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Month: September 2018

Healing spices of the kitchen

Healing spices of the kitchen

1. Coriander

Botanical Name – Coriander sativum

Coriander leaves are variable in shape and are useful for cooking purpose. Flowers are borne in small umbles, white or very pale pink in colour. Fruit is globular dry. Coriander seeds are also very useful for cookery purpose.

Chemical composition

Coriander is a wonderful source of dietary fiber, manganese, iron, and magnesium. In addition to this coriander leaves are rich in vitamin C and protein. They also contain a small amount of phosphorus, potassium, thiamin, niacin, and carotene.

Uses

Coriander has many health benefits such as:

  1. It reduces skin inflammation, high cholesterol level and combats diarrhea.
  2. In case of mouth ulcers, anemia, indigestion and menstrual disorders, coriander can be a great herb to consume as well.
  3. It is also useful in the treatment of conjunctivitis, skin disorder and blood sugar disorders.
  4. It is also useful in bleeding from nose (Epistaxis).

How to use Coriander

  • Apply a paste of coriander leaves in case of a headache.
  • In the cure of mouth ulcers, gargling with a decoction of coriander seeds can be very effective. 

How to prepare

  • Boil one teaspoon of coriander seeds in a cup of water. Use this water 3-4 times a day. Add two drops of coriander leaves in both nostrils to prevent further bleeding.
  • In excessive thirst and burning sensation, add cold water with sugar and its leaf juice.


2. Fennel (saunf)

Botanical name – foeniculum vulgare

Fennel is a flowering plant. It is a perennial herb with yellow flowers and feathery leaves. Fennel leaves grow up to 40 cm long.

Flowers are produced in terminal compound umbel 5-15 cm wide, each umbel section having  20-25 tiny yellow flowers in short pedicles.

Chemical composition

Fennel contains essential oil. The essential oil is constituted mainly by anethole which has anti-cancer properties, estragole, and fenchone. Other constituents are flavonoids and coumarins, R- prince and B- pinen.

Use

  • Fennel is useful in colitis, constipation and in painful menstruation. It is also useful in a cough, bronchitis, stomach upset and indigestion in bloating.
  • Domestic gripe water is a recipe prepared at home with combinations of fennel, ginger, chamomile, licorice, cinnamon, and lemon balm. The soothing herbs in the gripe water help to heal indigestion and inflammation.
  • In care of constipation, drinking herbal tea containing a combination of fennel, anise, elderberry and senna on paper can prove to be greatly beneficial.
  • In case of painful menstruation, taking fennel extracts four times daily starting at the beginning of a period can reduce pain in girls and young women with painful menstruation (dysmenorrhea).
  • In case of sunburn, applying fennel to skin before UV exposure can reduce sunburn.
  • Fennel seeds contain a compound called anethole, which is phytoestrogen that mimics the properties of estrogen hormone that increase milk secretion in women. This is very helpful for lactating women for breastfeeding.

Carmentive properties

  • Anethole is responsible for carminative action by encouraging the expulsion of intestinal gas by taking orally after the meal.
  • Fennel seeds are use to limit the symptoms of asthma. It helps to reduce the congestion and helps against the hacking cough that accompanies bronchitis because of the presence of lionel and anethole constituents which are expectorant in nature.
  • For weight loss, drinking a cup of fennel 20 minutes before eating reduces appetite since it helps with indigestion. It also helps to turn the food in energy instead of fat.
  • Fennel is a good diuretic and it increases the flow of urine and act as a tonic to the kidneys.

 

3. Turmeric

Botanical name – Curcuma longa

Turmeric is a tall annual herb of south-east Asia.

Turmeric leaves are large (close to 2 feet), its blade is slippering, oblong and lance as it tapers along the base. In fact, turmeric plant is identifiable by both its characteristics tuberous root and the leaves that extend upward from thick stems arising from root.

Rhizomes are underground stems and these have roots below them and leaves growing above. The interior of turmeric root is hard, orange-yellow in colour.

Composition of Indian Turmeric

Chemical composition depends upon the origin colour of where it is grown.

The root of turmeric plant is composed of volatile oil (bitter in taste), starch, gum, calcium chloride, fibre and curcumin.

Turmeric rhizomes contain the yellow colour.

The most significant cucuminoid is cucumic and it is believed that the phenolic character of cucumin is responsible for antioxidant. It also contains protein 6.3%, fat 5.1%, mineral matter 3.5%, fibre 2.6% and carbohydrates 69.4% .

Uses                                                                                                                                    

Turmeric is a miracle herb. It has many health benefits such as it is a good anti-inflammatory agent, a natural painkiller and a patent antioxidant. It helps in heavy metal detoxification. It improves digestion and stomach health. It benefits in gerd and acid reflux. It reduces the senering of various type of arthritis common in osteoarthritis. It is a good healing agent in case of fracture.

