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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.

 

4 Signs you need a Panchakarma Therapy

 

In our day-to-day lives, we are so busy with our work that we tend to ignore tiny signs that tell us about the imbalance in our body. According to Ayurveda, perfect wellbeing lies in maintaining the balance between the three doshas. It starts with our digestive system which builds strong Agni which tackles any health issues at its birth.

However, if our body is accumulating ama, we need to undergo Panchakarma therapy to regain our natural state. As per Ayurveda, it is a cleanse that removes toxins from the body thus giving you an ultimate healing experience that strengthens the immune system and restores the well being and balance through detoxification.

So, let us check out the reasons that scream that you are in need of a panchakarma cleanse.

  1. Fatigue

Since we all have so busy schedules, that fatigue seems to be a normal response that our body gives. However, don’t shrug it off too casually. Fatigue could point towards weak agni. If you are constantly or rapidly tired, it means that either your body isn’t receiving proper nutrition or the digestion process has some flaws. Hence, it is advisable for you to take time off for Panchakarma. The treatment gives your body a break for rejuvenation.

  1. Stress

If your body is disturbed, it causes fatigue, and if your mind is disturbed, it is a grave sign of stress. One is interdependent on the other. Practices like Abhyangam in Panchakarma therapy has a soothing power and offers an instant sense of calm. It not only cleanses out the toxins from the body, but also helps to get rid of negative thoughts from the mind. Combining it with meditation can give you excellent results.

  1. Skin troubles

Though skin is the largest organ of the body, it is one of the most easily ignored ones too. Stress, diet and pollution leaves you with acne and rashes. Treating them externally doesn’t take into account the root of the problems. While Ayurveda believes in getting rid of the source of your health worries. Panchakarma will balance the pitta dosha in your body and a proper detox diet will maintain the condition of the skin.

  1. Constipation

Did you know most of the people have no idea when they are constipated? According to Ayurveda, you should eliminate your bodily waste at least once a day, ideally first thing in the morning. However, this can vary with each person. Constipation symbolizes imbalance in vata. A panchakarma cleanse brings back the balance among all three doshas, and agni to its normal state.

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.

5 Wonder herbs of Ayurveda

 

Times are changing and people are relying more on traditional forms of medicine instead of allopathy. 8 out 10 times people opt for a home remedy for any health troubles, including common ones like cough, cold, etc. In the past, only our grandparents had an idea about what herb was effective for which diseases. Hence to educate the new generation about Ayurvedic herbs we bring you a few herbs that are more special as compared to the rest.

  • Tulsi

 

Also known as basil, tulsi is considered to be holy in India. The strong flavour and fragrance of basil leaves soothes digestive system. Consumption of 100mg per kilo of body helps to curb  acidity and heals ulcers in the stomach. Its antibacterial quality is best to fight against many germs and ailments as it enhances the immune system. If you suffer from bad breath, gargle with a glass of water boiled with basil leaves.

  • Garlic

 

The favourite ingredient in Indian meals to add flavour, Garlic has various medicinal benefits that are not known to many. It prevents troubles like high blood pressure and cholesterol. It reduces the risk of gastric cancer, colon and cervical cancer. If you are a heart patient suffering from angina, increase the intake of garlic as it improves the condition by significantly lowering the blood pressure rates. Just add it to soups, curries or include in raw form in salads.

  • Aloe Vera

 

Very popular in cosmetic and beauty applications, countries like Greece, Egypt, China, Japan and India has been using Aloe Vera for centuries. It helps you to keep your skin wrinkle-free and young. It is full of enzymes, vitamins and minerals, that protects the skin from harmful effects of radiation. It also works great as an anti-septic and flushing out toxins from the body. It retains the elasticity of your skin by reducing stretch marks and magically helps with acne trouble.

  • Fenugreek seeds

 

A research report by a medical college states that cholesterol levels of patients were lower when given 25gm of fenugreek seeds every day before meals than those who weren’t. For people suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure, it is highly recommended to eat fenugreek seeds daily. This aromatic Asian herb is best to combat loss of appetite and soothe ulcers and boils.

  • Turmeric

Turmeric  dominates Indian kitchens. However, we use it majorly for flavouring and colouring purposes in  our food. Its medicinal values are often neglected. Did you know turmeric has a substance called curcumin that has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties which are wonderful in treating arthritis. Also, if it is blended with a teaspoon of honey, it becomes the perfect home remedy for cough and cold.

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Ayurvedic treatment for Kidney Stones

 

If you enjoy eating spicy or salty mineral rich food, doesn’t give much attention to your water intake in a day and avoids going to the washroom till the last minute, then you surely are asking for kidney stone troubles. Found especially in men, Kidney stone is known Vrukka Ashmari in Ayurveda where vrukka means kidney and ashmari translates as stones.

So what are kidney stones and how are they caused?

Formed due to crystallization of minerals and waste materials in the urine cause kidney stones. It could be a size of a pin head which passes easily through urine or in worst cases, it could be quite large causing pain and bleeding or blocking of urine.

