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24 Aug

Brahmi – Ayurveda Herb As Brain Tonic

Brahmi – Ayurveda Herb as Brain Tonic

The herb of Brahmi belongs to the family Umbelliferae, the Latin name of the herb is Centella asiatica. The Sanskrit synonyms are more descriptive of the herb like ‘Brahmi’ i.e. that what increases intellect, ‘Sarswati’ i.e. that what enhances the brain powers, ‘Mandooki’ i.e. it is found in damp places like besides rivers and ponds and spreads like a frog.
The herb of Brahmi is generally annual and spreads on the ground. It bears small leaves that are kidney shaped and small red colored flowers.


Brahmi – Natural Properties of Ayurveda Herb 

By nature, the herb of Brahmi is light and is cold in action. The actual taste of the herb is pungent, while the after taste is sweet. Being pungent, Brahmi is a destroyer of the Pitta dosha or the fire as well as Kapha i.e. the phlegm humor of the body. Chemically, the herb is believed to contain pungent substance, resin, tannins, volatile oil, ascorbic acid, fatty acid, Asiatic acid and Brahmic acid.



Brahmi – Medicinal Uses of theAyurveda Herb 

In the Ayurveda therapy, the natural herb of Brahmi is used effectively to cure ailments related to the dysfunction of the brain and also to revive and reinforce the efficient working of the brain commands. As a natural brain tonic, the Ayurveda herb of Brahmi comes to extensive usage to enhance intellect as well as memory power. Not only this, the herb of Brahmi is used by Ayurveda therapists in healing mind and brain related ailments like epilepsy and anxiety.


Part of the Herb of Brahmi used for Medicinal Purposes

All the parts of the Ayurveda herb come to medicinal use. This means all five parts of the herb of Brahmi viz. flowers, fruit, stem, leaves and roots are functional in providing medicinal benefits.

 

How to use the Ayurveda herb of Brahmi

The natural herb of Brahmi can be taken internally so as to derive the brain tonic advantages. All you need to do is to extract the juice from the fresh herb by crushing or pounding the same. This herb juice can then be filtered through muslin cloth or even taken as such.

Ayurveda recommends freshly extracted juice of the herb of Brahmi to be taken in a dose of 10 to 20 ml.
 

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17 Jul

Ayurveda Lifestyle Guide

Ayurveda is the ancient insight of living life naturally. Following the simple step-by-step guide of the Ayurveda lifestyle is easy and a sure way to gain and maintain natural wellness and holistic well being. Ayurveda Lifestyle confers Holistic Well being
There are many simple to follow steps for the Ayurveda Lifestyle:

  • Waking Early: The right time when you need to be out of your bed is early morning between 4 to 6 am.
  • Relieving the Bowels: Relieving the bowels has to be followed and this needs to be practiced with silence and patience. Hurried attitude that makes you to force expulsion of body wastes is considered to be harmful in the long run.
  •  Cleaning of the face and mouth: Thorough cleansing of the mouth and face with fresh water enables freshness and combats inactivity and the previous night’s siesta.
  • Dental Care: Ancient Ayurveda text counsels natural tree woody sticks, or dautun, for teeth and gum care. These natural herbs take care of oral health by providing wormicidal, blood-purifying, and healing benefits. 
  • Eye Care: You need to fill your mouth with fresh water and cleanse your protruding eyes with cool and fresh water. Ayurveda asserts this practice to be highly beneficial for restoring your natural vision.
  •  Nasal Cleansing: Ayurveda advises mild oiling of the nasal passage that protects from ear, nose, and throat diseases, and also from various allergies.
  •  Mouthwash and Gargles: It is recommended to mouthwash first with oil, and thereafter with warm water. This keeps away dryness of the lips and oral cavity, sore throat, and dental maladies. This is to be followed by gargles with an astringent herb decoction.
  • Herb Pastes: Ayurveda advocates maintaining hygiene by using natural perfumed pastes from scented herbs like Chandan or Sandalwood. This practice is believed to help enhance one’s natural glow and charisma.
  • Everyday Massage: A massage that is performed using Vata suppressing oils, like mustard oil or sesame seed oil, is a natural health-giving asset and keeps away a number of physical and mental ailments. 
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29 May

Ayurveda recommends Papaya

 

Do you cherish the fruit of Papaya? Ayurveda recommends the fruit of Papaya owing to its varied benefits.

Papaya or ‘Papita’ as locally called has the
Sanskrit name ‘Erandkarkati’. The Latin name of papaya is Carica papaya.

The tall trees of the fruit grow 10 to 25 feet that
bear large oval shaped fruit, which is green in the raw state and yellow when
ripe. The raw papaya contains milk like substance. As for the medicinal
purposes, the fruit, milk, seeds and also the leaves come to use.

Properties

The papaya is light, intense
and rough by nature and hot in potency. The taste is bitter and pungent, while
the after taste is bitter. Chemically, the fruit contains a yellow colored gum
resin, sugars, glycosides, acids primarily citric acid and a digestive enzyme
called ‘Papain’. This enzyme has a unique property to digest proteins and fats.
All the more, there is an abundance of vitamins viz. vitamin A, vitamin B
complex and vitamin C. Some minerals like sodium and potassium supplement the
composition.

