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Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Phool Makhana is Puffed dried lotus seeds, also known as Foxnuts. Phool Makhana is very famous in North India during Vrat Season for making kheer, sabji or just roasting it for snacking.It is considered to be very healthy as its low in saturated fats and cholestrol content, Isn’t that nice to hear you don't need to feel guilty while you munch on these super healthy crunchy roasted phool makhana, it tastes a bit like popcorn but I tell you this is more tasty and healthier...and you can prepare it in a jiffy.
I had seen Phool makhana used to thicken gravies in North Indian curries.  But that’s all I knew about it. But when I came to live with the North Indians in Singapore, I saw that they used it extensively during the fasting season. They made a kheer(Milk dessert) out of it or used it in a vegetable or simply ate roasted Phool Makhana like popcorn. Now, this variety impressed me the most as I love popcorns.

Then again, when I googled on Phool Makhana...

I learnt that.......
1. Lotus seeds benefit the spleen, kidney, and heart.
2. The seed also has calming properties that alleviate restlessness, palpitations, and insomnia.
3. It is also rich in calcium. It can be easily digested by all the age groups.
4. It is a highly regarded herb for restoring sexual vigour and youthful energy in older men.
5. It regulates blood pressure, relieves numbness and aching near waist and knees.
6. It is Suitable for arthritis, helps fighting impotency and premature aging.
7. Makhana is very useful for women during and post pregnancy period.
8. It is also helps your respiratory system, veins and digestion.
9. Popped makhana contains almost 12% of protein! (excellent especially for vegetarians!)

Anti – aging :- Fox nuts are rich in antioxidants which works as age lock system and makes us younger for much longer. Fox nuts are effective for individuals with high risk of premature ageing, premature grey hair,wrinkles  and other signs of aging. It reverses the aging process over a period of time......This definitely has caught my Attention

Diabetes :- Diabetes is a metabolic disorder, which is accompanied by high blood glucose levels. It is a result of improper functioning of the pancreas, which secretes the insulin hormone. Fox nut is a sweet and sour seed These seeds contain starch and protein which is excellent for diabetes .

AYURVEDA AND UNANI (BRANCHES OF MEDICINE) texts have accepted its aphrodisiac and spermatogenic properties.
Herbs of phool makhana are considered worth in vajikarnana therapy.
Makhana helps in Cardiac Protection and builds the action in dysentery and frequent urination.
Phool makhana has astringent property, hence it gives relief from diarrhoea and helps to improve the appetite.
It helps in increasing the quality and quantity of semen, also prevents the premature ejaculation, increases the libido and also helps in female infertility.
Phool makhana is sweet to neutral in nature. Therefore, helps to detoxify the spleen, reinforce the kidneys and nourish the blood.

According to principles of TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), fox nut is used to strengthen spleen and kidneys.  Makhana helps in conditions like arthritis, erectile dysfunction and premature aging. These seeds have antioxidant properties and help in digestion, rejuvenates respiratory system and prevents frequent urination.
“25 to 30 grams” phool makhana is considered as a healthy food/diet for the whole family.
Wow!!!!.......So many benefits...then why not add it into our daily lives....and I decided to make the healthy popcorn (Roasted Phool Makhana).
My kids loved it and kept munching. I tried adding some flavours too like chat masala, red chilly powder, pepper powder etc. They liked the original lightly salted the best though.

Makhana - 2 cups
Oil/Ghee – 2 tsps
Salt as per taste
In case you want to add color / flavors
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp (Yellow color)
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp (Red Chilly flavour)
Paprika powder – ½ tsp (Paprika flavour)
Pepper powder - 1/2 tsp (Pepper flavour)
Chat Masala powder - 1 tsp (Masala Flavour)
Tomato powder – 1 tsp (Tomato Flavour)
Cheese powder – 2 tsp (Cheese Flavour)
Or any flavour you please. You can make a combo of flavours too....

In a wok, add ghee and once the ghee is hot, add the phool makhanas and roast them. Don’t leave them unattended on the fire as they are very delicate and tend to burn fast. Keep roasting till it’s light golden in color.  Check if it’s done by sampling one...If it’s crunchy then it’s done. Put off the gas.
Add salt and toss. Fill a nice bowl with the crunchy phool makhanas and enjoy this healthy snack 
In case you want to add flavours then,
After sampling add in the spice powders of your choice and toss.  Serve and Enjoy.
If you’ve made a big batch then let the Phool Makhana cool down completely then store them in an airtight container. Phool Makhana has a very good shelf life, you can store them in air tight container for many months. Keep them away from the moisture and direct sun light.

·         The plain salted tastes better when roasted in Ghee

·         After you add the spice powders don’t toss with the gas burner on as the spice powders will catch       the bottom and burn spoiling your batch of makhanas.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007


I still remember the Tulsi kashayams made by my grandmother which used to be so effective when we used to have colds and coughs. Today, I want to write about the Tulsi plant which is used in religious ceremonies for worship and has various other uses.

Tulsi is Divinity
The 'tulsi' plant or Indian basil is an important symbol in the Hindu religious tradition. The tulsi plant is worshipped as a living Goddess. The name 'tulsi' connotes "the incomparable one".
A Hindu household is considered incomplete if it doesn't have a tulsi plant in the courtyard. Many families have the tulsi planted in a specially built structure, which has images of deities installed on all four sides, and an alcove for a small earthen oil lamp. Some households can even have up to a dozen tulsi plants on the verandah or in the garden forming a "tulsi-van" or "tulsivrindavan" - a miniature basil forest.

