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Fighting Depression Made Easy Due to Ayurveda

 

Many people still have no idea that depression is not a low mood. It is not a sad feeling or a rough time, that one can just ‘get over it’. Depression is a serious illness that impacts both physical and mental health. Though the exact reason is still unknown, it can deduced that prolonged periods of difficulties are likely the cause of depression.

Women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression, and young adults aged 18–25 are 60% more likely to have depression than people aged 50 or older. Hence, taking medications can cause more harm than good. Most of the times, they only subdue the effect of such feelings instead of treating it. Also, there are many harmful side effects associated with Allopathic medicines for clinical depression.

That is why Ayurvedic Village suggests looking out for solutions which are safe. We bring you few simple Ayurvedic remedies that have natural healing abilities.

  1. Ever heard of the saying, “The early bird gets the worm”? Well, if you are feeling down, it is best advisable to wake up at the crack of the dawn. The first rays of sunrise contain ultraviolet rays that are considered as mind stimulators and mood dilators.
  2. We cannot stress enough on Yoga therapy. No matter what, take time out of your time for yoga. Poses like Shavasana, Yoga Nidra and Pranayam especially the Anulom – Vilom and Bhramari Pranayam are going to work wonders on your mental health.
  3. For induce positivity in your life, opt for Vegan diet which is more Saatvik. Include more seasonal fruits, vegetables and sprouts in your diet.
  4. Aromatherapy acts beneficial too. You can add a few drops of lavender oil in your bath or burnt in your room. It aroma will acts as a deterrent to negative and sad thoughts in your mind.
  5. Ayurveda herb named Ashwagandha can help lift your mood. Or skilled Ayurvedic doctors can prescribe Saraswatarishta and Brahma Rasayana that are of great aid to fight against this disorder.
  6. And finally, the one advice that all depressed people might have tired of hearing, yet is still effective is keeping occupied mentally during the day in any creative activity that makes you feel happy and positive is mandatory.

If depression goes untreated, it can last for a long time and worsen other illnesses. Hence, getting a treatment is extremely crucial.

Ayurvedic Gulkand-Recipe and Health Benefits

 

Gulkand also known as Rose-Petal Jam is one of the most delicious Ayurvedic preparation. At the same time, its health benefits are beyond doubt. The word ‘Gulkand’ is derived from ‘Gulwhich means ‘flower’ in Persian, and ‘Qand’ which means ‘sweet’ in Arabic.

 

Gulkand is very easy to prepare, and is delicious as it is to accompany to your meals, or even use it in sweets or milkshakes. The most commonly known benefit of Gulkand is that it has a cooling effect on our body. In addition it has a plethora of other wonderful benefits for your health and happiness.

 

  1. Mitigates pitta dosha: Gulkand mitigates excess pitta in the body which can cause heat in the body, and so keeps the body cool. It removes problems like lethargy, rashes, aches and pains.
  2. Improves memory and eyesight: It also helps enhancing the memory power. It acts as a powerful antioxidant which also helps in improving eyesight over time.
  3. Helps digestion: Take 1 or 2 teaspoons of gulkand daily to reduce stomach heat and acidity. It helps in improving your appetite, and also enhances digestion to keep you at ease and free of any irritation in the stomach lining.
  4. Excellent skin tonic: Gulkand is great for the skin. It has anti-oxidant properties and helps to remove toxin from the body and purifies blood and so preventing skin problems like blackheads, acne, pimples and rashes.
  5. Protection during the summer: Have two teaspoons of gulkand before going outdoors in the summer sun as it helps in preventing sunstroke by cooling the body. It even prevents nosebleed that occurs due to excess heat in the body.

 

Anyone can benefit from the wonders of gulkand however a person with diabetes should consult their doctor before taking it.

