Thursday, 16 February 2017

10 Top Medicinal Uses Of Rosemary For Hair, Skin & Health

 

Rosemary is a very aromatic evergreen shrub that has been in use from medieval times. I love all aromatic herbs and rosemary is no exception. I have always been mesmerised with herbs and aromatic herbs holds a special place in my heart because I find them greatly relaxing. The botanical name of rosemary is Rosmarinus Officinalis. Rosemary belongs to the family Lamiacea and genus Rosmarinus. It has needle shaped leaves and produces pink, white, purple or blue flowers that bloom in the month of May and June. It is generally found all over the Mediterranean and here in India it slowly getting available everywhere. The oil extracted from the leaves is called rosemary essential oil and it is widely used in perfumery and as a medicine. Rosemary is a restorative herb, it is a good medicine for treating cold, headache and general lethargy. It greatly improves memory, has a calming effect and is very good if we take it internally in the form of tea while suffering from depression and nervous tension. Rosemary Constituents: Rosemary contains many active constituents like flavonoids which are good in antioxidants, tannins (especially rosmaricine which helps reduce pain) and phenols (notably rosmarinic acid) helps fight off inflammation. Rosemary is called Rusmary in Hindi and it goes by the name rosemary in Tamil, Telugu and Bengali. Hera are some of the health benefits and medicinal uses of rosemary herb: 1. Rosemary For Alzheimer's:  Rosemary has always been used from time immemorial for improving memory and now it has been proven to greatly help patients who are suffering from Alzheimer's as it prevents neuronal cell death. You can read the study that supports this claim here. 2. Rosemary For Improving Memory & Cognitive Function: Cognitive decline is one of the major concerns as we age. Rosemary has been proven to reduce age related cognitive decline and internal consumption of rosemary showed good results and the effect increased with dosage. You can read the study that proves it here. 3. Rosemary For Cold Related Problems: Rosemary tea is great for taking while we suffer cold related problems like headaches, chest congestion, etc. The tea also can used as a mouth rinse for sore throat. 4. Rosemary For Cancer: Rosemary has cancer protective properties especially colorectal cancer. Intake of vegetables in the diet and certain plant extracts seems to help prevent colorectal cancer and rosemary is one among it. You can read the study that proves it here. 5. Rosemary Reduces Withdrawal Symptoms: Another very interesting use of rosemary is it reduces withdrawal symptoms especially for drug addictions. The main problem when people try to stop their drug addictions are the worst withdrawal symptoms which sends most back to using drugs again. Along with regular treatment taking rosemary has been clinically proven to reduce the symptoms greatly. You can read the study that proves it here. 6. Rosemary Anti Inflammatory Properties: Another medicinal use of rosemary that I greatly love is it's wonderful anti inflammatory properties especially it reduces acne inflammation. If you are suffering from acne and need a natural herb to reduce the inflammation, look no further than rosemary, it will reduce the inflammation really well. You can read the study that supports this claim here. 7. Rosemary For Hair: Rosemary has been used for centuries for hair care, it reduces dandruff and regular use greatly treats dandruff, grey hair and to a great extent prevents baldness. At home, I make a rinse with apple cider vinegar and rosemary (recipe below), wonderful for treating all scalp problems very effectively. 8. Rosemary For Stomach Related Problems: Rosemary is wonderful in treating all stomach related problems as rosemary extract increases the flow of bile which is essential for good digestion. Rosemary tea is a good remedy for indigestion, stomach cramps and bloating. 9. Rosemary Anti Microbial Properties: There is a reason why rosemary is included in disinfectants regularly, it is because of it's wonderful anti microbial properties. We can just boil rosemary in water and use the water as a disinfectant. We can also add a sprig of rosemary to white vinegar, let it steep and use it around the house mixed in water as a disinfectant.10. Rosemary For Skin: Rosemary when added to baths not only acts as a natural disinfectant, it also relaxes the mind. According to me, there is nothing more relaxing than a homemade bath with rosemary, milk powder and rose essential oil. Where to get rosemary plant? Rosemary plant can be easily got from any herb nursery, it is also quite cheap. Make sure to keep the plant in warm but sheltered place. Rosemary tea: Rosemary tea sachets are available in the market but it is not easily available in India. Rosemary tea can also be easily made at home with fresh or dried leaves. Rosemary Essential Oil: Rosemary essential oil can be easily ordered online but try to get from good brands. Rosemary Water: Rosemary water which is widely used as a disinfectant can be made easily by boiling the leaves in water. Rosemary Oil: Rosemary infused oil can be easily made at home, I have given the recipe for it below. Fresh rosemary can be shade dried and stored for future use. Rosemary Side Effects: The amount usually added to food will not cause any harm but if you are pregnant or breast feeding try not to take large doses of rosemary like in the form of rosemary tea regularly......


