Saturday, 19 July 2014

7 Top Health Benefits of Sabja Seeds| Basil Seeds| Tukmaria Seeds| Falooda Seeds for Weight Loss, Skin & Hair

 

Theses wonderful tiny black seeds called Sabja Seeds Sabza Seeds, Tukmaria Seeds, Tulsi Seeds and Falooda Seeds in Hindi and Basil seeds, Sweet Basil Seeds and Thai Basil Seeds in English have wonderful health benefits, nutritional value and medicinal uses. Sabja seeds closely resemble chia seeds and are a wonderful store house of nutrients and minerals. Many think sabja seeds are the seeds of holy basil plant | tulsi plant and that is why it is also called as tulsi seeds in many places but it is not. Sabja seeds are the seeds of a wonderfully fragrant plant called Sweet Basil Plant or Thai Basil Plant or Thiruneetru Pachai herb whose botanical name is Ocimum Basilicum. Sabja seeds are called Thiruneetru Patchai Vithai or Sabja Vithai in Tamil, Sabja Ginjalu in Telugu, Baburi in Punjabi, Kama Kasturi in Kannada, Hazbo in Kasmiri, Basilien Kraut in German, Basilic Cultiv in French, Tulasa Biyane in Marathi and Tulasi Bija in Bengali. Sabja Seeds | Basil Seeds Nutrition: 1 gram of sabja seeds contain 4.6 calories, . 4 grams carbohydrates, .2 grams fat and .19 grams of protein and it also rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, omega 3 fatty acids, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium. Sabja swells to twice it's size when soaked in water and I usually soak the seeds in hot water for about 10 minutes and then strain the water. Sabja seeds also has a bland taste which is another plus as you can add it to many dishes. Sabja seeds recipes: Sabja seeds blends well with any drink as it is very bland, it can be added sherbets, as a topping for ice creams, milk shakes, all flavored faloodas and even lemonade . My favorite all time recipe with sabja seeds is jigirthanda. If there is one drink I am crazy about, it is Jigirthanda. It is a sweet drink made with condensed milk, rose petal jam, ice and loads of sabja seeds. There is a street vendor near my sister's place, who makes heavenly jigirthanda. Though I have tasted it in so many places, he is one of  the best. I think it has to do with the best homemade ingredients that he uses. Nowadays my sister teases me that I visit her only for eating jigirthanda. I like this drink mainly because of the sabja | tukmaria| basil seeds |sweet basil seeds | falooda seeds in them and each time I will ask for extra sabja seeds in the drink. You can also easily make basil seed drink at home, here is an easy recipe for basil seed drink that I make at home often: Add soaked basil seeds to chilled milk along with little rose syrup and rose petal jam to make an easy and healthy drink. Basil seeds drink benefits: This drink is very filling, very tasty and has wonderful health benefits. Give this milk to children often to increase their immunity. This drink is full of antioxidants, has a soothing effect on the stomach and is very filling. Where to buy sabja seeds? sabja seeds are found in every departmental store in India as it one of the most important ingredients for making falooda. But you can also buy it online too but it might be more expensive when you buy sabja seeds online. Usually 100 grams of sabja seeds costs around 45 rupees whereas 100 grams of chia seeds cost around 180 rupees! Both have almost similar nutrient content with some differences in their protein and fat content (chia seeds have more fat content). If you live in India I would suggest using sabja seeds instead of chia seeds as it is way cheaper. How to use sabja seeds? To use, take the sabja seeds in a cup and pour boiling hot water till the seeds are completely immersed. Let it soak for 15 minutes. After 15 to 20 minutes, the sabja seeds would have soaked up the water and would have swollen up to twice it's size. Strain the left over water and now the sabja seeds can be added to any dessert or drink. How to store sabja seeds? Sabja seeds store really well and lasts for months together, I store in an airtight bottle in my pantry. Sabja Seeds Side Effects: I have been consuming basil seeds regularly and I haven't experienced any side effects but like with any food don't over consume sabja seeds. Also be careful about giving sabja seeds to young children as they might choke on them. Sabja seeds are said to lower the estrogen levels but I couldn't find any research supporting this claim....

 

7 Amazing health benefits & medicinal uses of sabja| tukmaria| sweet basil seeds | basil seeds for hair, skin & weight loss

1. Sabja seeds for weight loss:

                       Though there is no scientific research to prove that tukmaria/ sweet basil seeds aids in weight loss, whenever I consume sabja seeds it keeps me full. I don't feel hunger at all for a long time as the sabja seeds are full of fiber. If you are looking for foods to include in your weight loss plan, sabja seeds will be a great addition.

