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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.

 

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.

 

Herbs that are best in controlling Diabetes

Healing herbs and edible flowers (handcarved olive tree mortar and pestle)
  1. Fenugreek (Methi): Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which help lower blood sugar by slowing down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. It is seen that fenugreek seeds can improve most metabolic symptoms associated with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in people by lowering blood glucose levels. It contains trigonelline, which is known to reduce blood sugar level. Soak the seeds in water overnight or powdered them and consume it with buttermilk.
  1. Bitter Gourd (Karela): It contains substances with anti-diabetic properties. These substances work individually or together to help reduce blood sugar levels. Karela is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C and Iron and its regular use prevents complication associated with diabetes such as eye complications and defective metabolism of carbohydrates.
  1. Jambu fruit (jamun): Its seed contains jamboline, which controls the excessive conversion of starch to sugar. Seed powder can be used with water or buttermilk. It reduces the quantity of sugar in urine.
  1. Bael leaves: They are scientifically proven to be anti-diabetic. Extract the fresh juice of bael leaves and consume it with a pinch of pepper.
  1. Garlic: Garlic contains sulfur compounds which dilate blood vessels. It is this effect that reduces blood pressure. The same compounds help in the metabolism and protect against oxidative damage and even high cholesterol.

 

  1. Cinnamon (Dalchini): Cinnamon bark improves blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes, and can reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 

  1. Indian goose berry (Amala): One tsp of its juice mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice, taken daily for 2 months, enables a person to secrete natural insulin.

The Mother of all Ayurvedic therapies- Padabhyanga/foot massage

 

indian doctors doing traditional ayurvedic oil foot massage

Since our feet connect the body with earth, it is believed that  one’s body and soul are embodied in the feet. In Ayurveda, a foot massage or so-called ‘Padabhyanga’ is said to be regarded as the mother of all therapies. Here are the few benefits of Foot Massage-

 

  1. Padabhyanga removes roughness, stiffness, dryness, numbness of the foot and leg, tiredness of the foot, strengthening the foot, offering stability to the foot, and it makes the feet more attractive.

 

  1. Padabhyanga treatment provides several benefits to the body as a whole. It helps in improving and maintaining good eyesight, cures sciatica, prevents cracks in the foot, improves blood circulation, removes contraction of muscles, ligaments and vessels of the feet.

 

  1. Foot massage also heals the vital points in the body, soothes the nerves, relieves foot pain, prevents occurrence of various foot ailments, and helps in easy locomotion.

 

  1. It activates our immune system, improves hearing capacity, promotes sound sleep, reduces stress and anxiety, balances doshas.

 

  1. Helps in alleviating diabetic neuropathy, cures headaches, activates metabolism, relieves hypertension, prevents onset of degeneration.

 

  1. It is said that Padabhyanga releases many blocks that hold back energy, which should otherwise be flowing freely throughout the body.

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.

Low Vitamin D levels may damage your brain and body

 

Vitamin D is known as the sunshine vitamin as the body naturally produces it when the skin is directly exposed to sunlight. But not getting enough vitamin D can hurt your health in ways you may not expect.

1. Developing a risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Adults who had moderate deficiency in vitamin D had a 53% increased risk of developing dementia, and those who were severely deficient had a 125% increased risk of the Alzheimer’s disease. A diet low in vitamin D for several months,  can develop free radical damage to the brain.

2. Can cause Depression.

People lacking with vitamin D in their blood were more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression. The areas of the brain involved in regulating your mood contain vitamin D receptors, so low levels may affect the ability of these regions to function normally.

3. Risk of Heart disease.

People lacking in vitamin D  had a 32% increased risk of coronary artery disease compared to those with normal levels. Researches says Vitamin D may improve the function of the immune system and control inflammation throughout the body, which can help reduce the risk of heart trouble.

4. Risk of developing Prostate cancer.

The risk of prostate cancer was 4 to 5 times greater in men with low vitamin D levels. The reason isn’t yet understood, though researchers say that screening for vitamin D deficiency and treating it may become an essential part of cancer care.

5. It may speed up Multiple Sclerosis.

Lack in vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk of neuro-muscular disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, etc. Now, a new study suggests that if you have multiple sclerosis, low levels of D could speed the progression of the disease. Researchers found that in the early-stage of multiple sclerosis patients with adequate levels of vitamin D had a 57% lower rate of new brain lesions and a 57% lower relapse rate than those with lower vitamin D levels. Researchers say that identifying and treating vitamin D deficiency should become part of care for the newly diagnosed patients.

