CLOVE OIL – INCREDIBLE USES OF FOR RELIEVING ORAL PROBLEMS

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Clove or Lavang is a natural herb that contains several incredible healthcare properties. Clove oil is basically an essential oil extracted from the clove plant, Syzygium aromaticum, which contains Eugenol which is a natural analgesic and antiseptic agent having the effectual property to stop the toothache pain and also wipe out germs. It eases pain and can also be useful in the infection that could be prevalent due to gingivitis. Thus, applying one or two dashes of clove oil can be helpful in controlling the problems that come along with gingivitis. And also the plaque formation can be virtually arrested by applying a few drops of clove oil every day onto the teeth and gums.

How To Use Clove Oil?

The clove oil is a strong essential oil and is recommended to be used in very little amount as local application after having been diluted using a carrier oil, before direct application onto the affected area. However, it is also suggested that we rinse our mouth well with some salt water before the application of clove in any of its forms. This is because, the rinse helps clean and soften the sensitive area, thus allowing the clove to work more effectively over it.

Essential Health Benefits Of Clove Oil

  • Clove oil is believed to be effective when applied on a cavity-affected or a decaying tooth, every night before going to sleep. This results in the cavity getting receded in a matter of few days. Also, its antiseptic properties incredibly help in curing the infection and as well getting rid of the microbes adjoining our teeth.

  • The presence of the natural compound of Eugenol in clove oil has shown efficacy in getting rid of tartar and plaque from our teeth, when used effectually and on a regular basis. Its germicidal action likewise prevents the germs from attacking or sticking to our teeth. Alternatively, chewing one or two cloves a day also has similar effect.

  • When it comes to gingivitis, or in simpler terms, the problem of sore and / or swollen gums, clove oil proves to be once again effective. Its application tends to numb the gums, thus easing the pain and eventually resulting into clean gums.

  • Mouth ulcers, those extremely painful cuts and woundsoccurring inside our mouth can prove dreadful when it comes to talking, chewing or doing just about anything using our mouth. Clove oil application works directly on the pain, inflammation and soreness associated with those ulcers, and fastens the healing process.

  • Clove oil has this unique, intense odour which, when used, goes a long way in working as an effective and refreshing mouth freshener. Also, it does not leave our mouth dry and irritated, post use. For this very purpose, it has been used in a variety of commercial mouthwashes available out there. It is worthwhile to go for the clove oil ones instead of choosing those harsh, alcohol-based mouth rinsing products.

Heal Gum Disease And Dental Cavities Naturally With Clove Oil

Clove assists in fighting bad breath by combating bacteria and toxins that are present in the mouth. Besides, the clove oil cleans the mouth of all sources that foster foul smell. It also helps to clean any decaying matter that may lie upon the tongue or top of the mouth. It consequently helps to produce a fresh and pleasant smelling mouth.  As a home remedy also, you could chew 2-3 whole cloves after the meals to eliminate bad breath in few minutes. Besides being used for ages to lessen the dental pain associated with toothaches, clove oil may also be able to act as a natural oral microbicide.

Incredible Anti-microbial Activity

This precise property of clove oil is largely due to presence of Eugenol and the other chemical components like acetyl eugenol, iso-eugenol and β – caryophyllene. The phenolic compounds which are obtained from this oil are responsible for the antibacterial and anti-fungal activity. For this reason, clove oil has developed as the potent agent displaying much higher antibacterial activity than the standard antibacterial and anti-fungal drugs.

GAIN VITAMIN D EFFECTIVELY FROM UV RAYS OF THE SUN

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Does absorption of Vitamin D bother you ever so often? Although, deriving the essential vitamin exclusively from a balanced, nutrient rich diet with very few food products which naturally contain vitamin D, such as oily fish, red meat and eggs would help, yet there are several dietary supplements also available nowadays claiming ample amount of vitamin D. As tall as the claims may be, these are not quite as effective as the vitamin D we obtain straight from the sun. No wonder why this vitamin is also fondly called as ‘The Sunshine Vitamin’!

 

Why These Ultraviolet Rays Are Necessary?

Of all the wavelengths the sunlight is composed of, it is only the UV-B rays that have the aptitude to penetrate through our skin. When we are exposed to these rays and as the UV-B photons enter our skin, the production of vitamin D develops into progression. This results in the formation of vitamin D3, an oil soluble steroid hormone. Now, this vitamin D3 takes up to 48 to 72 hours to get absorbed into our bloodstream, and gradually increase the presence of vitamin D.