In the Padmapurana Lord Shiva tells the sage Narada about this power: "Oh Narada, wherever Tulsi grows there is no misery. She is the holiest of the holy. Wherever the breeze blows her fragrance there is purity. Vishnu showers blessing on those who worship and grow Tulsi. Tulsi is sacred because Brahma resides in the roots, Vishnu resides in the stems and leaves and Rudra resides in the flowering tops."
According to popular Indian belief, wherever Tulsi is planted, the place becomes, sanctified as a place of pilgrimage and the sepoys of Lord Yama (God of Death) dare not enter that place. It’s a venerated plant and Hindus worship it in the morning and evening. The tulsi wood is the most sacred of all wood in the Hindu tradition.

I remember my grandma telling us of how the evenings would be fun in Parawoor with the girls and ladies of the house sprinkling water in the courtyard and lighting lamps in front of the Tulsi plant. I still light a lamp, burn incense sticks for the tulsi that is planted outside of my house. Since generations together, no matter which country Indians are settled in, We always would like to keep a Tulsi plant outside our house. This is one thing which hasn’t changed.

Tulsi – Holy basil
In India, the Tulsi is regarded as the most sacred plant. Tulsi grows wild in the tropics and warm regions. It has a very distinguished appearance, aroma and flavor. It is a much- branched erect bushy plant of about 4 feet height. Its leaves are aromatic and they have minute glands. The flowers are purple in small clusters and the seeds are yellow or red.
There are mainly 2 varieties of the Tulsi(holy basil) in India, The Dark Tulsi or Shyama tulsi (also known as Krishna Tulsi- since Krishna was believed to be dark in color) and the lighter colored one known as Rama tulsi. The Krishna Tulsi(Shyama Tulsi) is said to possess greater medicinal value and is commonly used for worship. It’s a miracle plant.
According to the Gandharv Tantra, places that are overgrown with Tulsi plants tend to inspire concentration and places ideal for meditation and worship.

Tulsi In Legends
A number of passages in the Puranas and other scriptures (Vedas), point to the importance of tulsi within religious worship. Tulsi is regarded as a goddess (Lakshmi) and a consort of Vishnu. A garland of tulsi leaves is the first offering to the Lord as part of the daily ritual. Tulsi is accorded the sixth place among the eight objects of worship in the ritual of the consecration of the kalasha, the container of holy water.

One Hindu legend relates that Lord Vishnu spawned Tulsi from the turbulent seas in order to help all mankind. Krishna loves tulsi.

Hindu Mythological Tales narrate that Tulsi, a destitute woman, was accused of infidelity and shunned by all. Finding no shelter in the world, she turned to Vishnu for help. But the gates of Vaikuntha (Vishnu's Abode) were shut on her as Vishnu's Consort Lakshmi refused to let her in. Tulsi stood in the courtyard of Vishnu's abode, under the open sky, helpless and humiliated. Her feet turned into roots, her arms sprouted leaves, and she turned into a delicate yet wild plant, her fragrance spreading all around. Lord Vishnu said: "By not abandoning her devotion to me, despite all odds, Tulsi has become my beloved, 'Vishnupriya'. She should be treated with dignity at all times - not as an unchaste woman, but as a venerable housewife, a 'Sumangali'. No worship of Vishnu is complete without an offering of Tulsi sprigs. And so the Tulsi plant is nurtured in the courtyard of every house, and is identified as Vishnu's Vrinda or Krishna's Radha, women whose devotion for the Lord, though unrequited, never waned. Thus, Tulsi is seen as Lakshmi's co-wife for her unconditional devotion to Vishnu, but as Laksmi is very jealous of her, she resides in the home whereas Tulsi remains in the courtyard.

Another story goes that Tulsi was the paramour of Lord Vishnu. Out of Jealousy, Lakshmi cursed her into becoming a plant and the Lord transformed himself into the sacred Shalagrama Stone to keep her company. The Shalagrama is a small stone, an ammonite, a fossil genus of marine cephalopod, considered to be a natural representation of Lord Vishnu. Shalagramas are found in the Gandak river of Nepal. They are usually black or dark green coloured, round or oval in shape, striated with tree-like markings. The curves of the striations signify the various forms / reincarnations of Vishnu. The worship of Shalagrama doesn't involve elaborate prayer rituals. It is kept wrapped in a cloth, often bathed and perfumed. Its very presence in a home bestows health, wealth and happiness on its inhabitants.

By convention, the Tulsi Leaf is not offered to Shiva, just as Bel Leaves, dear to Shiva, are not offered to Vishnu. Tulsi leaves are also not offered to Goddess Lakshmi as she was once annoyed during her lovesport with Vishnu, when his attention got diverted towards Tulsi.

According to one story, Tulsi was a gopi(who was actually an incarnation of a Goddess) who fell in love with Krishna and so had a curse laid on her by his consort Radha.

Where most herbs are considered to be forms of the Goddess, Tulsi is a considered to be a Goddess herself. One legend is that a Goddess incarnated as Vrinda and, after spending a lifetime as a very close devotee of Krishna, serves to this day as the herb Tulsi, which leads to one of Tulsi's many names, Vishnupriya, the beloved one of Vishnu.
Please refer to the story of Tulsi :

One story has it that when Krishna was weighed in gold, not even all the ornaments of His consort Satyabhama could outweigh Him. But a single tulsi leaf placed on one side by his consort Rukmini tilted the scale.
Tulsi is also mentioned in the stories of Mira and Radha immortalized in Jayadeva's Gita Govinda.

Tulsi Puja and Tulsi Vivaha
Followers of Hindu traditions often keep a Tulsi plant in front of their house. On a specific day each year known as 'Kartik Shukla Dwadashi' (usually about two weeks after Diwali) there is a tradition wherein Tulsi plants will be beautifully decorated with structures made of sugarcane, mango leaves and flowers and then a puja (form of worship) is offered.

As with Diwali celebrations there are usually clay lamps lit around the Tulsi plant and the house. In some parts of India people will have also have fireworks displays to mark the occasion.

