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10 Ayurvedic Herbs That Are A Boon to Mankind| Newsgram

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Shatavari. Wikimedia

Oct 08, 2017: The supreme tradition of Ayurveda has been considered as universal and eternal. Ayurvedic herbs have been in use since the ancient times. This statement of Charaka sage (one of the principal contributors to Ayurveda in ancient India) is completely true – Life is the combination of body, senses, mind and reincarnating soul. Ayurveda is the most sacred science of life, beneficial to humans both in this world and world beyond. The effect of this is that even today Ayurvedic method has settled in our hearts in some form.

We hear in our everyday life that we are told to take celery when there is abdominal pain or gas. When there is cold and cough, it is said that do not drink cold water, take ginger, basil, black pepper tea. All this is part of Ayurveda directed by the elderly. After all, that time is returning now when not only the leaders of the country but people of the whole world have not only accepted Ayurvedic medicine and its authenticity but also have adopted.

Here is a list of 10 Indian Ayurvedic Herbs:

Gritkumari (Aloe Vera)

Gritkumari/Ayurvedic herbs. Pixabay

This strange looking plant or ayurvedic herb has no end to its beneficial properties. Gritkumari or Aloe Vera helps in diabetes, uterine disease, stomach upset, joint pain, skin malfunction, acne, wrinkles, facial scars, dark circles of eyes, torn ankles. 

Shatavari (Asparagus)

Shatavari
Shatavari/Ayurvedic Herbs. Pixabay

Shatavari is called Asparagus in English and its botanical. It is a medicinal plant (one of the indian ayurvedic herbs known as “reproductive tonic”) found in India, which is used in the treatment of countless diseases. Shatavari is sometimes also translated as “she who possesses 100 husbands.” The plant is known to enhance the fertility of both male and female. It promotes lactation in women.

Bhringraj (False Daisy)

Bhringraj/Ayurvedic herbs. Wikimedia

Bhringraj is considered a herb for longevity and rejuvenation. It works wonders for hair and cirrhosis. It also rejuvenates memory, teeth, bones, vision, and hearing. This plant is native to India and Southwest America.

Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng)

Ashwagandha plant/Ayurvedic herbs. Wikimedia

Ashwagandha or Indian ginseng has been very important in ancient Indian medicine, Ayurveda. It is a herb that has been used for many centuries. In an effort to stay away from many types of infection, it has also been used by native Americans and Africans. This herb originated in India and it grows best in dry areas. Ashwagandha is very beneficial for those who are always feeling lazy. Laziness ends with its consumption.

Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia)

Giloy/Ayurvedic herbs. Wikimedia

Giloy is known as the ‘root of immortality’. Giloy has been called Amrita due to its richness. Giloy enhances the body’s immune system and eliminates blood loss in the body. Giloy’s intake is also very beneficial in jaundice. 

Methi (Fenugreek)

Methi/Ayurvedic Herbs. Wikimedia

Fenugreek is a very famous herb and due to its unparalleled medicinal properties, it is also used in Ayurveda very popularly. Fenugreek is also found in high quantities of minerals, such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, and copper. Apart from this, it also contains Vitamin B 6. Effective antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and antiviral properties are found in fenugreek seeds. Fenugreek seeds are used for cooking as well as for medicinal purposes. The seeds of fenugreek are known for a sharp flavor and fragrance.

Tulsi (Basil)

Tulsi plant/Ayurvedic herbs. Pixabay

Basil not only holds religious significance but also has many health benefits. Many scientific researches confirm the properties present in Tulsi. In India, the medicinal properties of Tulsi are highly valued. Chewing leaves of Tulsi with ginger gives relief from a cough and cold. Boil the basil with tea leaves and remove a sore throat.

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Bhrami/Ayurvedic herbs. Wikimedia

In addition to the intelligence, memory, Brahmi is used for many health problems. This medicine has great importance in Ayurveda. Brahmi is green and white. All parts of the Brahmi plant are useful. As far as possible, Brahmi should be used freshly. The effect of Brahmi is mainly on the mind. It is a tonic for the brain and also gives peace to it. If there is a decrease in the efficiency of the person after the strenuous work, then the use of Brahmin has a great advantage.

Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna)

Arjuna plant/Ayurvedic herbs. Wikimedia

It is a medicinal tree and is found supreme among the medicines used in cardiovascular diseases in Ayurveda. Arjun tree is being used in Ayurveda for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases since ancient times.

Tagar (Valeriana wallichii)

Tagar plant/Ayurvedic herbs. Wikimedia

Tagar plant is one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine system for sleeping disorders. It is also known as Indian Valerian. It is used in Ayurveda, for treating brain-related disorders such as insomnia, hysteria, nervous unrest, and emotional troubles. 

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

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7 Things That We Can Learn From ‘Arjuna’ of Bhagavad Gita

Arjuna is one of the best examples of an ideal student. There are many qualities of Arjuna that we should try imbibing in ourselves. Read on to find what can be learned from Arjuna.

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Lord Krishna and Arjuna from a scene in the Hindu epic book Mahabharata. Pixabay

Arjuna is one of the characters around whose life story is depicted by the Bhagavad Gita. Arjuna in many ways was an ordinary person just like us. The one thing that makes him more than ordinary was the fact that he had a good heart. But he also had his own good and bad habits. Lord Krishna chose Arjuna to reveal the Gita because he saw that not many men were as sensitive as Arjuna. Usually, not many men hesitate morally in order to fight a war and stand for their rights. We have received the teachings of God because of Arjuna who was the student and Veda Vyasa who recorded it. We have made a list of 7 things about why he was an ideal student and how we can learn things from ‘Arjuna’.

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The painting depicts the scene where Arjuna is fighting in the war of Mahabharata. Wikimedia

Here are the 7 things

Humility

Arjuna was very humble and sincere. He was willing to accept his flaws and learn from them. To quote the Gita, Arjuna to Krishna, “Overcome by faintheartedness, confused about my duty (Dharma), I ask you: Please tell me that which is truly better for me. I am your student. Please teach me, I have taken refuge in you” Gita 2.7

Willingness to leave his family for learning

When the Pandavas were banished to the forest because of Duryodhana treachery, Arjuna decided to make use of the time he had and learn some new skills and the science and art of using new weaponry. So he separated from his family in order to learn about advanced weapons from Bhagwan Shiva.

Respectful towards his teacher

Arjuna was extremely respectful towards his teacher and always adhered to his instructions. This can be understood in the following instance. Guru Dronacharya had been humiliated by King Drupad. When all the Pandava princes ended their education Guru Dronacharya asked for his ‘gurudakshina’ which was capturing King Drupad alive and bringing the king to him. Arjuna faithfully carried out his teacher’s orders even if has meant risking his own life.

Hindu Epic Mahabharata. Image source: Wikimedia

Not being addicted to sleeping or eating

Arjuna was a sincere student who was ready to give up on his sleep and food if he wanted to master something. The following incident proves Arjuna’s sincerity and dedication. One time while Bheema, his brother was eating his food, the lamp blew out leaving them in darkness. Bheema was still able to complete his food. Inspired from Bheema eating in the dark, he thought that if Bheema could eat in the dark, then he could also aim and hit his target in the dark only by listening to the sounds made by the target. He kept on practicing this skill until he mastered the skill of shooting in the dark. In order to master it, he had to cut down on his sleeping hours. Arjuna has another name ‘Gudakesha’ which meant ‘He who has mastered sleep’.

Attentive and focused

Arjuna was very observant and focused. There is a very famous incident which proves Arjuna’s was very attentive and dedicated. Once Guru Dronacharya asked all the Kauravas and the Pandavas to shoot the eye of a bird that was perched on the tree with a bow and arrow. He called each of them one by one and asked they could see. All of them answered with things like tree, bird, leaves and Guru Drona himself. When Arjuna’s turn came, he answered that he could only see the bird’s eye. Thus he was able to hit the target successfully because his focus was only on the bird’s eye. There is no doubt that Arjuna became an extremely good archer.

