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The Power of Microgreens - the Sattvic Food Gem in Ayurveda

What are Microgreen?

Mircrogreens, which are also known as “vegetable confetti”, are baby plants which are harvested between 10 and 14 days from seeding. They are young edible seedlings of beans, herbs, grains, and vegetables. They are sometimes confused with sprouts because they are tiny and perfect. They are easily available from shops and can be grown anywhere even at home using vegetables seeds, grains, or herbs. Microgreens are loaded with nutrients and vitamins, because of which they are also known as the powerhouse of natures multivitamins. They are also known as living foods because they are organic and very close to nature.

Microgreens

How do you grow them? (Hydroponic and in soil)

Mircogreens are an amazing source of nutrients. They are very easy and fun to grow, whether indoors or outdoors. People who are interested in kitchen gardening, grow microgreens in their kitchen window ledges. We can harvest mircogreens in 2-3 weeks. Microgreens can be grown in soil or hydroponic environment. Microgreens which are grown using in soil and hydroponic methods have high nutritional values.

Growing microgreens in soil requires soil and ample amount of sunlight. Sattvic foods, such as peas, sunflower, beets, cilantro, lentils, beans and others are grown in soil. Sattvic foods are very simple and should be grown organically using extremely rich fertile soil.

In Hydroponic method, a good sunlight is needed to grow microgreens. Instead of soil, mineral nutrient solutions in water is used to grow microgreens. This method is excellent for indoor or kitchen gardening. A few microgreens which are grown hydroponically are, lettuce, spinach, bell peppers, cucumbers, and strawberries.

Microgreens

Microgreens

How to add them to your daily diet?

As mentioned earlier, microgreens are powerhouse of natures multivitamin. Adding them into our daily diet will give us daily dose of multivitamins we need. Some of the ways you can incorporate it into your daily diet is:

  • Add microgreens into your salad.
  • Place microgreens (like lettuce) into wraps for extra crunchy flavor.
  • Add microgreens into your smoothies and juices.
  • Garnish or sprinkle into any dish you eat.
  • Add microgreens into your omelet, sandwiches, pizzas, flatbreads, or rolls.

You can easily incorporate microgreens into your daily life because they are taste enhancer and can be added into any food.

Microgreens salad

Types of seeds that can be grown for microgreens

– legumes (chickpea, mung beans, lentils), grains (Buckwheat, Amaranth & Wheat), seeds (sunflower), Brassica family (Broccoli, cabbage, Kale. Radish, Watercress, Arugula, Mustard, Kolrabi etc), Herbs (Cilantro, Basil Sorel, Dill, Anise, Mint, Oregano, Sage), Onion family (Chives, Leeks, Onions and Garlic)

My Top 12 Microgreens

Following are my top 12 microgreens:

  • Alfalfa
  • Broccoli
  • Buckwheat
  • Cabbage
  • Clover
  • Fenugreek
  • Mung
  • Mustard
  • Peas
  • Radish
  • Sunflower
  • Watercress

These microgreens contain innumerable benefits. Because they are powerhouse of natures multivitamin, it prevents many diseases and helps to manage weight. They also assist to treat mental and physical health. They have antioxidant property, which helps to remove unstable waste molecules known as free radicals from the body. Broccoli contains phenolic antioxidant and high levels of vitamin E. Lettuce contains carotenoid antioxidants and is high in vitamin A. Each microgreen contains specific antioxidant.

Microgreen
A brief description about each microgreen is given below:

  • Alfalfa

This herb is also known as Medicago Sativa. It contains saponins, estrogenic isoflavonoids (e.g., daidzein, genistein), vitamin K, and the amino acid L-canavanine. Alfalfa is highly nutritious and have high nitrogen content in it.

  • Broccoli

A branched, green vegetable which has numerous health benefits because it is highly nutritious. It contains fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, iron, and potassium and helps to prevent cancer, improve digestion, boost immunity and lose weight.

  • Buckwheat

A type of grain, pseudo cereal, is gluten-free and contains minerals, protein, and fiber. It is a superfood and helps to improve heart condition and promote healthy weight loss. It also aids to manage diabetes.

  • Cabbage

An excellent snack because it has very few calories in it. It has layers of leaf and can be eaten raw in salad. It taste very delicious and crispy.

  • Clover

A small fragrant flower herb which has a nutty flavor. They are very easy and quick to grow.

