Oral cavity is the reflection and the gateway to health. Ayurveda ensures perfect oral hygiene and dental care by focusing on teeth, gums, tongue and also the cheeks with simple home remedies. A regular use of these methods not just promises glowing teeth and healthy gums but also a lustrous face.
Brushing the teeth:
There are two ways to ensure a proper teeth cleaning. The traditional methods of Datun and Dant-manjan are advocated by Ayurveda for the same.
Datun is using the stem for chewing and brushing the teeth. The stem, preferably, should be astringent in flavor. Usually, neem stem, bel stem, arjuna stem etc. are used. They remove bacteria and ensure cleanliness of the teeth. People suffering with any oral injury or facial ailment should avoid its use.
Dant-manjan (tooth powder) is another option for massaging the gum, cleaning the teeth and refreshing the breathe. A few combinations are:
- A pinch of saindha namak with a teaspoon of mustard oil.
- Half a teaspoon of trikatu (combination of sonth, kalimirch and peepal in equal quantity) with a teaspoon of honey.
These methods clean the teeth and remove bad odor giving you a sparkling white smile.
One should daily clean the tongue for proper reception of the taste. A proper reception of flavors helps in proper secretion and digestion of enzymes. Avoid vigorous cleaning.
Oral wash or Gandusha: This is a method in which an Ayurvedic oral wash is used to clean the entire oral cavity. For gandusha, a liquid has to be filled in the mouth, rolled and gargled. It is ideal to hold this liquid for sometime in the mouth. This not only cleans the mouth but also gives a sense of freshness and brings lusture to the face (by improving blood circulation of the face).
Liquids which can be used for gandusha are:
- Honey mixed with water (for those having excessive salivation)
- Warm water with saindha namak (for disinfection)
- Cold water (for those who have bleeding gums)
Incorporate these simple and easy-to-use methods for oral care and ensure proper oral hygiene.
Bilva tree has always held a special place in Hindu culture. Both, mythologically and traditionally, this tree secures a vital place and owing to its significance, the tree is considered sacred and worshipped. Although, all the parts of the tree are used for some or the other purpose, here we will discuss mainly the two important parts namely, Bilva patra and Belgiri.
The leaves are known for its medicinal property in Ayurveda apart from being offered to Lord Shiva.
Diabetes: The powder of the leaves can be mixed with the powders of danamethi, jamun guthli, karela, gudmar and other anti-diabetic herbs. A teaspoon of the combination can be taken on empty stomach twice a day.
Swelling and wound: Application of bilva patra powder mixed with water over the swollen or wounded area is effective in both –bringing down the swelling and healing the wound.
Belgiri (fruit pulp)
This has miraculous results in various intestinal conditions. It imparts strength to the intestines.
Intestinal ulcer: Owing to its healing property, belgiri is used with herbs like mulathi and mishri. This helps in bringing down the pain and recovering from the wound.
Amoebiasis: It has proved its efficiency in treating amoebiasis. It helps in digestion, reduces the cramps and clears the bowel.
Diarrhea: It can be taken with curd to arrest the frequency.
This herb is potentiated because of its religious value. Therefore, draw the benefits of this herb and stay healthy.
Mulathi or Yashtimadhu is very popular herb of India. As the name suggests, this herb is sweet to taste. Therefore, it is widely used in children, adults and aged people. Especially, the singers are very fond of this herb as it tones and sweetens the voice. Due to its palatable convenience, it has wide range of uses.
Healthy Uses of Mulathi:
A few common uses are quoted below.
Cough: Due to its expectorant property, mulathi powder is given with honey and a little quantity of saindha namak. This clears phlegm from the respiratory channels and reduces coughing.
Acidity: It curtails the acidic formation in the stomach and relieves pain and burning sensation. Therefore, it can be taken in a combination with powders of saunf, mishri and elaichi.
Wound healing: It has a very strong wound healing property. For this very reason, its use is advocated in peptic ulcers and duodenal ulcers with ghee. Also, for tropical ulcers this combination is applied to the wound (due to burns or associated with burning sensation).
Hoarseness in voice: It enhances the voice quality. Therefore, simply keeping the powder of mulathi in mouth 3-4 times a day and gradually swallowing it, helps in hoarseness of voice and soarness of throat.
Burning sensation in urine: One teaspoon of the powder can be taken with water twice a day. It results into frequent urination, thereby, flushing out the toxins. Also, the cooling effect of the herb pacifies the burning sensation.
This herb is available in easy-to-use packaging at Gyan Herbal Home. Use this wonderful Ayurvedic Herb and stay healthy.