2. Sabja seeds for body heat:

                        Usually sabja seeds are consumed during the summer time as it is one of the best body coolant. This is also one of the reasons that street vendors who sell sabja seeds based dishes close their shops during the winter time and reopen it only during the next summer. The addition of rose petal jam along with sabja seeds also help to cool the body. Usually I will be waiting for summer to consume my favorite drink...

3. Sabja seeds for diabetes:

                              Sabja seeds are said to be very effective for people with type 2 diabetes as sabja seeds help regulate blood sugar. If you are diabetic and want to consume sabja seeds, after soaking it in water, mix it with plain cold milk and add a few drops of pure vanilla. You have a wonderful healthy drink minus the sugar. You can also add it to other non dairy milk like almond milk or soy milk too.

4.  Sabja seeds for constipation:

                                If you suffer from constipation, then adding sabja seeds to your diet will help you with the problem. If you are suffering from constipation, take the sabja seeds along with milk before bed, like I mentioned before. Try taking it regularly for few days to see results.

5. Sabja seeds for acidity:

                           Sabja seeds has soothing effect on the stomach. If you suffer from stomach burn or acidity, a cup of this sabja milk will do wonders. Substitute it for your cola and coffee for a few days and you will notice a nice difference. Try to take it along with the rose petal jam, as even rose petal jam helps in treating stomach burn.

6. Sabja seeds for skin:

                           Sabja seeds when mixed together with coconut oil is very effective for treating skin related problems. To make the oil, first crush the seeds without soaking it in water. Heat coconut oil in a pan and add the seeds and remove from flame. Strain and use for eczema, psoriasis and other skin related problems.

7. For healthy skin & hair:

                   Sabja seeds are very high in vitamins, especially vitamin k and keeps our skin and hair in peak health. It is also very high in protein and iron . A small cup of this sabja seeds will almost satisfy your daily requirement of iron and protein. These seeds also store well. 
                      

260 comments:

  1. very informative

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  2. I've been a lover of saabja seeds but was unaware of its nutrient qualities very helpful.

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  3. How long after soaking cab they stay well ? Also what's the recommended daily consumption pre soak

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    1. I usually use the soaked sabja seeds on the same day but I think they should stay well for 2 to 3 days in the fridge. I usually use around 2 tsp of sabja seeds (pre soak) per day and I have been using it for years with good results...

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    2. hi.... suffer from acidity problem..can i consume this daily???and i couldn't understand the daily dosage properly.....



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    3. You can consume sabja seeds daily till you get good relief. But try to stay from all irritant like colas, coffee, tea, spicy and oily food for some time. I use to take it daily before because I use to love it with homemade rose milk. 1 to 2 tsp of sabja seeds for a cup of milk will be enough. Start with 1 tsp and then if you like it you can increase the quantity. When it gets soaked the quantity will triple...

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    4. After soaking u can put the seeds in fridge. You can eat two tablespoon once a day

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  4. Can this seeds helps to increase the height ?? If then how to consume it?

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    1. I am sorry, I haven't heard of using sabja seeds for increasing the height....

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  5. Hi i am suffering frm gas problem frm last two month, so how much quantity of pre soak sabza seeds shall i take with water in morning with empty stomach?

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    1. Though sabja seeds are very soothing on the stomach, the best remedy for long term gastritis is oma water. We have been using oma water for many years in our village to treat gastritis so please give it a try. You can find the method of making it in the blog....

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    2. Hi Ramya, can these seeds remedy irretable bowel syndrome?
      Best regards/

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    3. Basil seeds | sabja seeds especially when had along with gulkand and milk is a very good remedy for irritable bowel syndrome. It has a soothing effect on the stomach...

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  6. does it treat psoriasis

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    1. Sabja seeds does treat mild form of psoriasis. Mix the crushed sabja seeds in unrefined coconut oil and apply on the affected area continuously to see good results.....

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  7. will basil seed prevent you from getting pregnant?

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    1. Hi, It is best to avoid basil seeds when trying to get pregnant....

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  8. What is the daily recommended intake of Tukmaria seeds for weight loss? and suitable timings like morning or night before going to bed or after waking up?

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    1. Tukmaria seeds really keeps you fuller for longer periods of time. Try it as an in between meal snack when you are hungry, it will prevent overeating during meal times. There is no restriction to how much basil seeds can be consumed in a day, but start with 2 teaspoons of sabja seeds a day....

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  9. does it prevents hairfall..and is that help full for regrowth of hair

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    1. Sabja seeds are full of vitamins and proteins and regular consumption will prevent hair fall due to protein deficiency....