  • Fenugreek

A clover like herb, which contains different alkaloids, flavonoids and saponins. It has powerful blend of flavors and is used in medicine and cooking. It is used as an appetite stimulant, and to treat atherosclerosis, constipation, diabetes, dyspepsia/gastritis, fevers, kidney ailments

  • Mung

Mung are rich in vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber. They have fewer calories and has numerous health benefits.

  • Mustard

Mustard is a broadleaf, cruciferous, cool-seasoned annual oilseed crop produced mostly for the condiment market.

  • Peas

Peas are not a vegetable but actually belong from the legumes food category. They are low in calories and low in fat. They are very healthy and nutritious to eat.

  • Sunflower

Easily grown in soil only, they are an amazing source of iron and calcium.

  • Watercress

Watercress contains high amount of vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamin C. Besides this, they are an amazing source of folate, calcium, iron and vitamin E.

Reference: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316075#benefits

Written By: Syeda Saira

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Moongpani, Mungdalpani or Mung Bean Water Benefits in Ayurveda

Moong or Mung beans are the “Queen Beans” of all the beans, as per Ayurvedic Medicine. Moong is considered the superior bean in Ayurvedic Medicine. As we know Ayurveda uses food as medicine and inspires us to become an expert with ingredients as a cook in our kitchen. Ayurveda teaches us how to dilute certain ingredients for easy digestion and detoxification.

My friend Annu has created this amazing product line based on Ayurveda using Moongdal that is easily available in Canada. This I believe this is one of the Best of Holistic Fast Food that that is available at health stores. The process of making traditional moong pani requires time and patience. And when using Annu’s product you skip the labour and reap the benefit of easy to make moongpani at your disposal. Please keep reading this blog till the end to find out more about my friends amazing product. Just a quick teaser this is Keto Friendly, Vegan and Halal therefore, is suitable for many different lifestyles.

Before sharing more details about this new exciting product, I still want to delve into how you can make your own moong pani, what are the benefits of moong dal or mung beans as well as benefits of moongpani.

Ayurvedic Characteristics

Sanskrit Name: Mudga

English Name: Mung Bean/Green gram

Taste: Sweet & Astringent

Energetics: Cooling

Qualities: Drying, light and absorbent. (whole mung bean is slightly heavy)

Post Digestion (Vipaka): Pungent

Effects on Dosha: Balances Kapha and Pitta

Vitamins & Minerals: In each cup of mung beans, you will get 14.2 grams of protein (rich in essential amino acids), 15 grams of fiber and 38.7 grams of carbohydrate. Additionally, contains Folate/B9 (80%), B1, B2, B3, B5. B6, Selenium, Manganese (30%), Phosphorus, Iron, Copper, Potassium and Zinc.

Ways to Cook & Prepare Mung Beans or Moong Dal as Food and Skin Care:

The humble green gram is available at the grocery stores in 3 ways. Whole green gram, spilt mung beans and yellow mung dal. Its easy to cook dal from the last one.

Sprouts and microgreens made from whole mung are living foods that nourish the body with high nutrient and detoxifying content. Sprouts and microgreens are great support to skin health.

Moongpani (also known as Rasam) can be made from spilt green gram or the yellow moong dal.

Grounded moong dal or mung bean powder can be mixed with water, honey or yogurt to apply as face mask.

One can make khichari and dal or lentil soup using any of the three types available.

Interesting to learn that in Ayurveda the roots of the mung bean is used to make medicated milk to be used as an energy drink.

Benefits of Moong Dal or Mung Bean Soup:

As you can see the list of nutrient density of this humble moong dal, it is obvious the nourishment this dal can provide. The phyto nutrients in the moong can provide us with antioxidant support which in turn can reduce the risk of many chronic disease or chronic health condition. Sprouted moongdal provides the highest antioxidant protection. It also contains anti-inflammatory properties and help to cool down the body. Antioxidants such as Vitexin and Isovitexin may prevent heat stroke in addition to water (hydration is key). Moong dal or mung bean also supports healthy heart function by reducing the bad cholesterol and high blood pressure. This is due to the high fiber and high mineral content.

Benefits of Moong Pani, Mung Bean Water or Moongpani:

1. The most important benefit of Moongpani is it kindles the digestive fire or the agni (enzymes, HCl) that is ever so needed for immunity and digestion. Moongpani promotes healthy appetite, improves detoxification of the body and can be used reduce obesity or for weight loss in combination with a healthy diet.

2. I highly recommend this during a spiritual cleanse or healthy detoxification as its is easy on the body to digest Moongpani. When fasting for spiritual or cleansing reason try to break your fast with Moongpani.