Hindu Epic Mahabharata. Wikimedia

Persistent and Hardworking

Arjuna was extremely hard working and spent a lot of effort and time in mastering his skills. Once all the Pandavas and the Kauravas complained that Guru Dronacharya favored Arjuna too much. Dronacharya decided to test them to in order to see how they can perform compared to Arjuna. He sent Arjuna on an errand. Immediately after sending Arjuna, he taught everybody about aiming at a leaf and hitting it successfully. The lesson was completed and everybody left the site before Arjuna returned. On returning he saw a lot split leaves on the ground and understood that he had missed an important lesson. In order to make up for the lesson, he started practicing on leaves in his free time and thus covered up his missed lesson quickly. After coming to know the hard work that Arjuna put in, in order to cover the missed lesson, all the princes understood why he was Guru’s favorite.

Chose God over materialistic riches and power

Before the great war, both Arjuna and Duryodhana approached Krishna to get him to fight for their respective sides. But Krishna told them that he would personally not pick up any weapon and fights and gave both them a choice between him and his mighty army. Duryodhana chose Krishna’s might army while Arjuna just chose Krishna as his charioteer and allowed God to lead him and did not care about the mighty army. Life is full of choices. We often act as Duryodhana and choose the path of power and wealth, compromising on our honesty and justice. But we should always be like Arjuna choosing the path of truth and ‘dharma’ over worldly temptations. This is the reason why Arjuna won the battle even after having a smaller army

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Five Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Hair Fall | Newsgram

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Amla (Indian Gooseberry). Pixabay

Oct 09, 2017: If you are in stress these days due to continuous hair fall, you will get effective treatment in Ayurveda. There are many Ayurvedic herbs that can be used to reduce problems of hair loss.

Five easy ayurvedic home remedies for hair fall

Bhringraj

home remedies for hair fall
Bhringraj. Wikimedia

Bhringraj is believed to be of great importance in Ayurveda for strong and dense hair. Bhrigraj oil not only fights baldness but also premature grey hair.

Brahmi

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Bhrami. Wikimedia

Making a pack of Brahmi and Yoghurt and applying on the hair will reduce hair loss. On regular massage from Brahmi oil, hair grows voluminous.

Amla

home remedies for hair fall
Amla. Pixabay

Vitamin C and antioxidants in Amla are rich in abundance which helps in growing hair. Make a pack by mixing Amla with Hina, Brahmi Powder, and Yoghurt and apply on the hair.

Reetha

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Reetha. Wikimedia

The use of reetha helps in keeping hair black and dense.

Neem

home remedies for hair fall
Ripe fruits of Neem. Wikimedia

Neem is not only used to make hair thick but also to reduce problems like dandruff and lice. Make neem powder and massage it by adding curd or coconut oil to the root of the hair.

Also Read: 10 Ayurvedic Herbs That Are A Boon to Mankind| Newsgram 

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94

 

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Do You Wish to Stay Healthy but are Scared of the word ‘Diet’? If so, then these Ayurvedic Diet Tips are for you!

The Ayurvedic diet places emphasis on healthy and clean eating and does not take into account calorie-counting and restricting or skipping meals

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Looking for a lifestyle shift? Try the Ayurvedic diet and see the benefits for yourself! Pixabay

New Delhi, September 26, 2017 : You are what you eat. Everything that you consume not only alters your weight and overall health, but also impacts the health of your mind and soul. So, if you are looking for a way to maintain a healthy mind, body and soul, you can give the Ayurvedic diet a shot!

What is Ayurveda diet?

Globally renowned as the oldest science of healing, Ayurveda has been practiced for more than 3,000 years in India. Relying completely on natural treatments, the Ayurvedic diet places emphasis on healthy and clean eating and does not take into account calorie-counting and restricting or skipping meals.

 According to Ayurveda, our body comprises of three essential components and energies, each known as a dosha. Ayurveda is based on the larger understanding that the root cause of diseases is imbalance in these specific energy types or the doshas.