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  10. Which time should we take? Morning or evening or night

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    1. You can take sabja seeds any time you want.....

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  11. Sabja seeds help a lot in remedy of savior mouth ulcers,

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  12. Thanks for the post. I have a query. To have it in Milk do we have to still soak The seeds in water? And then add the swollen seeds to milk? Or do we have to add the unsoaked seeds to cold milk?
    Thanks

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    1. Soak the seeds in boiling water (to speed up the process) for 5 to 10 minutes, drain the water and then add the swollen seeds to the cold milk....

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    2. Thanks for the valuable post. Does Sabja seeds increase semen quantity & quality ?

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    3. As far as I know, only holy basil or tulsi have an effect on the sperm count not sabja seeds......

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    4. I'm on a low protein diet so would it be okay to have 1 tsp of sabja with water daily?

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    5. You can have sabja seeds daily. 1 gram of sabja seeds have around .19 gram of protein, you can calculate the amount of sabja seeds you want to have accordingly...

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  13. cant i have the sabja seeds along with the soaked water? how i have to use it for weight loss? i am actually soaking it the previous night and having it in the morning on empty stomach along with that water. is this fine?

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    1. Hi, you can have it with the soaked water and what you are doing is fine. It is great tool for weight loss because it keeps u full for a longer period of time at the same time providing nutrients. But sabja seeds alone will not aid in weight loss, it has to be combined with exercise and a good diet...............

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  14. Will sabja seeds prevent from getting pregnent

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    1. Only holy basil seeds is said to prevent pregnancy, as far as I know sweet basil seeds does not have any effect on pregnancy....

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  15. What is tamil name for sabja seeds?!

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    1. Sabja seeds are called sabja vithai in Tamil. In some shops it also sold as tulasi vithai, though in reality sabja seeds are thai holy basil seeds not our tulsi seeds....

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    2. We call Sabja plant as 'Thiruneer Patru Ilai' in tamil(Coimbatore). We use to do pooja with those leaves as it smells divine... And the seeds are 'Thiruneer patru vithai'. I have been using these seeds for reducing body heat and constipation and amazed to see the results:)

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    3. Thanks a lot for sharing the information...:)

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  16. what is the name of sabja seeds in malayalam

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    1. I think sweet basil is called called tirunetru in Malayalam, ask for it's seeds.....

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  17. Hello can these seeds increase grow of our skin

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    1. Holy basil seeds are very nutritious and if included in the diet often, they will improve the skin texture.....

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  18. Can i take these seeds during pregnancy?

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    1. You can take sweet basil seeds during pregnancy but have in moderation.....

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  19. am geeting hair fall heavily and am having these sabja seed water every day at night time but no result,is there another remedy for that

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    1. Hi Madhu,
      If you are getting unusually heavy hair fall, check your anemic levels. If you are anemic increase the iron content in your food by consuming a lot of greens like curry leaves, all type of keerais and dates daily in your diet. Along with eating healthy, try regular oil bath and hair masks to strengthen the hair roots and prevent dandruff which also might cause hair fall.....

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  20. Hello ,do I take sabja for weight loss. I am 22yrs but 75 KGS. It helpful to me using sabjaa. Wat the cost of sabjaa seeds .

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    1. I always like to eat sabja seeds by adding it to milk along with a bit rose syrup and a tsp of gulkand. You can add it to low fat milk and consume daily. Basil seeds keeps you fuller for long periods of time thus preventing snacking in between meals. Try exercising regularly, eating healthy and reducing your overall calorie intake along with consuming basil seeds to aid in faster weight loss. Sabja seeds are not very expensive, I think 100 gm costs around 40 to 50 rupees.........

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    2. Dear Mam,
      i have read once that if we cosume sabja seeds we can postpone periods. is it true? If so, from which day after the periods it should be consumed if my periods should get postponed atleast for a weak. And in what time i.e whether in the morning or evening it should be taken

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    3. I have no experience using sabja seeds for postponing periods so I don't know how effective it is. But from what I read, a tsp of sabja seeds soaked previous day night in water, if taken in the early morning postpones the periods. If you have a regular monthly cycle, start taking it before 2 days from the expected period date everyday morning continuously..............

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    4. Will it be a problem for people who have irregular periods to consume sabja?

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  21. How sabja seeds is to be used , can it be used with water only ,what it's called in telugu, how to prepare it pleasee guide

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    1. I think it is called sabja vittanalu in Telugu. I like to soak the sabja seeds and then take the soaked seeds and add it to milk along with gulkand, and rose syrup and have it chilled. Try it, it tastes delicious.....

