Category Archives: Medicinal plants

  • Gudhi Padwa – Ayurveda

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    Gudhi Padwa – This is the first day of the Chaitra month. It marks the beginning of the New year ,as per the Lunisolar Hindu calendar. It is known by different names like Ugadi, Padvo, Thapna, Cheti chand in different states. Gudhi Padwa signifies arrival of the Spring (Vasant Rutu) and reaping of Rabi crops. Gudhi Padwa is celebrated at large throughout the country. It is considered auspicious for new beginning, may it be business, good work, or special shopping, as it is among one of the auspicious three and half muhurats. As mentioned in one of the earlier blogs (Makar Sankrant), our festivals and the delicacies are relative to our health. The rituals and food /medicinal items are an indication of things to be included in our regimen in that particular rutu. In Maharashtra Gudhipadwa is celebrated in a special way – The houses are decorated with flower garlands, rangoli. A gudhi is hoisted at every house. Gudhi – A decorative long cloth along with neem leaves, flower garland, sugar garland is tied to a
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  • Carrots – The Winter Fruit cum Veggie

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    Carrots or Daucus carota – A favourite among salads, used in variety of culinary recipes and popularly known for its opthalmic benefits – Although there are many health benefits, which we are not well aware about. We always hear people suggesting each other, “Oh! she has spectacles, poor thing, give her carrots and green vegetables, it really helps you know.” Its sweet taste and crunchy texture makes it favourite among all age groups. Let us explore the health benefits of carrots. Carrots come in varied species red, orange, purple, yellow, white…They grow all over the world in cool regions and more better to consume them in cold climates. ‘Grunjan’ or garjar – Sanskrit name for carrot – belongs to umbelliferae family. The roots, seeds and seed oil are usually used for medicinal purposes. गाजरं मधुरं तीक्ष्णं तिक्तोष्णं दिपनं लघु | संग्राहि रक्तपित्तार्शोग्रहणीकफवातजित् || भा.प्र रुच्यं च दिपनं ह्रद्यं दुर्गंधम् गुल्मनाशनम् |बीजं चोष्णम् मतं चास्य वृष्यं वै गर्भपातकृत् || रा.नि. _ The above verses explain properties and uses of carrots as under : Carrots are Madhur (sweet) and tikta (slightly bitter) in taste. It is Ushna (hot) in potency. Laghu (easy to digest). Deepan (kindles digestive
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  • 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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