 

Preparation:

 

Things You Need: Glass jar of wide mouth, Rose petals of the Damascus Rose, granulated sugar, cardamom seeds (optional), mukta pishti (pearl powder, optional)

 

Method:

 

  1. Ensure that the rose petals are clean and free from insects. Wash thoroughly to remove dust, pollen and nectar. Drain and keep in shade for 20 minutes.
  2. Arrange a layer of rose petals, top it with granulated sugar. Keep stacking them alternatively till the jar is full. Use wide mouth jar and set tight using cotton cloth.
  3. Close the lid tightly and keep it in the sun for up to 7 hours per day for about 4 weeks.
  4. Make sure that you mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon every alternate day.
  5. At the end of 4 weeks your gulkand will be ready and will have a jam-like consistency.

 

CELEBRATE NAVRATRI IN AYURVEDIC STYLE

 

According to Ayurveda, fasting is an effective way to ignite the digestive fire and burn away accumulated toxins from the body. It also eliminates gas, makes the body light and preserves overall health. However, in the name of fasting, many of us end up feasting on high calorie food during the nine days of Navratri. Ayurveda mainly focuses on a Sattvic diet consisting of fruits, milk and preparations made from vegetables to cleanse and detoxify your body. Here are some great tips that help keep your energy levels up while you fast during Navratri: 

  1. Make healthy food choices: Fasting is not an excuse to make up for not having your regular food by consuming on potato chips or other unhealthy snacks. Opt for fruits like apples, guavas and oranges that will keep your energy levels in check. Bananas also provide instant energy so keep some handy.
  1. Maintain fluid levels: To avoid getting dehydrated drink lots of water, herbal teas, vegetable juices and fruit juices during Navratri. During the fast, avoid food containing more spices or salt and use rock salt so that your body does not become weak during the fast.
  1. Prevent acidity: Not eating for extended period of time can cause acidity. Keep acidity in check by always having a handful of fruits or nuts to snack on through the day during the fast. It will provide you with energy throughout the day. Mid-day crunchies can keep those hunger pangs at bay.
  1. Use healthier alternatives: Sugar can be replaced with jaggery or honey. Spices contain antioxidants and are protective foods. They add health and give taste to food and helps in digestion. Jeera(cumin), Elaichi(cardamom) and Dhania(coriander) are known for their carminative action.
  1. Avoid Oily food: Avoid oily snacks like singhara or other fried snacks. Opting for grilled or baked food items is recommended if you aim to detoxify your body. Fruits and vegetables are healthier options to choose from.

Here’s an interesting Ayurvedic recipe which you can try out this Navratri.

 Lauki Raita

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 Cup grated Lauki
  • 2 Cups curd
  • 1 tsp Cumin(Jeera) powder
  • Coriander leaves
  • Rock Salt to taste

Method of Preparation:

  • Boil the lauki till soft.
  • Drain the boiled lauki and let it cool.
  • Mix the curd with a hand blender.
  • Add lauki and blend well.
  • Now add cumin powder, coriander leaves and rock salt. Mix well.
  • Keep it in the fridge for an hour and serve it chilled.

 Benefits of Lauki Raita

According to Ayurveda, Lauki Raita is supachya, which means it helps in the digestion process and also helps in releasing the digestive enzymes. It is very good for those who have a weak digestive fire. Moreover, it is also a filling and nutritious option for those who observe fast on Navratri.

Beetroot Juice benefits patients with High blood Pressure

 

A cup of Beetroot Juice is the best Ayurvedic remedy to beat High Blood Pressure. Beetroot is found to be rich in Nitrates, which gives a soothing effect on the blood vessels that directly helps in lowering the Blood Pressure.

 

Researches explain that dietary intake of nitrate content vegetables such as Beetroot, Lettuce, Cabbage or Fennel could easily show improvement in cardiovascular health.

 

According to the researchers, two Beetroots or one large bowl of Lettuce leaves contain the same amount of nitrate. People who consumed this were found to have seen decrease by 10 points in their blood pressure level.

 

It was surprising to see how very little amount of nitrate was used to see such a large effects.

 

Tips to select your best beetroot: Do not select beetroots that look dry or have cracks on them. Look for the smooth beetroots with round shape. Smaller beetroots usually give a better taste than the larger ones. Avoid beets that are larger than 3 inches in their diameter. Rounder beetroots offer sweeter taste.