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  22. Hi madam
    I have hypothyroidism.... can I use sabja for weight loss

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    1. As far as I know sabja seeds can be consumed by people with hyperthyroidism and you can use it in your weight loss diet. To be on the safer side please check with your doctor too...

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  23. tq mem good inf

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  24. hello mam, i have been facing severe hairfall due to fungus ..does sabja seeds help in anyway? can it be applied on the scalp?

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    1. No don't use sabja seeds on the scalp instead try applying a mixture of holy basil, neem and yogurt that is ground finely as a hair pack.....

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  25. Hi, just wanted to check whether we just have to drink the water in which the seeds are soaked,or we need to consume the seeds also.

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    1. Consume the seeds, the sabja seeds will fully absorb all the water and there will be barely any water left....

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  26. You have mentioned to take 1-2 teaspoon of sabja sead with milk for various purpose. Please let us know that the said quantity is of soaked or unsoaked sabja seed?
    Thanks and regards

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    1. The said quantity is for unsoaked sabja seeds...

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  27. If sweet basil seeds are called sabsa, what are the Holy basil seeds called??

    What is the local purchase name (Hindi) used in shops for holy basil seeds?

    And how do both seeds differ in property?

    Which is more effective?
    Recently a Taj Chef had recommended using only basil seeds instead of sabsa since they are cooler. Is it true?

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    1. Holy basil seeds are called tulsi seeds and in Tamil Nadu it is called Tulasi Vithai. They do differ in their properties like for instance, holy basil seeds should not be consumed be consumed by people who are trying to get pregnant whereas sabja are safe. Here in Tamil Nadu we rarely or never use holy basil seeds for consumption ( we use only the leaves for all the remedies) so I am not sure whether it is a body coolant or not.....

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  28. what is the name of sabja seeds in kannada?

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    1. I think sabja seeds are called kama kasturi in Kannada....

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    2. Yes it is Kama kasturi beeja...
      In oir tradition we are using its leaves also for pooja...

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  29. i like sabja these seeds are sweet

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  30. Hi,

    I wanted to know if it is true that Sabja can cause stones?? also is it okay to have 4 table spoons of sabja every day.

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    1. I couldn't find any research confirming that sabza seeds causes kidney stones, even we consume sabza frequently and none of us have any problems. Try not to consume more than 2 tablespoons a day. Though it is a great food, It is always best to practice moderation............

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  31. Hello..... you said earlier that consuming soaked basil seeds in morning helps is posponding periods. I have started consuming the soaked seeds for weight reduction, will it affect my monthly periods??

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    1. It is supposed to be effective only if it is taken in the empty stomach right before your period date. I consume basil seeds often (but never in the empty stomach) and it has never affected my periods date.....

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  32. can i eat sabza seeds for gastric mucosa,

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    1. Yes, you can eat sabza seeds for acidity....

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  33. Hi, I just wanted to know whether Sabja seed will reduce boby heat. And for how long should I need to take that seeds to decrease the body heat.

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    1. Hi, sabja seeds will reduce body heat, try to consume it for at least 2 to 3 days continuously....

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  34. Hi, will consuming sabja every day good. U have mentioned that it may postpone periods. So how far girls is it safe for girls to take it daily for weight loss without affecting periods

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    1. Sabja seeds are said to postpone periods only if you have it in the empty stomach right before your period date (I don't have any personal experience with it). It is very safe to take it daily. I have been taking sabja seeds regularly (I love to have it with milk in the evening) and I have never had any problems with my periods...

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  35. These are also called ''Marwa ke Beej'' in North India. Marwa (Sweet Basil) is a very common plant in North India along with Tulsi (Holy Basil). But on Internet, its famous name are sabja seed, tukmaria seed. Marwa leafs are also used in Chatni along with poodina leafs. This Chatni refreshes your body in summer days. This information is specially for north Indian because they are always confused about the identification of sabja seeds.

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  36. Very informative post Ramya..thank u ! Also appreciate ur patience and knowledge while answering all the queries.

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  37. it is so informative.
    but how to use it for hairs???
    my hairs are falling like anything

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    1. Sabja seeds are rich in all the nutrients and daily consumption will prevent deficiencies which in turn will prevent hair fall...

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  38. Excellent answers and document, thanks, Can I use during periods, I have heavy period, as I have too much acidity and ulcer,Pitta dosha. Will it reduce the period, pain, fatigue etc. during period time. So far my research on internet with various site, shows those with pitta dosha will have heavy periods, and I get every 25 days, which is very difficult. Appreciate your answer. God bless you for your service.
    Thanks,

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    1. Sabja seeds can be consumed during periods but to see positive results you should consume it regularly at least for a few days. Sabja seeds also have a soothing effect on the stomach and is very good for acidity and ulcer....