Wednesday, 8 February 2017

10 Top Medicinal Uses, Nutrition & Side Effects Of Spinach (Palak) | Pasalai Keerai

 

Like many other greens, we consume spinach (palak) regularly at home and I love it a lot. The scientific name of spinach is Spinacia Oleracea, it belongs to the Amaranthaceae family and genus Spinacia. Spinach is said to have originated in Persia and then later spread to other countries and it is unknown how and when it was introduced to India but it is one of the most consumed greens here in India. We call it Palak in Hindi, Pasalai Keerai | Palak Keerai in Tamil, Palakura in Telugu, Vasala Cheera in Malayalam,  Basale Soppu in Kannada, Palak in Punjabi and Palang Sag in Bengali. Spinach Nutrition: 100 grams of spinach has around 23 calories, 3.6 grams carbohydrates, 2.9 grams protein, 2.2 grams of fiber and 0.4 grams fat. It is rich in vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 along with significant amounts of vitamin C, K and E. It is rich in minerals like manganese, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and sodium. There are many varieties of spinach and here in Tamil Nadu, the two common varieties are Kodi Pasalai (creeper) and Tharai Pasalai (one that grows in the ground).  Here in Tamil Nadu we mainly make masiyal or stir fry out it. Since I love spinach very much, I have tried many dishes and some have become family favorites and I have given all the recipes below. If we know how to cook with spinach, it is very easy to incorporate it into our daily diet. Spinach has many health benefits and medicinal uses, it is also cheap and easily available everywhere. Here are some of the medicinal uses of spinach: 1. Anti Cancer properties: Spinach is rich in flavonoids and studies have shown that consuming flavanoid rich foods reduces the risk of ovarian cancer. Foods high in beta carotene and vitamin A like spinach reduces the risk of breast cancer when consumed regularly. Consuming spinach also reduces the risk of prostate and colon cancer too. 2. For Alzheimer: Diets rich in antioxidants, polyphenolic compounds, flavonoids and vitamins are essential for healthy brain and nuerocognitive function. Our humble spinach is rich in all the above mentioned nutrients making it an effective anti Alzheimer plant. Regular consumption of spinach will also reduce age related diseases greatly, you can read the study that proves it here. 3. Antioxidant & Anti inflammatory Properties: Now medical practitioners warn us regularly that most of the modern day diseases we are facing are due to stress. There has to be a balance between free radicals and antioxidants in our body else it will lead to a condition called oxidative stress. The only way to prevent oxidative stress is to eat antioxidant rich foods like spinach. Spinach has wonderful anti inflammatory properties too, it is a wonderful ingredient to have while we suffer from any inflammation. 4. For Reducing Blood Pressure: Increase intake of nitrate rich food increases circulating nitrite and nitric oxide which results in reduction in blood pressure. Green leafy vegetables like spinach are rich in nitrate and will lower blood pressure if consumed regularly. You can read the research that supports this claim here. 5. For Treating Ulcer: Spinach juice is very good for wound healing especially ulcers of the stomach. Most times when we are on antibiotics, we usually end up with stomach ulcers. Next time you are on antibiotics, try consuming spinach juice, it will greatly prevent stomach ulcers. You can read the study that proves it here. 6. For Eye Health: Spinach is rich in antioxidants that protect the eyes especially lutein. Lutein prevents age related macular degeneration of the eyes and spinach contains plenty of it. When I was young whenever I used to refuse to eat spinach I will always be advised that I will have a sharp eye sight if I consume spinach and how right my elders were! 7. For Bone Health: Spinach is a good source of vitamin K which is essential for the healthy bones. It is especially useful for us women, consuming leafy greens like spinach regularly will ensure that we maintain our bone mass and to a great extent will prevent osteoporosis. 8. For Treating Anemia: 100 grams of spinach have 2.71 mg of iron, almost 21 % of the recommended daily recommendation of iron for adults. However raw spinach contains iron inhibiting substance called oxalic acid so it is best to consume cooked spinach for treating anemia. If you are consuming raw spinach juice, I would suggest taking it along with iron absorption enhancers like amla or orange. 9. For Hair: I have been always advised from my young age to consume spinach so I could have thick hair. Spinach is rich in vitamin B, C, E, magnesium, iron, calcium and omega 3 fatty acid all very essential for promoting hair growth. 10. For Skin: Spinach is rich in antioxidants and consuming spinach regularly will greatly prevent free radicals which is the main cause for premature skin ageing. Since spinach is rich in vitamins especially vitamin A and vitamin C, it helps improve the skin tone and also helps in skin repair. Spinach can also be given to babies and since it low in calories and rich in nutrients can be included weight loss and body building diet too. SIDE EFFECTS OF SPINACH: Like mentioned before consuming raw spinach will hinder iron absorption. Also don't over consume spinach, it will lead to gas and bloating. Spinach is rich in purines and if you are suffering from gout and kidney stones avoid consuming spinach in large quantities. If you are taking anticoagulant medications, spinach might interfere with it....


