The Lovely Rose
Roses are mostly known these days as a symbol of beauty and romance but they have been used for thousands of years around the world in many different ways. In Ayurveda, roses are said to not only uplift the spirit but to reduce inflammation, act as an aphrodisiac, benefit skin, menstruation, liver, spleen, kidneys and eyesight as well as slow the aging process. With its cooling nature, we can use roses both internally and externally to calm our mind, body and soul. This is especially recommended in the early fall season as pitta is at it’s highest in the atmosphere.
3 Ways to Keep Cool w/ Roses
½ cup whole milk yogurt
2 cups of water (previously boiled and brought back to room temperature)
1 tablespoon rose water
3 tablespoons sucanat, turbinado or other raw sugar
pinch of cardamom (optional)
- Hand whisk/churn yogurt with a molinillo (Or use a blender / immersion blender)
- Add water to yogurt
- Add rest of ingredients
- Churn until frothy
Calming Rose Facial Mask
3 dried rose buds
½ teaspoon fenugreek seeds
¼ teaspoon turmeric
2 tablespoons besan / chickpea flour
Rose water (optional)
- Grind the rose buds & fenugreek seeds to a fine powder
- Mix in turmeric & chickpea flour
- Add milk and/or rose water to make a smooth paste
- Apply on face for 10-15 min
- Rinse off with tepid water
2 cups whole milk or coconut milk
1 cup water
6 tablespoons kudzu root starch powder
⅓ cup sucanat, turbinado, rapadura or coconut sugar
¼ teaspoon cardamom powder
½ teaspoon rose powder
¼ teaspoon vanilla powder
2 teaspoons rose water
1 tablespoon lightly toasted shredded coconut (optional)
- Mix dry ingredients in saucepan
- Add milk, sugar and mix again
- Heat over medium heat for 5-10 min while stirring constantly
- Turn off heat when reached desired thickness
- Mix in Rose water and toasted coconut
- Serve and eat warm
When Life gives you Lemons….Lemon and its health benefits!
Came across the idiom : When life gives you lemons, make lemonade !
Contrary to the definition of lemons ( A defective product, or anything that doesn’t work very well; something which breaks constantly, particularly a car ), the lemon fruit is full of usefulness. It has a wide variety of use as a herbal medicine in home remedies and also used extensively in Ayurvedic medication.
Juicy, acidic, and flavorful lemon is the most widely used citrus fruit . It is the smallest among citrus fruits yet contains more health benefiting nutrients than oranges . Available in all seasons and grown worldwide – its usage as a scrub for enhancing beauty , as a toxin remover when consumed internally in various forms and recipes is well known . A multi-purpose fruit and medicinal herb.
- Lemons help maintain Body pH balance – as its acidic by nature but turns Alkaline when consumed.Hence a great food for Pitta “Body Type”
- Lemon is a natural energizer and also helps in digestive disorders.
- Relieves Tooth ache, respiratory problems
- Helps reduce sore throat
- Flushes out toxins from the body and acts as blood purifier
- Cut Lemon into 2 parts and dip in sugar and use as a face scrub
- Helps reduce fever.
Tulasi ( Holy Basil ) home remedies
So as promised, here are some details on this wonderful and timeless medicinal herb ! Wiki details on Tulasi – Ocimum tenuiflorum, also known as Ocimum sanctum, Holy basil, or tulasī, is an aromatic plant in the family Lamiaceae which is native to the Indian Subcontinent and widespread as a cultivated plant throughout the Southeast Asian tropics. Tulsi is considered as a goddess in Hinduism and sometimes referred as wife of Lord Vishnu. She is often called as Vishnupriya – the beloved of Vishnu. Tulasi leaves is an essential part in the worship of God Vishnu (Narayana) and his Avatars including God Krishna.The legend behind Tulsi Vivah and its rites are mentioned in the scripture Padma Purana. It is regarded in Ayurveda as a kind of “elixir of life” and believed to promote longevity. Tulasi extracts are used in ayurvedic remedies for a variety of ailments. Traditionally, tulasi is taken in many forms: as herbal tea, dried powder, fresh leaf or mixed with ghee (clarified butter). Essential oil extracted from tulasi is mostly used for medicinal purposes and in herbal cosmetics. Tulasi or Holy basil as its commonly known, has been part of Grandma’s favorite herbs for all kinds of minor to major ailments. Some common home remedies using Tulasi as a standalone or in combination with other things are listed below. Like most other Ayurvedic medications/herbs, there are no side effects of using it – though sometimes the effectiveness (depending on the severity of the health condition) might vary. Being widely available , its not only a cheap but highly effective herb for a multi-tude of ailments.
- Chew a few leaves of Holy basil daily – as an natural mouth freshener and oral disinfectant. Its freshness can last for a very long time. Also, Holy Basil is known to destroy more than 99% of the germs and bacteria in the mouth. If taken regularly, it can also cure/prevent ulcers in the mouth.
- Its also known to have very good anti- stress compounds, which help in reducing labor pain, treating gastroenteritis, cholera, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rheumatism, nausea, septic, urinary and genital infections, destroying worms in the stomach.
- Wash eyes daily with a few leaves of basil soaked in water, to help prevent/cure conjunctivitis, boils and many other problems of the eyes which are caused due to viral, bacterial or fungal infections. A cheap and effective eye and face wash 🙂
- Quite effective in dental cavities, plaque, tartar, and bad breath prevention.
- The astringent properties in it, helps control blood pressure and lowering his/her cholesterol levels.
- Having regular dose of Tulasi leaves juice combined with honey in the right proportion helps prevent/cure kidney stones.
- Holy Basil helps boot immunity when consumed in moderate amount on a regular basis.
- Tulsi is a effective germicidal, fungicidal, anti-bacterial and anti-biotic herb, that helps preventing or curing fever,Common Cold,Coughs,Headaches etc.
- Make a nice herbal tea with a few Tulasi leaves combined with honey and ginger for those cold winter days 🙂 Helps in obesity too..
A muti-use herb that has been used for generations in Indian medicine system as a general tonic. A ‘must-have’ plant in most Hindu traditional homes. There are more than a dozen varieties of this herb, which grows in Indian sub-continent alone. Some of the common variants of Tulasi/Holy Basil are as shown below – more on these varieties and their unique medicinal properties in future articles – stay tuned !
How to brew your green Tea?
Green tea is surely the ‘go-to’ health beverage for every health food junkie, from rookies to pros! Green tea sippers swear by its weight reducing, cancer preventing and acne free beautiful skin giving (and several other) benefits.
There is no doubt that green tea is packed with immense health benefits! However, are you doing it the right way?
Here are some tips on brewing green tea correctly:
Green Tea Leaves or tea bags?
Certainly leaves! Leaves contain whole tea leaves or largest pieces which keep their antioxidants and nutrients intact. Converting them in tea bags requires chopping in fine bits which can lead to loss of nutrients.
How to brew green tea correctly?
1. Green tea has delicate flavor. Hence it should never be made with boiling water which can destroy its flavor as well as nutritive value. Use hot water instead at a temperature of 82-89° C.
2. Take the water off heat and add green tea leaves- 1 pinch per person.
3. Cover the pot and allow the tea to steep. The pot should be big enough for the tea leaves to expand in water and steep. Brew for 2- 3 minutes.