3. Moongpani is also known to improve the quality of one’s voice.

4. It can be considered as an aphrodisiac as it promotes physical strength/energy.

5. Ayurveda also recommends using moongpani during ones wound healing. Hence can be easily used for post surgery recovery.

6. Ayurveda confirms that moong dal or mung bean reduces Kapha induced diseases and reduces mucus in the body. The soup/dal as well as moongpani is highly beneficial to reduce cough, cold and fever.

7. Looking at the nutrients, prabhava (effects on health) and its cooling effect, mung bean dal and moongpani can be used in obesity (weight loss), inflammatory diseases (arthritis, gout. Rhinitis etc.)

8. Moongpani can also support cardiac conditions, piles, vertigo, gynecological issues, skin condition and mental health condition.

9. Due to the low glycemic index of a diluted moongpani and high protein and fiber content moongpani is amazing for balancing blood sugar and for diabetic patients.

10. The rich array of B vitamins and folic acid in moong can support healthy pregnancy.

11. Moongpani has been used by Ayurvedic Practitioner’s to reduce swelling in the body or feet.

12. Having moongpani for dinner (dinner by sunset) can reduce stiffness in the joints. However, combine this with 8-10 cups of water and good diet for the rest of the day. The alkalizing minerals contribute towards reducing the stiffness in the body. Ensure to add small amount of lemon or lime juice.

Traditional Preparation of Moongpani:

The traditional or Ayurvedic preparation of moongpani or mungpani requires the understanding of ratio between water and moongdal to extract maximum nutrients and to create a good dilution of moong. Ayurveda suggests 18:1 ratio for water to moong dal or mung bean.

Recipe: Homemade Moongpani

Ingredients:

Whole Moong dal or Mung Bean – 25 grams

Water – 400 ml

Direction:

1. Presoak moong dal for 8 to 10 hours. Drain the water and set it aside.

2. In a heavy bottom pan, add the water and bring it to boil.

3. Add the moong dals and in medium-high eat cook until water is one fourth or 100 ml. If can be done in a pressure cooker as well for 3-4 whistles.

4. Strain the soup only to get the water. You can add a few teaspoons of the bean (by product from the straining)

I understand that the above may not sound very appetizing however it’s the perfect food for digestion and detoxification. Many people add Tarka or using tempering spices to flavour the moongpani. Ayurvedic medicine refers to taking moongpani and then later add ginger, lime, cumin, mint, cilantro, amla juice and hing to improve flavour.

However, the above effort and the blandness of the soup can be avoided if you by the Moongpani by Annu. See below for more information.

Moongpani or Mung Bean Soup Tea by Balatibala Plant-Based Foods

Here is the good news for people who are always on the run, have crazy busy schedule or work long hours without break. Moongpani or Mung Bean Soup or Tea by Balatibala Plant-Based Foods is made in Canada!! Annu who is making traditional Ayurvedic Food/Medicine available to you in a click. Large health food sites such as, Well.ca, Vegansupply.ca and Noah’s Fine foods is carrying her Moongpani or Mung Bean Tea.

The way Annu keeps to tradition and the labour/love put in the product is incredible. Result is the stock was sold out at Well.ca after the first shipment.

You can use this product as a soup or a tea. If you add as a quick soup mix, just pour water, add lime or lemon and enjoy with a hearty salad. If using as a tea, then pour water, wait till it dissolves and drink as a tea. Annu has added traditional spices and herbs to suit your palate.

Balatibala Plant-Based Foods is a family-owned business that makes Moong Pani Soup-Teas made from mung beans, herbs and spices. They have taken a traditional and nutritious Indian hot drink, based on Ayurvedic principles of health, and created a convenient dried soup-tea mix that is tasty, healthy, all natural and conveniently packaged for anytime anywhere.

Keto Lifestyle Followers: Please make the moongpani in a coffee mug, pour water, wait until it dissolves and then add lemon juice on it. Add your favourite fat or Ghee to make it Keto Ideal! Instead of drinking coffee that is a diuretic food and will flush water out of your system why not try the Moongpani.

Vegan Lifestyle Followers: Make the Moongpani as a per the instruction at the back on the package. Add fresh lemon or lime juice. Instead of ghee, heat up small amount of coconut oil and add it.