Turmeric has antiplatelet properties as well.

  1. Anti-inflammatory agent
    Cumin is the compound present in turmeric. It has potent anti- filamentary property. It inhibits the activity that regulates inflammatory proven.
  2. Natural Painkiller
    Curcumin’s anti-inflammatory property contributes to its painkiller Its inhibitory action on inflammatory chemicals like prostaglandins and interleukin helps in reducing pain.

Mostly useful in post-surgical pain and burn injuries.

Turmeric oil has analgesic properties comparable to aspirin. Topical applications of turmeric can reduce pain in arthritis.it helps in healing the joints against immune system attack in RA factor. It is a potent antioxidant.

Curcuminoicts present in turmeric are strong antioxidants.

Antioxidants function in 3 ways:

  • Reduce oxidative stress in body
  • Raise level of antioxidant enzymes
  • Remove Free radical species that cause oxidative damage
  1. Turmeric is used in the treatment of heavy metal poisoning i.e. mercury and lead poisoning
  2. Turmeric is very useful in various digestive disorders such as bloating, indigestion and protect bacterial infection  such as gastritis, GERD, acidity.
  3. Turmeric is a carminative and helps in relieving bloating.
  4. In gastritis, it reduces stomach acids and prevent inflammation of the cells of intestines.
  5. To treat piles we make semi-solid paste of turmeric and apply in affected area.
  6. When the turmeric powder is placed on the flame, the vapours are emitted. In ayurveda, it is said that inhaling those vapours help
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Ayurvedic treatment for Acne eruptions

Ayurvedic treatment for Acne eruptions

Common causes of Acne

  1. Lifestyle disturbance
    Excess intake of fried and junk food affects the balance of our Doshas, Vata and Pitta Kapha which makes the blood impure in turn causing Acne.
  2. Improper sleeping habits
    Improper sleep cycles cause imbalance in normal body rhythm and increases the toxins in the skin tissue.
  3. Stress and anxiety
    Stress and anxiety triggers hormonal imbalance in the body which causes acne and sleep disturbances.
  4. Overuse of cosmetics
    Direct impact of cosmetics on skin can be really harsh on the skin leading to acne.
  5. Hormonal imbalance
    Hormonal irregularity aggravates the acne on the face and body. Hormonal imbalance is best seen in pubertal stage, that is why adolescents face major acne outbursts especially on face.
  6. Seasonal changes
    Humid environment can lead to a sticky skin aggravating acne on the skin.
  7. Overproduction of skin oil(Sebum)
    Excess oil secretion by glands on face and roots of hair also aggravates acne follicles eruption.

Therefore, lifestyle disturbance leading to improper sleeping habits and stress and anxiety combined hormonal imbalance typically leads to acne breakouts.

 Tips and Treatment in Ayurveda for Acne

To cure acne eruptions, Ayurveda offers a bunch of Ayurvedic treatments that improves the texture of the skin & controls rapid acne eruption.

  1. Wash your face with cold water 3-4 times a day, it removes all dust from your face and makes it clean.
  2. Use blood purifying herbs mentioned in Ayurveda.
  • Neem (Azadirachta Indica)  – Neem is a blood purifier.Its Lepa i.e. the paste applied on face, cleans the face and reduces the oil production.A decoction of Neem, i.e. about 10-15 leaves crushed and boiled with 2 cups of water till half of the water is left, is very good for consumption and detoxifying the blood.
  • Haridra (Curcuma Longa) – A face pack made with a paste of turmeric powder and cold water helps to maintain a natural skin colour and tones the skin.Intake of Haridra with about  2 pinches of Haridra cooked in a cup of milk will help in getting rid of the toxins in the blood.
  • Chandan (Santalum Album) – A face pack made out of the bark of Chandan tree gives a cooling effect on the skin, dries the skin and helps to improve the complexion.
  • Manjistha (Rubia Cordifolia) – The decoction of the root of Manjistha is a good blood purifier and helps to purify blood and reduce acne.
  • Amla (Indian Gooseberry) (Phyllanthus Emblica)Amla  has been traditionally used as a rasayana (rejuvenation) . It has the power to purify  blood.Amla fruit can be eaten raw.It is commonly found in Indian medicines like chyawanprash. Amla is also candied and used as a Murabba.
  • Tulsi (Ocimum  Tenuiflorum)- Tulsi has healing properties. Daily intake of 2-5 leaves of Tulsi will maintain metabolism and thus improve health and skin.
  • Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus) – For patients of hormonal imbalance, intake of Shatavari is a boon. Indirectly correcting the menstrual irregularities, Shatavari helps to correct the acne.