The three doshas are,

  • Vata (air)
  • Pitta (fire)
  • Kapha (water + earth)

All the three doshas are present in all of us. However, at least of the three doshas is dominant, which sets us apart from others. Thus, Ayurveda prescribes eating foods that sustain the dominant dosha in your body in order to maintain a healthy and balanced mind and body.

In order to make the right choice, a wider understanding of the three doshas is necessary,

  1. Vata

Vata energy controls autonomic real capacities related with development like pulse, breathing, and squinting, etc.

Adjusted Vatta prompts innovativeness and essentialness. While on the other hand, individuals with an out of balance Vata dosha may complain of nervousness, stress, bloating and constipation and additionally feel susceptible to cold, nasal infections and allergies during autumn and winters seasons.  Unbalanced Vata can also cause create sleep deprivation and exhaustion.

  1. Pitta

Pitta energy controls metabolic capacities like ingestion, digestion and body temperature.

Individuals with an out of balance Pitta dosha may counter extreme outrage, experience stomach related issues, (for example, indigestion, and ulcers). These individuals also experience acute stress that can turn them into obsessive workers. On the other hand, an adjusted Pitta results in satisfaction and intelligence.

  1. Kapha

Kapha energy controls development of the body.

Individuals with an out of balance Kapha dosha have a propensity towards sinus blockage and slow digestion that can easily culminate into obesity. It can also trigger weakness and envy whereas a balanced Kapha prompts love and absolution.

Ayurvedic Diet Tips for your Dosha Type

  • Vatta

To aid digestion, individuals can resort to herbal supplements. Attention must be paid to fight insomnia and a routine must be established. Additionally, individuals with dominant Vatta dosha should consume warm milk during night time; you can add different herbs and spices according to your palette.

Individuals with a dominant Vata dosha should refrain from consumption of raw vegetables and foods that are dry in nature. Ideally, these individuals should include cooked vegetables and cereals in their diet along with consumption of healthy amounts of ghee.

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Individuals with a dominant Vata dosha should refrain from consumption of raw vegetables. VOA
  • Pitta

Individuals with Pitta dosha can consume aloe vera gel mixed with pomegranate juice to relieve issues related to the stomach. Additionally they can indulge in massages of the scalp, head and feet with coconut oil and consume foods that are sweet and have a calming effect like rose petal jam. These techniques will keep the anger at bay and relieve individuals from stress.

Individuals with a dominant Pitta dosha should avoid consumption of alcohol, coffee and acidic foods. Instead, they should incorporate sweet products into their diet such as juice fruits like melons. Additionally, cooling vegetables with high water content like cucumber and lettuce should also make a major portion of their diet.

  • Kapha

Individuals with Kapha dosha can consume garlic to combat congestion. To help support digestion, Kapha people can utilize guggul, a natural supplement made out of a plant that is firmly identified with myrrh. Exercise is additionally required to keep individuals with Kapha dosha fit and healthy!

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Guggul is obtained from a medicinal plant called Commiphora mukul and helps in digestion. Pixabay

In order to attain optimum health benefits, individuals with Kapha dosha should consume less oil, salts and desserts as these foods take time to digest. Rather, they should concentrate on cooking with a variety of herbs and flavors, consuming large portions of vegetables, and foods that are a rich source of fibre like legumes and vegetables.

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General Ayurvedic Diet Tips

The underlying principles of these Ayurvedic diet tips is to consume food that keeps your dominant dosha under check and in balance. This, in turn results in optimal mental and physical health.

To obtain optimum benefits, you must keep the follow Ayurvedic diet tips in mind,

  • Consume fresh foods every day.
  • Consume freshly made and warm food. Do not microwave food.
  • Do not consume processed food, or foods with artificial coloring and flavors
  • Consume food slowly; do not forget to chew food sufficiently.
  • Do not skip meals
  • Devise a schedule and stick to it; have meals at the same time every day.
  • Take a brief walk after every meal