In world of superfood and so many supplements it is hard to convince people how a humble moong can transform your health. Best to try and see the benefits yourself. Yogi’s traditionally loved moongpani to kindle agni. So I hope you will either make at home and support Moongpani in GTA. Your support is crucial for the success of a small business who offers such unique product line.

 

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Vegan Lentil Soup
Vegan Lentil Soup

This Vegan Lentil Soup, is composed of simple and fresh ingredients. The recipe is highly nutritious, full of flavors, and is quickly cooked. Vegan Lentil Soup has amazing fiber contents as it contains lentils which are an excellent source of fibers. The whole family will love this healthy lunch/ dinner of vegan lentil soup especially in perfect cold-weather.

Vegan Lentil Soup Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of orange lentils (presoaked)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 cups of vegetable stock/stock of choice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon each cumin, turmeric
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 celery, chopped
  • 1 potato, washed and peeled
  • 1 tomato washed and cubed
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon oil of choice
  • Chopped cilantro as desired

Directions

  • Pre soak lentils; 1 hour
  • Sautee onion, celery and carrot in soup pot with 1 teaspoon oil until tender
  • Add water to pot with lentils, potato and tomato. Cook covered for 15 minutes on medium heat
  • Once cooked, blend with hand blender
  • Add vegetable stock (stock of choice)
  • Add salt, black pepper, turmeric and cumin
  • Simmer 15 minutes
  • Remove from stove add juice from lemon
  • Serve individually with chopped cilantro

Benefits of Red Lentil 

Red lentils have numerous benefits, but a few of them are listed below:

  1. Full of protein and fiber
  2. An amazing source of iron, magnesium, and folic acid
  3. Good for bones
  4. Anticancer properties
  5. Weight Loss
  6. Digestive health
  7. Stabilize blood sugar
  8. Low cholesterol levels

Vegan Lentil Soup is a perfect meal and can be served with salad. Check out my yummy salad recipes here.

WATCH DETAILED “Vegan Lentil Soup” VIDEO RECIPE:

 

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Castor oil is also known as miracle oil because it has highly fortifying properties. For centuries, it is being used in numerous treatments because of its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It is extracted from the bean of a castor plant which originally come from Eastern Africa. It is one of the most ancient oil which is famous for its powerful and amazing therapeutic properties. It is used in many Ayurvedic medicines and can be consumed both internally or externally depending upon the type of treatment. In Ayurveda, it is amazing to relieve Vata and Kapha disorders.

Properties:

Castor oil has the following properties:

  • anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties
  • pungent/bitter or sweet taste
  • heavy to digest
  • hot in nature

Castor Oil for Tridosha:

In Ayurveda, it is amazing to relieve Vata and Kapha disorders by balancing it. It also relieves pitta when combined and processed with herbs which have bitter and sweet taste.

Health Benefit of Castor Oil:

Castor oil posses a great number of health benefits. Some of which are listed below:

  1. Castor Oil improves skin and cures skin diseases.
  2. Castor Oil cleanses body.
  3. Castor Oil helps to rejuvenate skin and makes it look healthy.
  4. Castor Oil improves health, intelligence, memory, immunity, and digestion.
  5. Castor Oil relieves lower back pain.
  6. Castor Oil is great to treat belly bloating.
  7. Castor Oil is best in destroying abdominal tumors.

When can we use Castor Oil externally?

  • Castor oil contains vitamin E which makes it excellent for the skin. When applied directly on the skin it moisturizes it and give the skin a subtle glow. Regular use of it makes the skin fuller and plumper.
  • Another amazing external use of castor oil is for hair. When applied directly on the scalp it nourishes the scalp and boost hair growth. It fights numerous hair related issues like, itchy scalp, dandruff, dry hair, hair fall, and split ends. Besides that, it can also be used to grow brow, lashes and the hairline.
  • As mentioned earlies, castor oil has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, because of which it is an effective remedy for Arthritis. It helps to improve blood circulation and increases body warmth. It also helps to reduce inflammations and relieves pain. It proves effective to reduce joint pain and backaches.
  • In India, it is a common practice to use castor oil as Kajal over the eyes to improve vision.
  • It can also be used to treat dry cracked feet. Gently massage a few drops of castor oil twice a week and get soft smoot feet.

When can we use Castor Oil internally?

  • Castor oil is a powerful laxative. Therefore, can be consumed internally to relieve constipation and promote healthy digestion. You can add one or two tablespoons in ginger tea and drink it at night.

How to make Castor Oil pack?