Wednesday, 25 January 2017

5 Top Medicinal Uses Of Jujube Fruit | Ber Fruit (Elantha Pazham)


 

Jujube fruit also called as Indian Dates, Chinese dates, Red Dates, Korean Dates is not a very common fruit sold in shops here in India but it is easily available if you look for it. It's botanical name is Ziziphus Jujuba and belongs to the Buckthorn family. There is a jujube tree in my parent's farm that produces ample fruits that are beautiful red color. Jujube fruit is popularly called Elantha Pazham | Elantha Palam in Tamil, Regi Pandu in Telugu, Baer in Urdu, Ber in Sindhi, Elantha pazham in Malayalam, Yelchi Hannu in Kannada, Kul in Bengali, Ber in Hindi, Bor in Gujarati and Marathi. I have very very fond childhood memories with jujube fruit. Here in Tamil Nadu, we make a wonderful sweet called Elantha Vadai with it. You will rarely find a person who does not love and cherish elantha vadai here in Tamil Nadu, I completely adore it. When I was little, we were not allowed to buy elantha vadai from the shops at all because usually most of the fruits have small worms and it has to be cleaned properly. My mom felt that store bought elantha vadai from local shops will not be cleaned properly of the worms. In our village we have only one small shop and it used to (even now it does) stock elanth vadai in small packets regularly. I was so fond of ilanthai vadai that I used to save my pocket money for sneaking to buy those packets without knowing to my parents. Once my mom found out that I was regularly buying elantha vadai from the shops, she started making them at home and I have to tell you elantha vadai made at home tastes divine and of course has wonderful health benefits. Jujube Nutrition: Jujube is rich in many nutrients, 100 grams around 79 calories, 0.2 grams of fat, 1.2 grams of protein and 20 grams of carbohydrates. It is especially rich in vitamin C, iron, calcium, vitamin B6 and magnesium. Here are the medicinal uses of jujube fruit: 1. Anti Cancer Properties: Can you believe this small fruits have amazing anti cancer properties! I love this amazing fruit mainly for it's taste but I love it even more now after getting to know how effective it is as an anti cancer food. Jujube fruits have bioactive compounds which has been clinically proven to have anti cancer properties and is being researched widely now. You can read the anti cancer properties here. 2. Prevents Neuro Toxicity: Diabetic neuropathy is a type of nervous damage that can occur for diabetic people. Diabetic neuropathy mainly affects nerves of the legs and feet causing intense pain. This amazing fruit has a protective effect and water extract prevents diabetic neuropathy, you can read the study that proves this claim here. 3. Anti Obesity: Jujube fruits also have noticeable anti obesity properties and it has been proven to have positive effect on serum lipid profile. Also this fruit is also well tolerated by most people, you can read the study that supports this claim here. 4. Antioxidant: This wonder fruit is very rich in antioxidants and thus greatly help protect us from free radicals which is the major reason premature ageing. Since it is so rich in antioxidants regular consumption will improve immunity. So happy to know consuming elantha vadai is so good :). 5. For Pediatric Infectious Diseases: Jujube fruits have wonderful anti microbial properties and has been clinically proven to help prevent infections in children. It is especially useful in children who are under going chemotherapy, as they have very low immunity who are under going chemotherapy and are susceptible to infections. It amazed me how a simple unassuming fruit can save so many young innocent children who are already going through very difficult time with cancer treatments from falling ill. You can read the study that proves it here. Along with the above said medicinal uses, jujube fruit also treats constipation, reduces anxiety and improves digestion. Here in our place we mainly consume the fruit in the form of elantha vadai but in some countries jujube tea is famous, it is made by boiling the dried jujube fruit along with spices like ginger and cardamom. Jujube honey is an other famous preparation done in certain parts of the world. I have given the recipe for making elantha vadai | regi vadiyalu at home below. Jujube Side Effects: Jujube fruit has anti fertility properties and so I would suggest not consuming jujube fruit in excess when trying to conceive. I was having this fruit in moderation during pregnancy and would advice the same too...