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  39. Thank u ramya! Really; hats off to ur patience fr answering all the queries. Does sabja provide any aid in pimples treatment?

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    1. Sabja seeds improves the overall skin condition as it is highly nutritious but to treat acne I would suggest applying turmeric and holy basil mixture (method in the blog) along with consuming sabja seeds...

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  40. thank u Ramya for the information
    how does it help for the people having psoriasis and people having diabetes
    and what is the dosage to be taken by the people having psoriasis and people having diabetes

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    1. Hi Lavanya, Sabja seeds keeps the blood sugar levels stable in diabetic patients and 2 tbsp of soaked sabja seeds will work well. Like mentioned in the post oil made with sabja seeds when used as an external application treats minor skin infections very well and for that 1/4 tsp of unsoaked sabja seeds heated with 1 tbsp of unrefined coconut oil will work well....

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  41. is sabja seeds(tukmaria) same as chia seeds ?

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    1. Though sabja seeds and chia seeds look alike and have many similarities they both are different....

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    2. But they so look the same! I actually thought they were the same thing. But is chia seeds better in terms of nutritional vaules? Thanks in advance for your help.

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  42. Is it the Rama Tulsi seeds ?

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    1. Sabja seed are not rama tulsi seeds, they are Thai holy basil seeds..

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  43. When I soaked Rama thulsi seeds, that also absorbed water and looks similar to the seeds which is there in Falooda.

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  44. Good info .. Thanks. Do we need to bite and eat the Sabja seeds or swallow to get the benefits.
    Can we grind before eating, I tried grinding the seeds, Katira gum with milk.
    3. Is Katira gum, badam pisin, kadal pasi all same..thanks for your reply..God bless you..

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    1. Sabja seeds are so slimy that you can't bite into it properly but no matter how you eat you will get the benefits of these wonderful seeds. All the three ingredients you mentioned are different from one another...

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  45. Thank you Ramya, can I grind the seeds and add to juice or milk, or should It not be ground

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  46. I used to soak the sabla seeds and plant it.

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  47. where shall i get these seeds ramya? is it bitter im diabetic. what is the dosage?im 61 yrs old

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    1. We get these seeds in all the departmental stores now. These seeds are not bitter in fact they don't have any taste at all. Usually a full tsp of the unsoaked sabja seeds will work well...

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  48. Hi Ramya,
    I took Sabja seed, badam . Will badam pisin activate the uterus and make the period come early?

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    1. Hi, I am sorry, I haven't heard of badam pisin consumption altering the period dates, it's only known as a body coolant...

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  49. should we chew of swallow sabja after soaked in water?

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    1. Sabja seeds are very slimy to properly bite into and can be swallowed as such...

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  50. Hi ramya my daughter is 3 months pregnant suffering from accute acidity can I give her sabja seed & how much in quantity

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    1. Hi, You can give her sabja seeds mixed with milk, 1 tsp of unsoaked seeds will work well. Also try including manathakkali soup in her diet (recipe in the blog), it will heal ulcers fast...

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  51. How to soak the seeds? Cold or hot water and for how long?

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    1. Soak the seeds in hot water. I usually pour boiling water on top of the seeds and then wait till it cools down....

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  52. What effect will it have on person with sinusitis? Any chances of agrevation? Please advice?

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    1. As far as I researched sabja seeds does not aggravate sinusitis, you can consume it safely....

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  53. Hello,
    How it is used in diabetes and constipation.
    pl suggest

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    1. Sabja seeds are high in fiber and it really helps people who are suffering from constipation, try to take soaked sabja seeds before bed time to treat the problem. Since it does not spike the blood sugar levels, it is very good for diabetic patients..

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  54. Do soaked tukmaria interfere or contradict with the working of chemotherapy drugs?

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    1. As far as I researched basil seeds | tukmaria does not interact with chemotherapy drugs but I would suggest confirming it with a medical professional to be double sure...

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  55. Hi ramya,
    How long i have to take this sabja seeds for hair growth ? and I have hair fall for the past one year...

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    1. Sabja seeds are very nutritious and combining it along with a traditional high protein diet will arrest hair fall within a month or two depending on the severity of the hair fall. I also would suggest applying hair packs and taking oil baths regularly..

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  56. Hi Ramya,
    does consuming water whole day boiled in cinnamon stick and cloves help educing belly fat?

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    1. Hi, I am sorry I have never come across a good home remedy that helps to reduce belly fat. Usually exercise and a good traditional diet will help reduce belly fat. Having said that consuming horse gram will help to get rid of fat faster (There is even a famous quote in Tamil about horse gram and body fat) especially if coupled with a good exercise regimen...