Castor oil pack is very effective and can be used to break down cysts, fibroids, and lipomas. To make castor oil pack, use soaked flannel oil and cover it with hot water bottle. It is then placed on the affected area for about an hour. It also helps to reduce inflammation, and joint pain.

Note: FDA approves castor oil and it can be used indefinitely.

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Clove for Dental health

What is a clove?

Clove, also known as the Syzygium aromaticum, is a small flower bud which is reddish brown in color. It is an herb and also used as a spice in savory dishes, desserts, and drinks. It has a very strong aroma and pungent taste. In Ayurveda, it has multiple benefits. One of the most prominent use of clove in Ayurveda is in dental health. It is essential to take a good care of dental and oral health to keep the overall health in check. Because of poor dental hygiene we can face several issues which can be very severe. Practicing good dental health with the right tools and ingredients is effective in long-term.

Is clove effective for dental health?

Clove contains a chemical which is known as eugenol. This chemical is extremely effective to fight toothache and cavities. It also helps to fight bacteria and protects teeth. Since the 19th century, most of the medicines contain eugenol in dentistry because of its analgesic, local anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial effects.

How to incorporate clove into you daily oral regime?

The best way to incorporate clove into you daily oral regime is by making its serum. You can easily use this serum in your daily life.

How to create an essential oil “tooth and gum” serum? 

Take a shot glass – mix 1 teaspoon of organic vegetable oil from your store (it could be an olive oil, coconut oil, or a sesame oil) with 1 drop of Clove bud essential oil (therapeutic grade). Make a larger quantity (using this proportion) for use in your oral care routine and put this in a glass dropper bottle (buy this on Amazon or a natural grocery store). Try adding other bad bacteria fighters like Cinnamon essential oil. 

Attention: Clove essential oil is very strong and should always be diluted (do not use straight).

  • Use it with your dental floss: Apply this to your dental floss (you can use your fingertips or put the floss directly into a shot glass). Floss, as usual, paying close attention to the gum line (be gentle). 
  • Add it to your toothpaste: Apply your toothpaste or powder to your toothbrush, add a few drops of your serum. 
  • Have a toothache? Apply the mixture directly to the tooth and surrounding gum with your finger or a cotton swab.

Benefits of Clove for dental health:

  1. Clove helps to clean teeth & freshens mouth instantly.
  2. Clove relieves tooth pain and strengthens gums.
  3. Clove is an ayurvedic herb and it has anti-bacterial and gum tightening properties.
  4. Clove helps to fights cavities, pyorrhea, bleeding gums, gingivitis, sensitive teeth.
  5. Clove strengthens teeth and gums.
  6. Clove gives long lasting great refreshing taste.
  7. Clove acts as antiseptic and has antibacterial properties.
  8. Clove makes teeth white.
  9. Clove is the best pain relief herb which helps to keeps oral cavity in healthy state and freshens mouth.
  10. Clove also helps removes plaque and tartar.

Are there any side effects of using clove for dental health?

Clove is generally safe to use but continuous rigorous use of clove can have severe effects on the gums and inside of the mouth.

Written By: Syeda Saira

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honey

Honey, which is also known as Madhu or Shahad, it is an important food and medicine in Ayurveda. In Ayurveda, it belongs to the categories of food which can be eaten daily for good health. However, it has very particular and strong properties and should be taken carefully. It is gold if taken properly under right conditions. It is also known as healing nectar because of it’s strong healing powers.

“Nothing is so troublesome as ama [indigestion] caused by the improper intake of honey.’
– Charaka Samhita

Nature’s gift to the mankind

Honey is an excellent nature’s gift to the mankind. Because of it’s sweet taste, one of the prominent use of honey is as a natural sweetener. Besides that, it has high nutritional value. It can also be used as a natural medicine. Honey has sugar such as fructose, maltose, glucose with added proteins, minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and fats.

How is honey produced?

Bees collect pollen and nectar from flowers and carry it to the beehive. In their stomachs, these combine with enzymes and proteins to produce honey. In the beehive, the honey is released into the beeswax comb. This process continues until the combs are full. Honey has long history of use since antiquity.

What is raw honey?

Pure, unfiltered and unpasteurized natural sugar made by the bees from the nectar of flowers. Most of the honey consumed today is processed honey that’s been heated and filtered since it was gathered from the hive. Unlike processed honey, raw honey contains incredible nutritional value.

