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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

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Miswaak
Miswaak

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.

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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

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