In northern India and in Gaudiya Vaishnava communities it is called the 'Tulsi vivah' or the wedding day of Goddess Tulsi with Krishna in his Sila form. In the Hindu mythology, tulsi is very dear to Lord Vishnu. Tulsi is ceremonially married to Lord Vishnu annually on the 11th bright day of the month of Kartika in the lunar calendar. This festival continues for five days and concludes on the full moon day, which falls in mid October. This ritual, called the 'Tulsi Vivaha' and this inaugurates the annual marriage season in India.
There is another celebration called Tulsi Ekadashi where Tulsi is worshipped on the Ekadasi day.

In the Christian tradition it is said that Tulsi grew around the place of Crucifixion.

Tulsi is also mentioned in Shiite writings.

Tulsi and Science
According to Scientists the place containing the tulsi plant becomes pollution free.
The oil of the leaves is capable of destroying bacteria and insects.
According to scientists the place containing tulsi plant becomes pollution free. According to Jeevan Kulkarni, author of Historical Truths & Untruths Exposed, when Hindu women worship tulsi, they in effect pray for "less and less carbonic acid and more and more oxygen - a perfect object lesson in sanitation, art and religion". The tulsi plant is even known to purify or de-pollute the atmosphere and also works as a repellent to mosquitoes, flies and other harmful insects. Tulsi used to be a universal remedy in cases of malarial fever.

Prof Shrinivas Tilak, who teaches Religion at Concordia University, Montreal has made this historical citation: In a letter written to The Times, London, dated May 2, 1903 Dr George Birdwood, Professor of Anatomy, Grant Medical College, Bombay said, "When the Victoria Gardens were established in Bombay, the men employed on those works were pestered by mosquitoes. At the recommendation of the Hindu managers, the whole boundary of the gardens was planted with holy basil, on which the plague of mosquitos was at once abated, and fever altogether disappeared from among the resident gardeners."

Condensing his years of labour into a 100-page book, therefore, has not been easy. But that is what Dr. Singh has attempted to do now with a well-researched book on Tulsi brought out recently. Along with his co-authors, Yamuna Hoiette and Ralph Miller, he argues forcefully that Tulsi -- the pillar of the traditional Ayurvedic holistic health system will emerge as a forerunner in the growing field of herbal supplements and medicines worldwide.

Dr. Singh recalls how as a young doctor in the Army, he was drawn to investigating the properties of Tulsi and Ashwagandha -- two of the plants which were part and parcel of the domestic environment in which he grew up. "People call me the father of Tulsi abroad. But I am not much known in my own country," he points out, adding that "modern science has been accumulating evidence in support of the traditional health promotion and disease treatment uses of Tulsi". Joining the King George's Medical College, Lucknow, in the early Sixties, Dr. Singh conducted systematic research on the various properties of Tulsi, confirming many of the observations made by ancient seers. "Our research has shown that Tulsi protects against and reduces stress, enhances stamina and endurance, increases the body's efficient use of oxygen, boosts the immune system, slows down aging and provides a rich supply of anti-oxidants and other nutrients."

Dr. Singh, who himself has been using Tulsi and other herbs in treating persons afflicted with various ailments, says Ayurveda and modern medicine were complimentary in nature. "I use Tulsi and Ashwagandha to enhance the immune system of my patients," he says, adding it was also being grown organically in farms in and around Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh which has been his experimental bed all these years. Currently the director of the International Institute of Herbal Medicine, Dr. Singh has also been the driving force behind the launch of "Tulsi Tea", which is being exported by a Lucknow based pharmaceutical firm. "Tulsi can readily be brewed and taken as a particularly good-tasting herbal tea," says Dr. Singh, who has as many as 28 patents against his name. "We have also confirmed the anti-radiation effect of Tulsi. In the event of a nuclear holocaust, it will be the only saviour."

Tulsi In Cooking
Tulsi or basil originated in India, where it is regarded as a sacred herb, and is another plant which continues to enjoy popularity in Trinidad after being passed from generation to generation of East Indians.
Tulsi is used in cooking for its flavorful foliate. In fact, it is often used to flavor Mediterranean and Italian cuisine. The fresh or dried leaves add a distinctive flavor to many foods, such as pasta, rice and salads and its purple colour makes it an excellent garnish.

Tulsi As An Elixir
Besides being used as a culinary herb, tulsi has medicinal and cosmetic uses too.
Essential oil extracted from karpoora tulsi is mostly used for medicinal purposes though of late it is used in the manufacture of herbal toiletry. The essential oils may be extracted from leaves and flowers and used for fragrance in perfumes and soaps.

Though with time, a number of herbal medicines have developed, the role of Tulsi cannot be ignored since it has played an important role in maintaining its doctrine and value in every household. Chemically, Tulsi contains alkaloids, carbohydrates, proteins glycosides, phenols, spooning, tannins and terrene.

Consumption of Tulsi in its raw form is more effective as, then, instead of providing selective ingredients, it provides us with its entire constitution. The Padampuranas and Tulsi Kavacham describe Tulsi as a protector of life accompanying the human being form birth till death.

Apart from its religious significance it is of great medicinal significance, and is a prime herb in Ayurvedic treatment. Ayurveda looks at disease with a holistic viewpoint and disturbance of normal physiological functions of the body. According to Ayurveda, tulsi plays a very important role, as it contains multiple bioactive substances as well as minerals and vitamins, normalizing the disturbed physiological functions of the body by harmonizing the different imbalances relating to the Tridoshas of vatta, pitta and kapha, literally meaning ‘wind, bile and phlegm'. Ayurvedic texts describe it as destroyer of kapha and vata. It has a predominantly Kapha reducing effect on the doshas, but can be used to pacify Vata and Pitta as well. In severely overheated individuals, Tulsi can have a mildly Pitta aggravating effect.