 

Sun-Induced Vitamin D

This is the purest and most natural form of vitamin D, which further helps in the absorption of calcium in our body, and prevents us from the ill effects of various bone related issues, especially the ailment of osteoporosis. Therefore, taking oral calcium alone is not sufficient if we are looking to have healthier bones and joints. We need to supplement it with adequate amount of sun-induced vitamin D.

 

Necessary For Calcium Utilisation And Bone Fitness

Exposing our skin to UV rays of the sunlight propels the absorption of calcium from the gastrointestinal tract and its consumption in the body. Therefore sourcing Vitamin D from the sunlight not only enhances calcium utilization which is necessary for bone healthiness, metabolism and strength; it also aids in prevention of a number of auto-immune diseases. Also apart from calcium; this particular nutrient is also needed to absorb Phosphate from our diet, which eventually leads to healthier bones, muscles and teeth. Besides, the ‘Sun Vitamin’ regulates resistance against disease, stimulates anti – microbial activity and thus saves us from many infections and health issues.

 

Saves from Numerous Fitness & Wellbeing Hazards

By means of vitamin D synthesis, these UV-B rays offer a multitude of welfares. Absence of exposure, on the other hand, can lead to osteoporosis (common in women after menopause), weakened muscles, bone deformities and an increased risk of suffering from fractures. Apart from causing serious growth retardations among children, it may also lead to several, serious auto immune diseases among the adults.

 

Why Sun Exposure Is Significant?

As for the natural synthesis and absorption of vitamin D, we need to expose the bare skin to sunrays. This is because the natural supply of vitamin D largely depends on contact of the skin with the ultraviolet rays of the sun. This essentially aims at the transformation of 7- dehydro-cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol).

 

How Much Sun Do You Need Everyday?

Ten minutes of exposure a day when the sun is shining at its peak, is enough for us to safeguard ourselves from the bone issues. This needs to be undertaken only when our skin in direct contact with the sun rays, without the blocking effect of a moisturizer or sun-screen. The more the exposure, more is the amount of vitamin D being produced. However, about 10 – 15 minutes of sun exposure during the afternoon is enough. We need not go overboard as the strong sun rays might cause a burn or gradually lead to some other maladies such as skin cancer. Also, it should be ensured that the exposure to the sunlight happens when the sunrays are at their peak and the emitted UV-B rays are actually able to penetrate the atmosphere and reach our skin. A moderate but frequent exposure to sunlight can be understood to be a safe bet to stock up on a sufficient amount of vitamin D for our body.

NATURAL WAYS AND REMEDIES TO MANAGE HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

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1.-piesi1You need to be aware of the underlying cause of Hypertension.  High blood pressure may result from a number of factors like hereditary, improper diet regimen, increased stress level, sedentary lifestyle et all.  According to Ayurveda therapeutic science, vitiation of the Vata or the air body humor is believed to result into production of this ailment. Ayurveda physician would advise you anti-hypertensive medicines as well as anti-anxiety natural drugs. Sarapgandha and its preparations are generally prescribed as the drug of choice for hypertension. Other than this as for herbal home remedies I would suggest the herb of asparagus that can be taken in the form of powder or juice and would be helpful for controlling high blood pressure. Also, you could swallow two to three fresh bulbs of Garlicdaily on an empty stomach to stay clear of the malady of hypertension. A few drops of almond oil mixed in milk tend to soothe the nerves and help to keep down the blood pressure due to anxiety. Yoga asanas of Shavasana and Yoga Nidra would help subsequently to boost the results. Naturopathy suggests avoidance of salty and fried diet and going in for daily hot water bath of your feet especially at bedtime. Early morning walk in the fresh air and increasing water intake would be beneficial.

GREEN COFFEE FOR WEIGHT LOSS! DOES IT HELP?

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Green Coffee For Weight Loss! Does It Help?

 

Before you understand that how green coffee works for weight loss, it is important to know what green coffee is and how it differs from your regular cup of brown coffee.

What Is Green Coffee?

Green coffee is prepared using green coffee beans, which are nothing, but un-roasted coffee beans. And as compared to the roasted coffee beans, green coffee extracts have a lesser amount of caffeine.

Green Coffee For Weight Loss!

It is the presence of Chlorogenic acid in the green coffee beans which helps in the process of weight loss. Caffeine, for one, aids weight loss by increasing our metabolic rate and fat burning.It also helps in suppressing the appetite a little, thus, helping us to eat less.

Not To Worry

But you need not worry because although green coffee contains caffeine, it has comparatively less content than regular coffee. And therefore it saves you from the unpleasant effect of caffeine such as a migraine headache, insomnia, stomach upset etc.