Wednesday, 18 January 2017

10 Top Medicinal Uses & Side Effects Of Sage (Salvia Officinalis) | Salvia

 

Sage is a wonderful herb that has been used from ancient times and it has been used in both cooking and as a medicine. Sage has positive effect on our nervous system and has been used traditionally to improve memory and externally it is used to treat ulcer and wounds. Sage tea made by steeping the leaves in hot water is very popular throughout the world and has wonderful health benefits. The botanical name of sage is Salvia Officinalis, the word salvia means to be saved in Latin and even the botanical name shows how effectively it was used as a medicine from ancient times. It belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae) like most other famous herbs like rosemary, thyme and oregano. The plant grows about 2 feet tall and the flowers are either lavender, pink, purple or white colored and have a pleasant smell. The leaves are greyish green colored, the whole plant has a unique and strong smell due to the presence of volatile oils. Sage is called Common Sage, Culinary Sage and Garden Sage in English, Sefakuss | Salvia in Hindi, Bui Tulasi in Bengali, Dharba in Telugu, Sathi in Punjabi, Kamarkas in Marathi, Salvi Tulasi in Malayalam and Salvi Tulsi in Tamil (I am not 100 % sure of the Indian names for sage). As a person who loves herbs, I am always on the look out for trying new herbs and a year or so back, the department store I regularly visit in my nearby city started selling fresh sage leaves regularly. Since I was already aware of the benefits of sage tea, I regularly started buying the sage leaves for making the tea. I have to tell you that fresh sage tea is wonderfully calming and if you are under a lot of stress, I would highly recommend it. Nutritional benefits: Sage is rich in vitamins like folates, niacin, vitamin A, C, E, K and riboflavin. It is also rich in minerals like calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and zinc. It also contains phytonutrients like carotenes. The volatile oil distilled from sage is called sage essential oil, it also has all the benefits mentioned below. Here are some of the wonderful medicinal uses of sage: 1. Anti Inflammatory Properties: Sage has wonderful anti inflammatory properties and has been especially used for treating inflammations of the throat if used in the form of gargle. Sage tea if used as a gargle is very effective for treating throat inflammations. You can read about the anti inflammatory properties here. 2. Sage For Memory: Another wonderful use of sage is it's ability to increase brain function and memory. Regular intake of sage tea helps improve memory greatly, you can read the research that supports this claim here. 3. Sage For Reducing Hot Flushes in Menopausal Women: Sage has been used as a remedy for hot flushes for a long time and this traditional remedy has been backed by research and you can read the research here. Though sage tincture was used in the research, sage tea also gives the same benefits. 4. Sage For Hair: Sage is amazing for hair, it stimulates new hair growth, prevents premature greying and makes the hair more manageable. I love to use sage extract in my homemade shampoo. You can find the recipe for it below. 5. Sage For Diabetes: Sage tea is a wonderful remedy for people who are at higher risk of getting type 2 diabetes mellitus. Regularly consuming sage for a period of 2 weeks lowered the risk of getting type 2 diabetes greatly as it helps lower the plasma glucose, you can read the study here. 6. Sage For Improving Our Mood: Drinking a cup of sage tea relaxes us and improves our mood greatly and I can guarantee that it does. It reduces anxiety and stress greatly, if you are under a lot of stress try a cup of sage tea for a few days. 7. Sage For Dental plaque: Since sage has anti bacterial properties, if used as a mouth wash treats and prevents dental plaque so very effectively. Next time you make sage tea, reserve some for gargling before adding any sweeteners, such a cheap and effective remedy for preventing dental plaque! You can read the study that proves this claim here. 8. Antioxidant Properties: Sage has wonderful antioxidant properties and drinking a cup of a wonderfully fragrant sage tea will prevent diseases caused due to oxidative stress like neuro degenerative disorders, cancer, etc. 9. Sage For Sweating: Since it has anti bacterial properties, sage extract when used in deodorant formulations work really well in eliminating bacteria and it also greatly reduces excessive sweating. Next time you make any homemade deodorant, try adding sage extract to it to improve the efficiency. You can read the study that supports this claim here. 10. Sage For Skin: Sage is wonderful for using in skin care too, sage tea can be used as a toner. For a simple homemade toner, mix sage tea with apple cider vinegar. Since sage has anti inflammatory properties, it will reduce puffiness and acne very effectively. Sage infused oil has amazing healing properties and can heal scars if used on a regular basis. All you have to do to make sage infused oil is to bruise the leaves and add it to a pure unrefined carrier and heat it under direct sunlight until the oil is infused with sage. Side Effects: Sage should not be consumed in large doses, sage contains a toxic substance called thujone and if taken in large quantities can cause bad side effects. Though there is no clinical study to prove it, sage is said to reduce breast milk due to thujone present in it so it is best to practice caution and not consume sage tea in large doses regularly when feeding and while pregnant. Also it might interfere with certain medications and if you are on certain medications and planning on taking sage tea daily, please mention it to your physician. Where to Buy Sage Leaves? Some departmental stores in big cities stock fresh sage leaves, please ask for it in the herb section. Dried sage is easily available everywhere, you also get sage tablets, sage tincture and sage tea bags too....