 

Beetroot and Celery juice for lowering your blood pressure:Use 1 Beetroot, 1 Apple, 4 Celery stalks and 1 inch Ginger to blend and make this powerful fresh juice to fight your high blood pressure.

 

Simple Ayurvedic habits for Cleansing and Detoxifying

In today’s modern world, cleansing and detoxifying have become quite popular.  With our toxic lifestyles, the intention behind this is well founded. So let’s incorporate some of the simple cleansing practices into our life with the help of these 4 simple cleansing tools:-

  1. Consume Green Leafy veggies like Spinach, Kale, Green Cabbage, Beet Greens, Watercress, etc.

These foods contain the bitter taste, which is mostly missing in our diets.  Green Leafy vegetables acts as a powerful detoxifying agent, which helps in reducing weight and water retention. With the diet today loaded hidden sugars, many people have become addicted and overeat foods with the sweet taste. This is one of the reasons why so many people have toxins today. So it is advised to lightly cook the greens with a pinch of turmeric and consume them.  Unless someone has a large vata imbalance, these greens can be consumed at least four times a week but are best cooked, not to be taken raw or cold as in a smoothie or juice.

  1. Use cooked apples, prunes and figs for breakfast to cleanse the bowels.

Having regular elimination is part of what brings the daily waste products out.  Prunes and Figs are well known to cleanse the bowels.  Soaking them overnight is ideal.  Another option is to cut an apple and cook them in 1/2 cup of water with 2-3 whole cloves on a low simmer covered until soft.  The cooked apples serves as a pre-biotic, providing food to nourish your intestinal in and out.  Ideally have the fruits for breakfast three times a week.

  1. Drink tea with mixture of Cumin-Coriander-Fennel seeds.

This tea has a mild diuretic action which cleanses the lymphatic tissue layer.  Those with more dryness in their body need to have less of it to avoid aggravating their inner dryness.  To prepare this tea take 1/3 tsp. each of dry roasted fennel, coriander and cumin seeds and steep in 1 cup of hot water for 4-6 minutes.

  1. Drink enough water throughout the day.

Water acts as a purifier which help in flushing out toxins while boosting immunity. Lack of hydration can create in building up of the toxins that can lead to diseases. Part of your daily cleansing should be proper consumption of water, ideally filtered and pure. Having warm water adds to deeper cleansing effect.

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Benefits of Ginger


Ginger is a flowering plant whose ginger root and rhizome are used in different spices and traditional medicines. Its Latin name is Zingiber officinale. Ginger comes in the family of Zingiberaceae, to which also belong turmeric , cardamom and galangal and is probably native to southeastern Asia. Its generic name Zingiber was derived from the Greek Zingiberis, which comes from the Sanskrit name of the spice, Singabera which means “shaped like a horn”.

In India, Ayurvedic texts consider ginger to be one of the most important herbs available to mankind. Ayurvedic practitioners prescribe ginger as a powerful digestive aid since it fuels digestive fire, whets the appetite, and clears the body’s micro-circulatory channels. Ginger is also used in Ayurveda as a remedy for joint pain, nausea and motion sickness.

Here we give you some benefits of the Fresh Ginger :-

  1. Eliminates Nausea Chewing raw ginger is found to be very beneficial for people suffering from nausea. It’s helpful to cancer patients too who suffer from nausea during chemotherapy. Pregnant women who suffer from morning sickness can also be treated by consuming fresh ginger.
  2. Pain reductionGinger can provide pain relief from severe migraines and headaches. It works on migraine by stimulating the muscle contractions and controlling the inflammation in the blood vessels. Ginger has also been used to reduce the pain suffered by women during their menstrual cycle.
  3. Popular digestive aidGinger has been used as a digestive aid for more than 1000 years in ancient cultures. Its intestinal spasmolytic properties relaxes the gastro-intestinal muscles to soothe an upset stomach. Eating slices of ginger sprinkled with salt before meals can increase saliva flow to aid digestion and prevent stomach issues.
  4. Anti-Tumor Properties Ginger has certain properties that have the potential to kill certain cancer cells. Ginger has been proven to treat ovarian cancer, prostate cancer and colon cancer. A recent study showed that ginger not only killed the ovarian cancer cells but also prevented them from building up resistance to chemotherapy. They fight cancer because of Beta-Elemene which is an Anti-cancer pharmaceutical that is derived from ginger.
  5. Immunity Booster Ginger has immunity boosting properties that help in treating cold and coughs. It helps in calming the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infection. It also works on sore throats and bronchitis. It includes thermogenic properties that help body warm up in winter seasons also promoting healthy sweating.