Safe And Secure Option

  • Hence, green coffee gives the benefit of caffeine and weight loss in a safe and secure way of assisting good health.
  • And as the green coffee beans contain Chlorogenic acid; this is thought to be major active component aiding weight loss.
  • Also while Chlorogenic acid has other positive effects on your health like it lowers blood pressure and has anti-oxidant effects, it is gifted with weight control and weight loss benefits.
  • Although, it is important to note that the roasted coffee beans reduce the acid content, thus making green coffee beans extract (which are un-roasted) all the more essential as a weight-loss supplement, primarily due to the presence of Chlorogenic content.

What Is Chlorogenic Acid Or CGA?

CGA is a phyto-chemical (biologically active compound found in plants) present in coffee and coffee beans. Chlorogenic acid was first discovered by scientists in the 1930’s and it is believed that this is a natural supplement with its chief concentration in green coffee beans and its extracts.

How Does It Work?

Chlorogenic acid or CGA is a type of anti-oxidant which provides scientific evidence to establish the link between green coffee and weight loss.

  1. It is believed that CGA inhibits absorption of glucose in the small intestine.
  2. Not only this, it also prevents the release of glucose into the bloodstream from the liver.
  3. This prevention of release of glucose makes the body rely on fat cells for obtaining energy in place of carbohydrates (contained in glucose).
  4. The whole process eventually leads to loss of body fat as the fat in the body gets used as an expendable energy resource.

Promoter Of Weight Loss

Weight loss is definitely a big issue for one and all nowadays and Green coffee  comes to support. It is believed that the Chlorogenic acid promotes weight loss by being a catalyst to fat oxidation. This means, CGA acid is an agent which initializes the process of breaking down of the stored fat into smaller parts, and which can further be used as energy by the body.

How Does This Help?

If the fat (the collected lipid molecules) is not broken into smaller pieces, then these molecules simply stack up and rest in your body leading to fat accumulation in the body. Not only this, Chlorogenic acid is also believed to induce fat loss in the body by amending the blood cholesterol and triglycerides levels.

How It Cuts fat accumulation around the waist?

Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood which increases as a result of  some ailments like –

  1. High blood pressure
  2. High blood sugar

This leads to fat gain around the waist. And since chlorogenic acid helps lower the blood sugar and also balances the blood glucose levels, it is supposed to be able to reduce the level of triglycerides, thus preventing fat accumulation around the waist.

Additional Healthcare Benefits Of Green Coffee

Several researches on green coffee extracts convey it categorically as a very effective antioxidant substance since it contains the Polyphenol antioxidant. To sum up, the benefits of green coffee assisted weight loss are:

  • Green Coffee reduces the release of sugar in the blood.
  • Also, it increases the body metabolism.
  • Not only this, the green coffee also reduces the body BMI by preventing fat absorption
  • While it is a natural appetite suppressant, it actually makes you feel full for a longer time.
  • It fights inflammation in the body.
  • This coffee also improves blood circulation
  • Also, it seems to manage bad cholesterol levels in the body.
  • When you are taking green coffee, it is regarded to moreover regulate the hormones related to obesity.

LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT WITH AYURVEDA WELLNESS TIPS

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Lifestyle Management With Ayurveda Wellness Tips

Nowadays, owing to the number of lifestyle related diseases that we seem to be facing, it is worthwhile to know and understand what ancient Ayurveda therapy has to offer.

 

Why You Need Healthy Lifestyle Change?

There are a number of lifestyle related diseases like obesity, hypertension, anxiety, diabetes, indigestion, allergies et al and there are many more cropping up. Now, the problem with these lifestyle ailments is this –

  • These lifestyle diseases are actually depriving and deluding.
  • Also, you must understand that these are also somehow prying with our natural comfort of well-being.

 

Ayurveda Lifestyle Support For Natural Well-being

  • The everyday lifestyle citation has been laid down since ancient times by the sages of Ayurveda therapy.
  • And this reference guide comes true even today as wisdom excerpt to modern lifestyle.
  • I would highly recommend you to acknowledge ancient Ayurveda lifestyle and follow it per se.
  • And this would be big support to bring in natural well-being and longevity into your life.
  • Also, this would help keep the lifestyle diseases at bay.

 

Everyday Diet And Lifestyle

  • Diet and lifestyle are the two indispensable components of our everyday life.
  • Ayurveda allocates the sheer responsibility of your well-being as well as the lack of it to both these factors.
  • Go in for small alterations in your everyday diet and lifestyle, but do this comfortably.
  • This is because these could make you improvise remarkably on your natural well being!

 

What Are Factors Of Lifestyle?

Ayurveda counsels Balance for Natural well being which can be essentially regarded as one of the basic factors of lifestyle.