6. You may be more likely to develop respiratory infections like  pneumonia.

Researchers say that the risk of developing pneumonia is more than 2.5 times greater in people with the lowest vitamin D levels in their blood. Previous research suggests that vitamin D deficiency weakens the immune system, which increases your risk of contracting illnesses such as respiratory infections.

Keep diseases at bay, with 2 cups of green tea every day!!

  1. Contains large amount of Bio-active compounds that improve health.

Many of the bioactive compounds found in the tea leaves are loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as a powerful antioxidant. These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body which help in  protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a major role in aging and all sorts of diseases.

  1. Having Green Tea can help improve in various aspects of Brain function.

Green tea contains caffeine (less than coffee), but enough to produce an effect.Caffeine  consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function that improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which when combined with caffeine can help in improving brain function.

  1. Green tea helps in burning fat and improves physical performance.

Consuming green tea has helped in burning fat and boost the metabolic rate in humans. A study showed that fat oxidation was increased by 17%, indicating that green tea can help in  burning of fat.Several studies show that green tea leads to decrease in body fat, especially in the abdominal area.

  1. Improves Oral Health

Consuming green tea has shown improvement in dental health and has also showed lowering the risk of infection. Some studies show that they can kill bacteria and stop the growth of virus like the influenza virus,which helps in  lowering your risk of infections. It also contains properties that help fight bad breath. It also helps in controlling gum disease.

  1. Reduces the risk of Heart diseases.

Adults who drank more than 2 cups daily were at 26% lower risk of heart attack or stroke. Also, it was found that those who drank green tea had significantly wider arteries, meaning lower risk in heart diseases like atherosclerosis. Green tea has been shown in lowering LDL cholesterol levels, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation. Studies show that green tea consumers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

  1. Natural remedy to cure Anxiety.

L-Theanine is an amino acid which is found in green tea that has a soothing and calming effect on people who consume it. Consuming green tea containing theanine has been shown to stimulate the production of brain waves known as alpha wave (that are seen when a person is in a relaxed state). It also alters the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain like serotonin and dopamine that can affect the mood.

Caraway seeds (or kala Jeera) has medicinal values too!!

 

  1. Anti-fungal and Anti-yeast by nature.

Caraway seeds is recognized to have anti-fungal properties. This implies that caraway seeds could be stored for an extended period of time without fearing them of getting spoilt.  Not only this, caraway seeds have proven to be anti-yeast by nature.

2. Helps in reducing cholesterol  levels.

Scientists have confirmed the health benefits of fiber-rich foods in reducing LDL cholesterol within the body. Caraway seeds have rich source of dietary fiber.Not just that, fiber helps in enhancing the amount of HDL cholesterol. These functions are very important in lessening  the chance of developing any kind of cardiovascular disease.

3. Cures digestive disorders.

 The therapeutic qualities that caraway seeds have are plenty in number. One of the crucial benefits is healing the gastrointestinal as well as digestive complaints. It is also used in healing the stomach ulcers due to its calming properties.

4. Relieves heartburn.

 If you experience any burning within your chest as well as throat area experienced with burps or hiccups,  the simplest action to take is to take a few numbers of caraway seeds. Either include it in boiling water or mix a spoonful of it in a bowl of curd and consume it. It may also be consumed in conjunction with peppermint oil to ease yourself from gastrointestinal disorders.

5. Cures Nausea and Vomiting.

 Nausea and vomiting are the not so good signs of either intestinal infection or any other bodily disorder. A simple method to keep yourself away from these symptoms is to consume caraway seeds. You’ll be surprised to see the relief that you’ll get from consuming the caraway seeds.

6. Loaded with Antioxidants.

 Caraway seeds are loaded with powerful flavonoid antioxidants which includes carotene, lutein,etc. Studies have discovered that these compounds are great in eliminating harmful radicals as well as protecting the body from cancers, premature-aging and infections.

7.Anti-Cancerous.

 Caraway seeds include chemicals like ‘limonene’, that has anti-cancer properties. It helps in halting the development of liver,breast,lungs and also stomach cancer.

8.Anti-Spasmodic.

 Caraway seed may put all sorts of health conditions associated with spasms at bay. It may instantly reduce the signs of muscular cramps and muscle pulls as it shuts down the effects of enzymes that are accountable for muscle contraction. It may also help in reducing respiratory-related spasms which cures hiccups, trouble in breathing as well as coughs. Caraway seed can certainly reduce the blockage related to cold and cough.