Marked by its strong aroma and a stringent taste, tusli is a kind of "the elixir of life" as it promotes longevity. The plant's extracts can be used to prevent and cure many illnesses and common ailments like common cold, headaches, stomach disorders, inflammation, heart disease, various forms of poisoning and malaria.

It is said that tulsi, when taken internally, can relieve gas and reduce stomach cramps and nausea, headaches, fevers, colds and anxiety.

The essential oil of basil is also excellent for headaches, mental fatigue, migraines and fever. Tulsi (essential oil) is also said to be anti-spasmodic and may boost the immune system. It is anti-pyretic, anti-allergic, carminative, a blood-purifier and heart tonic. Besides, tulsi is also diuretic, anti-oxidant and kills abdominal worms. Its oil is rich in vitamin C, carotene, calcium and phosphorus.

Applied externally, (essential oil), it may be beneficial for tension, cuts, wounds, abrasions, bites and stings and as a face wash for acne. Some use it in their hair rinse for shine.

Its leaves contain a volatile oil whose odor resembles the odor of clove. Inhaling the essential oil is supposed to refresh the mind and stimulate a sense of smell that has been dulled by a viral infection.

In massage oils it is a nerve tonic and eases overworked muscles. Basil should be avoided on sensitive skin and during pregnancy, according to Ayurveda.

Tulsi is not only effective on human beings but also on animals, experimental studies on animals have shown anti-stress activity with tulsi extract.

Tulsi As Medicine
Since ancient times tulsi is respected in Indian homes. Religious beliefs apart, it is an easily available household remedy for many health problems. Tulsi or basil is a herbal remedy for a lot of common ailments. Tulsi is both a 'first-reach' herb in most cases of cough, colds, flu and fever, as well as a 'last-resort' when nothing else seems to work. Here's a list of some medicinal uses of tulsi –

Tulsi for Fever
-The juice of tulsi leaves can be used to bring down fever. Extract of tulsi leaves in fresh
water should be given every 2 to 3 hours. In between, one can keep giving sips of cool
water. In children, it is every effective in bringing down the temperature.
-Tulsi leaves are specific for many fevers. In the case of malaria and of other tropical
infections, a decoction of Tulsi leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in a cup of
water and strengthened with sugar and milk brings down the temperature.
-For children, one or two leaves steeped in hot water with honey is enough to help
-For chronic fever ancient Ayurvedic texts have extolled the use of tulsi leaves and its
seeds. Regular use of its leaves during the season of viral fever acts as a good preventive

Tulsi for Cough & Cold
-Tulsi is an important constituent of many Ayurvedic cough syrups and expectorants.
-In acute cough and cold, taking half a teaspoonful of dried leaves of Tulsi and black
pepper, added with a little of honey, works well.
-Chewing tulsi leaves relieves cold and flu, the decoction of the leaves cures common
-Due to its kapha removing properties, it is an excellent medicine for common cold. Tea
made from leaves of tulsi controls nasal catarrh, cures body-ache and gives a refreshing
feeling. Similarly, taking a few leaves mixed with a teaspoonful of ginger juice and
honey immediately controls bouts of dry cough and removes any bronchial spasm.
-To make basil tea, take five leaves of basil or half a teaspoon if using dried and some
grated ginger in a glass of hot water. Add a teaspoon of honey and lemon juice. Drink
this three to four times a day to relieve cough and infection.

Tulsi for Respiratory disorders
-In bronchitis and asthma, Tulsi juice is used as a medium of the intake of the medicine
-The juice of the leaves cures bronchitis. It helps to mobilize mucus in bronchitis and

Tulsi for Headache
-The pounded leaves of Tulsi, mixed with sandalwood paste, is a famous home remedy
for headache.
-It is also said to help relieve migraine headaches, fatigue, insomnia and arthritis.
-It is one of the ingredients of Asmita's Vata-Balance Ayurvedic Aromatherapy oil. When
massaged on the forehead and temple, the vata oil helps relieve migraines, headaches,
mental fatigue and disperses depressive moods.

Tulsi for Earache
For earache a few drops of tulsi extract, if instilled, relieves the symptoms promptly.

Tulsi for Backache
-Basil tea can also be helpful to nursing mothers in improving lactation or for easing
-Tea prepared with a little of ginger and leaves of Tulsi, while allaying bodyache, also
gives a refreshing feeling.

-The juice of fresh leaves, flower tops and slender roots is a very good antidote for snake
and scorpion bite.
-The leaves are mosquito-repellent and soothe insect bites.

Tulsi for the Skin
-Skin diseases- Applied locally, tulsi juice is beneficial in the treatment of ringworm and
other minor skin diseases. Tulsi has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. The
paste of the tulsi leaves cures almost all skin diseases.

-It is used to treat ringworm of the skin. Tulsi leaves crushed with a little salt and rubbed
over the affected part works very effectively on ringworms.
-Tulsi seeds are used in anti-leucoderma preparations.
-References are also found where the juice of tulsi leaves is be applied for minor skin
-Above all, holy basil promotes a beautiful skin and heals acne and other skin conditions.

Tulsi for Stress management
Taking the lead from the recent studies that Tulsi has stress-busting and antioxidant
properties, more and more pharmaceutical companies are coming up with its
preparations. However, a healthy person can take up to 10 leaves of Tulsi in a day. According to Ayurveda, holy basil restores mental function and spirit by rebalancing the vata, or air and ether element, which controls the nervous energy.
-Tulsi possesses anti- stress or adaptogenic properties having a staminator effect. Basil is
also an anti-depressant and anti-anxiety herb which works best as tea. It can also be
mixed with chamomile and ginger.