  • Ayurveda believes that the human body is the sum total of doshas or the body humors, dhatus or the body tissues and malas or the body wastes.
  • This is evident by the Ayurveda adage – Dosha dhatu mala moolam hi shareeram.
  • And a natural balance of doshas, dhatus and malas is regarded essential for the normal working both of the body as well as mind.

 

 

 

Three Pillars Of Natural Well-Being

According to Ayurveda science, three pillars support the ‘building’ of our health and well-being. These are –

  1. Balanced Diet
  2. Everyday Exercise
  3. Proper Rest  and Relaxation.

 

 

1. Balanced Diet Specifications

Ayurveda strongly relates your everyday diet to your mind and body. This means when you take diet in its purest form, this further purifies ‘Satva’ property of the mind and in turn creates a positivism and freshness on the mind.

  • Your daily diet intake should be nourishing and balanced.
  • It should contain all the important components i.e. carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber.
  • Also, it is equally important to drink eight to ten glasses of water everyday.
  • The daily food intake should preferably be freshly cooked, appealing to taste and easily digestible.
  • At the same time, intake of spicy, fried foods, cold drinks, caffeine rich foods and drinks, alcohol etc should be minimized.
  • Try and includes all the six tastes in your daily diet so as to enjoy the fruit of health. These are sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter and astringent.

 

2. Everyday Exercise

Take care to include exercises in your daily routine. This helps to keep more active, and flexible. It also keeps you away from diseases like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, joint pains etc.

  • A brisk walk early in the morning is a good form of exercise.
  • These exercises should be according to your own strength and tolerance power.
  • Also, the everyday exercises are helpful to relieve stress and strain.
  • And as and when you incorporate them in your lifestyle, notice that these also are a good aid to increase the body’s resistance against disease.

 

3. Proper Rest And Relaxation

  • Sound sleep for seven to eight hours is the best form of rest.
  • This helps the body and mind to relax completely.
  • Not only this, when you are taking proper rest also helps you regain the daily loss of energy.

 

Ayurveda Lifestyle Management Tips

The Ayurveda lifestyle management guide inculcates the small and yet significant steps towards everyday living. You need to consider following tips makes way for a natural and healthy lifestyle guidance.

  • Waking up in ‘Brahma muhurata’ which is the early morning time between 4 to 6 am.
  • After this, relieving the bowels is necessary.
  • Cleaning of the face and mouth along with taking care of your teeth and tongue.
  • And daily eye wash and eye care needs to be practiced.
  • This also includes other procedures like Gandoosha or holding oil in the mouth (Oil pulling) and nasal cleansing.
  • Also, simple process of Prasadhana or application of perfumed pastes as well as scrubbing of the body,  is recommended.
  • After this following optimum exercise routine and daily bathing is a definite feature of Ayurveda lifestyle guidance.
  • Not only this, a positive mental attitude is also considered obligatory for implementing lifestyle changes for natural well being.

2 HEALING HERBS – PUNARNAVA AND ASHWAGANDHA

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Although there are plentiful natural herbs that are immensely valuable as well as supportive so as to enhance the natural and innate wellness, let us here relate to two such Natural Healers – Punarnava and Ashwagandha.

These two herbs are rightly termed as healers as they hold superb remedial properties that have been bestowed upon us by Mother Nature.

  • Of these two valuable herbs, Punarnava tends to renew and revitalize the body systems.
  • The herb of Ashwagandha confers anti-ageing and immunity boosting merits.

 

Punarnava

 

 

Derived from two Hindi words ‘Punar’ which means again and ‘nava’ is new. Therefore a herb that is said to renew the body systems and all the more rejuvenates as well as revives the body is called Punarnava. The Latin name of the herb is Boerhavia diffusa and in English it is called as ‘Spreading hogweed‘.

Appearance of the Herb

The herb of Punarnava is green and leafy, approximately 2 to 3 feet long. The leaves are fleshy, rounded and contain small hair like out growths. It bears flowers during the rainy season which are mostly white or pink in colour. The root is hard, thick and somewhat whitish in colour.

Basic Properties of the Herb

Punarnava is sweet, pungent and astringent in taste and the after taste is also sweet. It is light and rough by nature and hot in action. Chemically, the main component is an alkaloid called Punarnavine.

Part of the Herb Used

The root, seed and the entire herb are used for medicinal purposes.