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  57. Hi. Do you know what is the difference between basil seed and chia seed?

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    1. Basil seeds swell faster than chia. Basil seeds have high amount of carbs and they are cheaper than chia seeds. Chia seeds have higher amount of fat and protein when compared to sabja....

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  58. should i ask for sabja or tulsi ke beej in store???

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  59. Hi Ramya,

    Is it advisable for girls who is not married to take sabja seeds regularly? it is a good coolant but postponing periods and hurdle in getting conceived aren't a major drawback? Pls suggest

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    1. Hi, I was taking sabja seeds regularly for few months (I love to have it with milk) and never noticed any difference in monthly cycle. Sabja seeds are said to postpone periods only if you have it in the empty stomach right before your period date (I don't have any personal experience with it and don't know whether it is true). Only holy basil is said to prevent pregnancy, sabja seeds are the seeds of sweet basil. Sabja seeds are full of nutrients and I would kindly suggest that you include it in your diet...

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  60. Hi, we in kashmir basil seeds use in the holy month of ramadan for breaking fast every day, it really keeps cool and helps in good digestion.

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  61. Does sabza seeds help in managing IBS, colitis and bloody diarehea ?
    Please suggest a dose if yes.

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    1. Hi, sabja seeds helps in IBS as I have personally experienced it, if I eat very spicy foods and then eat eat sabja seeds there will not be any irritation in the stomach at all. Sabja seeds will be useful for colitis too, soak 1 teaspoon sabja seeds in hot water for 10 minutes, drain and use. Though I haven't personally used, it is said to help diarrhea as well and you can use the same quantity for treating it too.

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  62. I usually drink 1 glasses of sabaj seed with water by add sugar 2spoontable (morning and night time daily). I want ask should I just drink one time a day for work best to loss weight? And You recommend I shouldn't add sugar or is fine?

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    1. Sabja seeds buy itself does not reduce fat, it just keeps us fuller for longer. So I would suggest that you work out the calories needed to lose weight and include sabja seeds in it for best results (consuming once is more than enough). It is best to avoid sugar as it is just empty calories...

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  63. Hii. Going throw Ivf. My body heat was increased because of medicine!p. Is subja is useful in this situvation? If yes how it consume?

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    1. Sabja seeds will help to reduce body heat. To consume, mix sabja seeds along with milk and gulkand and consume for a few days...

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  64. Hai Ramya..

    Pls advise me how to treat Dandruff & regrowth of hair using Sabja seeds.

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    1. Sabja seeds are very very nutritious, so consuming it regularly will prevent deficiencies which is the main reason for hair fall. For dandruff, try the fenugreek hair mask from the blog...

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  65. Hi i have acne marks on my face can u plz explain to me how to use it as a mask or paste thank u

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    1. Hi, you can crush the basil seeds and infuse it in coconut oil like mentioned in the post for applying externally. But I would suggest using turmeric and holy basil paste from the blog first, it is very very effective for acne. Then once you wash it off, pat dry and massage with the sabja infused oil....

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  66. hii thanks for the information....
    I wanted to know what's the difference betweensweet basil (sabza seeds) and basil seeds (tukh malanga seeds)?
    what are the different health benefits, and which one is more effective?

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    1. Hi Tukh malanga are the seeds of chia plant not basil plant. Though both chia and sabja seeds look the same, have amazing health benefits and swell up when soaked, they do have their differences. Sabja seeds have more carbohydrates and less fat than chia seeds and chia seeds have more of protein and regarding total caloric value, chia seeds are slightly more than sabja seeds.... In my opinion both are good and depending on individual requirements ( for eg, people with high protein requirements can choose chia) we can choose either one...

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  67. Ramya, very informative article. It's impressive how you go out of your way to reply to people's comments on this article even though it's from 2014. You can tell you're knowledgeable and dedicated to your blog.

    Ramya:

    1- you suggest 2 teaspoons of soaked tukmaria/sabja seeds per day? What's the maximum one should consume?

    2 - how about chia seeds, how many tsp or tbsp per day? I usually have 25 grams of soaked chia seeds at once, but I weigh them so I don't gorge on them.

    3 - For psoriaris, you mention 1/4 teaspoon of sabja seeds soaked, or is it in hot water, along with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil?

    4 - Unrelated to this, do you know teff flour, and what do you use it for?