 

Sunday, 8 January 2017

10 Top Medicinal Uses & Nutrition Of Amaranth (Rajgira) | Thotakura For Health, Hair & Weight Loss


 

Amaranth is one of the oldest grains in the world, and it is a must know grain not only because it is ancient but because it offers a lot of health benefits. Amaranth is actually a pseudo grain that means though it has all the nutrients like a grain, it is actually a seed of amaranth plant. Amaranth was cultivated by aztecs who lived from 14th to 16th centuries and it made up of 80 % of their diet. Amaranth was not only their staple diet, they also used it in religious ceremonies. The word Amaranth refers to all the plants belonging to the genus Amaranthus that has around 70 species. We call amaranth plant Chaulai in Hindi and the seeds are called Rajgira | Ramdana in Hindi and Marathi, Rajgaro in Gujarati, Mulai Keerai (plant name) in Tamil (if it matures, it is called Thandu Keerai) and the amaranth seeds are called Keerai Vithai in Tamil. Amranth Leaves are called Thotakura in Telugu and the seeds are called Thotakura Ginjalu, Cheera in Malayalam (plant name), and Harive in Kannada (plant name). Here at home, we make a stir fry and mash with the leaves and stem of the plant. Lately, I have started using amaranth seeds in my cooking and I have gotten really creative with it and so far, I have tried amaranth bars, amaranth pudding and a stir fry. I first came across amaranth seeds a few months back attractively packed in my local super market. When I looked at the nutritional information at the back of the pack, I was very much impressed. I immediately bought a pack for cooking it at home, though I struggled to cook it perfectly (especially popping the seeds without burning) in the beginning, over time I learnt to cook it perfectly. I also did a lot of research about the health benefits and medicinal uses of this wonderful seed. Nutritional value: 100 grams of amaranth seeds contain around 367 calories, 66 grams carbohydrates, 13.44 grams of protein, 5.3 grams fat, 4 grams of fiber and 303 mg of calcium. It is rich in minerals like manganese, phosphorus, iron, copper, magnesium, selenium, potassium, sodium and zinc. It is also rich vitamin B6, B9, B2, B3, Vitamin E and thiamine. Amaranth Health Benefits & Medicinal Uses: 1. High Protein: The first thing I noticed when I read the label at the back of the pack is it's high protein content, 100 grams contain astonishingly almost 14 grams of protein! Especially for people who are on a vegan diet, consuming amaranth will greatly help meet their daily protein requirements easily. 2. Lowers Cholesterol: Amaranth has wonderful cholesterol lowering properties. Amaranth has been proven to reduce LDL cholesterol significantly, you can read the study that proves it here. Any food that is rich in fiber helps lower cholesterol, fiber binds with the cholesterol and helps excrete it naturally. 100 grams of amaranth has around 4 grams of fiber, people with high cholesterol levels can include amaranth in their diet regularly. 