 

Medicinal Benefits of Punarnava

1. Boon for The Liver

Did you know that the herb of Punarnava is actually Nature’s splendid gift for you as it is highly advantageous for the liver? This is because the natural herb of Punarnava is a natural toner for the liver. Know how this herb benefits –

  • When the body has to fight an infection of any form, your liver is the vital organ that takes the entire stress.
  • As a consequence, you would be generally fatigued and lethargic most of the time.
  • And when this condition would continue for a long passage of time, the consequences could be more.
  • Not only could you lose hunger and your power of digestion, but also the gentle radiance on your face.
  • At this stage it is advisable to use Punarnava so as to restore your overall health, stamina and vitality.

How Punarnava Helps?

  • The herb helps in a number of disorders of the liver such as hepatitis, jaundice, iron deficiency anaemia, anorexia and sluggish liver etc;
  • Punarnava comes as the drug for liver diseases and is of choice for an Ayurvedic physician.
  • Research has established that this herb reconditions the liver.
  • It also purifies the blood
  • And as well aids in increasing the basic haemoglobin of an individual.
  • You can take the herb  in the form of fresh juice extracted from Punarnava .
  • Or the herb extract which is generally available in tablet or capsule form.

2. Improves Working Of The Kidneys

This herb is diuretic and helps to subside any swelling in the body. Alternatively, there are a number of medicinal preparations, for example Punarnava mandoorPunarnavashtakPunarnava asav etc which may be taken under the supervision of an Ayurveda expert. Other than this, the herb, being a natural diuretic, is quite useful in treating the diseases of the urinary tract like dysurea and formation of urinary stones.

3. Anti-oxidant Herb

Studies have revealed the herb to possess anti-oxidant properties. Not only this, the herb of Punarnava is also recommended as a natural immunity booster.

4. Natural Blood Purifier

Punarnava is believed to be useful in purifying the blood and also the gastric juices.

5. Combats Joint Pains and Oedema

The herb Punarnava comes to use extensively to combat a swelling anywhere in the body. For this, you can prepare a paste out of grinding the fresh herb. Then simply warm it and this may be applied over the affected parts. This helps to relieve both the oedema and pain, especially in case you are suffering from Arthritis.

6. Aphrodisiac Action

This herb is a good aphrodisiac as well as energy tonic.  For this purpose, the seed powder of the herb may be taken in a dosage of 1 to 3 grams along with a glassful of milk once or twice a day;

7. Natural Detox Agent

Punarnava also has anti-toxicological properties. Therefore the herb may be used both externally, as well as internally, in case of sting by poisonous animals, insects and reptiles like snakes.

 

What Ayurveda Implies

According to Ayurvedic text, Punarnava is believed to subside all the three doshas or body humours i.e. Vata or the air, Pitta or the fire and Kapha or the phlegm. This quality of the herb owes to the specific properties that it contains. Being sweet, pungent and astringent in taste, it decreases an aggravated fire body humour. Also as the herb is hot in potency, it therefore tends to decrease the air and phlegm.

 

Dosage Recommendations

The juice extracted by crushing the fresh herb can be taken in a dose of 5 to 10 ml twice a day. Also, the powder of the seeds of Punarnava can be taken in a dosage of 1 to 3 grams approximately.

 

Ashwagandha

 

 

 

Another Ayurveda herb that is extremely beneficial in restoring as well as revitalizing the overall health of an individual is a herb called Ashwagandha. Not only this, this particular herb comes to use effectively for restoring the energy levels of an emaciated person and all the more significantly playing a substantial role in delaying the process of ageing. In the Ayurvedic texts, the herb of Ashwagandha is quite rightly regarded as a Rasayana.

 

Why Ashwagandha Is A Rasayana?

Evidently, All the natural herbs that help in increasing resistance against disease, enhancing physical as well as mental health and also aid in delaying the debility of ageing; are mainly termed as Rasayanas. The herb of Ashwagandha has the benefit of being entitled as Rasayana, owing to the exceptional properties it holds.

What Is A Rasayana?

  • Rasayana is a particular wellness therapy that occupies a prime position in Ayurveda.
  • It abides as a distinctive branch that deals with maintaining and ameliorating the body functions, including those of the brain.
  • The word Rasayana is made up of two words: ‘Rasa’ which means humour of the body and ‘ayana’ that is a source.
  • Rasayana is therefore regarded as the source of all the body humours.

The Herb Of Ashwagandha

The Latin name of the herb is Withania somnifera and locally in India it is known as Asgandh. The Sanskrit name Ashwagandha is derived from two words ‘Ashwa’ and ‘Gandha’, the combination of the two means that what smells like a horse.

How Does It Look Like?

Ashwagandha, the medicinal herb, which grows 2 to 5 feet tall and bears yellowish-green flowers, is found more extensively in India in the regions of Himalayas. The root which is the part of the herb that is used for medicinal purposes is whitish-brown in colour, thick and sturdy and may extend to about 1 to 2 feet in length.

