Thursday, 22 June 2017

8 Top Medicinal Uses Of Chives For Skin, Hair & Health

 

I have always been interested in herbs and when I read about new herbs, I always wonder how it will smell and taste. You will always find me asking my family members when they travel to new countries whether they smelt or tasted a herb that is well known in that country. Now I am so happy because we get many well known herbs in India and my latest obsession is chives. The botanical name of chives is Allium Schoenoprasum and they belong to the Allium family and are closely related to onion and garlic. They are bulb forming perennial plants grown for the scapes (stems) and flowers. They produce beautiful pale purple flowers and the stems are soft, hollow and tubular. I want to grow chives in my garden, hopefully I can update the above picture with beautiful chive flowers soon. Commonly chives are refered to as onion chives and garlic chives, they both do not refer to the same plant. Onion chives is Allium Scheonoprasum and garlic chives refers to Allium Tuberosum. Chives goes by the same name in Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam and all other Indian languages. Chives Nutrition: 100 grams of chives have around 30 calories, 4.3 grams of carbohydrates, 2.5 grams of fiber, less then 1 gram of fat and 3.2 grams of protein. Chives are rich in vitamins like vitamin A, thiamine, riboflavin, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B5 and vitamin B6. It is rich in minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. I have been wanting to use chives in my cooking for a long time and the day I bought it, I made a potato souffle and adding chives took it to an other level. Once my longing for using it in cooking was satisfied, I started looking out for all the medicinal values and health benefits and I have given all of them below. Chives have wonderful anti bacterial and anti inflammatory properties and can be used both externally and taken internally. The easiest way to use chives medicinally is either by making a water decoction by boiling the cut chives in water or by extracting the fresh juice by pounding the fresh stem along with little water and then extracting the fresh juice, both are effective. We get chives in big cities in India and some nurseries also sell chive plant. We can easily grow chives at home, it needs full sun and a well drained soil. Chives Side Effects: Having it in moderation you will never experience any side effects but if over consumed might cause stomach issues....

 

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

5 Top Health Benefits Of Eating Raw Garlic & Honey In Empty Stomach


Both garlic and honey on their own have wonderful health benefits but when combined together offers us even more benefits. Both garlic and honey are rich in antioxidants and they help improve immunity. I love garlic and use it my cooking a lot and even when I was pregnant, I was consuming garlic on a daily basis till I stopped breast feeding to improve breast milk supply. Few months back I read an article explaining the health benefits of consuming raw garlic soaked in honey. I really got very interested because few of my family members consume raw garlic regularly and it is so hard to consume raw garlic and the after smell is also terrible. When I made this garlic honey at home, I peeled off the garlic cloves completely and let it soak in the honey till completely tender. This did two things, it was so easy to consume as the garlic turned tender and because of the honey it also tasted good compared to eating crunchy raw garlic. The active ingredient of garlic is allicin and it gets decentralized by heat so eating garlic in it's raw form is one of the best ways to get all the wonderful benefits it offers. Also crushing garlic lightly before soaking it in honey makes allicin more bio available. Here are the health benefits of consuming raw garlic soaked in honey: 1. Garlic Honey For Cold, Cough & Sore Throat:  Raw garlic and honey are rich in antioxidants and helps improve our immunity and regular consumption helps prevent common cold and flu to a great extent. It is also good for asthma patients too. 2. Garlic Honey For High Blood Pressure: Garlic has been proven to lower blood pressure so this blend is good for patients with high blood pressure. You can read the study that supports this claim here. 3. Garlic Honey For High Cholesterol: This is a wonderful remedy for people with high cholesterol as it lowers cholesterol levels significantly. You can read the study that supports this claim here. 4. Garlic Honey For Acne: Both garlic and honey have anti inflammatory properties and regular consumption of garlic honey is great for people who are suffering from acne regularly. 5. Garlic Honey For Weight Loss: Garlic and honey is also an amazing blood purifier and helps detoxify our body naturally and improves our metabolism thus helping in weight loss. It also has anti cancer and anti microbial properties and is also rich in vitamins and minerals. How Much To Consume? Consume about 1 garlic clove soaked in honey daily and slowly increase it to 2 cloves overtime. Side Effects: There are no side effects to consuming garlic honey if taken in moderation but it might cause stomach irritation for certain people if had in an empty stomach. If it does, have it in between meals and never over consume it as it might lead to stomach burning, mouth odor and in certain cases vomiting too.....