3. Good For Diabetes: Any food that keeps the blood sugar levels stable is very good for diabetes and amaranth does just that. Also amaranth is rich in manganese and diabetics usually tend to have low amount of manganese, so amaranth is a wonderful ingredient for diabetic patients to include in their diet. 4. Amaranth Antioxidant Properties: Amaranth has both anti oxidant and anti inflammatory properties making it a miracle grain. Consuming amaranth regularly will keep us in peak health. 5. Amaranth For Weight Loss: Amaranth keeps us full for long periods of time and is a perfect weight loss food. The last time I had a bowl of amaranth pudding, I didn't feel hungry at all for a very long time. 100 grams of amaranth has around 367 calories but it will be hard to consume even 50 grams at a time as it fill us up so quickly in addition to keeping us fuller for longer periods of time. 6. Amaranth For Bone Health: Amaranth is rich in calcium, 100 grams of amaranth has around 303 mg of calcium! Since calcium is very crucial for bone health, consuming amaranth regularly will help us have strong bones. 7. Amaranth is Gluten Free: Amaranth is gluten free and for people who are allergic to gluten, amaranth is a wonderful choice to include in the daily diet. 8. Amaranth For Hair & Skin: Amaranth is rich in vitamin, minerals and proteins making it a perfect skin and hair food. Amaranth especially contains lysine which is essential for hair growth. 9. Amaranth During Fasting & Pregnancy: Traditionally in India, amaranth is had during fasting in the form of roti. As it is gluten free, high in protein and nutrients, it will keep one from getting tired during the fast. Amranth is also rich in iron that is why pregnant women are advised to include amaranth in their diet. Amaranth also can be included in children's diet regularly 10. Amaranth Greens: Like the seeds, the amaranth leaves also have wonderful nutritive value. It is rich in calcium, beta carotene, magnesium, potassium, folate, vitamin B, K and C. Amaranth leaf is a wonderful body coolant too. Where To Buy Amaranth Seeds? Amaranth is sold in all the departmental stores, 500 grams costs approximately around 150 rupees. Amaranth greens can be got easily from local shops that sell greens. We also get amaranth flour | rajgira atta but it is not commonly available here in South India. If you want to to make amaranth flour at home, dry the seeds for an hour or two in hot sunlight and grind in an dry mixer jar to get fine powder. Amaranth Recipes | Rajgira Recipes: Traditionally here in India, rajgira is used to make ladoos (using the same method for bars but instead of chocolate using jaggery syrup), rajgira kheer, roti (a mixture of rajgira flour and boiled potato), chikki, puri and rajgira sheera | halwa. Along with the traditional recipes using either popped amaranth, cooked amaranth and amaranth flour, try the recipes I have given below too....


Saturday, 31 December 2016

10 Top Patti Vaithiyam Weight Loss Tips From Tamil Nadu

 

