &cardio tonic.
  • Raktapitta&Shonitsthapan(haematinics)- works on bleeding disorders.

(4) Reproductive System-

  • Aphrodisiac activity
  • Indicated in infertility.

(5) general (other use)-

  • Useful in skin troubles.
  • Fever
  • Emaciation/gen. debility
  • Excessive sweating disorder.

 (6) Specific Formulations

  • Gulkand
  • Gulab ark.
Herb of the Month - January 2014


Guduchi or Giloy is a famous Ayurvedic herb, used extensively in many Ayurvedic medicines for a wide variety of diseases. Its botanical name is Tinosporacordifolia.

 Benefits :

» All parts of Guduchi plants are used for various medicinal purposes.
» The plant oil is effective in reducing pain, oedema & in Gout and skin diseases.
» The herb accords longetivity ,enchances memory, improves health, bestows youth, betters complexion, voice, energy and luster of the skin.
» It is helpful in treating digestive ailments such as hyperacidity, colitis, worm infestations, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, excessive thirst & vomiting & even liver disorders like hepatitis.
» Fresh juice of Guduchi when mixed with rock candy, speeds up the recover in the hepatitis patients.
» It helps in remedying ailments like Raktapitta (Bleeding disorders), Anemia, Cardiac debility, Diabetis, Sexual debility & Splenic disorders.
» The starch of the plant serves as a household remedy for chronic fever, relieves burning sensation & increases and appetite.
» The decoction of Guduchi mixed with Nimba & Vasa eases the itching & oozing.
» It benefits general weakness, dyspepsia, impotency, dysentery, secondary syphilis, TB, jaundice, constipation, leprosy etc.
» Guduchi helps in getting rid off renal caliculi & reduces blood urea level.
» The decoction of guduchi & shunthi is a good combination for treating Gout & Rheumatic disorders.
» Guduchi juice when taken with cow's milk or Lodhra is effective in combating leucorrhea.
» The juice is mixed with cumin seeds & consumed to reduce the burning sensation caused due to pitta.
» The root of Guduchi is a strong emetic & used for bowel obstruction.


Thus Guduchi serves a very wide range of purposes.

  Interesting fact about Guduchi :

The areal roots of Guduchi are so thin yet so strong that AcharyaSushrut (Father of Surgery) used to use this for suturing surgical wounds. This had dual benefits, one was the thread were very strong so there was no chance of wound rupture. Second is, Guduchi has potent wound healing property. Hence wound healing used to happen very quickly.

Herb of the Month - February 2014


Shatavari is a well knownayurvedic plant used in gynaecological ailments. It is one of great rejuvenative herbs used in Ayurveda.
Latin Name: Asparagusracemosus

Part used: Roots

The benefits of shatavari are:

» It nourishes and cleanses the blood and the female reproductive organs, enhancing female fertility.

» It also nourishes the womb and ovum and helps to prepare the female organs for pregnancy, as well as to prevent threatened miscarriage.

» It is also used as a galactogogue (to improve breast milk).

» Men also benefit from Shatavari, especially in the treatment of impotence and general sexual debility, as it is an aphrodisiac and it increases the libido.

» Pre-menopausal women can take it to cool annoying hot flashes and mood swings. Even post menopausal women and those who have had hysterectomies greatly benefit from Shatavari'.

» The paste of Shatavari's fresh leaves is applied for relief from the burning sensation of the skin during chicken pox.

» Shatavariknown as an adaptogenic herb, Shatavari minimizes the negative effects of stress on the nervous system. This herb is good for anyone under pressure, helping the body and mind to cope with challenges.

» Oil extracted from its roots strengthens the muscles, reduces pain in sciatica, inflamed joints and is also effective in paralysis.

» The powdered dried root of Shatavari is used to cure ulcers in the gastrointestinal tract which may cause can cause heartburn, abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhea.

» This plant is a good source of zinc and calcium minerals and it also provides and B-complex vitamins.

» Shatavari nourishes the body and mind, builds immunity, and promotes longevity.

