Category Archives: Medicinal plants

  • A Refreshing Sip….

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    The refreshing aromatic steaming cup of Tea,  is what one wishes for, after fresh showers of rain. The drop in temperature weakens digestion, and is an open invitation for viral infection, cough and cold. The warm sips of this herbal tea will surely turn a blessing for all of you. The combination of these three wonderful herbs will not only refresh your senses, but keep all the monsoon health issues at bay. Ginger boosts the digestion, cures cough and cold, relives sore throat and congestion. Tulsi is an essential herb which treats infections and is a very good antioxidant. Lemongrass works in the similar way, the refreshing aroma just adds the zest to the drink. Rock sugar adds taste to the drink and also relives cough and soothes the irritation of throat. Preparation :  Boil  a glass of water  in a vessel, Add 2-3 pieces of crushed Ginger, 2 twigs of Lemon grass and 4-5 leaves of Tulsi. Let it simmer for next 4-5 mins. Now add rock sugar as per your taste. Strain the Tea. Your
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  • “रिअल हर्बल”

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    परवा आम्ही जुन्या मैत्रीणी लंचसाठी भेटलो होतो, जेवण झाल्यावर छान गप्पा मारु म्हटलं तर एक जण म्हणाली, “अग नाही मी नीघते, माझी ४ वाजता पारलर मधे अपाँइंटमेंट आहे.”  मी म्हणाले, “अगं एवढं काय? जा कधीतरी नंतर, आज राहू दे ना.” त्यावार मलाच म्हणाली, “तुला काय माहिती, तुझं बरं आहे बाबा, तुझा चेहरा छान क्लिन अहे, आमच तसं नाही ना”. खरच खूप डाग होते तीच्या चेहर्‍यावर, त्वचा पण रुक्ष आणि निर्जीव दिसत होती. असं का झालं विचारल्यावर नाराजिनेच  म्हणाली,”काही माहित नाही गं, तरी मी रेग्युलरली क्लिन अप आणि फेशियल करुन घेत असते”. मी म्हणाले,”अगं वेडे सारखं सारखं, त्या केमिकल्स ने स्किन अजुन खराब नाहि का होणार?” त्यावर मलाच म्हणाली, “मी अजिबात केमिकल बेस्ड प्रोडक्टस् नाहि वापरत बरं, फक्त हर्बल आणि आयुर्वेदिक प्रोडक्टसच वापरते. मला जरा हसायलाच आलं, “आयुर्वेदिक आणि हर्बल म्हणजे नेमकं काय गं?”,मी विचारलं? मला म्हणाली,”अस काय ग करतेस? तू आयुर्वेदिक डॉक्टर आहेस ना? हर्बल क्रिम्स, स्क्रब्स, लोशन्स, पॅक्स असतात”. मी म्हणाले, “जरा बस  इथे, अगं आयुर्वेदिक/हर्बल क्रिम्स, लोशन्स, ई़. चा बेस मूळतः केमिकल्सचाच असतो, त्यात फक्त नावापुरता थोडी हर्बल एक्सट्रॅक्टस आणि एसेन्स असतात, आणि ते देखिल प्रोसेस्ड. अगं एखाद्या सूप मधे चिमुटभर मिरपूड टलकल्याने, तो Pepper soup नाही होत ना? अगदी तसंच आहे ह्या प्रोडक्टसच सुद्धा असतं.आता तूच विचार कर, ह्यात तूला किती हर्बल ईफेक्ट्स मिळणार? आणि तुझा प्राॅब्लेम किती  क्युअर होणार? त्या पॅक्स आणि क्रिम्समुळे थोडा काळ स्किन छान क्लिन आणि फ्रेश राहते, पण त्यामुळे होणारे दुष्परीणाम काही टळत नाही.” एव्हाना हे सगळं ऐकुन ती बावचऴी होती, तिच्या ‘सो कॉल्ड - हर्बलच्या’ भ्रमाचा भोपळा आता फुटला होता. आता मी सांगत होते आणि ति कुतुहलाने ऐकत होती. “अगं जेव्हा त्वचेशी निगडीत कुठलेहि वैगुण्य उत्पन्न होते, तेव्हा त्याचा संबंध थेट रक्त धातु अन् आपल्या पचन संस्थेशी असतो, आणि त्यातला बिघाड   दुरुस्त केल्याशिवाय कायमचा गुण नाही मिळत बरं. नुस्तं वर वर लेप लावून रुप उजळत नाही, आतुन स्वछता मोहिमेची सुरुवात करावी लागते हं.   आपल्या आहार, विहारात्मक बाबींची देखील योग्य काळजी घ्यावी लागते, आणि ह्यच्या जोडिला जेव्हा बाह्योपचाराची साथ मिळते, तेव्हा सोने पे सुहागा.” “तुला हर्बल/आयुर्वेदिक स्किन केअर पाहिजे ना? मग आपल्या किचनच्या खजिन्यात अाहेत ना. ताजी फळ, भाज्या, त्यांचे रस, वनस्पतिज चूर्ण, दुध, तूप, मध,इ. फक्त त्याचं योग्य ज्ञान आणि उपयोग करुन फेस क्लिन अप, स्किनग्लो, स्किन टायटनिंग इफेक्टस, चेहर्‍यावरचे डाग,वांग घालवून नितळ त्वचा मिळवता येते. आपल्याला हे माहित नसल्यास तज्ञ आयुर्वेदिक वैद्यांचा सल्ला घ्यावा, किंवा क्लिनिक्स मधे ट्रिटमेंटस   करुन  घ्याव्या. आपल्या आज्या कुठे वापरत होत्या गं, ह्या सर्व क्रिम्स अन् लोशन्स ? घरगुती उपचार, आणि छान दुध, तूप व पौष्टिक आहार घ्यायच्या, आणि त्यामुळेच किती सुंदर दिसायच्या त्या? आपल्या किचन मधील कोरफड, बटाटा, गाजर, मध, पपई, चिकू, काकडी, दही व  हळद, चंदन, मुलतानी माती, निम्ब, त्रिफळा, तुळस,  असे काही नैसर्गिक औषधी वनस्पतिज चूर्ण वापरुन खूप छान रीजल्ट्स मिळतात. कधी करुन तर बघ, विसरुन जाशील पार्लर वगैरे सगळं. जे चेहर्‍याच्या सौंदर्य प्रसाधनां बाबत, तेच केसांच्या देखिल.” हे सगळं ऐकल्यावर ती चकित झाली, म्हणाली,”खरंच हे इतकं सेफ, इजी आणि इफेक्टिव्ह आहे? ठरलं तर आता, आजपासून “रिअल हर्बल” थेरपी आणि प्रोडक्टस  वापरणार. काय सांगता? तुम्ही देखिल ह्या हर्बलच्या फसव्या जाळ्यात अडकला होतात? असो, पण अजून वेळ गेली नाही, वेक अप न गो फॉर “रिअल हर्बल”, आणि तुमचं सौंदर्य दिवसेंदिवस खुलवत ठेवा. तुमच्या काहि शंका असल्यास आम्हाला नि:संकोचपणे संपर्क करा. “सेव्हन आयुर्वेद केअर”, कर्वे रोड, कोथरुड. दुरध्वनि : ०२०-२५४४२६४६/ ८८८८०३२०७३. www.sevenayurveda.com www.ayurvedalive.in