A few dear readers of wildturmeric blog were asking me effective and natural tips for weight loss and I wanted to share the weight loss advice that I have been getting from my elders from my young age. I know many of you would be wondering about the title, the word patti vaithiyam is a Tamil word for grandmas remedy and patti vaithiyam for weight loss means grandmas tips for weight loss. These tips truly are advise that I have been hearing from my grandmothers from my young age and so I wanted to name it so. Few years before my grandma passed away, I was reading out loud a column written by a famous nutritionist regarding weight loss to my grandma. After hearing it for some time, my grandma slowly shook her head and said unbelievably,"But these are advise every elders in the family normally give!". Yes it was, almost every weight loss tip the nutritionist gave were the ones that I have been hearing from my grandmother all my life. Nowadays we see attractive advertisements like "Lose 10 kg in 2 months with no exercise". When we lose more than 1/2 to a kilo a week, all we are losing is precious muscle especially if we don't exercise. As a person who loves herbs, I can confidently say that there is no herb that will magically melt the fat away. Yes, some herbs do help improve metabolism and thereby aid weight loss but only if accompanied by healthy diet and regular exercise. That is why many people get disappointed when they go on these unrealistic programs. Please be very very careful and research well before following any diet especially ones that are too restrictive and ones that uses ingredients that you are not used to. Also be wary of consuming large quantities of only certain ingredients which is popularly promoted for drastic weight loss nowadays. Drastic weight loss will cause more harm than good, you will be left with sagging skin, excess body fat and low body muscle. You will never hear such quick fixes if you listened to the advise of our elders. Their advise for attaining healthy weight has stood the test of time and will never harm us. Though you will not see drastic weight loss immediately, you will see results over time and the results will be permanent. Also weight loss is effortless when we follow these timeless advises and in my humble opinion, weight loss should happen naturally and effortlessly without us losing our sleep for it. These tips will not only aid weight loss, it will also improve our health greatly......


Monday, 26 December 2016

5 Top Medicinal Uses Of Babool (Babul) | Acacia Arabica (Kikar Tree) | Karuvela Maram

 

 

In Tamil Nadu Babool | Babul | Kikar | Karuvelam tree is very common and especially you will find babul tree very commonly in almost all the villages. The tree is native to Africa, Middle East and India and grows wild. The botanical name of babul tree is called Vachellia Nilotica (formerly Acacia Nilotica | Acacia Arabica). The tree belongs to the genus Vachellia and since it is found in plenty along the Nile river, it was given the species name of Nilotica. The tree grows to a height of 15 to 20 meters and has thorns on it's branches and produces yellow flowers with spherical heads, has dark bark and long constricted pods that almost look like a necklace. The tree yields a gum called Gum Arabic  and so it is also popularly called Gum Arabic tree in English, some other common English names for it are Egyptian Thorn tree, Prickly Acacia and Sant Tree. It is very popularly called Karuvela Maram in Tamil, Karuvolam in Malayalam, Babul | Kikar | Babool | Keekar in Hindi, Nalla Tumma in Telugu, Babla in Bengali, Baval in Gujarati, Gobli Mara in Kannada, Babhul in Marathi. Babul tree has been used for medicinal purposes from ancient times. The leaves, bark, seeds and the gum are used for medicinal purposes and here in India babul is well known for it's amazing use in treating gum problems. Chemical Constituents : Leaves and flowers contain tannin, bark contain tannin and other polyphenolic compounds, fruits contain gallic acid. Babul Tree Medicinal Properties: Anti Fungal & Anti Viral Properties: Babul has wonderful anti viral and anti fungal properties. Both the methanolic and water extract showed strong anti fungal and anti viral properties.  Anti Diarrhoeal Properties: Traditionally the bark extract of the plant is used for treating diarrhea and it has been proven through clinical research. Both chloroform and ethanolic bark extracts inhibits Escherichia Coli very effectively. Antioxidant Properties: Babul tree is rich in polyphenols which are known to exhibit strong antioxidant properties and can help prevent diseases caused due to oxidative stress. Anti Bacterial & Anti Malarial Properties: Babul tree has been clinically proven to have antibacterial properties especially against 3 of the common ones (Escherichia Coli, Staphylococcus Aureus and Salmonella Typhi). The root extract showed effective anti malarial properties. Analgesic, Anthelmintic & Anti-inflammatory Properties: Babul tree has wonderful pain relieving, inflammation reducing and parasite expelling properties. In addition, it has anti spasmodic, anti mutagenic, anti plasmodial, anti hypertensive, anti diabetic and very interestingly it also has galactagogue properties (increases breast milk). Side Effects: Babul has abortifacient and anti fertility properties (you can find the study that proves it here) so pregnant women should never consume babul extracts. Also since it has anti diabetic properties, diabetic patients should be cautious as it will lower blood sugar levels.....