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    1. Hi,
      1. Usually 1 to 2 tbsp of of basil seeds per day will be good. I usually take 1 tbsp of basil seeds at a time.
      2. For chia seeds 15 to 20 grams will be good as for some people it might cause gas and bloating if it exceeds this limit. It is because of the high amount of fiber in them.
      3. I have mentioned that the seeds should not be soaked in water :)
      4. We don't get teff flour easily in my place so I don't know much about it...

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  68. chia seed and subja seeds are same are they different?

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    1. Chia seeds and sabja seeds are different...

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  69. mam what do you call sabja seeds in hindi

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    1. Sabja is the Hindi name of sweet basil seeds...:)

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    2. Can we use sabja plant leaves for puja plz tell me

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    3. As far as I know sabja plant leaves are not used for pooja, only holy basil leaves are used...

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  70. Hi , Came across your blog by chance searching about a seed called CHIA and i am.Am actually from Mauritius but been living here in Spain for 40n years.Back home i used to drink this TUKMARIA seeds( what you called SABJA) , which my Grandma would prepare at week ends.My question is " Are TUKMARIA , CHIA SEEDS an SABJA the same thing"?Thanks for your time, Miss

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    1. Hi, tukmaria seeds | basil seeds | falooda seeds| sabja seeds all refer to the same thing. Chia seeds are different, though they look like sabja seeds and swell up like them they are different...

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  71. Hi :) thanks for sharing your experience .Is there anything tht can be used for Diabetes , cholesterol and hypertension?Thanks

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    1. Fenugreek tea and kalmegh can be used for diabetes (you can read about them in the blog). For hypertension try hibiscus tea and for cholesterol, all our traditional foods that are high in fiber and low in fat (for eg, horse gram) combined with good exercise regimen will help...

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  72. Hi, Ramya. I was told to buy tukmaria to cure vitiligo. I was instructed to soak 2 tablespoons in water over night. The next mornng I am to consume 1 tablespoon and put the other on the affected areas and let them dry in the early mornng sun. I wasn't told whether to take it on an empty stomach or not. Have you ever heard of tukmaria being used in this way? Have you heard of anything that could slow or cure vitiligo? I read all of your posts and have found alot of useful information, so even if you don't know the answer to my question, thank you for sharing.

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    1. I have not heard of sabja seeds being used for vitiligo. Babchi seeds (Psoralea Corylifolia) has been used traditionally for treating vitiligo, especially it is very effective when used in the early stages of vitiligo....

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    1. Basil seeds | Sabja seeds does not increase the blood sugar levels, in fact it helps to stabilize the blood sugar levels if had without sugar and is very good for diabetic patients...

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  74. This information is awesome . How can I grind tukmaria to put in soap for helping psoriasis .

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    1. Take the sabja seeds | tukmaria seeds in a mortar and pestle and grind coarsely to a powder and then add to your soap but I am not sure how effective it will be for psoriasis...

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  75. Consuming sabja seeds with water will heal pimples???

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    1. Though consuming basil seeds | sabja seeds is very good for the skin, I don't think consuming sabja seeds prevents pimples...

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    2. Can sabjanseeds consumed by ladies,who are planning for children?

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    3. Sabja seeds can be had by ladies who are trying for pregnancy but with like any food don't over consume sabja seeds...

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  76. Hi ramya, where is d shop serving this heavenly jigarthada ?? pls share

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  77. Hi Ramya
    Where is this heavenly jigardanda serving shop. pls share location details

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    1. It is a small road side shop called Mahaveer in Udumalpet :)

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  78. can i give these seeds to my 10 years old daughter ?????
    she is a bit over weight also.

    pls do reply as soon as you can.
    would be highly obliged .

    thanx alot in advance.

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  79. can i give these seeds to my 10 years old daughter ?????
    she is a bit over weight also.

    pls do reply as soon as you can.
    would be highly obliged .

    thanx alot in advance.

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    1. Sabja seeds can be given for your daughter. After soaking the sabja seeds in water, drain the water and mix the swollen seeds with grass fed organic whole milk and palm jaggery and give her. This is very nutritious and filling and usually will tide her over till the next meal without snacking in between.

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  80. i am taking treatment for baby. hence due to injections tablet increased the heat in my body. that's why i have 1 pimple on my stool and then release the blood like fistula. i don't know this is fistula or not. but i want t reduce the heat in my body.
    i am tiring to baby so please tell me can i eat sabja or not?

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    1. Hi Shweta, I could not find any evidence suggesting that the usage of basil seeds prevents fertility but I found one study after much research that proves that the leaves of sweet basil (ocimum basilicum)shows anti fertility properties, you can read about it here (copy and paste): https://www.researchgate.net/publication/257441296_Antifertility_Activity_of_Hydroalcoholic_Extract_of_Ocimum_Basilicum_Linn_Leaves_on_Female_Wistar_Rats.
      However I would suggest talking to your doctor about taking sabja seeds daily. I would also suggest taking oil bath weekly twice and include lot of buttermilk & palm fruit as these also reduce body heat very effectively....