Food Habits + Lifestyle Improvement

  • Intake of water
    Increase water intake to at least 8-10 glasses to detox your body of toxins.
  • Fasting
    Fasting has had a lot of importance as a part of treatment is one traditional system of medicine. It cleanses your body and helps balance the Doshas(Vata,Pitta kapha) of the body and improves the metabolism and the skin texture.
    Fasting  can comprise taking plenty of water and lots of raw fruits and vegetables. Fasting can be done once or twice a week.
  • Rich balanced diet
    For the days we are not fasting, rich and balanced diet which has an adequate amount of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals and, most importantly, fiber should be taken. For effective tips on how to maintain a healthy diet intake & lifestyle, check out these quick tips:

           >> Avoid oily and junk food:  These foods make your system sluggish and increase the fat in the body, secretion of sebum and increase acne on the face.

           >> Sleeping Habits Having a regular sleeping pattern and getting a sleep of 7-8 hours is must for a beautiful and healthy skin.

          >> Yoga and ExerciseStart your day with at least 30 minutes of yoga or any other form of exercise as exercising keeps the metabolism charged up for the entire day and clears your body of toxins.

Therefore, herbal remedies teamed up with Ayurvedic medicine for acne and changes in lifestyle and diet can drastically aid in curing acne eruption.

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Words of wisdom from an Ayurvedic well wisher

Words of wisdom from an Ayurvedic well wisher

Introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine                                                                        

Ayurvedic medicine is India’s own traditional system of medicine. People often do not understand when the role of Ayurvedic Medicine best comes into use. There are two types of diseases—acute and chronic. In a simple language, acute problem comes and goes whereas chronic problem stays in your body on regular basis and does not go away. Ayurvedic medicine should be best used to treat a disease which keeps on occurring again and again or stays in the patient in a recessive form. Such a disease would be categorized as a chronic disease. Ayurveda helps the patient in getting rid of such chronic diseases permanently.

 Example of acute attack and chronics diseases                                                                      

Citing an example a patient gets an acute attack of cold, flu, influenza or a viral  fever which is a result of attack by certain bacteria or viruses giving symptoms of sneezing, running nose, blocked ears and sputum in the throat. Then, in a few days, these symptoms subside on its own. Here we can make use of allopathic medicines only to give symptomatic relief. When symptoms like these require you to take medicine on a regular basis, that is when Ayurvedic medicine comes into play. A body getting  up with the above said symptoms on a daily basis can actually decrease the quality of life  to a great extent especially it if requires you to take some anti-allergics, steroids or antibiotics on a daily basis.

Role of ayurveda in healing chronic diseases                                                                

Ayurveda has the ability to give relief to patients whose diseases have reached a chronic stage. According to Ayurveda, our bodies are made up of three Doshas(दोषा )-Vata(वाता)(space and air), Pitta(पित्ता)( fire and water), Kapha(काफा)(water and earth). Each Dosha(दोषा ) control the different body functions.The imbalance between the three Doshas(दोषा ) leads to a Disease stage in chronic form. Ayurvedic medicine aims to put the Doshas (दोषा )in Samyak Awastha (balanced state) so that the body functions in a proper way.

In Ayurveda, we focus not only on medicines but a correction of lifestyle as well—Ahaar(आहार)  and Vihaar(विहार )  i.e. modulation in one’s diet and exercise as well. Now coming back to our example of chronic disease, patients gets up with sneezing, running nose or bout of breathlessness on a regular basis.When this particular problem is discussed, the allergy-causing these symptoms on a regular basis cannot be ignored. An attack by bacterias, viruses or any allergens are ultimately giving us the symptoms and causing the disease. Giving anti-allergies and steroids everyday will have its own side-effects, so working on the imbalance caused by the Doshas(दोषा ) and increasing the immunity of the body and correcting the lifestyle which is an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine generates tremendous results. 

Adopting a healthy lifestyle to break the Chronicity                                                          

To break the chronicity of a disease, lifestyle plays a very integral role.So making it more understandable to you in accordance with our discussed disease, putting two drops of cow’s ghee helps us to create a barrier in between the polluted environment and our nasal mucosa which continuously gets irritated by allergens. The patients are advised to clean the nostrils with saline water before going to bed to get rid of the ghee put in the nostrils in the morning in which the allergies have adhered themselves to without irritating the nasal mucosa.To break the chronocity, my dear friends, how can we treat the Doshas(दोषा ) in the body and ignore the culprits i.e. allergies in the environment? Only prescribing ayurvedic medicines would have helped as much as leading your life in accordance so as to put the Dosha(दोषा ) back into Samyak Awastha i.e. balanced state of Doshas(दोषा ).Thus with an example, I have tried to explain how in chronic problems, aryurvedic medicines teamed up with particular lifestyle play a pivotal role, in bettering your health, therefore making it clear as to when to shift over to Ayurveda when many options in terms of pathies are available to you.

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