Effective Use of Nutmeg (Jaiphal) for Healthier Living

Jaiphal or Nutmeg is commonly used in our kitchens. This herb adds aroma to our delicacies and makes them flavorsome. This not just adds to the flavor and richness to our delicacies but also ensures proper digestion. Also, it is commonly used in the teas. Apart from its use as a spice, cosmetic and medicinal values are also attributed to it.

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Uses of Jaiphal in Different Health Problems

Cold jaiphal-running-nose

It is effective in fever, running nose, cough and shivering due to cold. Less than a quarter teaspoon can be given with warm water and the person should be advised to stay covered and not get exposed to cold. An immediate relief can be achieved.

Intestinal worms

A pinch of its powder is mixed with water or honey and is given to eliminate intestinal worms.

Blemishes and pigmentation jaiphal-blemishes

Application of the paste of powdered jaiphal and water can be applied to the desired sites for effective results.

Joint pain jaiphal-joint-pain

Heating jaiphal with olive oil and application of this oil to the affected joints, reduces the pain. It is mostly beneficial in a rheumatic type of pain.

Bad odor

In case of foul smell from mouth, a combination of jaiphal, javitri, elaichi, mishri and saunf can be taken.

So now, not just add the aroma of Jaiphal but also its medicinal benefits to your diet.

When to Have Hot Water and Cold Water as Per Ayurveda

Some people have a habit of consuming water of similar temperature for months. As per Ayurveda, the temperature of water should vary from season to season and also depending on the health condition. If taken with little bit of understanding, water works like an amazing medicine which comes for free!!!!!

Cold water Hot water

This post talks about conditions when it is good to consume hot water and when it is advised to consume cold water. Follow these indications and contra-indications to consume water with right temperature.

Indications for Consuming Hot/Warm Water

  • Cough Hot water cough
  • Breathlessness
  • Obesity Water hot obesity
  • Indigestion
  • Toxin accumulation
  • Fever Water Hot Fever_

Contra-indications for Consuming Hot/Warm Water

  • Intoxicated conditions
  • After 12 hours of boiling

 

Indications for Consuming Cold Water

Water Cold

  • Giddiness
  • Burning sensation Throat pain
  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Loose motions
  • ExhaustionWater exhaustion
  • Bleeding from upper orifices

 

Contra-indications for Consuming Cold Water

  • Bodily stiffness
  • Hiccup
  • Abdominal distention
  • Recent fevers
  • Throat ailments
  • Chronic rhinitis
  • After consuming something oily

Now use water, the very essential necessity, depending on your condition and experience its effective results. It is always advisable to seek an Ayurvedic physician’s advice for effective benefits.

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Compatible and Incompatible Foods Articles with Milk

Milk has always been considered as an integral part of our diet. Because of its various health benefits, it has become the main content of our meals. We all are in habit of consuming some snacks or food articles with milk. But we need to understand that not all food articles go well with milk and when milk is clubbed with incompatible food articles, it loses its property to benefit the body, instead harms the system.

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Given below is a list of some food articles which are compatible and incompatible with milk.

Compatible Food Items with Milk

These are some of the food items which you can have along with milk and multiply the benefits of milk:

  • Fruits like mango, dried grapes (munakka) Milk mango - Copy
  • Ghee, honey, sugar milk, honey and bread
  • Herbs like dried ginger, black pepper, cinnamon etc. Milk cinnamon
  • Barley

 

Non-compatible Food Items with Milk

Here are some food items which you must never club with milk as they are very damaging:

  • Fruits like jamun, banana, pomegranate or any citrus fruit Milk Fruits
  • Oil, liquor, salty articles Milk Salt Food
  • Green leafy vegetables, mustard, jackfruit, radish etc.
  • Fish and meat

Moreover, always consume milk in a warm state for healthier system

So now you know which things you must avoid consuming with milk. Draw the benefits of milk by clubbing them with the right food articles. For free online consultation, write at vdshruti@gyanherbal.in

Reasons Why Drinking Excessive Water is Damaging to Health?

We all focus on consuming water in huge quantities. All of a sudden, it has become a trend to consume more and more water. Merely consuming a specific quantity of water is incorrect. Consuming large amounts of water can be unwholesome to the system.  Drinking excessive water1

Owing to the fact that our body is 70% of water content, it becomes essential to consume water in an appropriate quantity and in a desired condition.

Health Damages on Consuming Excessive Water

Drinking Excessive WaterThe flow chart below finely explains the harmful effects of drinking excessive water

Excessive water intake

Dilution of enzymes

Lowering of digestive fire

Indigestion

Fever leading to damage of body tissues

If you drink excessive water then it will gradually lead to indigestion which in turn will result into fever damaging the tissues.

Contra-indicated conditions for excessive water intake

If you have any of the health conditions mentioned below, be watchful of amount of water you consume.