Tulsi for the Stomach
-Its anti-spasmodic property can be utilized to relieve abdominal colic. The extracts are
also helpful in digestive disorders.
-Tulsi is said to have the power to expel worms in the stomach and kids who usually gets
worms in the stomach can be given Tulsi leaves everyday morning.
-The extracts of Tulsi leaf also helps in inhibiting the enzyme of filarial worm, anti-
tubercular, anti-fungal, anti-viral function as It possess the hypocholoestromic activity.
-An infusion aids digestion and is antibacterial.
-Tusli seeds are known for their killer action on abdominal worms. Children suffering
from roundworm infection can be safely given a quarter of a teaspoon of crushed tulsi
seeds at bed time for at least three consecutive days.
-Basil leaves or juice can help digestion and flatulence. A decoction of 10 to 20 leaves
taken along with a pinch of rock salt abates digestive problems like flatulence and
-In chronic dysentery when a patient passes stool mixed with mucous, tulsi
leaves offer great help. Taking them twice a day after mixing with a pinch of rock salt
and half a teaspoon of roasted jeera powder in a bowl of curd acts as a good digestive.
This treatment if continued for a week or 10 days also helps to dispel persistent wind
and abdominal distension.
-One of Tulsi's traditional uses has been in the treatment of digestive disorders ranging from heartburn to bloating. Studies in animals have suggested that there is a scientific basis to these longstanding claims. Holy basil has been shown to have significant anti- ulcer activity. It reduces the effect of peptic acid or irritating drugs on the stomach lining and increases the production of protective stomach mucous.
-Its seeds are given in chronic urinary infections and with their mucilagenous action they are also helpful in treating diarrhea, habitual constipation and piles. The dose of Tulsi juice is 10 to 20 ml whereas the seed powder can be taken from one to three gm twice a day. In a cup of tea around is five to 10 leaves can be added. The juice of its leaves can be taken up to 10 ml whereas the powder of its seeds can be taken in varying doses of 1 gram to 3 grams in a day.

Other Medicinal uses
-In diabetics it helps in lowering the blood sugar level. Studies have shown holy basil to have substantial blood sugar lowering effects, similar to standard oral diabetes medications.
-It also appears capable of lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
-Ayurvedic tulsi preparations have significantly reduced the symptoms of viral hepatitis.
-Oil of tulsi has been used as a potent anti-malarial drug. It also has mosquito repellent
-Tulsi leaves have properties similar to the currently available anti-TB drugs like Streptomycin and Isoniazide.
-When massaged on feet in reflexology, it helps relieve body-ache, fatigue and promotes good sleep. By massaging it in to the calves and legs, it helps circulation, aches and cramps.
-The leaves have mercury traces and are hence nowadays used in cancer curing Ayurvedic medicines.
-The most dreaded disease AIDS can also be regulated with its anti-AIDS properties. Tulsi is useful In AIDS and it markedly reduces cell-mediated Immunity. Tulsi also affects the Central Nervous System by prolonging the time of lost reflex.
-It raises the human body immunity by increasing the antibody production.
-Not only this, ancient texts like Susruta Samhita, Padampurana and Garudpurana, after centuries of observation in humans, also describes Tulsi as a ‘child giver' and great spermatogenic agent. They report Tulsi as a fertility Improver and enhance the chances of woman bearing progeny.
But studies from the 1970's suggested that holy basil might have a mild anti-fertility effect in animals. Although this has not been shown to occur in people, if you are pregnant or trying to be, do not take medicinal doses of holy basil without consulting an Ayurvedic practitioner. Having a leaf or two as Prasad may not affect in conception.
This popular plant has many potential therapeutic applications. In addition to the uses reviewed above, Tulsi may possess useful antibiotic activity, have a blood pressure lowering effect and be effective as a birth control agent.
This sacred healing plant deserves further scientific attention.

Tulsi Mala
What is the Tulsi Mala
Tulsi Mala is a necklace made of Tulsi stems. You can get a very delicate one made of tulsi stems or a heavy one made with strands of beads made from the wood of the sacred tulsi plant. Tulsi wood, which is in the family of basil, is the most sacred of all wood in the Hindu tradition. Tulsi is regarded as the incarnation of supreme Goddess. The mala is used as Rosary beads for chanting mantras of Lord Vishnu, Ram and Krishna (also believed to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) and the names of any other Hindu Gods.
The mala is made of 108 beads or stems. It’s usually worn around the neck or wrist. If worn around the neck it is called as Tulsi Kantha Mala or as Kanthi.

Religious Purpose
Vaishnavaites(Believers of Vishnu) wear a small tulsi mala on their necks as a sign of submission to Krishna and carry a larger one with which to count the Lord’s names, They usually wear 2 sets of the tulsi mala, one is for the Lord and the second one resembles Radhaji to whom Lord promised that he will never separate himself from her.

Since Tulsi was Vishnupriya or Haripriya (beloved of Vishnu / Hari(Krishna)), the Vaishnavas believe that wearing the Tulsi Mala is a way to benefit from the power of her presence. Always have God with you, this includes psychic protection and spiritual nourishment. They believe that it will increase the spiritual power of prayer, devotion to the lord and increase spiritual growth. Tulsi helps to improve devotion and love in the heart. Help you to go from Atma(soul) to Paramatma(Supreme Soul). Wearing the Tulsi mala will also protect your body and bring you better health.

Since Tulsi is considered as a Goddess, a lot of care has to be taken by the people who wear the tulsi mala, after the monthly cycle ladies need to take a hair bath on the fourth day and wear a new tulsi mala. After attending a funeral you need to change the mala.

Benefits of wearing a Tulsi Mala
Other than the religious purpose a tulsi mala can be worn by anyone to avail its immense health benefits.

Mental Well-being
-It is said to cure the diseases of the mind by providing a feeling of mental well being and the security that God is with you and taking care of you.
-It is said to maintain ritual purity and wards off evil.
-It gives peace of mind and reduces stress.

Physical Well-being
-Tulsi mala is worn for the purification of the body.
-It is said to cure a person from high fever.
-It relieves you from the ailment caused by disorder of the wind within the system

-According to Ayurveda, it is very useful in diseases related to throat.