Kinds of Honey

Honey can be found in many forms. The main kinds of honey commonly found are:

  1. Comb Honey
  2. Liquid Honey
  3. Granulated Honey
  4. Creamed Honey
  5. Chunk Honey
1. COMB HONEY

As the name suggests, this kind of honey is taken directly as it is from the bee wax. Once taken, it is stored with the same comb as it is.

2. LIQUID HONEY

To extract liquid honey, the wax cappings are cut and wax combs are processed in an extractor which is known as honey centrifuge extractor.

3. GRANULATED HONEY

This kind of honey is frozen which makes the water elements separated from the honey and leaves the granules of honey behind.

4. CREAMED HONEY

Creamed honey is the combination of liquid honey and granulated honey. 1 part of granulated honey is mixed with 9 parts of liquid honey; it is then stored at 57 degrees until it becomes completely firm.

5. CHUNK HONEY

Chunk honey contains comb honey and liquid honey. A jar is taken and comb honey is placed in it. Liquid honey is then poured over the comb honey in jar, resulting in chunk honey.

Benefits of Honey

When used under right conditions, honey has numerous benefits. Some of them are listed below:

  1. It helps to relieves cough.
  2. It has amazing healing power and helps to heal wounds.
  3. When combined with turmeric, it is an amazing mixture to heal burns externally.
  4. It reduces Kapha dosha.
  5. It helps to remove congestion.
  6. It helps to reduce weight.
  7. It helps to soothes a sore throat.
  8. It removes unwanted toxins from the body.
  9. It helps to get rid of cholesterol and fat.
  10. It has natural antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
  11. When taken with herbs it increases the potency of herbs.
  12. It is an amazing treatment for diseases like, diarrhea, vomiting, worm infections, etc.
  13. Honey contains iron, manganese, and copper which helps to build hemoglobin in body. Because of which honey aids to treat patients with anemia.
  14. Honey works wonderfully on dry skin to moisturize it.
  15. It helps to treat various eye ailments.

Properties of Honey

  1. It is for Dosha VK
  2. It tastes sweet 
  3. It energetics heating 
  4. It contains vitamins and minerals. It has vitamins B, vitamin C, calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium, chromium, and manganese

The Ayurvedic Rules for Honey

Honey is widely used in Ayurveda. However, there are a few rules to get maximum benefit of using honey. Some of them are:

  • The number one rule is to NEVER heat honey(above 40 °C) because heating honey directly creates toxins which are bad for the body.
  • Honey is an excellent medicine for Kapha types, because of it’s quality lekhana. Lekhana scrape away the toxins, fat, and cholesterol from the body.
  • When taken with herbs it increases their potency making them more effective.
  • Avoid eating ghee and honey in equal proportions by weight (not by volume).
  • Those who have Pitta type or Pitta imbalance should avoid taking honey.
  • Honey should be used/consumed with hot foods.

How to test the purity of honey?

It is advisable to use raw honey to get the maximum benefits. There are a few methods to check the purity of honey.

  • When put in the water, the honey should not spread quickly.
  • When added in the water, the honey should settle at the bottom of the jar.
  • The taste should be sweet and astringent, giving the tongue a drying sensation.

 

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Written By: Syeda Saira

What is Miswaak?

Miswaak, which is also known as the oldest toothbrush in history, is a chewing stick. It is made from the roots of the Arak tree (Salvadora persica). It is one of the best and cheapest forms of dental hygiene. It is generally used in regions of the Middle East, North Africa, and Central and Southeast Asia. As Prophet Mohammad ((PBUH) used to do miswaak in his daily life, therefore it is considered as “sunnah” in the culture of Islam.

Miswaak not only helps to remover plaque, calculus, and debris, but it has also been useful to show positive antimicrobial activities. These positive antimicrobial activities protect the teeth from cariogenic and periodontopathic bacteria.

Miswaak vs Toothbrush

Miswaak is more beneficial than toothbrushes and toothpaste/mouthwash. Besides removing plaque, calculus, and debris, it also provides the remedy to anti-sensitize the teeth; prevents the onset of tooth decay, bone building, and bone protecting properties; strengthens joints, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissues; kills pathogens; remineralizes tooth structure; regulates blood pressure; boosts immunity; helps ward off infections; heals tissue repair; reduces bleeding gums; protects from a heart attack, and is anti-cancerous.

Antioxidants may help the body to protect itself against various types of oxidative damage caused by reactive oxygen species, which are linked to a variety of diseases including cardiovascular diseases, cancers, neurodegenerative diseases, and inflammatory diseases. The antioxidant capacity of miswaak makes it an excellent instrument for cleaning teeth, oral hygiene, and food removing purposes, whereas toothbrushes are contradicted in patients with hypersensitivity and cardiovascular disease.