Monday, 19 June 2017

3 Ways To Use Fenugreek For Increasing Breast Milk Supply | Fenugreek For Breastfeeding

 

Fenugreek seeds are one of the best natural ingredient that increases breast milk naturally. The botanical name of fenugreek is Trigonella Foenum and it is one of the ingredients that we extensively use both in cooking and in home remedies. Usually after delivery mothers are given great care in our village, traditionally we stay in our mothers house till the baby turns at least 7 months old. During the time, mothers are given nutritious foods to encourage sufficient breast milk supply for the baby. And traditionally there are certain ingredients that are given to breast feeding mothers that boosts breast milk and one such ingredient is fenugreek. This traditional practice has been backed by research, you can read the study that supports this claim here. Fenugreek is an excellent galactagogue and has been used for centuries for it. At home, we make fenugreek porridge regularly and I have given the recipe for it below. Usually you will start noticing increase in breast milk supply within a day or two of consuming fenugreek seeds but for some women it might take longer. Fenugreek Dosage For Breast Feeding: Usually the general safe dosage recommended is around 1 to 1.5 tsp per day. It is generally the approximate amount that is given to pregnant women in our place too. In the clinical study mentioned above 7.5 grams of fenugreek powder was given three times a day for four weeks but I would suggest starting with 1 to 1.5 tsp. Fenugreek seeds are rich in fiber and suddenly consuming large amounts of fiber will lead to stomach problems and bloating. Also fenugreek reduces blood sugar levels and too much fenugreek consumption might interfere with certain medications, so moderation is the key for consuming fenugreek. You can take fenugreek in the form of fenugreek capsules (tablets), fenugreek extract or fenugreek seeds. If using fenugreek seeds, try any one of the three recipes given below. Fenugreek extract and tablets can be easily ordered online...

 

Thursday, 15 June 2017

10 Top Skin, Hair & Health Benefits & Uses Of Neem Powder


I can only call neem tree whose botanical name is Azardirachta Indica, a natures miracle because it magically cures almost all the skin and hair problems. For people who don't have access to fresh neem leaves, neem leaf powder is a wonderful alternative. We have a very very huge neem tree in front of our house that is  more than 100 years old. I am so fond of that tree and I make neem leaf powder during hot summers and use it throughout the year. Neem leaf powder have anti bacterial, anti microbial, anti microbial, anti viral, anti fungal and anti inflammatory properties making it a very important ingredient that can be used for treating wide variety of problems. Neem powder have these following amazing health benefits and medicinal uses: 1. Neem Powder For Teeth: Neem has been used for dental care for centuries and in our village we still continue to use it. Neem has antibacterial properties and using it as a tooth powder is one the most effective ways to treat dental problems very effectively. It treats bad breath, plaque and kills bacteria in the mouth effectively. I have given homemade tooth powder recipe using neem powder below. 2. Neem For Pimples (Acne): Neem powder is wonderful for treating acne as it has anti inflammatory, anti bacterial and antiseptic properties. To use it for treating pimples apply neem face pack regularly. The anti bacterial activity of neem has been proven through clinical research and not surprisingly it was more potent than other ingredients it was tested along with. You can read that study here.
3. Neem For Eczema: Eczema is a skin condition in which skin becomes dry, inflamed, red and extremely itchy. Neem powder is one of the best home remedies for eczema as it helps reduce the inflammation very very effectively. To use for treating eczema, mix neem powder with yogurt and apply as a poultice. 4. Neem For Athlete's Foot & Other Fungal Infections: Neem leaf powder is an amazing home remedy for treating Athlete's Foot as it has anti fungal properties. To treat it, mix 2 tbsp of neem powder along with a handful of Epsom salt in 2 liters of warm water and soak your feet in it. 5. Neem For Psoriasis: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease which is characterized by red, itchy and scaly skin. Neem powder when mixed together with turmeric powder and applied as a poultice greatly helps reduce the itching. 6. Neem Powder For Dandruff: Neem powder is an amazing home remedy for dandruff when used as a hair pack. I like to mix neem powder with lemon and yogurt and apply as a hair pack for treating dandruff. 7. Neem Powder For Hair Growth: Neem leaf powder treats almost all the problems of the scalp from itchiness to dandruff so it greatly arrests hair loss and promotes new hair growth. 8. Neem Powder For Head Lice:Neem leaf powder is a natural pesticide and is wonderful for killing head lice. You can also use pure neem oil for head lice but neem oil has a very strong odor. If you don't want to use neem oil, try neem leaf powder hair pack mentioned below, it is highly effective. 9. Neem Powder For Stomach Parasites: Here in our village it is a common practice to take neem balls once every 3 months to get rid of stomach parasites. For the balls, you can grind neem leaf powder along with crystal salt, carom seeds and small piece of dry ginger to a fine paste, make into small balls and swallow one small ball in empty stomach. 10. Neem Powder For Diabetes: Neem powder lowers blood sugar levels when taken internally. Now neem leaf tablets are sold everywhere, you can use it or mix neem powder in water and drink it for controlling blood sugar levels. You can read the study that proves the anti diabetic properties of neem here. Neem Powder Side Effects: Neem powder rarely causes any side effects when used externally and can be used for all types of skin. But when taken internally it might cause stomach irritation for some people due to it's extreme bitterness. How To Make Neem Powder? To make neem powder, collect fresh neem leaves, sun dry till crisp and powder in a dry mixer and store. Where To Buy Neem Powder? You get neem powder easily through online shops, it is cheap and stores well....



