Saturday, February 15, 2014

Indian Gooseberry

Indian Gooseberry:
Indian gooseberry is a popular fruit in India for it richness in Vitamin-C. No other fruit cannot be compared to Indian gooseberry in terms of Vitamin-C. if it is dried ,the amount of Vitamin-C will not be change.Its botanical name is Phyllanthus emblica and popularly called as Amla or Amlika. Only 10 grams of Indian gooseberry is enough to fulfill daily requirement of vitamin-c. Great saint Adi-Sankaracharya recited Kanakadhara stotram to make poor brahmin lady become wealthy by taking Amla from her as charity on lunar day dwadashi. Hindus believe God Vishnu resides in Amla tree. There is a festival called Amalaka Ekadashi related to Amla. It is very precious to eat under Amla tree on Karthika month in india.

Nutritional Benefits with Indian Gooseberry:
  • Indian gooseberry juice or Amla juice one spoon is equal to 2 kilos of Guava, 18 kilo Grapes, 3 kilos of Mangoes, 180 cups of cow milk in terms of vitamin-C.
  • Indian gooseberry juice one spoon a day will cure Asthma,Cold and other respiratory diseases.
  • Indian gooseberry juice 2-3 times a day will cure mouth and nose bleeds.
  • Indian gooseberry powder or amla powder 2 spoons a day will remove all troubles related to menstruation.
  • Indian gooseberry powder or amla powder will be very useful to gain bone strength.
  • Amla powder + Inknut + turmeric extract will cure diabetes which is minor affected.
  • Amla powder + banana leaf and flower extract will regularize monthly menstrual periods.
  • Amla extract is very useful for people suffering from Rheumatism and joint pains.
  • Amla Churna is very helpful to fight against initial stage of cancer.
  • Amla powder + milk will cure stomach burns.
  • Amla powder is very useful to maintain good sight and to eliminate eye troubles.
  • Amla powder + Neem powder can be used as tooth powder to cure tooth pains and mouth ulcers.
  • Amla bark powder + Mango seed(which is inside shell) powder mixed with water will strengthen hair. This mango amla powder gives think hair growth.
  • Amla bark extract will control loose motions.
  • Amla hair oil benefits hair growth. It has ability to penetrate the scalp, strengthens hair from the root and prevents grey hair.
  • Amla hair oil acts as chelating agent which binds ions of iron and copper.
  • Amla oil used for hair and skin to cure various diseases.
  • indian gooseberry extract or Amla extract exhibits Anti-inflamatory and Anticoagulant(prevent the coagulation of blood in brain and other parts) properties.
  • Amla Juice or Amla Oil or Amla powder act as antiviral and anti microbial.
  • Amla leaves or Amla fruit or Amla bark fights against cancer, age-related disease of a kidneys, and diabetes.
  • Indian gooseberry contains Vitamin A - 9%,Vitamin C-69%,Vitamin E-3%,Thiamin-4%,Riboflavin-3%,Niacin-2%,VitaminB6-6%
  • Folate-2%,Pantothenic Acid-4%,Calcium-4%,Iron-3%,Magnesium-4%,Phosphorus-4%,Potassium-8%,Zinc-1%,Copper-5%,Manganese-11%,Selenium-1%.
Cautions with Indian gooseberry:
  • Indian gooseberry should not be heated. Eating Indian gooseberry which is mildly heated can be consumed.
  • Dry the Indian gooseberry in a shadow place under sun.
  • Over Consumption of raw extract of Indian gooseberry juice will leads to throat pain.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Fenugreek Seeds

Fenugreek seeds:
Fenugreek seeds are used as spice in Indian kitchens. The seed powder used widely in pickles and spice mix used in many variety Indian dishes. Researchers made organic wrappers with fenugreek seeds which are capable of keeping fruits and vegetables fresh for longer time when compared to chemical synthesis. Fenugreek seeds also called as Methi seeds in Hindi and menthulu in Telugu language.