Herb of the Month - March 2014


Amra known as mango is the "The National fruit" of our country.It is praised as "heavenly fruit" in Vedas. It is also known as "Super fruit" due to its potential health values.
Latin Name: Magniferaindica

Part used: Leaves,bark, fruit peel, seeds, inflorescence

The benefits of shatavari are:

»  Mango is considered a very useful remedy and energizer in Ayurveda and used to balance all three doshas (Vata, Kapha or and Pitta), especially Pitta dosha.

»  The insoluble fiber, present in mangoes, helps the elimination of waste from the colon and prevents constipation.

»  Dried mango flowers are used in the treatment of diarrhea, chronic dysentery and problems of the bladder.

»  Mango leaves serve as an excellent herbal mouthwash for gum problems.

»  Mango is a rich source of iron and especially beneficial for women suffering from Aneamia and ladies undergoing post menopausal syndrome.

»  Its leaves have anti-microbial and anti-oxidant properties. Thus, it is very useful for diabetes patients.

»  The anti-oxidant property of mango leaves is also useful in treating cancer and other cardiac diseases.

»  The leaves can also be used in high blood pressure.

»  Mango contains Glutamine acid, which helps in improving memory.

»  Some of the flavonoids present in the fruit are believed to strengthen the immune system of human body.

»  Presence of fiber and enzymes makes mangoes favorite for healthy digestion.

Herb of the Month - July 2014


Asafoetida is the dried latex exuded from rhizome or tap root of several species of ferula a perennial herb that grows 1 to 1.5 m tall.
It is also known as asant, food of the gods, stinking gum, Devil's dung, hing, kayam & ting
Digestive system- It is used to aid digestion & is smeared on the abdomen in an alcohol or water tincture known as mahahing.

 

Prepare a powder of a mixture consisting of one tablespoon each of dried ginger, long pepper, curry leaves, Bishop's weed (ajwain), black pepper and cumin. Fry this mixture in a teaspoon of sesame oil along with one teaspoon of asafoetida. Finally, add some rock salt in it. Take one teaspoon of this natural medicine (mixed with clarified butter) along with steamed rice to cure indigestion.


Dissolve a piece of asafoetida in a cup of water. Soak the solution in a cloth and use as a fomentation on stomach to soothe stomach ache caused by indigestion.

Anti flatulent-

Asafoetida reduces the growth of indigenous microflora in the gut, reducing flatulence. It can be applied locally in the form of paste around the umbilicus.
Taking a mixture of a quarter teaspoon of dry ginger powder, a pinch of asafoetida and black salt in a cup of warm water helps reduce flatulence.
Having a pinch of asafoetida mixed in a cup of buttermilk serves as a great natural home remedy for bloating and gas problems. If you do not have buttermilk, simply use lukewarm water.

Influenza-

Asafoetida is used in influenza as it produces natural anti-viral drug compounds that demonstrate potency against the H1N1 virus.


Remedy for asthma & bronchitis-

It is mixed with ghee &advised to take orally with lukewarm water.
Add a quarter tsp of asafoetida a d half tsp of each onion juice and betel leaf juice in 2 tsp of honey. Take this mixture 3 times in a day to deal with symptoms of asthma and other respiratory disorder.


Balancing the vata & kapha doshas-

According to Ayurveda, Asafoetida is considered to be one of the best spices for balancing the vata dosha. It mitigates vata & kapha doshas relieves flatulence & colic pain. It enhances appetite (deepan) & helps for digestion (Paachan).It is used in various Indian Cuisines.


Antidote for Opium Poison Effect -

Asafoetida has only been speculated to be an antidote for opium poisoning.


Menstrual disorders-

Those who are suffering from menstrual disorders can take it with lukewarm water.
Hing or asafoetida benefits in treducing dysmenorrhea i.e. painful menstruation.


Psychological disorder-

Smelling asafoetida gum is highly beneficial in dealing with hysteria.


Migraine/Headache-

Take 1 tsp each of asafoetida dried ginger, camphor, and 2 tsp of tailed pepper (cubed). Add some milk in it, enough to form a paste. Apply this paste on forehead to relieve migraine and headache.


Toothache-

Take a pinch of asafoetida powder and put it in the cotton and place it on your aching tooth to relieve toothache.


Mosquito repellent-

Due to disagreeable odour hing is also used in certain products that are used to repel insects, mosquitoes etc.