According to Ayurveda, all diseases are directly linked to aggravation of three doshas – Vatta, Pitta and Kapha. Improper diet and unhealthy lifestyle cause the impairment of the digestive system. This later forces the formations of toxins called as ama in our body. They traverse down to the urinary tract and causes crystallization and formation of kidney stones.

What causes kidney stones?

  • Overexposure to sunlight
  • Excessive physical activity
  • Heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages, tea or coffee
  • Less intake of fresh veggies
  • Drinking less amount of water
  • Increased intake of meat, fish and poultry

What is the Ayurvedic treatment of kidney stones?

Attempting to dissolve the stones in the kidney itself is the best way to treat the disorder. In Ayurveda, usage of diuretic and stone-dissolving herbs is applied for stones which are minute in size. After which, a full body cleanse is done using toning and rejuvenating practices.

Another therapy that is extremely effective to get rid of kidney stones and help the body to regain strength is the Panchakarma therapy. However, it is the doctors who advise which method is good for the patient’s condition.

A few tips to follow:

  • Drink at least 1 to 2 liters of water every day.
  • If you sweat more, then increase the consumption of water. Same applies during hot weather conditions.
  • Add barley, ginger, or brown rice to your diet.
  • Never ever suppress the need to urinate.
  • Drink more liquids like juices or soups.
  • Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, aerated drinks, pickles, and chocolate.

Customer Diaries – Vishaka Majumdar

Vishaka Majumdar was suffering from breathing troubles, chronic cough and cold. She was a little overweight and felt weak constantly. She underwent allopathic treatment, but no results were to be seen. When her condition deteriorated, doctors asked her to get a full body checkup and that is when it came into light that she had hyperthyroidism.

Since, allopathy was ineffective, many of her relatives and friends suggested her to opt for Ayurveda. She visited Ayurvedic Village’s residential centre in Morbhe and felt at ease instantly. Tucked away from the maddening crowd, Ayurvedic Village gave her a calm atmosphere she needed. Our team of specialized doctors suggested her various treatments for her ailments. After her stay at Ayurvedic village, she feels perfectly healthy now.

Watch the video where Vishakha retells us the story of how Ayurvedic Village brought a positive change in her life.

Smell the fragrance of Aromatherapy

 

Aromatherapy is also known as essential oil therapy. It can be explained as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essence from some plant materials and from aromatic oils. This therapy basically harmonizes and promotes the health of the body mind and spirit.

In aromatherapy mainly use the natural oils extracted from flower, barks, stems, leaves roots which enhance psychological and physical mood of a person. The inhaled aroma from these essential herbal oils is widely believed that it stimulates the brain function.

Globally aromatherapy is carried out in ayurvedic wellness spas. This therapeutic procedure carried out form a stipulated period in a stipulated manner, only qualified Aroma therapist can do this procedure properly.

Usually the duration of aromatherapy is approximately 1 hour. This is the time required for the essential oils to enter the body through the skin, activate the necessary chemical reaction and finally be removed through our breath, sweat, and other natural urges. One of the main effects of aromatherapy is to relieve physical nuisance and emotional stress.

Benefits of Aromatherapy-

  1. It relieves the pain, relaxation of tired and stressed muscles.
  2. Improves blood and lymph circulation.
  3. Control of blood pressure.
  4. Removes toxins.
  5. Improves Skin texture.
  6. Relief of intestinal and digestive problems.
  7. Strengthening the immune system.
  8. Controls stress and anxiety.
  9. Strengthening the nervous system.
  10. General physical and mental revitalization

TYPES OF AROMATHERAPY

  1. Aerial Diffusion

Aromatherapy using only fragrance. It is also known as olfactory aromatherapy. This method is mainly carried out with essential oils are perceived through the sense of small to give a therapeutic effect. This is made use of to synchronize and regulate the natural forces of the body to establish an innate balance and peace.

  1. Cosmetic therapy/Direct inhalation.

In this procedure mainly uses essential oils which acts as moisturizer, cleanses, of the skin of hair, mainly revitalizes and rejuvenates the whole body. It improves the skin tone and protective mechanism of skin and hair follicles.

  1. Aromatherapy using message/topical application

In this procedure, essential oils using for special type of therapeutic message on topical application it promote a holistic healing of the whole body by travelling through the blood stream and affecting various organs of the body. This procedure also acts as antiviral, antifungal & antiseptic.

Aromatherapy is the growing practice of people today to help reduce stress and invoke certain moods and feeling while aroma therapy manages, baths, and candles to have positive short term effects on most people. There are precautions people must take before practicing Aromatherapy.

Eating in Ayurvedic Style!

 

In Ayurvedic knowledge, food is classified into six tastes namely: sweet, bitter, sour, salty, pungent and astringent. The five elements that influence these tastes are air, fir, water, earth and ether. They have different effect in human doshas and thus become a fundamental to your well-being.

It is popularly believed that Ayurvedic diet is strictly vegetarian. However, in reality, it is all about creating a harmony between all the tastes, flavours and textures. Also to improve your digestion, Ayurvedic studies recommends a particular sequence in eating foods, so that digestion is easier and the body can reap the maximum benefit.