Techniques of Using Miswaak/Chewing Sticks

There are two basic methods for using chewing sticks:

  • Pen-grip (three-finger)
  • Palm-grip (five-finger)

In either case, the purpose is to make sure firm but controlled movement of the brush end of the miswaak within the oral cavity, so that every area of the mouth is reached with relative ease and convenience.

The techniques employed for removing plaque routinely are similar to both a toothbrush and a chewing stick: vertical and horizontal brushing. The cleaning movement should always be directed away from the gingival margin of the teeth which means away from the gums, on both the buccal and lingual surfaces.

Benefits of Miswaak

Miswaak helps to

  1. combat tooth decay and cavities
  2. protects against tartar and plaque
  3. combat harmful bacteria and germs 
  4. protects the gums
  5. strengthen the gums
  6. refresh aftertaste 

Besides all the amazing benefits of miswaak, one of the biggest benefits is that it is easily available and cheap to use.

Disadvantages of chewing Miswaak

Although miswaak is considered to be an important help in continuing oral hygiene, certain disadvantages are linked with its use. Its bristles lie in the long axis of the stick, whereas those of a toothbrush is placed perpendicular to the handle. Thus, it is difficult to reach the lingual surfaces of the dentition with a miswak. Another disadvantage is related to the typical use of miswaak for a prolonged time. Studies show that miswaak or chewing stick users may extremely scrub the anterior teeth, which are located in the area of primary concern while ignoring the posterior teeth. Other studies show that it is the primary cause of gingival recession.

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Homemade Roasted Oatmeal Granola Mix
Homemade Roasted Oatmeal Granola Mix

This blog post shows the recipe for Homemade Roasted Oatmeal Granola Mix. This Oatmeal Granola Mix is gluten-free and better than the store-bought Oatmeal Granola Mix.

Ingredients:

  • Oats, gluten free – 2 cups
  • Coconut, flakes – ½ cup
  • Almonds, slivered – 1 cup
  • Sunflower seeds – ¼ cup
  • Pumpkin seeds – ¼ cup
  • Raisins – 1/3 cup
  • Cinnamon, ground – ½ tbsp.
  • Coconut Sugar, Organic – 3 tbsp.
  • Almond Butter – ½ cup
  • Sea salt – ¼ tsp.
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tsp.

Instruction:

  1. Preheat the oven for 325 F on the bake setting.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together coconut sugar, nut butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and sea salt.
  3. Add in the pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, slivered almonds, oats, and coconut flakes in another bowl– mix well.
  4. Mix the ingredients in two bowls together. Wear gloves and mix them.
  5. Line a baking tray with parchment paper and give it a light coating of oil.
  6. Transfer the mixture to the baking sheet and bake for 6 – 8 minutes, take it out, stir it, and put it back in for another 6 – 8 minutes. Watch so doesn’t get burnt. In your oven it maybe 8-10 minutes – so keep a close eye and see how much time is required for your oven.
  7. Remove from oven and set to cool. Once cool transfer to a storage container and add the raisins in and toss.
  8. Store container in the fridge if not using immediately.

Read more recipe by Nahid, here.

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Tri-Doshic Quinoa Khichari
Tri-Doshic Quinoa Khichari

Learn how to make Tri-Doshic Quinoa Khichari. This khichari recipe is simple and easy to make. Read the recipe below.

Ingredients:

1 cup quinoa, (presoaked)

½ cup mung dal (presoaked)

3-4 cups of filtered water

1 cup chopped spinach

½ cup grated carrot

¼ cup green peas

1 teaspoon of ginger, grated

Salt to taste

1 tablespoon of Khichari spice mix

1 tablespoon of ghee or coconut oil

NOTE:

  • Use 1 ½ cup from the quinoa khichari mix bag.
  • Soak quinoa and dal overnight or a minimum of 1 hour.

Preparation:

  1. Mix quinoa and dal together and soak in water. Drain the water out.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat add coconut oil or ghee.
  3. Add all the spices and vegetables. Fry for 2 minutes. Add some salt to vegetables.
  4. Stir in quinoa and mung beans into the pot. Mix well with the spices.
  5. Add water, salt to taste and bring it to boil or until quinoa and dal both are soft (15-20 minutes). Once boiling lower heat to medium, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Tri-Doshic Quinoa Khichari Details

Quinoa (keen-wah): contains of about 20% protein. It is high in the amino acid called lysine and a good source of iron and potassium. It also contains high levels of B-vitamins.