Herb of the Month - August 2014


Haridra is the tuber of plant Curcuma longa. Turmeric as commonly used is prepared by boiling the tuber in water; followed by drying and removing outer scales. It is also known as Kanchani, Hattavilasini, Nisha, Krimighni, Varvarnini and Yoshitpriya, emphasizing its various uses; skin glowing lightening being one of them.
USA claimed patent on medicinal uses of Haridra which are known in India since ages. We had successfully fought for the patent.


Cough & Cold-

Having a cup of warm milk mixed with a pinch of turmeric powder is one of the simplest home remedies for cough & cold.


Eosinophilia-

Taking a combination of turmeric powder & ounce of honey three times a day to treat eosinophilia.


Bad breath-

Add a pinch of salt & rinse your mouth with this solution to cure bad breath.


Blisters-

Mix some turmeric in a glass of water and boil the solution. Gargle with this liquid to get rid of blister in mouth.


Anemia-

Regularly consuming a combination of one teaspoon each of honey and raw turmeric juice in the morning gives encouraging results in improving anemia.


Jaundice-

Benefits of turmeric in the treatment of jaundice can be derived by having a glass of warm water mixed with a quarter teaspoon of turmeric in it. Drink this natural medicine daily, about 2-3 times in a day.


Diarrhea-

Having a glass of water mixed with one teaspoon of turmeric powder is useful in releaving diarrhea. You can also add the spice in herbal tea, buttermilk or yogurt.


Burns-

Take one teaspoon of aloe vera gel and the same quantity of turmeric. Apply this mixture on skin to heal burns.


Dandruff-

Applying a combination of aloe vera juice, holy basil juice and a pinch of turmeric powder on scalp for about 15 mins reduces dandruff.


Skin infection -

Crush some neem leaves, add turmeric powder and smear this paste on skin to control itching and skin diseases.


Insects bites -

Applying a mixture of lime juice and turmeric reduces the effect of insect bites.


Conjunctivitis -

When dealing with conjunctivitis, soak a cotton ball in lukewarm turmeric water & place it on your eyes. Follow this procedure several times in a day.


Swelling & inflammation -

Turmeric benefits in getting rid of swelling and inflammation by applying a paste of warm mustard oil and turmeric powder on the affected area.


Pain -

Massaging with turmeric oil relives pain .you can also add a teaspoon of turmeric in two teaspoon of ginger paste and apply on the affected area to reduce external pain.


Acne -

Combine half a teaspoon of turmeric powder and an equal amount of sandal wood powder. Mix a teaspoon of normal or rose water in it. Apply this paste on skin to get rid of acne and pimple it also makes your face glow.


Boils -

Mix half teaspoons each of turmeric and ginger powder and add enough water to form a paste & apply this paste on skin to heal boils.


Asthma & bronchitis -

One of the best turmeric home medicines for asthma and bronchitis is consuming 30 ml of aloe vera juice mixed with pinch of turmeric.Take the mixture along with some Luke warm water. Follow this therapy daily in the morning on an empty stomach for about 10 days.
Boil a glass of milk mixed with one teaspoon of turmeric powder and a pinch of pepper and ginger powder.Consume the solution at night before going to sleep to cure bronchitis.


Herb of the Month - September 2014


Cumin seeds are used as spice for their distinctive flavour and aroma. It is globally popular and an essential flavouring in many cuisines. fought for the patent.

In Sanskrit Cumin is known as "Jira". Jira means "that which helps digestion". In Ayurvedic system of medicines dried seeds are used for medicinal purposes.

Cumin has stimulative, stomachin, carminative, hypolipdemic, antibacterial, anti-spasmodic properties.

Cumin tea aids in digestion and hence, helps relive stomach problems. Moreover, it improves the absorption of iron from foods.


Isomnia-

As this herb has a cooling effect, cumin benefits in getting rid of prickly heat. Drinking cumin water induces sleep and heals insomnia. Fry some cumin seeds, grind them and mix this powder inn mash banana (ripe). Regularly consume this mixture at night to cure insomnia.


Diabetes-

Furthermore, cumin helps control diabetes as it reduces blood sugar levels. In addition, combination of cumin powder. Taking half a teaspoon of freshly powdered cumin along with water two times in a day is considered good for treating diabetes naturally.