Now we provide you some benefits of Dry Ginger :-

  1. Soothes Sinus and Arthritis By making a paste of dry ginger with little milk and rubbing them against the sandalwood stone(or on any smooth stone) and applying this paste on the effected are can sooth sinus and cure headaches too. The same paste can be used for arthritis patients.
  2. Helps in controlling bacteria which causes diarrhea The bacteria found in diarrhea is the main reason of death in very high percentage of children and adolescents in developing countries. The toxins found in this bacteria are very poisonous.  Zingerone, a ginger based compound binds the toxins so that they cannot blend together with the gut, and thus helps to prevent death due to diarrhea.
  3. Provides gastro-intestinal relief Dried ginger has been an essential component in traditional medicine to provide relief from gastro-intestinal problems. Dry ginger can be used to eliminate flatulence from the intestines while relaxing the tract.
  4. Dry ginger for digestionDry ginger is very useful in proper functioning of digestion and due to which it induces in weight loss too. A mixture of dried ginger, hing and rock salt to a glass of warm water can relieve in indigestion.

Ayurveda’s Rejuvenation Herb- Manjistha

 

Manjistha is a valuable herb in Ayurveda. Manjistha has excellent due to its blood purifying anti-oxidant properties.Manjistha means bright red, which has got its name from its red roots. It has very good effects on the circulatory system, arterial system and the excretory system. Here is why Manjistha is known as the best herb in Ayurveda

  1. Manjistha helps heal inflammation and gives a smooth and even skin tone. When externally used as a paste either alone or with honey, it keeps the skin glowing, removes pimples, freckles and discoloration.

 

  1. Manjistha quickens healing when certain wounds are washed with the extraction of Manjistha herb and is dressed with solid extract. Chronic and non-healing wounds can also be treated with Manjistha.

 

  1. It helps in treating varicose veins, eczema, bruising, and bleeding disorders. An external splint of Manjistha can be applied during fractures.

 

  1. Manjistha works well during diarrhea and when combined with lodhra skin powder.The herb is beneficial in gastrointestinal ailments like dyspepsia, loss of appetite, worm infestations, aids digestion, and kills toxins.

 

  1. Manjistha acts a blood purifier, it controls irritation of nerves and pacifies mind. The extraction of Manjistha is also beneficial in treating gout, when combined with other herbs.

 

  1. It is also seen that Manjistha has visible effects on female reproductive organs, and hence is used to treat problems like irregular menstruation, etc. Manjistha improves menstrual bleeding disorders and relieves pain.

 

  1. Manjistha is also excellent diabetic patients and is useful in the  treatment of urinary calculi.

Health benefits of Sesame Seeds

  1. Full of Protein- Sesame seeds provide a good source of dietary protein. Protein makes upto 20% of the seed with 4.7 grams of protein per ounce. They can be perfect to form a high vegetarian protein diet.

 

  1. Lowers Cholesterol- It helps in lowering cholesterol as it contains phytosterols that block cholesterol production. Black sesame seeds are especially high in phytosterols. Sesame seeds have the highest phytosterol content of all seeds and nuts.

 

  1. Best remedy for Anemia- Sesame seeds, especially the black ones have a good source of iron in it. Therefore it can be used for people who are suffering from anemia and weakness.

 

  1. Reduces Anxiety- Sesame seeds contain the stress-relieving minerals like magnesium and calcium. It also contains calming vitamins like thiamin and tryptophan that help in reducing pain, assisting moods and help in having a sound sleep.