Sunday, 11 June 2017

7 Top Medicinal Uses Of Phyla Nodiflora | Poduthalai | Lippia Nodiflora

 

Phyla Nodiflora | Lippia Nodiflora is quite a popular plant in Tamil Nadu that goes by the name of poduthalai. It is a small creeping herb that produces white or purple flowers which get tubular as they mature. It is native to South America and the United States and can be found in all tropical countries. It is named poduthalai because it is considered to be an amazing home remedy for treating dandruff, we call dandruff podugu in Tamil. It is called frog fruit | Saw tooth Frog Fruit | Turkey Tangle in English, Bukkan in Hindi, Vakkan in Marathi and Vasir in Sanskrit. Phylla nodiflora | Poduthalai have these following medicinal uses: 1. It has wonderful anti bacterial properties making it very effective for treating all kinds of wounds when applied as a poultice. 2. It has anti inflammatory properties making it very effective as a home remedy for treating knee and joint pain. It also reduces piles inflammation when taken internally. 3. It has anti diabetic properties making it a very effective natural remedy for reducing blood sugar levels for diabetic patients. 4. It also has diuretic properties and people who are suffering from water retention will benefit drinking a water decoction of the plant. 5. It also has anti urolithiatoc properties (prevention of formation of kidney stones). It not only prevents, it also effectively treats existing stones. 6. Phyla nodiflora has anti proliferative properties and especially the stem and the leaf extract inhibits breast cancer cell growth. 7. It also has anti fungal properties making it very effective for treating fungal infections when applied topically as a poultice. Usually poduthalai was commonly found in Tamil Nadu but now it is not so common but you can get the plants from nurseries. We also get poduthalai powder in the markets, you can use it for making hair packs like given below............