Blood pressure-

Ginger juice and honey works as a wonderful home remedy for lowering high blood pressure.


Indigestion -

Boil a glass of water and add a teaspoon of cumin seeds in it. Next mix a teaspoon of coriander leaf juice and a pinch of salt in it. Drink this mixture after meals in order to treat indigestion and diarrhoea. Follow the therapy for two to three days.


Deepan (appetiser) -

Cumin benefits in increasing appetite by combination of equal amounts of cumin, asafoetida, ginger, mustard seeds, black salt. Just grind all the spices, add the resultant home medicine in a glass of buttermilk and drink the solution about an hour prior to a meal.


Bloating -

Simply having a glass of buttermilk mixed with a quarter teaspoon each of cumin powder and pepper for about 2-3 days helps relieve bloating.


Gases -

Add a teaspoon of water and boil the solution until the quality reduces to half. Drink this infusion daily to reduce gas and flatulence.


Nausea and vomiting -

Boil a cup of water and steep cumin and ground nutmeg in it. Drink this solution to get rid of nausea and vomiting.


Sinusitis -

Roast and grind about 100g cumin seeds and mix 200g honey in it. Consume this mixture regularly serves as one of the simplest cumin remedies for sinusitis.


Bleeding gums -

Roast some cumin seeds grind them along with rock salt. Massage your gums with this powder to control the problem of bleeding gums.


Prickly heat -

Applying coconut milk mixed with a tablespoon of ground cumin helps reduce prickly heat.


In addition it believed that this herb has anti-cancer qualities due to compound called Cuminaldehyde. Scientific studies on animal's shows that it can help protect against tumours, especially in the stomach and liver.


Herb of the Month - October 2014


Bishop's weed benefits in relieving abdominal discomfort caused by digestive ailments like dyspepsia, flatulence, diarrhoea, cholera, etc.


In addition, it helps in the natural treatment of sore throat, cough, rheumatic inflammation, anorexia, worm infestation, spleen disorders, and so on.


Bishop's weed or Ajwain is a hot, pungent, and bitter spice with smell similar to that of thyme. The variety of this herb with small seeds is considered best for medicinal purposes.

To get rid of flatulence, loss of appetite, and other stomach problems, prepare a natural cure by soaking three tablespoons of Bishop's weed in lime juice and leave in shade for drying. Then, powder this mixture, add some black salt in it and take one teaspoon of this home medicine along with little warm water two times in a day. Follow this therapy for a few days.


Simply having a glass of warm water mixed with one teaspoon of Bishop's weed and 1/8 teaspoon of black salt serves as one of the best Ajwain or Bishop's weed home caused by indigestion.


Bishop's weed benefits in providing relief from colic by applying a paste prepared from its seeds.


To cure diarrhoea, combine about 5g roasted ajwain seeds, 2g black pepper and a pinch of black salt. Grind the mixture. Add this powder in buttermilk or yogurt and consume it.


Indigestion, belching, gas problems and colic pains can be treated by a mixture of two teaspoons each of ajwain and dried ginger, and a small quantity of black salt. Add a teaspoon of this powder in a cup of lukewarm water and drink it. You can also include cardamom in this remedy.


Application of Bishop's weed oil (preferably mixed with carrier oil) heals rheumatic and neuralgic pains. In case you do not want to use the oil directly on skin then boil ajwain seeds in water and expose the affected area to the vapours of this solution.


Smelling powdered Bishop's weed wrapped in a tissue paper or thin cloth helps reduce migraine headache. Besides, you can burn the seeds and inhale their smoke.


Expectorant benefits of Bishop's weed or Ajwain can be derived by inhaling the steam of boiling water mixed with one teaspoon of crushed ajwain seeds to clear nasal and dilate the bronchial passages.


Having a teaspoon of a mixture prepared by heating Bishop's weed along with jaggery is useful in dealing with asthma and bronchitis.

Another Bishop's weed remedy for asthma is to drink a glass of buttermilk mixed with half a teaspoon of carom seeds two times in a day. It helps remove blockage of died phlegm.


An infusion prepared by adding Bishop's weed and salt in boiling water can be used for gargling to cure acute pharyngitis, sore throat, and hoarseness of voice. Moreover, you can gargle with this solution 2-3 times in a day to heal toothache cause by tooth decay.