Nutritional Benefits with Fenugreek Seeds:
  • Fenugreek seeds strengthen flushing system and lowers cholesterol in pancreas.
  • Fenugreek seeds contain coumarin and trigonelline compounds which fights against diabetes Type-I,II.
  • Fenugreek seeds(50 grams) consuming daily in 3 intervals of time is good for diabetes people.
  • Fenugreek seeds decreases LDL cholesterol effectively when 10-20 grams taken daily with buttermilk.
  • Fenugreek seeds eliminate diarrhea, indigestion, intestinal gas and stomach bolts.
  • Fenugreek seeds increases heat in body thus eliminates cold and cough.
  • Fenugreek seeds reduce intestinal bulges and eliminate stomach ulcers, constipation.
  • Fenugreek seeds are bitter in taste but it has capacity to strengthen liver.
  • Fenugreek seeds are used from ancient times to conceive children by curing defects in male and female.
  • Fenugreek seeds contains saponin glycosides which helps in protecting womb of mother.
  • Fenugreek seeds are used to protect intestines by flushing waste blood after pregnancy.
  • Fenugreek seeds is used widely at the time of menstruation in India.
  • Fenugreek seeds increase lactation of milk in mothers.fenugreek seeds for breastfeeding was used from ancient times.
  • Fenugreek seed powder used to cure mouth ulcers, stomach upsets and used to eliminate worms in stomach.
  • Fenugreek seeds boiled extract or dication will cure fever and reduces body ,mouth odors.
  • Fenugreek seed paste when applied on hair and kept an hour everyday for one month will reduces hair loss and bald head.
  • Fenugreek seed powder + Shikakai powder (hair-fruit) will eliminate eye burns and protects eye sight.
  • Fenu greek seeds boiled extract effectively acts in curing sexual disorders.
  • Fenu greek seeds are very useful for people suffering from Lumbago(lower back pain), muscle cramps, sciatica, joint pains, bones and osteoporosis.
  • Fenu greek seeds paste also used externally to eradicate infections on skin, bulges, gout pains and wounds.
  • Fenu greek seeds helps in curing anemia.
  • Fenu greek seeds soaked overnight in water strengthens liver functionality , reduces heart pains ,acidity , diabetes and indigestion when intake seeds along with soaked water.
  • Fenugreek seed tea naturally enhance the breast and very useful for lactating mothers.
  • Fenugreek seeds + buttermilk cures stomach pains, burns or pains while passing urine.

 Cautions with fenugreek seeds:
  • Pregnant women should not consume fenugreek seeds it leads to abortions. It is safe to use before or after pregnancy.
  • Fenugreek seeds causes loose stools. Recommended dosage is 8-10 grams for healthy people.
  • Fenugreek promotes menstrual flow in women.
  • Usage of fenugreek seeds for people suffering from diabetes depends insulin dosage. Need to adjust insulin dosages while consuming fenugreek seeds.
  • New born baby smells like maple syrup and discharge loose stools when mother consume fenugreek seeds while giving milk.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Mustard Seeds

Mustard seeds:

Mustard seeds are very tiny round seeds and available in various colors Black(most pungent taste), brown(slightly stronger taste) and white(mildest taste) colors. Mustard seed powder and mustard oil are popular in south India. Those were used widely in preparing mango pickles. It is one of spice used in Indian kitchens. In Hindi it is called as Rai or Lal sarsu .In Telugu it is called as 'Avalu'. 
mustard - white
Nutritional value with mustard seeds:
  • Mustard seeds + cotton plant leaves paste act as antidote for scorpion bite when applied on affected area.
  • Mustard seed paste smell can wake up a person who went down by severe nervous disorder disease called epilepsy.
  • Mustard seeds paste with jaggery will stop diarrhea(water motions).
  • Mustard seed oil is used to massage testicle to treat hydrocele swellings.
  • Mustard seed oil mixed with pomegranate bark paste used to massage on breast to get tight and attractive breast in women.
  • Mustard seed oil heated with Indian gum Arabic tree flowers is used to cure ear disorders when applied after cooling the oil.
  • Mustard seeds (fried) with curd rice will cure Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) disease.
  • Mustard seed oil with red chilli powder will act as antidote for dog bite and kills the poison within 4 days when applied on affected area.
  • Mustard seed oil is used in treatment to cure elephant leg.
  • Black mustard seed oil is used to massage on throat to relieve pain and bulges.
  • Black mustard seed paste will relieve migraines when applied on head.
  • Black mustard seed paste with mustard oil is used to treat bold head.
  • Black mustard seed oil will eliminate cold and cough when applied on foot and chest.
  • White mustard seeds will helps digestion.
  • White mustard seed oil will eliminate cough, fights with gastric troubles, treats various skin diseases and helps to gain healthy hair.
  • White mustard seed oil is very useful in treating piles and allergies.
  • White mustard seeds with jaggery and guggul used to treat bulges and boils.
  • White mustard seed oil will cure all types of ear infections.
  • White mustard seed paste with cow ghee will cure stye(eye infections).
  • White mustard seeds(10 grams) + Camphor(1.5 grams) + cow ghee(100grams)  will eliminate Chronic rhinitis (bulge in nose) when applied on affected area.
  • White mustard seed paste will eliminate tooth pains when gargled with water.
  • White mustard seed paste will eliminate dandruff, lice and hair loss when applied on hair. Useful in treating bald head.
  • White mustard seeds(5grams) with honey and ghee will cure cough , Bronchiolitis and asthma.
  • White mustard seed oil is used to treat piles. Oil should be applied on affected area.
  • White mustard seeds(2 grams) + sugar will cure indigestion.
  • White mustard seeds paste is massaged to treat sciatica.
  • White mustard seeds with camphor are used to cure knee pains.
  • Mustard seeds contain isothiocyanates which acts as anti-cancer agents.
  • Mustard seeds contain selenium and magnesium which fights against Asthma ,migraine and difficulties at menopause in women.
  • Mustard seeds  lower blood pressure and protects the heart.
  • Mustard seeds contain omega-fatty acids, potassium, calcium and phosphorus.
  • Brown mustard seeds or Indian mustard seeds contain selenium, Zinc ,iron and chromium. 
  • Mustard seeds are rich in protein with oil.The whole seed contains 44% of protein and 48% of Oil.
Cautions with Mustard seeds:
  • Mustard seed paste when applied on skin it should be rinse as quickly as possible. It will give allergic reaction if it was kept in contact with skin for long time. 10-20mins is preferable time.
  • Mustard seed paste packed in cloth is called as mustard plaster. It is used to avoid direct contact of paste on skin.
  • Mustard seeds shouldn't consume in large amounts. Only minute amounts of consumption are safe.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Cumin Seeds