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  81. Dear Ramya,
    One of my friend suggested me to take sabza every day to reduce prostrate to normal / prevent it from enlargement..
    Does it really help..?

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    1. I am very sorry I am not aware of this use of sabja seeds...

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  82. Hello Madam,
    Thank you for providing valuable info ..

    I have a querry.I heard that sabja seeds will prevent back pain ? Pls suggest me, is it really work out if I consume ,if yes suggest me how to use .

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    1. I am very sorry I am not aware of the use of sabja seeds for treating back pain...

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  83. pls help me....
    can i use it for my 10yrs old daughter???
    she is a bit over weight also....

    pls help & inform me its benefits also....
    thanx

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    1. Sabja seeds can be given for a 10 year old kid, it is rich in proteins and is very very filling. Just make sure not to overdose on sabja seeds for her as every ingredient has it's own side effects if taken in large doses...

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  84. I found seeds for consumption @ http://www.ebay.in/cln/sroy1914/my-seeds/271817719011

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  85. hi ramya very useful infor yaar. can u pls post how to prepare natural perfumes for young girls.
    pls tell me what is the tamil name for SABJA SEED

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    1. Sabja seeds are called sabja vithai in Tamil and posting about natural perfumes is in my to do list for a long time, I will try my best to post it as soon as I can...:)

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  86. Could you please let me know if sabja seed can be consumed for people with fatty liver or asthama ? Are there any side effects ? Does it have reactions with any specific medicines ?

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    1. I couldn't find any research that proves sabja | basil seeds are harmful for people suffering from asthma or fatty liver disease. I am also not sure whether basil seeds interact with certain medications...

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    2. Is it safe for people with gall stones to consume the sabja / tulsi seeds ?

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  87. Is there any limitation of intake Sabja seeds Per day?

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    1. Sabja seeds are usually well tolerated by most people and the common dosage is around 1 to 2 tbsp per day. I usually take around 1 tbsp of sabja seeds (not soaked) per day and when it swells up, it really is a lot. This amount works well for me, but I would suggest starting with 1/2 tbsp of sabja seeds and increase the amount gradually so your body gets used to it...

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  88. Hello Ramya..can you tell me how can i use sabja seeds to reduce weight.. thank you

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    1. Basil seeds | sabja seeds are rich in fiber so it curbs the appetite really well. Whenever I eat sabja seeds I feel fuller and satisfied for long time...

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  89. Hi madam
    At what time it is better to take? Mornings or evenings? And actually I am in diet and by taking these seeds should I gain weight?

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    1. You can consume sabja seeds any time of the day. Sabja seeds by itself does not make a person gain weight, try to increase the intake of nutritious but calorie dense foods...

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  90. Hie ramya ...can I use holy basil seeds in the place of sabja every morning for weight balance ...how well does it work for increase in weight

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    1. Hi Sowmya, I have only used sabja seeds not holy basil seeds. Also since holy basil has anti fertility properties I would suggest using the seeds after consulting an ayurvedic physician. Regarding losing or gaining weight, it is a matter of energy balance. Eat more calorie dense foods to gain weight....

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  91. Hie ramya can the sabja seeds consumed by people who have undergone surgery of tumour in uterus...if yes please guide the dosage accordingly..thank you

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    1. Hi, I am very sorry for the late reply. I couldn't find any side effects of consuming sabja seeds after undergoing surgery of tumor in the uterus. As far as I know you can consume sabja seeds safely. Usually 1 tbsp of unsoaked sabja seeds will be enough, but I would suggest starting with 1 tsp and then increasing it...

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  92. Hi Maam, Could you please confirm, if person can safely consume sabja seeds if they have gall stone ? I have heard from Dr. say to avoid some seeds for kidney/gall stone. Kindly let us know. thanks - your blog is very helpful.

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  93. Hello,
    I normally have sabja seeds at night, I swallow them dry & drink water over it. It is ok to have it like this instead of soaking them & having them after?

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  94. IM suffering from pimples how to help this basil seeds

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  95. Hi Madam
    is there a use of Basil seeds (Sabja) for the Piles (Bawasir)
    problem & how?

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  96. Hi madam,

    We are planning for children in couple of months. Is it fine to have these seeds? or better to avoid?

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  97. After reading all ur cmmnts I thought to write my problem here...wenever I m having these sweet basil seed I feel headache I dont knw y is thr ny thing wrong wd m

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