Also, there are different diets for different seasons. Summers is pitta season where individuals are recommended to consume cool fruits and salads to pacify the imbalances caused by pitta and to avoid sunburn, acne, etc. Winters are considered to be kapha season where people are more prone to cold, arthritis. Hence it is advisable to eat warm, oily and hearty meals or meats. Rainy season is considered to be a vata season. Therefore diet in rainy weather should include foods to pacify imbalances caused by vata. Sweet, sour and saline tasting foods pacify vata.

It is best to choose fresh ingredients for better health. One should always choose tender and crisp vegetables, soft but firm fruits, good spices, nuts and oils and aged grains.

The main principles of Ayurvedic cooking are:

  1. Digestive system is supposed to be at its strongest at midday; hence ayurvedic gurus suggest that the main meal of the day should be eaten during that time.
  2. To combine all the tastes, the meal should be a healthy balance with small portions of grains and pulses, fresh veggies, salad, yoghurt and something sweet.
  3. After the meal, drink warm water instead of gulping down cold water.
  4. Let your mood decide your meal:
  • If you are anxious and restless, you need to restore your Vata. Opt for pungent, bitter and astringent foods as they can make your feel calmer.
  • If you are irritable and aggressive, it means your Pitta needs to be balanced. So consume sour, salty and pungent foods to feel more enthusiastic.
  • If you are depressed and sad, restore your Kapha by eating sweet, sour and salty foods to feel happier.

Natural ways to reduce heart attack risks

Stress, bad lifestyle and unhealthy food habits are the major reasons for people to suffer from heart diseases. Studies show that HDL, the high density “good” cholesterol, guards the cardiovascular system. LDL, or low density “bad” cholesterol, can build deposits on arteries. Problems occur when HDL levels are reduced, creating inflammation in the cardiovascular system.

However, the causes of high level of cholesterol can be varied, you need not worry. There are many natural ways to lower your cholesterol instead of opting for medications with possible dangerous side-effects.

Ayurvedic Village brings you a few ways to fix your heart naturally.

  1. Drink plenty of herbal tea

The steaming process of herbal tea releases a substance called epigallocatechin gallate which cannot be found in regular tea or black tea. This substance is a very strong antioxidant that researchers have found to be useful against high levels of LDL cholesterol. Add peppers, ginger and honey to lukewarm water and have about 3-4 cups daily.

  1. Magic of orange juice

Did you know that simply drinking orange juice can do magic to your body? A study showed that drinking three glass of orange juice daily for a month increased HDL levels 21 percent and lowered LDL/HDL ratio 16 percent.

  1. Consume more garlic

The sulphur-containing antioxidants in garlic can not only reduce LDL cholesterol levels, but it can also boost the levels of good cholesterol. So, next time when you eat a salad, sprinkle a little freshly chopped garlic into it or as a garnishing in your food.

4. Take food in small quantities

Instead of hogging all the calories in two meals a day, you should fairly divide the amounts of food to make it into several smaller meals. Not only it helps with your health, it is a great way to fight your cholesterol level in a natural way.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (C.T.S)

 

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a hand and arm condition that causes numbness, tingling and other symptoms. Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by a pinched nerve in your wrist. A number of factors can contribute to carpal tunnel syndrome, including the anatomy of your wrist, certain underlying health problems and possibly patterns of hand use.

Symptoms:
Tingling or numbness. You may experience tingling and numbness in your fingers or hand, especially your thumb and index, middle or ring fingers, but not your little finger. This sensation often occurs while holding a steering wheel, phone or newspaper or, commonly, waking you from sleeping. The sensation may extend from your wrist up your arm. Many people “shake out” their hands to try to relieve their symptoms. As the disorder progresses, the numb feeling may become constant.
Weakness. You may experience weakness in your hand and a tendency to drop objects. This may be due to the numbness in your hand or weakness of the thumb’s pinching muscles, which are controlled by the median nerve.

Causes:
Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs as a result of compression of the median nerve. The median nerve runs from your forearm through a passageway in your wrist (carpal tunnel) to your hand. It provides sensation to the palm side of your thumb and fingers, with the exception of your little finger. It also provides nerve signals to move the muscles around the base of your thumb (motor function). In general, anything that crowds, irritates or compresses the median nerve in the carpal tunnel space can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome.

Risk Factors:

  • Anatomic Factors
  • Gender
  • Nerve damaging conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Inflammatory Conditions
  • Fluid Retention
  • Obesity, Thyroid
  • Workplace factors

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Ayurvedic Ingredients to Energize and Heal your Body – Part 12(Finale) – Mango/Aam/Mangga

 

Mango is known to help prevent Cancer.
According to Ayurvedic texts this king of fruits has been around at least 6000 years while providing most of the essential substances needed by our body. This cancer and heart prevention fruit is rich in Vitamin A, E, B, K and fiber. Therefore, mangos also strengthen the immune system of a body. The green mangos are valuable in blood disorders due to its great Vitamin C content.
However, in moderation yellow ripe mangos balances the tridoshas. Ayurveda recommends to not to drink water right after eating green mango due to the fact that it causes bronchitis, cold, cough and respiratory congestion.

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