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  • 10 Superfoods for Summer

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        This year the summer is really hot, and the temperature is already at its peak, and assumed to sore up in the coming days. Blame it on global warming, deforesting, pollution, or our daily utility emissions; whatever the reason be, the main challenge remains how to survive it effectively and naturally. The flaming sun is taking away all the body energy and enthusiasm, those sitting in offices, homes, travelling either aid themselves with air-conditioners, coolers, etc.,but these too have their share of ill effects on the body. What can we do to protect our health and also be fresh and energetic ? This has been already explained in the following article. http://www.ayurvedalive.in/ayurvedic-tips-to-beat-the-heat-this-summer Now here in this article we shall have a look on some superfoods of the season  (summer), which will keep you cooool internally. 1. Pomegranate :  तत्तू स्वादु त्रिदोषघ्नमं तृड्दाहज्वरनाशनम् |ह्रत्कण्ठमुखगन्धघ्नं तर्पणं शुक्रलं लघु ||102|| कषायानुरसं ग्राहि स्निग्धं मेधाबलावहम् ||103|| – Pomegranate (Punica granatum), is one of the best fruit to be consumed in this season, it balances all the three doshas of the body, the juicy sweet and sour
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  • 5 Super foods for winter

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    Health as per Ayurveda means equilibrium of all the three doshas, seven dhatus, three mala, and Agni. To maintain this equilibrium Ayurveda explains Dinacharya (Daily regimen) & Rutucharya (Seasonal regimen), which includes various diet, exercise, dressing, creating favorable, soothing  and comfortable surroundings as per the individuals prakriti and seasonal conditions. Here in this article we shall focus our details on Diet in Winter season (Hemant & Shishir rutu). Ayurveda has mentioned in details interesting foods for the season. Winter season is governed by Vayu mahabhoot, with dominance of vata and Kapha dosha. The dry and cold properties of the season, results in the increased demand of warmth and nourishment by the body. Winter is the best period of the year to replenish and restore body’s powerhouse. The Jatharagni (digestive fire) is very well kindled, and has the capacity to digest all the nutritious foods and store the surplus energy for rest of the year. If it is not supplied with sufficient fuel it can cause damage to healthy body tissues and so it is very
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  • ADHD in children – An Ayurvedic perspective