Part Of Herb Used

The root of Ashwagandha is mainly used for therapeutic purposes.

Medicinal Value

Ashwagandha is light and slimy by nature and hot in potency. The taste is a combination of sweet, bitter and pungent and the after taste is sweet. Chemical composition of the herb includes glycosides, acid, starch, sugars and amino acids. Other than these, approximately thirteen alkaloids like trophine, anapherine, anahygrine etc supplement the composition.

Ayurveda Claims

  • Being slimy and hot by nature, the herb of Ashwagandha tends to cause a decrease in the Vata dosha or air body humor.
  • Also, due to the same reason, it lessens down the Kapha or the phlegm humour of the body.
  • Thus, it is useful in treating the ailments arising from a distortion in either of the two doshas or the body humours.

 

Therapeutic Benefits Of Ashwagandha

 

 

 

Energy Restorative Conduct

A powder prepared by pounding the roots of Ashwagandha may be taken in a dose of 3 to 6 grams along with a glass of warm and sweetened cow’s milk.

How You Can Take this?

  • You could be taking this energy tonic regularly for some time is sure to boost the energy levels.
  • This herb is also the drug of choice in case of weak and under-weight individuals.
  • Ayurveda practitioners generally prescribe Ayurvedic preparation by the name of ‘Ashwagandharishta’.

Cure for Insomnia

The herb of Ashwagandha is soothing and calming for the brain. It is recommended in a number of ailments that arise due to the mal-functioning of this vital organ. It has proved to be positively beneficial as a ‘brain tonic’ and in the troublesome ailment of loss of sleep.

Try this Home Remedy –

  • Prepare about 5 grams of the powder of Ashwagandha by pounding the roots of the herb.
  • To this, you need to add half glass milk and half glass water.
  • Then cook the mixture on slow fire till the water evaporates.
  • After this, you can remove from fire, add sugar or mishri (crystalline sugar) and make into a tasty and swweetened drink.
  • Take it warm just before retiring to bed.

For Urinary Disorders

Ashwagandha is a natural diuretic. The herb is therefore useful in the malady of diminished urination. An alkaloid formulation of the same is available in the market by the name of ‘Ashwagandha kshar’. 1 to 2 grams is the suggested dosage to be taken along with lots of water.

For Joint Stiffness And Pain

For those suffering from the chronic ailments of joint pains like rheumatoid arthritis, osteo-arthritis, gout etc, the recommended dose of the powder of the herb is to be taken along with warm water after meals.

In winters or in cold climates, externally a local massage of mustard or sesame seed oil along with the pounded root of Ashwagandha powder added to it proves beneficial.

Boon For Women

The herb of Ashwagandha may be found favourable in some of the women ailments such as –

  • vaginal itch
  • inflammation
  • swelling in the uterus
  • leucorrhoea or white discharge
  • loss of hunger
  • lethargy.

The medicinal preparations of Ashwagandha may be taken, or simply pound the root and take the same mixed into honey or ghee (Clarified butter).

This also acts as a natural aphrodisiac.

Dosage Recommendations

Powder is prepared by pounding the root may be taken in a dose of 3 to 6 grams approx. along with warm milk or water.

Sources of Information

1. The Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia of India.
2. Dravyaguna vijnana by Prof. PV Sharma.
3. Charaka Samhita of Agnivesh by Vaidya Sri Satya Narayan Shastri.

WHY ALOE VERA IS A WONDER PLANT?

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Aloe vera is an extensively used plant for ornamental purposes almost all over the world. Basically a short-stemmed herb, Aloe vera is naturally gifted to endorse some exceptional medicinal benefits and exceptional health sustenance. No doubt, the herb has found a rightful place in a wide variety of consumer products such as cosmetics, gels, ointments, lotions etc. Not only this, a wide range of condiments and beverages are known to contain Aloe vera as a prominent constituent. Also known as Ghritkumari, Aloe vera extract contains some incredibly healthy plant compounds.

 

Abundant Health Benefits For Natural Skincare

Aloe vera is wonderful gain for the skin. While the herb  provides topical application, it also moisturizes the skin right from within, thus making it look soft, smooth, supple and younger. So, however you can bountifully gain beautiful anti-aging virtues with the natural herb, you could also apply the Aloe vera extract or gel gently on your skin to prevent as well as cure a number of skin maladies owing to its virtuous skin healing effect. When it comes to cases of sunburns, scalding of the skin or suntans, it is recommended to use Aloe vera extract locally onto the affected area. Apply it locally three to four times a day and notice the progressive impact it makes to your skin, all but naturally!