Quotes Regarding Tulsi
"As by chanting the name of Ganges, one becomes free from all kinds of worldly sins, if someone chants the name of Tulasi or chants the glories of Lord Hari with devotion, he gets the same merit." - From the Brhan Naradiya Purana

"Just by touching Tulsidevi one's body becomes pure. By praying to her, all diseases practically become removed. If one waters her or makes her wet, the fear of Yamaraja (death personified) is destroyed." - From the Skanda Purana

"Tulasi is most beloved of Lord Krishna and thus her leaves and flowers are also most dear to Him." - Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

"Tulasi leaf is very, very dear to Vishnu."- A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Red Sorrel (Gongura Leaves)

Red Sorrel (Gongura Leaves)

Its commonly known as red sorrel leaves , but also known as Roselle

The botanical name is : Hibiscus Cannabinus

In Tamil it is known as Pulichya keerai

In Telegu it is known as Gongura

In Hindi it is known as Ambada and in some places as Ambadi

The Gongura leaves have a very sour taste. It is generally found in pastures where the soil contains iron. I think, we could easily say that it is most popular in Andhra Pradesh.They have been employed from the most distant time as a salad in the Western countries and also to make sauces and as a marinade for their meats.

How do we identify the Gongura (Sorrel) leaves -The leaves are oblong, the lower ones 3 to 6 inches in length, slightly arrow-shaped at the base, with very long petioles. The upper ones are sessile. They frequently become a beautiful crimson.

Constituents: The leaves contain a considerable quantity of binoxalate of potash, which gives them their acid flavour and medicinal and dietetic properties.

The sour taste of Sorrel is due to the acid oxalate of potash it contains; tartaric and tannic acids are also present.

Medicinal Properties :

Sorrel sharpens the appetite,

It assuages heat.

Red Sorrel has some health benefits too and is useful in relieving symptoms of fever. Sorrel is prevalent in all hot diseases, to cool any inflammation and heat of blood in agues pestilential or choleric, or sickness or fainting, arising from heat, and to refresh the overspent spirits with the violence of furious or fiery fits of agues: to quench thirst, and procure an appetite in fainting or decaying stomachs: For it resists the putrefaction of the blood, kills worms, and is a cordial to the heart, which the seed doth more effectually, being more drying and binding.

Fresh leaves of the plant are useful in stimulating the stomach and aiding its action.

The medicinal action of Sorrel is refrigerant and diuretic, and it is employed as a cooling drink in all febrile disorders.

It cools the liver. A decoction of the flowers, made with wine, was said to cure jaundice and ulcerated bowels, the root in decoction or powder being also employed for jaundice, and gravel and stone in the kidneys. In India, a tablespoon of fresh red sorrel juice mixed with butter-milk (made from cow's milk) is recommended once daily in the treatment of jaundice.

It Strengthens the heart

It is an antiscorbutic, resisting putrefaction and in the making of sallets imparts a grateful quickness to the rest as supplying the want of oranges and lemons. Together with salt, it gives both the name and the relish to sallets from the sapidity, which renders not plants and herbs only, but men themselves pleasant and agreeable.

The leaves, wrappped in a colewort leaf and roasted in the embers, and applied to a large imposthume, botch boil, or plague-sore, doth both ripen and break it.

A syrup made with the juice of Fumitory and Sorrel had the reputation of curing the itch, and the juice, with a little vinegar, was considered a cure for ringworm, and recommended as a gargle for sore throat.
It is corrective of scrofulous deposits: for cutaneous tumours, a preparation compounded of burnt alum, citric acid, and juice of Sorrel, applied as a paint, has been employed with success.

The leaves of this herb are useful in the prevention and treatment of scurvy which is a deficiency caused by lack of vitamin C.

Both the root and the seed were formerly esteemed for their astringent properties, and were employed to stem haemorrhage.

Both roots and seeds, as well as the herb, are held powerful to resist the poison of the scorpion.

Imagine, the benefits of this humble herb, so why not add it to our recipes in some form or the other.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

10 Naturally Sweet Cures of Honey

10 Naturally Sweet Cures of Honey
Honey, especially mixed with cinnamon, can cure a multitude of ailments. Honey is produced in all parts of the world. Scientists of today believe honey can be used without any side affects for a number of diseases. Honey is sweet but if taken in the right dosage as a medicine it won't harm diabetic patients. It's important to remember that these ten natural sweet cures haven't been independently verified. These are homeopathic cures, many passed down from generation to generation. Many uses of honey mixed with cinnamon to cure ailments from heart disease, acne, hair loss, and gas. Focus on the top ten cures to try.

1. Arthritis is one disease that can be cured with honey. One part honey to two parts of lukewarm water and a teaspoon of cinnamon will make a paste that will noticeably reduce pain in a matter of a couple of minutes. Patients suffering from arthritis can take one cup of hot water with two spoons of honey and a teaspoon of cinnamon once in the morning and again in the evening. It's been said that taken regularly even chronic arthritis can be cured. Copenhagen University tested their theory by giving patients a mixture of one tablespoon of hone and one half teaspoon of cinnamon before breakfast. The results were that within a week, 73 patients out of 200 were relieved of pain and within a month, arthritis patients could again walk without pain.

2. Cholesterol is said to be treatable with honey. Mix two tablespoons of honey and three tablespoons of cinnamon in 16 ounces of tea. This mixture is said to reduce the level of cholesterol by ten percent within a short amount of time. As with arthritis, it is said that pure honey taken with food daily will reduce cholesterol levels. Along the same lines, using cinnamon and honey on bread and eaten at breakfast revitalized the arteries and veins leading to the heart and helpful towards preventing heart attacks.

3. Men, pay attention! A mixture of hot olive oil, one tablespoon of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon made into a paste can help baldness and hair loss. Apply the paste before your shower and leave it on for approximately five to fifteen minutes then wash the hair.