  • Eye disorders Drinking water eye disorder
  • Swelling
  • Indigestion
  • Ascitis
  • Fever Drinking water fever
  • Diabetes mellitus

In above said conditions, prefer consuming less water.

Therefore, make an intellectual use of water and assist your health rather than consuming water in bulk. In Ayurveda, we always consider subjective conditions. For queries and consultation, write to me at vdshruti@gyanherbal.in.

 

 

Comprehensive Guide to Bathe the Ayurveda Way

We all know the significance of bathing. Bathing is not merely a task but it significantly contributes to good health. Also, it depends on what time and with what you’re bathing. Bathing enriches one with these qualities if practiced properly.   Bathing

Importance of Regular Bathing:

  • Kindles the digestive fire which helps in digestion and burns the toxins
  • Imparts luster and glow to the skin
  • Removes the tiredness and energizes
  • Eliminates negative thoughts and gives peace of mind
  • Purifies the soul and cleanses the body

What’s the Right Time to Bathe? Bath morning

The ideal time to bathe is in the morning hours. People who bathe in the afternoon hours attract diseases. Bathing in the evening hours is traditionally accepted.

Can we bathe after eating?

It is very essential to bathe on empty stomach. Avoid consuming anything for at least an hour before going to bathe. It affects health and slowly collapses the digestion.

Any specifications?

As a general rule, always use lukewarm or water at normal temperature over the head and warm water or cold water for the rest of the body.

Using warm water for the head, affects the eyes and hair. So, people with weak eyesight or with acute hair fall must take a notice of this.

Any herbal combinations for a refreshing BATH? Bath Ubtan

Ayurveda advocates the use of UBTON for bathing. An ubton is a natural scrub and an ideal replacement to caustic soaps. It can be prepared using powders of triphala, amahaldi, haldi, belgiri, multani, neem patra etc.

Contra-indications?

Bathing is not permitted in all conditions. A few health conditions require no bathing. In case of fever, diarrhea, ear and nose disorders (avoid head bath), indigestion and bloating of abdomen, bathing should be avoided.

In case you are practicing anything wrong, kindly correct it and draw the real benefits of bathing. For free online consultation, write me at vdshruti@gyanherbal.in.

 

Jatamansi: Wonderful Herb for Hair and Health

Jatamansi, also known as Balchar, is an aromatic herb which is extensively used in Ayurveda. This herb has many wonderful properties attributed to it. It is very interesting to note that the root of this herb looks like a tuft of hair. Because of this acute resemblance, it is widely used for hair care. Apart from this, it is used as a nervine tonic, builds up stamina and nourishes the hair.   Balcharr Jatamansi

Effective Herbal Jatamansi Combinations

For hair root strengthening and hair nourishment Balchar Hair

It can be consumed internally with amavala, bhringraj, brahmi and other hair nourishing herbs. Also, it can be used as a hair pack with other herbs like amvala, shikakai, nagarmotha, bhringraj, danamethi etc.

For better digestion, flatulence, stomach ache Balchar digestion

Jatamansi powder (4 parts) with powders of dalchini,l sheetalchini, saunf, sonth (1 part each) and mishri (8 parts) can be taken in smaller quantity to pacify the pain abdomen, gas formation and indigestion.

Burns and blisters

An application of the paste of jatamansi powder brings down the burning sensation and heals it as it has a cooling effect on the wound.

Headache Jatamansi headache

Paste of jatamansi powder can be applied to the forehead to bring down the headache. It is recommended in summers.

Toothache

Softly massaging the gums and the teeth with jatamansi powder reduce the toothache.

Dysmenorrhoea (painful menses)

A decoction of jatamansi powder can be prepared and consumed to pacify the pain of those days.

Tremors

Those who are a victim of tremors or any nervine weakness can take this herb along with ashwagandha.

This wonderful herb is available at Gyan Herbal Home retail outlet. So get your pack and avail its benefits. For consultation, write us at vdshruti@gyanherbal.in.

Amazing Tips for Perfect Oral Hygiene

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.   Oral Care

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. Oral Care Salt Cleaning
  • 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.

Tongue cleaning: Oral Care tongue cleaning

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: Oral Gandusha oil

  • 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.

Magical Health Benefits of Mulathi

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.

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Healthy Uses of Mulathi:

A few common uses are quoted below.

Cough:  Mulethi CoughDue 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: Mulathi sore throatIt 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.

Unhealthy Activities to Avoid Before and After Meals

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.

Meals dos donts

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. Meals Water before food
  • 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. Meals after bath
  • 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. Meals running
  • 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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Common Practices that Complicate Constipation

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.

Constipation

Wrong Practices to Fight Constipation

Here are a few common practices which we do and need a correction.

Water-related

  • 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. Constipation Lemon
  • 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.

Diet-related

  • Consuming plain salads for rich fiber content must be garnished with salt and lemon. Constipation Salad
  • 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.

Regimen-related

  • Excessive walking to keep the gut healthy must to be reduced to the stamina which permits it. Constipation excessive walking
  • 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.