 

Quick Relief from Burns and Boils

Aloe vera may be used as a quick and convenient remedy for burns, scars and rashes, and helps promote the growth of healthy skin. Even for the minor, first degree burns of similar nature; the extract of Aloe vera comes handy as a perfect cure. This is for the reason that by combating the bacteria around the affected area and improving the overall blood circulation, it tends to cure the burns earlier.

 

Decreases Inflammation

Application of aloe vera extract is calming and comforting for the skin and its local application tends to soothe the burning sensation, cool down the affected area and as well minimize the inflammation.

 

Wound Restoring Property

While Aloe vera rectifies and heals the wounds, it also reduces the pain to a great extent, and lessens the irritation associated with the wound.

 

Generous Pain-Relieving Merits

Aloe vera extract contains active ingredients such as glycoproteins, bradyinase and polysaccharides which provide some incredible anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and analgesic properties, and this makes the natural herb of Aloe vera a considerable pain-reliever.

 

Remedial Support For Scars And Scalds

Aloe vera is antibacterial in nature and thus offers perfect remedy to relieve wounds and rashes. Its application prevents any infections from ascending in the first place. Aloe vera also helps in the regeneration of the skin cells. Thus this natural herb eventually helps in reducing the prominent appearance of any scars, usually at the early stage. Moreover, the exceptional regenerative properties present in the Aloe vera extract aids in eliminating the damaged cells, and thus speeds up the whole formation of new skin.

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WHAT MAKES AMLA (INDIAN GOOSEBERRY) EXCEPTIONAL ANTIOXIDANT?

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Amla, also known as the good-old Indian gooseberry, happens to be dynamo of antioxidants. And we are not just talking about the quantity, but the absolute variety and complexity of these antioxidants, belonging to categories including polyphenols, tannins and even flavonoids. However, a principally prominent one among these is Vitamin C, which makes up about most part of this fruit. Vitamin C is a great antioxidant itself which is known to aid the regeneration of various other antioxidants in our body. Other than this, Amla also features various health giving vitamins, minerals and other healthy nutrients, such as calcium, iron, vitamin B complex and phosphorous.

 

Amla Keeps You Young and Healthy

The fruit of Amla or the Indian Gooseberry is rich in antioxidants which are supposed to be great for consumption, and these are known to offer two main health benefits – anti-ageing and immunity-boosting. Over a period of time, our body tends to lose its natural immunity when the free radicals present in our body damage its cells. Free radicals are nothing but the by-products which are produced when the cells in our body are using up the oxygen. These are greatly reactive and have an ability to cause serious, though periodic, damage to our cells.  The antioxidants, on the other hand, are known to find out and fight these free radicals. Our body does have its own share of antioxidants, but often, they are not adequate enough. Hence there is the need for supplementing it with external sources.  Loaded with antioxidants, Amla is consequently the best choice to go for when looking to boost immunity. Anti-ageing is another great virtue that amla has to offer. Ageing happens when the cells in our body undergo oxidation damage over a period of time. That is also when we start suffering from various diseases associated with ageing, which we often take for granted. Amla, when consumed on a regular basis, helps protect and repair those cells from oxidative damage caused by the free radicals. At the same time, antioxidants also prevent the occurrence of age-spots, wrinkles and fine lines on our skin.

 

Amla Supports Anti-Oxidant Virtues!

 The in-built characteristics in the natural fruit of Amla or the Indian Gooseberry could work wonders for your well-being. The active antioxidants present in this fruit, are truly extraordinary.

 

  • Boon For The Eyes

The fruit of Amla has high level of antioxidants in comparison to many other fruits like blueberries or pomegranate. Whereas it helps in improving your eye – vision, Amla is furthermore beneficial for your eyes as the impending eye stress due to age, or the macular degeneration is essentially disregarded by taking Amla which offers less oxidative stress in your eyes.

 

  • Assists in Hair loss

The extended benefit of Amla, to avoid the free radicals, is upright to reduce hair loss as it protects your hair follicles; Amla also precludes premature hair loss and hair fall. .

 

  • Anti-aging Benefits

Anti-oxidant qualities contained in Amla also accelerates cell repair. This means that you will have slow signs of wrinkles and blemishes.

 

  • Amicable For Health Of Skin

Indian Gooseberry can be consumed to retain your skin glow and sustain the health of your skin. Moreover, it is believed to be a good sun protection tonic, and also helps in enhancing the production of healthy blood cells.

 

  • Magnificent Heart Tonic

The fruit of Amla is also good for the wellbeing of your heart.  While this natural asset moderates the level of bad cholesterol, it also improves your nerve health, thus ensuring proper blood flow to the organ.