4. In India and Japan honey and cinnamon is said to help relieve gas, stomachaches and clears stomach ulcers at the root. If honey and cinnamon are taken before eating it helps digest even the heaviest of meals.

5. Colds can be treated with honey. One tablespoon honey with ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon taken daily is said to cure most chronic coughs and clear the sinuses. You can also make up a mixture of honey, whiskey and lemon juice. If it doesn't clear your cough, at least maybe you'll sleep.

6. Pimples, the curse for both young and old can be removed within two weeks if this remedy is applied. Make a paste of three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Put the pimples on before going to bed and wash it off the next morning.

7. Now here's a big one Weight loss. Twice daily, once at night, and one in the morning ½ hour before breakfast drink a cup of boiled hot water with honey and cinnamon. It's been said that even the most obese patient can lose weight and drinking this mixture doesn't allow the fat to accumulate in the body.

8. Studies have shown that chronic fatigue can be helped by honey. One half tablespoon of honey in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon in the morning and in the afternoon will increase your vitality within a week.

9. Infertility is a problem that ancient people in the Far East treated with honey. It was said to strengthen the semen of men. Two tablespoons of honey taken before bed is said to also correct impotency. A touch of cinnamon in one half teaspoon of honey and applied to the gums throughout the day will help a woman conceive. Mixing it with the saliva lets it slowly enter the body.

10. Finally, bad breath is said to be helpful if gargled in the morning. One teaspoon of honey and cinnamon mixed in hot water is supposed to keep breath fresh all day.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Having a Bowl of Tomato Soup a Day Boosts Male Fertility

Nowadays for many reasons sperm count is going low -- environmental, diet and lifestyle and as a result couples encounter difficulty in having children.
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Having a Bowl of Tomato Soup a Day Boosts Male Fertility
A bowl of tomato soup every day can help boost fertility among men, scientists have claimed.

Researchers at the University of Portsmouth have revealed that lycopene, which gives tomatoes their bright red colouring, can improve male fertility and turn sperm into super-sperm.
The researchers made six healthy male volunteers consume a can of Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup every day for two weeks.
Results showed that a fortnight of soup-slurping had some effect on semen.
Seminal levels of lycopene, the component of tomatoes which makes them red, increased by between seven and 12 per cent.
Lycopene has antioxidant properties which can help protect DNA, mopping up harmful chemicals in the body called free radicals which can play a part in infertility.
The result, the company suggested, was the creation of "super sperm" with the potential to boost fertility.
"It's good to know that Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup could boost your mojo and give guys extra oomph. And for Heinz Ketchup lovers, the tomatoey goodness will put more ketchup in your bottle," the Daily Mail quoted, Nigel Dickie, a spokesman for Heinz, as saying.
Although the Portsmouth study found that while lycopene levels rose in semen after a period of soup consumption, there was "no measurable increase" in the sperm's ability to combat damaging free radicals.
The scientists said more research was needed to see if higher lycopene levels really would help boost fertility.

Sunday, July 22, 2007


Different combinations of fruits to be made into juice for health benefits.

Carrot + Ginger + Apple - Boost and cleanse our system.

Apple + Cucumber + Celery - Prevent cancer, reduce cholestrol, and improve stomach upset and headache.

Tomato + Carrot + Apple- Improve skin complexion and bad breath.

Bitter gourd + Apple + Milk- Avoid bad breath and reduce internal body heat.

Orange+ Ginger + Cucumber- Improve Skin texture and moisture and reduce body heat.

Pineapple + Apple + Watermelon- To dispel excess salts, nourishes the bladder and kidney.

Apple + Cucumber + Kiwi- To improve skin complexion.

Pear & Banana- To regulates sugar content.

Carrot + Apple + Pear + Mango - Clear body heat, counteracts toxicity, decreased blood pressure and fight oxidization.

Honeydew + Grape + Watermelon + Milk- Rich in vitamin C + Vitamin B2 that increase cell activity and strengthen body immunity.

Papaya + Pineapple + Milk - Rich in vitamin C, E, Iron. Improve skin complexion and metabolism.

Banana + Pineapple + Milk- Rich in vitamin with nutritious and prevent constipation.

Saturday, December 9, 2006


Massage Benefits

The literal meaning of 'massage' is manipulation of the soft tissues of the body using the hands. Massage Therapies are directed to eliminate the disease completely, permanently. In Ayurvedic Treatment massage is done in a traditional manner with application of medicated herbal oils. The selection of oil depends on the condition of the subject. Human touch connects one person to another and the feelings shared are healing and energizing emotionally. Some of the benefits of massage are listed below.

Pain Relief: All kinds of pains and muscular aches can be eliminated through massage therapy. It is beneficial in curing rheumatism arthritis, headaches, migraines, chronic back pain. It helps relieve muscle tension and stiffness.

Improved Circulation: Its most important application is that it increases blood circulation, increasing life span and general sense of well being.

Stress Relief: Massage is a great way to reduce the stress in your life. It helps in curing tension-related headaches.

Reducing Blood Pressure: Massage is helpful in decreasing blood pressure in people with hypertension.

Better Sleep: Massage therapy induces a sound sleep for some days. Regular massage relieves mental stress.

Improves Flexibility: It provides greater joint flexibility and range of motion. It relieves muscle tension and stiffness

Athletic Performance: Massage therapy enhances athletic performance. It speeds up healing of injury and prevents further injury.

Strengthens the Immune System: It stimulates the digestive system and activates the urinary system.

Emotional Benefits: Massage is good for healing emotions. It satisfies the need for caring nurturing touch.

Body Awareness: Massage creates body awareness and enhances capacity for calm thinking and creativity.

Massage therapy can soothe pain, relax stiff muscles, and reduce the swelling that accompanies arthritis. Massage and gentle stretching help maintain a joint's range of motion.