Cumin seeds:
Cumin seeds are powerful natural healing seeds. Cumin seeds have distinctive flavor and aroma. Ayurveda widely use for digestion, improving vision and strength, and lactation. In India it is used for its anti-oxidant and Antidiarrhoeal properties. 'Cuminum cyminum' is the botanical name of cumin seeds. Cumin seeds are called as 'Jilakarra' in Telugu and Jira in Hindi. 'Jeera Water is very famous drink in India.
Cumin Seeds
Nutritional value with Cumin Seeds:
  • Cumin seeds are excellent source of iron which is helpful in curing anemia.
  • Cumin seeds have anti-carcinogenic properties which protects from several types of cancers.
  • Cumin seeds help to detoxify the liver and fights against free radicals in the body.
  • Cumin seeds will increases the hunger and aids digestion.
  • Cumin seeds will eliminate stomach disturbances.
  • Cumin seeds(fried) powder +  Rock salt  will cure stomach pain and tooth troubles.
  • Cumin seeds make urine flow without any difficulty and eliminate gas in stomach.
  • Cumin seeds have capability to stop bleeding of blood.
  • Cumin ground powder + honey will cure vomits and stops bad odor from mouth.
  • Cumin seeds + Turmeric will reduce piles.
  • Cumin seeds will eliminate stomach worms when they chewed before going to bed.
  • Cumin seeds have anti-allergic and eliminates itching.
  • Cumin seeds ground powder + Banana  gives sound sleep.
  • Cumin seeds + Jaggery will relieve tiredness and fatigue.
  • Cumin seeds + Honey + salt will act as antidote for insect bites when applied on affected area.
  • Cumin seeds and Cardamom will cure mouth ulcers when chewed.
  • Cumin seeds + Salt will cure constipation.
  • Cumin seeds + Dry ginger powder decoction will eliminate throat pains and disturbances.
  • Cumin seeds have antiseptic properties which help in curing common cold.
  • Cumin seeds paste can be applied on boils as curative measure.
  • Cumin seeds have capacity to cure asthma.
  • Cumin seeds keep positive menstrual cycle.
  • Cumin seeds boost liver and kidney functionality which tends to increased body defense.
  • Cumin seeds also used to treat hair loss, hair damage and dandruff.
  • Cumin seeds are believed to have anti-aging properties and cures skin disorders.
  • Cumin seed water or popularly known as boiled 'jeera water' helps in removing thirst and indigestion.
  • Cumin seeds increases insulin sensitivity and beneficial for diabetes.
  • Cumin seeds increases bone density due to presence of calcium.
  • Cumin Seeds increases memory power and body immunity.
  • Cumin seed oil is used in treating cancers. It is anti-bacterial, anti-aging ingredient, anti-inflammatory agent.
Cautions with Cumin seeds:
  • Cumin seed oil shouldn't take more than two teaspoon per day.
  • Cumin seeds are always confused with Black seed, Black Onion Seed and Black Caraway Seed.
  • Cumin seeds with diabetic medication may decrease sugar levels to very low level.

Thursday, February 6, 2014


Stevia extracts or stevia sugar are 300% sweeter and stevia leaves are 30% sweeter when compared to normal sugar.Hence it is called as Sweet leaf, Sugar leaf. Stevia rebaudiana is the botanical name. Stevia medicinal properties were found by Japanese and it was slowly spread to Thailand,Malaysia and Taiwan. Stevia leaves native to south america and used from ancient times.  

Nutritional value with Stevia:
  • Stevia leaves can be taken by diabetics to control sugar levels in the body.
  • Stevia leaves not only controls diabetes and also controls blood pressure ,hypertension, stomach burns, heart problems ,skin diseases and act as anti aging agent.
  • Stevia leaves can control mouth cancers when they chewed and act as a mouth freshener.
  • Stevia leaves contains no calories thus it will not increases glucose levels in the body.
  • Stevia is very good in reducing obesity and tooth problems.
  • Stevia exhibits anti-bacterial,anti-fungal and anti viral properties and increases body resistance very quickly.
  • Stevia is anti-diarrheal, anti-hyperglycemic, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor  and diuretic which helps in lowering uric acids levels in the body.
  • Stevia improves insulin sensitivity and improves production of insulin in the body and helps to fight against diabetes.
  • Stevia leaves used by South Americans as folk medicine to treat obesity and infections.
  • Stevia concentrate(2 to 3 drops) when added to shampoo while doing head bath it controls dandruff and makes hair healthy.
  • Stevia eliminates mouth sores and helps in treating gingivitis, tooth cavities and tooth decay.
  • Stevia tea eliminates indigestion, heart burns and controls stomach upsets.
  • Stevia increases calcium absorption in the body and helps to gain bone density.
  • Stevia leaves can be used as skin ointment to treat wrinkles and skin rashes. It can be applied as facial mask.
  • Stevia contains essential minerals which supports health such as phosphorus, calcium, proteins, vitamins, magnesium, zinc, sodium and other minerals.
  • Stevia grounded powder(dry or fresh) can be used as substitute of sugar.
Cautions with Stevia:
  • Stevia is a natural substitute of sugar and it has zero to minute side effects.
  • Research was going on stevia and its health benefits but no clinical reports yet not released.
  • More clinical studies states that Stevia is more effective in treating Type 2 diabetes.
  • Some of experiments states that stevia can cause low blood pressure.
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Food and Drug Administration of the US suggested 4mg per kg of body weight is acceptable intake of stevia.
  • Pregnent women and people suffering from serious health disturbance's should take advise of doctor before consumption.