 

Friday, 9 June 2017

7 Top Skin, Hair & Health Benefits Of Tomato Juice

 

Raw tomato juice is one of the cheapest and healthiest juices that we can make at home. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and can be made in a matter of minutes and it also tastes very good. Tomato juice is rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, vitamin B6 and magnesium. Tomato Juice Nutrition: 100 ml of tomato juice contains around 17 calories, 0.1 gram of fat, 4.2 grams of carbohydrates, 0.8 grams of protein, 3.6 grams of sugar and 0.4 gram of fiber and 0 cholesterol. Since we use tomatoes in our cooking every singe day, I always stock tomatoes at home. Whenever they turn over ripe, I make tomato juice at home and serve it chilled during hot afternoons. Here are some of the health benefits: 1. Tomato Juice Is Rich In Antioxidants: Tomato juice is rich in fat soluble antioxidant called lycopene that gives tomatoes the beautiful red color. Consuming a cup of tomato juice is one of the easiest way to get our daily dose of antioxidants. Since it is full of antioxidants, it energizes and detoxifies our body greatly. 2. Tomato Juice For Weight Loss: Apart from the fact that tomato juice is low in calories and is full of vitamins and minerals, it also increases resting energy expenditure (the amount of calories burned when the body is at rest) making it a very very effective weight loss drink. 3. Tomato Juice For High Cholesterol: Tomato juice is very very effective in reducing high cholesterol. Since it is a low calorie drink with 0 cholesterol that effectively reduces LDL levels, it is a very good substitute for high calorie juices sold in the markets for people suffering from high cholesterol. You can read the study that proves it here. 4. Tomato Juice For Male Infertility: Another interesting medicinal use of tomato juice is it increases sperm motility in infertile patients. In a study done on 3 groups of people who took antioxidants, tomato juice and nothing for 12 weeks, there was significant increase in sperm motility in people who took tomato juice, you can read the study that proves it here. 5. Tomato Juice Anti Inflammatory Properties: Tomato juice has good anti inflammatory properties and consuming fresh tomato juice is one of the easiest way to reduce the inflammation. You can find the study that supports this claim here. 6. Tomato Juice For Glowing Skin: Both external application and internal consumption of tomato helps with skin health. Since it is rich in antioxidants and has anti inflammatory properties, topical application of tomato juice is very soothing and greatly helps sunburned skin. It is also a mild astringent and helps close open pores and treats acne too. 7. Tomato For Hair: Tomato is rich in vitamin C and foods high in vitamin C greatly helps with iron absorption and thus greatly prevents hair fall caused due to anemia. Hair loss due to iron deficiency is very very common in India. Tomato Juice Side Effects: If you suffering from irritable bowel syndrome don't consume tomato juice in an empty stomach as it might aggravate the problem otherwise it is safe to consume tomato juice. Also try to use only organic tomatoes for making the juice....


Wednesday, 7 June 2017

5 Top Benefits Of Mayonnaise Hair Treatment For Hair Growth, Head Lice, Dry & Damaged Hair

 

 

My son loves mayonnaise and usually asks for it each time he has rotis. I don't like to give him mayonnaise bought from the shops regularly so I always make my own using olive oil, vinegar and organic country eggs from our farm. Few months back I was reading a fun article that explained all the hacks that we can do with mayonnaise other than eating it and one of the uses mentioned was a hair treatment. I was skeptical at first but since the mayonnaise I make at home contains only pure olive oil and eggs, I thought it will only do good for my hair. And I was so right, it left my hair silky smooth and glowing. Here are the hair benefits of using mayonnaise hair treatment: 1. For Hair Growth: Eggs and olive oil in the mayonnaise helps nourish and condition the scalp. It also strengthen the hair roots thus promoting hair growth. 2. Protects Dry & Damaged Hair: Mayonnaise hair treatment is one of the best home remedies for dry hair. If you have dry, damaged hair or have done chemical treatments for your hair, I would suggest using this treatment, it will greatly help. 3. For Head Lice: Though mayonnaise on it's own does not have any special ingredients that kills head lice, mayonnaise is very sticky and applying it on the hair suffocates the lice and kills it. 4. For Dandruff: Since mayonnaise contains vinegar, it  helps treat dandruff very very effectively. Try using it in the form of mayonnaise hair pack like I have given below. 5. For Hair Straightening: Mayonnaise softens and smoothens the hair shafts making the hair appear straight naturally. I would highly suggest making your own mayonnaise at home for doing this treatment, it is so easy to make and gives the best results. How To Use Mayonnaise For Hair? You can use mayonnaise separately on it's own but I prefer to use it along with a fruit like given below...