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GINGER – Ten Benefits of this Humble Root!

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How often have you enjoyed your hot cuppa chai with the aroma of ginger!? Many would say, at every tea-break at work, or whenever it is rainy!

Ginger – the time-tested wonder spice that infuses life into tea has so many health benefits and has been used in Ayurveda over the centuries so much, that it is a virtual treasure-chest of medication!

Ginger-infused, digestionfriendly chai is a household favorite, and it is grandma’s favorite antidote for battling cold and flu. What’s more, ginger can even be grown in a pot on your window-sill! Let’s look closer at this magical brown root.

Ten Great Benefits of Ginger

  • Don’t have an appetite, or feel hungry enough? Eat a few slivers of fresh ginger just before lunch to wake up a dull appetite and fire up your digestive juices!
  • Ginger improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients.
  • Sinuses blocking up your life? Ginger clears the ‘microcirculatory channels’ of the body, including sinuses that tend to flare up frequently.
  • Feeling airsick or nauseous? Chew on ginger, ideally tossed in a little honey. Yumm!
  • Stomach cramps make you moan and groan? Chew up on ginger.
  • Joint pain troubling you? Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. It brings relief from aching muscles and joints. Just add a few drops of ginger essential oil in your bathwater.
  • Just had surgery? Chewing ginger after an operation helps conquer nausea.
  • Not feeling perky enough in the bedroom? Try adding a gingery zest to a bowl of soup. (shhh… Ayurvedic texts say ginger has definite aphrodisiac properties)
  • Stir up some ginger tea to get rid of throat and nose congestion. And when there’s a nip in the air, the warming benefits of this tasty tea are even greater!
  • Plus, ginger is a great way to spice up your food! Whether it is in a Basmati Herb Rice with finely chopped garlic, ginger, green chilies and fresh cilantro leaves; or a dash of ginger in your juice; or a zingy dessert with grated ginger on your vanilla panna cotta or strawberry sorbet to wake up the flavor, there’s no beating ginger at flavor, aroma and taste!

What are you waiting for?! Go grate up some ginger for its heady aroma now. Do also check out this array of natural & organic ginger products now! 

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Make Naturally Flavoured Water at home to cool your body!

Water is extremely important to the human body! It provides energy, prevents headaches caused by dehydration, curbs false hunger cravings, makes skin look fresh and dewy, revs up metabolism and detoxifies the entire body.

Just to shake things up on the water front, let’s try making Naturally Flavoured Water at home, with fruits and vegetables and no chemicals whatsoever like in the store bought waters! And all these waters are a great way to detoxify your body and beat the summer heat, naturally!

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Mint Cucumber Lime GingerTake 1/2 a cucumber and grate it, slice 1/2 a lime into thin slivers, chop up 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, grate a knob of fresh ginger and add to a liter of water and stir it around. Make sure you store it in a glass mason jar or any glass container. Keep it in the fridge and drink it all day. You can add water to it when it runs out, without mixing any of the ingredients again, but only for a day. It is the most refreshing drink you’ll ever have and your body will thank you for it.

Strawberry Lemon with Basil – Slice up 1/2 cup of strawberries, slice 1/2 a lemon into thin slivers and 1/4 cup of fresh basil leaves and muddle it in the mason jar. Add a liter water and keep it in the fridge. Enjoy all day!

Watermelon Mint – Cube a cup of a juicy watermelon, chop up 1/4 cup of fresh mint leaves and add 1 liter of water. Store it in the fridge and hydrate your body through the day.

Pineapple Orange Ginger – Cube 1/2 cup of a fresh pineapple, slice 1/2 an orange into small pieces, grate a tablespoon of fresh ginger and add it all to a liter of water. Fresh, homemade flavored water inside your fridge!

If you’d like to sweeten your water just a bit more, add natural sweeteners like Organic Raw Honey, Agave, Stevia or Coconut Sugar. You can also try making these refreshing flavored waters with other fruits like Kiwis, Mangoes, Peaches – any fruit that you enjoy eating.  There is no fresh fruit combination that can go wrong really.


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Natural remedies for controlling Asthma and breathing easier

Today is World Asthma day. With rising air pollution globally, breathing in fresh air without any harmful, toxic compounds is almost impossible today, especially for those suffering from Asthma. It is far more difficult to control Asthma attacks in such polluted environments. But there is always a way out to minimize the onset of Asthma attacks. Asthma can be controlled and prevented by making small changes in one’s diet and lifestyle patterns and incorporating some natural, home remedies to aid the healing process for long term results. Here is a list of changes you can make in your life and some home remedies to help you breathe easier and healthier:

NUTRITIVE AND LIFESTYLE CHANGES: 

  • Eat organically grown fruits and vegetables as much as possible.
  • Try and limit your daily protein intake to 10 percent of your total caloric intake. Try and replace animal protein as much as possible with plant protein.
  • Eliminate milk and milk products.
  • Switch cooking with polyunsaturated vegetable oils, margarine, vegetable shortening, all partially hydrogenated oils that might contain trans-fatty acids, all foods that might contain trans-fatty acids (such as deep-fried foods) with olive oil, if possible.
  • Increase your intake of Omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts, flax seeds, beans, edamame and soy foods.
  • Drinking more water will keep your respiratory tract secretions more fluid and minimize asthma flare ups.
  • Eat ginger and turmeric regularly for their anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Minimize contact with respiratory irritants such as smoke, dust, molds and harmful household chemicals.