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            Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) manifests in childhood with symptoms of hyperactivity, impulsivity, and/or inattention. In addition, there are other secondary symptoms associated with ADHD such as insomnia, learning disabilities, and delayed language development. The symptoms affect cognitive, academic, behavioural, emotional and social functioning. ADHD is found to be more common in boys than girls. It often continues into adolescence and adulthood. If left untreated, it leaves millions of children and adults incapacitated causing a lifetime of frustrated dreams and emotional pain. The most commonly prescribed modern medications are central nervous system stimulants combined with counselling and cognitive behavioural interventions. The role of dopamine and nor-epinephrine regulation in patients with ADHD is considered the most important in treatment. The symptoms associated with ADHD cease only for the time these medications are active within the body. When the medication wears off, the symptoms return. A patient taking these medications needs to continue taking them throughout his/her life. There are many potential side effects of stimulants, including: decreased appetite, poor growth, dizziness, insomnia/
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  • The yummy and healthy Mango

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    Mango – The king of fruits – is everyone’s favorite, and the reason for it need not be explained. Mango not only tastes very good, but is also medicinally useful in many ways. Mango seed, leaves, skin ,gum, tree bark and last but not the least the yummy pulp, all of these have their medicinal values; when used in various forms. Mangoes are used in two forms : Raw and ripe, both of them have different properties : Raw Mango is sour in taste and increases pitta and vata dosha in the body, but when consumed in form of Panha (panak) – Panha is a recipe prepared by cooking raw mangoes, and then pulp is extracted & cooked with jaggery, cardamom, black salt, cumin powder; this syrup is mixed with cold water to make Panha –  is a good rejuvenating summer drink, quenches thirst, it pacifies pitta and also also works as good digestive drink. Raw mangoes are also used to prepare pickles, when consumed in small quantity it enhances taste, dried  raw mango powder is
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  • Ashwagandha (Winter cherry)

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    Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera is one of the immensely used herb in Ayurvedic practice due to its various beneficial uses and high rejuvinating potential. It is a small shrub 1-2mtrs high and bears small, round, red coloured fruit enclosed in a pod. It is named Ashwagandha in sanskrit because the roots smell like horse and the other reason is that it generates strength in the body equivalent to horse. The roots of Ashwagandha, also called “Indian Ginseng” helps in boosting immunity power of the body. Ashwagandha due to its hot potency pacifies kapha and vata dosha, and so is used in vata vyadhi, it is a good anti-inflammatory drug and also provides nourishment to adjoining tissues and other organs. It reduces pain and swelling in vata disorders. One of its active principle somniferin induces sleep and thus helps in mental relaxation. It is a good nervine tonic, it strengthens and nourishes nerve tissues and serves physical and mental relaxation. Improves mental ability, helps in gaining and retaining memory and improves mental concentration. Due to its anti-stress
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  • Amalaki (Indian gooseberry)

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    Indian Gooseberry or Embelica Officinelis has derived its name from Sanskrit name, ‘ Amalika’ meaning (sour juice of the fruit) i.e.Embelica and officinalis means – Of service to man. Its synonyms are Dhatri, Amruta, Vayastha. Commonly known as Amla in hindi, Amla is a greenish yellow colored fruit having six longitudinal lines and a hexagonal seed inside. This fruit is available between October to February . It is a rich source of vitamin C and many other nutritional and medicinal properties. It is useful in a simple anorexia, nausea like symptom to diabetes, urinary complaints and rasayan (increasing longevity) purposes. Only ripe fruit is used for medicinal purposes. Family : Amalaki belongs to Euphorbiaceae family. Rasa : Amla is predominantly sour in taste, the secondary rasas (anurasa) are madhur (sweet), kashay (astringent), katu (pungent) and tikta(bitter) ; but inspite of its sour taste its post-digestive effect (vipaka) is madhur and its potency (virya) is shita (cold). Amalaki is tridoshaghna by nature, its sour taste pacifies Vata, madhur rasa, madhur vipaka and shita virya helps to
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  • Ginger

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    Ginger or Zinziber officinale belonging to Zinziberaceae family commonly known as Adrak is a daily used spice for a small symptom like indigestion, dysmennorhoea to motion sickness. Its name ‘ vishwabheshaj ‘ or ‘ vishwaaushadha ‘ in sanskrit explains its usefullness, meaning medicine which is helpful in almost all diseases. Ginger is mainly used in two forms fresh form and dry form; the prior is commonly known as ‘Adrak’ in hindi and the later is called ‘ Sounth ‘ in hindi and ‘ Suntha ‘ in marathi. Here we shall discuss medicinal uses of both the forms of ginger. Part used : The rhizome of the plant is used for medicinal purposes. Fresh ginger : A piece of fresh ginger is either chewed or just held in mouth,or taken with sugar in cases of nausea or vomitting. In agnimandya, anorexia & indigestion small piece of ginger with salt & lime is chewed just before meals. Motion sickness, a common symptom during travelling can be treated with a ginger piece & lime juice or a preparation
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