Roast equal quantities of ajwain seeds and cloves in a pan. Grind the mixture and consume 5 g of this home medicine to treat bronchial asthma naturally.

Besides, you can wrap Bishop's weed in a cotton cloth and heat it on a pan. Finally, place it on the chest after some time when it is moderately warm.


Anti-parasitic benefits of Bishop's weed can be derived by having a mixture prepared by mixing equal amounts of powdered ajwain seeds and black salt. Children can be given this powder before bedtime to help remove intestinal worms.


Heat a combination of one tablespoon of milk and half a teaspoon of Bishop's weed in the microwave. Cool and strain the mixture. Use the liquid as ear drops to relieve earache. Carom seed oil can also be used.


Grind two cloves and half a teaspoon of Bishop's weed. Add a pinch of salt and take this mixture along with lukewarm water to get rid of cough. Dry cough can be cured by chewing betel leaf and ajwain seeds.


Having a mixture of one teaspoon of jaggery and a quarter teaspoon of Bishop's weed is useful in relieving chest pain or palpitation. Besides, you can take a teaspoon of this herb along with some warm water to stimulate the heart.


Combination of Bishop's weed, honey and vinegar helps in the treatment of kidney stones. Follow this therapy for at least one week.


Regularly chewing Bishop's weed is likely to reduce alcohol craving.


To improve sperm count and treat premature ejaculation, fry some ajwain seeds along with kernels of tamarind in clarified butter. Grind the mixture and add a teaspoon of this powder in a glass of milk along with a tablespoon of honey. Drink the solution regularly at night.


Apart from these therapeutic uses, Bishop's weed or Ajwain is used in culinary preparations as well. In addition, this herb is also used as an insecticide. Bishop's weed is used a folk remedy for venomous insect bites.


Herb of the Month - December 2014


For therapeutic purposes, usually coriander leaves as well as seeds are used. It aids in digestion and helps in the natural treatment of urinary tract related disorders. Coriander benefits the skin, hair and overall health. It is also useful in dealing with allergies and infections caused by fungus and bacteria.


Scientific name: Coriandrum sativum L

Other names: Coriander, Dhanyak, Dhaniya, Dhana, Kothambir, Kothmir.

Coriander has carminative, stimulant, antiseptic, anti-bacterial, analgesic, antihelminthic, anti-inflammatory & diuretic properties. It is useful in getting rid of itchy skin, rashes and inflammation. This aromatic herb removes bad breath and heals mouth ulcers due to its natural antiseptic qualities.

Drinking an infusion prepared by boiling a teaspoon of coriander seed powder in a cup of water serves as one of the simplest home remedies for indigestion.


Having buttermilk mixed with two teaspoon of coriander juice works as an effective natural cure for nausea and indigestion.


Coriander benefits in providing relief from rheumatic pains and swelling by having a cup of coriander tea regularly.


Boil two teaspoons of powdered coriander seeds in a cup of water and drink the solution daily to lower blood cholesterol leaves.


Crush about 20g coriander leaves, use the juice so obtained as nasal drops to stop nose bleeds.


Benefits of coriander can also be derived by gargling with coriander tea to heal mouth ulcers.


Having coriander tea prepared by steeping two teaspoon of coriander seeds in a cup of warm water is valuable in treating anemia.


Consuming a mixture of crushed coriander seeds and some sugar is useful in reducing belching.


Individuals suffering from the problems of vertigo can prepare a solution by soaking one teaspoon each of coriander seeds and dried amla powder in a glass of water overnight.


Boil a cup of water and add a teaspoon of coriander seeds in it. Let the solution steep for about 15-20 minutes. Finally, cool and strain the liquid. Washing the eyes with this decoction serves as an excellent natural remedy to reduce eye irritation.


Simply chewing fresh coriander is useful in relieving bad breath.


Crush some fresh coriander leaves and add some water to form a paste. Use this paste on skin to get rid of rashes.


Another health benefit of coriander is that helps in dealing with heavy menstruation due to its hormone balancing quality.


Applying a combination of one teaspoon each of coriander juice and turmeric can help you get rid of pimples and blackheads.