If you have osteoarthritis, gentle massage can help ease the pain. Start by putting few drops of Arthcare massage oil on your fingertips. Then work slowly around the affected joint, making small, gentle circles with your fingertips. It's best to avoid massage directly on the joint; stay just above and below it with your fingertips. Work on the area around the joint for three to five minutes each day.

Gentle massage may also help reduce swelling in rheumatoid arthritis. Use the effleurage stroke to work the muscle and tissue around the joint with your fingertips. Make sure you use oil or on your fingers to make the massage more gentle. Work the area for five to ten minutes a day.

Massage can help any pain originating from muscle tension: example - legs, back, neck, and shoulder pain. All can benefit from massage. Releasing tightness and tension in muscles is the most obvious effect of a good massage.

Self Massage: Wonderfully relaxing and energizing at the same time, a daily self-massage with warm oil is easy to do and takes only about 30 minutes. You can do it at home each morning, and reap the benefits of this luxurious therapy all day long.

Ayurvedic texts list a wide range of benefits from regular performance of the warm oil full-body massage:

1. It helps pacify Vata dosha, the space and air elements in the physiology.

Because of our hectic 24/7 lives, most of us have high levels of stress, anxiety, a feeling of being overwhelmed and spaced-out, all indications of an aggravated Vata dosha. Soothing touch is very Vata-pacifying. Warm oil, being warm, smooth and unctuous, is also Vata-pacifying.

2. The massage also helps balance Kapha dosha, the water and earth elements in the physiology.

It enhances circulation throughout the body and revitalizes a lethargic body and mind.

3. With regular performance of the massage, deep-seated toxins in the joints and tissues are loosened and released into the system for elimination through the natural toxin-release processes.

Toxins in the skin are also released, leaving you with clear healthy skin.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006



By Dr Lai Chiu-Nan

Gallstones may not be everyone's concern. But they should be because we all have them. Moreover, gallstones may lead to cancer. "Cancer is never

the first illness," Chiu Nan points out. "Usually, there are a lot of other problems leading to cancer in my research in China, I came across some

material which say that people with cancer usually have stones. We all have gallstones. It's a matter of big or small, many or few. One of the symptoms

of gallstones is a feeling of bloatedness after a heavy meal. You feel like you can't digest the food. If it gets more serious, you feel pain in the

liver area." So if you think you have gallstones, Chiu Nan offers the following method to remove them naturally. The treatment is also good for

those with a weak liver, because the liver and gallbladder are closely linked.


1. For the first five days, take four glasses of apple juice every day.

Or eat four or five apples, whichever you prefer. Apple juice softens the

gallstones. During the five days, eat normally.

2. On the sixth day, take no dinner.

3. At 6 pm, take a teaspoon of Epsom salt (magnesium sulphate) with a glass

of warm water.

4. At 8 pm, repeat the same. Magnesium sulphate opens the

gallbladder ducts.

5. At 10 pm, take half cup olive oil (or sesame oil) with half cup fresh

lemon juice. Mix it well and drink it. The oil lubricates the stones to ease

their passage.

The next morning, you will find green stones in your stools.

"Usually they float," Chiu Nan notes. "You might want to

count them. I have had people who passes 40, 50 or up to

100 stones. Very many. "Even if you don't have any symptoms of gallstones,

you still might have some. It's always good to give your gall bladder clean

up now and then.

Monday, May 16, 2005



It is popular in Japan today to drink water immediately after waking up every morning. Furthermore, scientific tests have proven its value. We publish below a description of use of water for our readers. For old and serious diseases as well as modern illnesses the water treatment had been found successful by a Japanese medical society as a 100% cure for the following diseases:

Headache, body ache, heart system, arthritis, fast heart beat, epilepsy, excess fatness, bronchitis asthma, TB, meningitis, kidney and urine diseases, vomiting, gastritis, diarrhea, piles, diabetes, constipation, all eye diseases, womb, cancer and menstrual disorders, ear nose and throat diseases.


1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing teeth, drink 4 x 160ml glasses of water

2. Brush and clean the mouth but do not eat or drink anything for 45 minutes

3. After 45 minutes you may eat and drink as normal.

4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch and dinner do not eat or drink anything for 2 hours

5. Those who are old or sick and are unable to drink 4 glasses of water at the beginning may commence by taking little water and gradually increase it to 4 glasses per day.

6. The above method of treatment will cure diseases of the sick and others can enjoy a healthy life.

The following list gives the number of days of treatment required to cure/control/reduce main diseases:

1. High Blood Pressure - 30 days

2. Gastric - 10 days

3. Diabetes - 30 days

4. Constipation - 10 days

5. Cancer - 180 days

6. TB - 90 days

7. Arthritis patients should follow the above treatment only for 3 days in the 1st week, and from 2nd week onwards - daily.

This treatment method has no side effects, however at the commencement of treatment you may have to urinate a few times.

It is better if we continue this and make this procedure as a routine work in our life.

Drink Water and Stay healthy and Active.

This makes sense ... the Chinese and Japanese drink hot tea with their meals ..not cold water.

Maybe it is time we adopt their drinking habit while eating!!! Nothing to lose, everything to gain...

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you

It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this "sludge" reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

Friday, May 13, 2005



A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye...and YES science now shows that carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart is red and has four chambers. All of the research shows tomatoes are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows that grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds are on the nut just like the neo-cortex. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet the body pulls it from the bones, making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Eggplant, Avocadoes and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats 1 avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? .... It takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the motility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm cells to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries

Grapefruits, Oranges , and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

Onions look like body cells. Today's research shows that onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.

Thursday, May 12, 2005


This is interesting. After Reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.
Bananas. Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.
Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.
But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
nemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke
Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6,B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes: According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine,"eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!
So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"
PS Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time


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