We all focus on healthy, balanced and nutritious diet for physical and mental well being. But merely eating a healthy diet is NOT sufficient. Our activities before and after the intake of food are very important to ensure we get the desired results from the food that we have consumed. And most importantly, the diet which we have taken doesn’t harm us.
Unknowingly we all do certain practices right before and after our meals which have adverse effects on our system. And just by avoiding these actions, we can actually become healthier and fitter.
Activities to Avoid Before Food
- Never have food immediately when you are very hungry for a long time after missing on your meal.
- Have 2-3 sips of water before you take food.
Activities to Avoid After Food
- Avoid bathing or swimming for at least an hour after meals.
- Avoid sleeping immediately after meals. If one wishes to lie down after meal, make sure he walks a little and lie down in a left lateral position.
- Avoid running, dancing and excessive walking.
- Immediately drinking water after food isn’t appropriate. It’s good to have it after 15 minutes.
- Avoid cold, heavy-to-digest or sweet articles and liquids like juices etc. after meals
So, enjoy your meals to the fullest and draw maximum benefits from the healthy diet you consume by keeping a little check on the activities you do just before and after the meals.
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GUDMAR is a very interesting Indian herb. As the name suggests, ‘Gud’ meaning jaggery or sweet and ‘mar’ meaning to end, in short, Gudmar means something which cuts off the sweet taste. Attributing to this special property, the title of MADHUNASHINI is also given to this drug.
Health Benefits of Gudmar
Gudmar leaves are widely used for medicinal purpose. The consumption of this herb, arrests the perception of taste. A few uses are mentioned below.
This herb is very famous among diabetics. The reason is its property to counter the sweetness and kapha dosha (fun ctional entity of body). It can be taken with honey or with plain milk on empty stomach. Also, a combination of powders of gudmar patra, jamun guthli, danamethi, bilva patra, neem patra and karela can be taken on empty stomach.
Wound or Swelling
Application of a paste prepared from the powder of gudmar patra is very effective in these conditions.
Productive/ Wet Cough:
¼ teaspoon of the gudmar can be taken with the honey or sugar candy twice a day. This will melt down the phlegm and clear the channels.
Avail benefits of Gudmar which is available in a comfortable ready-to-use packing at Gyan Herbal Home.
Constipation has become quite a common problem these days and there are various common but wrong practices to fight constipation due to which the desired results aren’t achieved and we fall in the vicious cycle of constipation.
Wrong Practices to Fight Constipation
Here are a few common practices which we do and need a correction.
- Consuming warm water with honey and lemon for clear bowels is not very healthy. If you wish to continue this, then replace warm water with plain water.
- Drinking glasses of water immediately after getting up from bed should be discontinued. Intake of a glass of plain water is sufficient.
- If you’re in a habit of taking hot water, then replace it with lukewarm water.
- Consuming plain salads for rich fiber content must be garnished with salt and lemon.
- Consume warm milk instead of hot milk or cold milk. Avoid addition of coffee or any other such strong flavors to the milk.
- Regular intake of Isabgol only, will not give satisfactory results. Therefore, it is ideal to mix it with other herbs for better results.
- Avoiding Ghee. People who are fond of food high on spices must include ghee in their diet.
- Excessive walking to keep the gut healthy must to be reduced to the stamina which permits it.
- Staying awake late at night disturbs the body clock. Therefore, “early to bed and early to rise” principle should be adopted.
These simple changes in your practices ensure results. So, if you follow any of these wrong practices then correct them and stay healthy.
Looks like summers have taken a toll. Our body demands something soothing and cooling. Chandan or Sandalwood not just offers coolant effect to your skin but also soothes your mind with its mesmerizing fragrance. It cools down the body and also pacifies the mind.
Skin and Health Benefits of Sandalwood
- Headache: An application of chandan paste brings down the headache due to scorching heat.
- Nasal Bleeding: Due to the cooling effect, chandan paste application arrests the bleeding.
- Swelling, itching and burning sensation: Some people have the tendency to develop sunburns or rashes resulting into swelling, itching or burning sensation. In such a condition, simple chandan powder prepared paste in rose water is very effective.
- Acne and blemishes: Chandan is famous for its anti-acne and anti-blemish property. It can be combined with other cooling herbs like gulab, multani mitti, rose water etc. for the desired results.
(Ref. Bhavaprakash Nighantu)
Internally, we have been using Chandan sharbat is summers to cool down our system. Apart from this, multiple medicinal uses are proposed for chandan in the classics.
Important Note: Make sure the applications remain wet and are not allowed to dry. Cool weather is not ideal for chandan application.
Chandan has many internal uses as well. Due to the unavailability of food grade chandan, we at Gyan Herbal Home offer you chandan for tropical application only.