Benefits

The fruit of Papaya is a destroyer of the air and phlegm body humors.
This is in accordance to the special properties it sustains. All the more in
the ripe state, papaya also tends to combat an aggravation in the fire humor.

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A Natural tonic: Papaya is a natural source of
a number of vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes. You need to make it a
regular supplement to your daily diet and feel the energy boost. Not only this,
the fruit could benefit by increasing the blood pressure as well as the blood
sugar levels. This is highly suggestive for those suffering from the symptoms
of fatigue, lack of vigor and occasional loss of sleep.

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Digestive aid: The fruit of papaya contains
some digestive enzymes that benefit by easy absorption and assimilation of
food. Not only do these enzymes stimulate the liver for proper functioning, but also cause
an overall improvement in the digestion and as a result provide an increase in
the health and vitality.

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Diuretic: Papaya diet is advisable in
the urinary disorders in which there is a decrease in the normal flow of urine.

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For women maladies: In case of excessive pain
during menstruation or an irregular or decreased flow during the cycle, papaya
again comes to use. According to Ayurvedic texts, a powder prepared by pounding
the seeds of the fruit is to be taken along with warm water in a dose of half
to one gram. Also, the lactating mothers need to supplement the fruit in their
daily diet regimen. This could result into a better production of milk.

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For local application: The milk from a raw papaya is
a holder of anti-infective and anti-toxic properties. In case of tonsillitis,
the same can be put onto the inflamed tonsils like throat paint. For mouth and
tongue ulcers, try applying the milk on the sores for relief. The seeds and
leaves of papaya are believed to be helpful in decreasing pain and swelling. In
case of joint pains, the leaves are to be warmed and applied as a hot
fomentation onto the affected joints or the seeds can be crushed and mixed into
mustard oil for local massage. 

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05 May

Ayurveda Basics – The Science of Ayurveda

Ayurveda, which is a holistic ancient perception
passed on by learned Sages of India, have endowed our health and longevity with
the virtues of Natural wellness since times immemorial. Derived from the two
meaningful lexis Ayus and Veda which when combined together, (whereas
Ayus means life and Veda is knowledge or science) crafts the word “Ayurveda” or
the Science of Life.

Ayurveda treatment is rightly regarded
as ‘Sukha Chikitsa’ or the blissful health
management and in precise logic it means that this is the pure form of healing,
wherein an individual is made to find complete relief from his ailment and at
the same time it is ensured that in the process no other ailment tends to crop
up.  

 

Ayurveda
Basics

 There are two key features that
attribute to the entire science of Ayurveda

 

   Swasthavritam or the Natural Lifestyle
Modification

This is the prophylactic approach to
Natural wellness in Ayurveda philosophy, which is manifested primarily with
maintaining as well as sustaining holistic wellness. And precisely this is
regarded as most imperative and desirable in Ayuveda discipline.

 Aaturvritam
or the curative aspect of Ayurveda therapy

 Ayurveda being a therapeutic
discipline, has full potential to help a patient  overcome the ailment from which he is
suffering, exclusively using Natural means of healing. Curing of the disease in
Ayurveda has always been considered as secondary to harboring of Natural
wellness.   

 

What
makes Ayurveda Distinctive?

 

  • In Ayurveda therapy the very approach towards
    treatment focuses to eradicate the disease from its roots. The aim is to do
    away with the basic cause of the disease, and also no new ailment should emerge
    as a consequence.
  • Ayurveda insists that medicine be centered at
    the patient, rather on the disease. And therefore this science redeems holistic
    approach towards well being.  
  • Ayurveda treatment deals with the preparations
    only from herbs and natural resources, it is regarded as not-detrimental mode
    of treatment with least or no side effects.
  •  Concept
    of the five Elements in Ayurveda Philosophy

Our physical body that is
believed to be a natural amalgam of the five basic elements viz. sky or ether,
air, fire, water and earth; evidently authenticates with the theory of
Ayurveda.

  •  Aakasha or Ether (sky) – This element is the empty
    space between organs and cells.
  •  Vayu or the air element – This corresponds to all
    body movements.
  •  Agni or the fire- This is the implicit metabolic
    heat present in the body.
  •   Jala or the water – All the fluids flowing in
    the body like Saliva, plasma, mucous correspond to the water element.
  • Prithvi or the earth element  – This manifests as our body substance.

 
 
 
 

Vata,
Pitta & Kapha – The Backbone of Ayurveda Philosophy

These three doshas or humors of the body are the prime attributes that are significant
for not only the upholding of the human body, but also in every little aspect
that causes balance or even imbalance within the body.

Vata or the air, Pitta or the fire
and kapha or the Phlegm are entirely imbibed within the body. This needs to be
understood that as and when the three doshas are present in their relative
balanced states, then these reason for the natural wellness of an individual.
Nevertheless when the three humors get to become imbalanced, this means that
either they are decreased or increased than their normal limits, this reasons
formation of disease.

 

Relation
between the three Doshas and the five Elements

 

  •  Of
    the five basic elements, Ether and Air combine together and result into making
    of Vata or the Air. Movement or commotion is the fundamental quality of the
    air humor or the Vata dosha.
  •   The
    fire humor or Pitta dosha is mainly the consequence of Fire element. This
    signifies metabolism inside the body.
  •   Water
    and Earth combine and make up the Kapha or phlegm humor. And this very humor or
    dosha entails the physical structure of the human body.
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