 

  1. Bone health- Sesame seeds contain zinc that help in boosting the bone mineral density and the bone health. The deficiency of this mineral can cause Osteoporosis. Sesame seeds are a great source of calcium that is also very vital to bone health.

 

  1. Helps in Digestion- Sesame seeds are very rich in dietary fiber which help in supporting a healthy digestive system. Its high fiber content helps in smooth functioning of the intestine, thus facilitating waste disposal and relieving constipation.

Fasting- Health Benefits and Risks!

Health Benefits-

  1. Speeds up metabolism- Fasting helps in speeding up metabolism as it gives your digestive system some rest and helps to further cut down calories. If your digestion is poor, this can affect your ability to metabolize food and burn fat. Fasts can regulate your digestion and also promote to a healthy bowel function, therefore improving your metabolic function.

 

  1. Fasting promotes Longevity- One of the most exciting part of fasting is that it has the ability to extend your lifespan. Believe it or not, the less you eat the longer you will live. One of the main effects of ageing is a slower metabolism, the younger your body is, more efficient is your metabolism. The less you eat, the less toll it takes on your digestive system.

 

  1. It improves your eating pattern-  Fasting can be a helpful for those who suffer from binge eating disorders, and for those who find it difficult to provide themselves with proper eating pattern due to work and other priorities. Also, for anyone who wants to prevent binge eating, can set time where you allow yourself to eat your daily amount of calories in one sitting, and then not eat till the following day.

 

Health Risks-

  1. Can lead to Heartburn- Fasting usually reduces the amount of stomach acid, which digests food and kills bacteria. However, thoughts of food, or the smell of it, make the brain tell the stomach to produce more acid, which can lead to heartburn. Sleeping with your head raised on a few pillows, in addition to long-term weight loss, may also help prevent heartburn.

 

  1. Can lead to Dehydration- Dehydration is very common during fasts. The body continues to lose water and salts through breathing, perspiring and urinating. If you are unable to stand up due to dizziness, you should immediately drink water, ideally with sugar and salt. If anyone faints due to dehydration, his legs should be raised above his head and when awake, he should rehydrate immediately.

 

  1. Problems managing Blood sugar- It can become very difficult to manage blood sugar levels when fasting. A person with Diabetes should avoid fasting, and especially for those who use injectable insulin. Diabetic patients may be at risk for the development of hypoglycemia, says National Health Service. Dizziness, sweating and confusion are all signs of hypoglycemia, which require immediate medical attention by a trained physician.

Tonsillitis- Remedies in Ayurveda !!

Tonsillitis is the one of the most common disease of the respiratory tract. It is the inflammatory condition of the Tonsils. Tonsils lie on each side of the throat. Various ayurvedic remedies available for tonsillitis are given below-

  1. Banafsha Flowers– Consuming milk boiled with Banafsha flowers is considered very effective for curing Tonsilitis naturally.
  1. Babul– The bark of Babul contains Tannin and Gallic acids, which are effective in curing throat disorders. The extraction of the bark is mixed with rock salt, therefore should gargle it for curing tonsillitis effectively.
  1. Agastya Rasayan-  Agastya Rasayan should be taken twice a day with honey for a period of six months. It will provide permanent relief and immunity from the ailment.
  1. Indian Solanum(Makoi)- The extract of this plant is used to cure tonsillitis and various other throat disorders. The plant is boiled in 2 liters of water till it is reduced to half. The liquid is then filtered and should therefore gargle it for treating Tonsilitis effectively.
  1. Fenugreek seeds- 3 teaspoons of fenugreek seeds should be boiled in water. This water can be used over the entire day as a gargle. Regular gargle is the most effective home cure for tonsillitis.
  1. Beetroot- Since Beetroot is rich in folic acid it therefore rejuvenates the resistance of the body to fight toxicity. Thus beet juice is highly recommended as it counters the toxic agents that cause tonsillitis. Beetroot is high in fiber and is also recommended, if tonsillitis is caused by constipation.

 

A right Ayurvedic practitioner and consultation will help you on your journey to finding the state of health and balance. So, look nowhere else! Visit Ayurvedic Village.