Mung Bean: A great source of protein that vegetarians rely on. Compare to rice, mung beans will be 3-4 times higher in protein content.

Ghee: Ghee stimulates digestion and boosts the immune system. Use in moderation if your body type is Kapha.

Ginger: This pungent flavor spice is Tri-doshic. However, pitta individuals should use it in moderation. It improves digestion, absorption, and assimilation of food. Ginger improves circulation and helps with congestion.

Spinach: Spinach is a superfood. It is loaded with tons of nutrients in a low-calorie package. Dark, leafy greens like spinach are important for skin, hair, and bone health. They also provide protein, iron, vitamins, and minerals.

Carrot: Carrots are nutrient-dense root vegetables and are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and beta-carotene.

Peas: Peas are rich in nutrients like iron, phosphorus, minerals, and B vitamins. Peas are extremely versatile and can accompany many meals as a side dish to meat or fish, be added to pasta and rice dishes, made into a soup, or cooked and cooled ready to be used in salads.

Detox Ayurvedic Quinoa Khichari without Onion and Garlic

Read another khichari recipe here.

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1. Broccoli

Broccoli is a branched, green vegetable with either purple or more commonly green flower buds. It belongs to the cruciferous family, along with cauliflower, cabbage and kale and it can be eaten raw or cooked, with just 80g (about 2 spears) counting as one of your five-a-day. This nutritional powerhouse is no stranger to plates. It is a good source of fibre and protein, and contains iron, potassium, calcium, selenium and magnesium as well as the vitamins A, C, E, K and a good array of B vitamins including folic acid.

2. Black Eyed Peas

Black-eyed peas beans are common legumes that are cultivated throughout the globe. These black-eyed peas are also known as Cowpeas. These black-eyed peas are pale in color and have a large black or red spot that looks like an eye. When it comes to packing in nutrition, you really can’t go wrong with super nutrient-rich, black-eyed beans. These savory legumes are an excellent source of complex carbs, fiber and many essential vitamins and minerals. Beans like black-eyed peas are so full of good nutrition that they’re considered both a protein food and a vegetable.

3. Almonds

As natural energy-boosters, almonds come loaded with good nutrition like many other nuts, but their high levels of fiber, vitamin E, proteins, and other important components just might make them the best part of the trail mix. Almonds are rich in vegetable proteins, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and phytochemicals.

4. Kale

Kale is highly nutritious, containing high levels of vitamins, minerals, and brain-boosting phytonutrients. Kale is easy to grow and generally inexpensive. It’s one of the simplest crops for local farmers to grow, thriving in small plots of land and personal gardens

5. Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are full of vitamins and minerals essential to daily health, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate guidelines, and have a number of benefits. A sweet potato is high in vitamin A, particularly in the form of beta-carotene. Eating just one of them baked in the skin will give you more than four times the recommended Daily Value of the nutrient, making it one of the richest plant sources of the vitamin there is. Vitamin A is important to the health of your vision, cells, and immune system, as well as embryonic growth.

6. Kelp

Kelp is an excellent source of iodine, potassium, magnesium, iron, and calcium. It is also an excellent source of vanadium, used in clinical studies to lower glucose levels in individuals suffering from diabetes type 1 and 2.

7. Figs

Figs are high in fiber and are a good source of several essential minerals, including magnesium, manganese, calcium (which promotes bone density) and potassium (which helps lower blood pressure), as well as vitamins, principally K and A, as well as folate and choline.

8. Tofu

Tofu is an excellent source of calcium and a very good source of manganese, copper, selenium, protein and phosphorus. In addition, tofu is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, magnesium, zinc and vitamin B1.

9. Black strap molasses

Blackstrap molasses is the dark, viscous molasses syrup that is produced by the third boiling. It is the thickest and darkest type of molasses, and it tends to have a bitter taste. Blackstrap molasses is also the most concentrated form, and it contains the most vitamins and minerals. For this reason, some sources say that it has the most health benefits.

10. Sunflower seeds

Sunflower seeds are rich in the B complex vitamins, which are essential for a healthy nervous system, and are a good source of phosphorus, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, protein and vitamin E. They also contain trace minerals, zinc, manganese, copper, chromium and carotene as well as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids – types of ‘good’ fat that may help to protect the arteries.

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