 

  • Boosts Immunity

Amla is also good for reinforcing the resistance against disease. The anti-oxidant effect existing in Amla upsurges your internal system to fight free radicals all the more enhanced.

VIRAL FEVER REMEDIES AT HOME

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Viral fever is identified to be often triggered by the airborne carriers of a wide range of infections, which means this is the result of the infection that we tend to catch from the air that we breathe. This could also be caused by some waterborne viruses, as well as sometimes by coming in personal contact with someone already suffering from viral.

Signs and Symptoms

Apart from an increase in the body temperature, a viral infection is usually also accompanied by weakness and fatigue, burning sensation in the eyes, muscle ache, headache, skin rashes, sore throat, nasal blockage, chest congestion, vomiting and diarrhoea etc. Common cold, however, remains one of the most common and early symptoms of suffering from a viral infection.

Who Could Have Viral Fever?

Viral infection usually results from an immunity gone low. And this is why it is normally the kids and the elderly who come under its attack. However, nowadays, adults are also just as likely to be affected by its symptoms. Lasting usually one to two weeks, the viral fever has of late become one of the most common seasonal problems. It usually comes and goes on its own, and no serious medical care is required for relief from viral fever.

Some Natural Remedies To Relieve Viral Fever

It is best advised to stick to a basic, healthy, home-made diet, and also to consume healthy, natural fluids. Apart from that, there are various natural remedies that are available which have proved practically helpful in getting an early relief from the symptoms of a viral fever. Readily available and free from any side effects, these natural herbs and home remedies have been extremely effective in combating the various complications arising out of viral fever.

 

Giloy / Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia)

The herb of Tinospora which is also known as Giloy or Guduchi, has been known to be extremely effective in case of fever, infections and various chronic complications associated with these. The word Giloy itself stands for ‘amrit’, or what we call the ‘elixir or life’. No wonder why it has been one of the most valued herbs as recognized by the system of Ayurveda. The Giloy leaves have various therapeutic properties, such as being antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxifier, rejuvenative, analgesic, anti-stress, anti-cancer etc. However, it has best been known for its immune-modulatory functions. Being both preventive as well as curative in nature, it works as a natural means to boost our immune system. Its regular consumption leads to a significant increase in the WBC count, which eventually results in improved resistance to a variety of disease-carrying agents. Simply consuming about 1-2 grams of this herb twice a day is sufficient. Apart from treating chronic fever, Giloy also reduces the symptoms of stress and anxiety, moderates premature signs of ageing and exhibits some incredible gastrointestinal protective properties.

Chaval Ka Paani / Maand (Rice Starch)

Rice starch happens to be another great natural remedy for viral. This is natural, nourishing and helps boost our immune system. Taking approximately half a cup of the same on an empty stomach in the morning supports respite from the viral fever.

Tulsi (Holy Basil)

People have since long been taking Tulsi leaves in order to find relief from the symptoms of viral. A nice, warm herbal decoction made using some 5 -10 fresh leaves of tulsi or Holy Basil, offers a variety of benefits, owing to its anti-bacterial, anti-biotic and germicidal properties. You may add half to one spoonful of clove powder while the leaves are boiling.

Dhaniya (Coriander Seeds)

Boiling a tablespoon of coriander seeds in about one glass of water, straining it and allowing it to cool gives us what is known as a healing fever – solution. Also known as coriander tea, it contains a variety of antibiotics, vitamins as well as phytonutrients which go a long way in giving our immune system a good boost.

Methi Dana (Fenugreek Seeds)

Methi dana or Fenugreek seed water is another drink which helps in reducing the fever and other symptoms associated with the viral fever. Simply soak about one tablespoon of the fenugreek seeds overnight in half a cup of water. Strain the seeds in the morning and the leftover solution is ready for consumption. For better taste and results, we may also add some lemon juice or honey to it.

Lahsun (Garlic)

Garlic or Lahsun is another great herbal therapy for viral infection. You may try taking the same as it is in its crushed form, or add it sliced or pounded to warm, freshly prepared soups. Garlic is loaded with natural properties of being anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral.

Adrak (Ginger)

The anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of Ginger that help fight cold, cough and fever are long known to us. Ginger therefore is relieving in the viral fever when taken in the form of freshly prepared tea, decoction or grated and juiced as a potion with some honey mixed into it.

Khichadi – The Natural Food

Warm, soothing home-made food such as khichdi is also highly effective during those days. This can be combined with supportive spices and herbs like mint, black pepper, ajwain (carom seeds), ginger etc.