NATURAL HOME REMEDIES FOR CONTROLLING ASTHMA:

  • GINGER – Ginger is a well-known natural treatment for various ailments including asthma. Researchers have found that it can help reduce airway inflammation and inhibit airway contraction. Studies indicate that it has compounds that may enhance the muscle relaxant effects of certain asthma drugs.

HOW:

Mix equal quantities of ginger juice, pomegranate juice and honey. Consume one tablespoon of this mixture two or three times a day. Alternatively, you can mix one teaspoon of ground ginger in one and a half cups of water and take one tablespoon of this mixture at bedtime.

Cut one inch of ginger into small pieces and add it to a pot of boiling water. Let it steep for five minutes, allow it to cool down and then drink it.

To detoxify your lungs, prepare a fenugreek concotion by boiling one tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in a cup of water and mixing one teaspoon each of ginger juice and honey in it. Drink this solution every morning and evening.

You can also eat raw ginger mixed with salt.

  • MUSTARD OIL – When having an asthma attack, massaging with mustard oil will help clear the respiratory passages and restore normal breathing.

HOW: 

Heat some mustard oil with a little camphor and gently massage it into the chest and upper back. Do this several times a day until the symptoms subside.

  • FIGS – The nutritional properties of figs (anjeer) promote respiratory health and help drain phlegm and ease breathing difficulties.

HOW: 

Wash three dried figs and soak them in a cup of water overnight. In the morning, eat the soaked figs and drink the fig water on an empty stomach. Continue this home treatment for a couple of months. This method helps the nutrients enter your bloodstream quickly and provide relief from asthma symptoms.

  • GARLIC – The following garlic remedies will clear congestion in your lungs, giving you quick relief from asthma symptoms.

HOW:

Boil 10 to 15 cloves of garlic in one-half cup of milk. Drink this once a day.

You can also make Garlic Tea by adding three to four cloves of garlic to a pot of hot water and letting it steep for five minutes. Allow it to cool to room temperature and then drink it.

  • COFFEE  The caffeine in regular coffee can help control asthma attacks because it acts as a bronchodilator.

HOW: 

Brew a pot of black coffee anyway you like it. Black coffee will relax and clear the airways to help you breathe easier. The stronger the coffee, the better the results. But try not to drink more than three cups of black coffee in a day. If you do not like coffee, you can drink a cup of hot, black tea. Do not use caffeine as a regular treatment though.

  • EUCALYPTUS OIL – Pure eucalyptus oil is an effective treatment for asthma symptoms because of its decongestant properties. Research indicates that it has a chemical called eucalyptol which helps break up mucus.

HOW: 

Just put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on a paper towel or a muslin cloth and keep it near your head when sleeping so that you breathe in the aroma.

You can also put two to three drops of eucalyptus oil in a pot of boiling water and breathe in the steam. Try to take deep breaths for faster results.

 

 


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10 Kitchen Spices that can help you live better

The humble herb and spice rack in your kitchen today need not be just a decorative feature. They can in fact hold a plethora of natural healing ingredients that can also add great taste to the foods you eat every day.
Of all the herbs and spices you can choose from for flavor, there are 10 that are more powerful than the rest. Below is the list and you may well be surprised to learn of the many diverse conditions for which they’ve proven so very useful.

CINNAMON – Cinnamon bark contains an oily chemical called cinnamaldehyde that kills a variety of illness causing bacteria. It also helps regulate the menstrual cycle and checks flooding during menopause. Also cinnamaldehyde has a tranquilizing effect that helps reduce anxiety and stress.
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CLOVE – Oil of clove is 60 to 90 percent eugenol – a potent pain deadening antimicrobal. It is the most effective stopgap measure for tooth-pain. Clove is also among the spices that can help the body use insulin more effectively, thus lowering blood sugar somewhat. It also speeds up the healing of cold sores.
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FENNEL – Rich in volatile oils, fennel can ease bloating, gas pains, and digestive spasms in the small and large intestines. It can also reduce bad breath and body odor that originates in the intestines. Women who are breastfeeding may find that fennel, which works in a way similar to the body’s hormones, increases milk flow.

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GARLIC – Crushed garlic helps bring down cholesterol and blood pressure and also helps prevents blood clots. It can also reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The various compounds present in garlic kill bacteria and viruses that cause earaches, flu and colds. It is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea.

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GINGER – When it comes to quelling the queasiness of motion sickness, ginger has no equal say herbalists. They also recommend it as an effective pain-killer. Ginger beats dimenhydrate, the main ingredient in motion sickness drugs such as Dramamine, for controlling symptoms of seasickness and motion sickness. Ginger stimulates saliva flow and digestive activity, settles the stomach, relieves vomiting, eases pain from gas and diarrhea, and is effective as an anti-nausea remedy.

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TURMERIC – Turmeric is known as Natural Aspirin in the glossary of Ayurvedic medicines. Its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties relieve swelling and pain due to headaches. It prevents infection and heals wounds too. It helps fight free radicals that damage skin and make it lose its glow and elasticity.

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BASIL – It is one herb that you should definitely keep handy during summers. Simmer down on a hot, harried day by adding the herb to your iced tea: Add 2 or 3 leaves (per serving) while your tea is steeping. It is also a super source of iron. This helps in replenishing a woman’s body during menstruation. It is great to detoxify your liver too.

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FENUGREEK –  is an amazing magic herb that has been traditionally recommended for lowering blood sugar levels. It is highly recommended for lactating mothers. It is extremely beneficial for the treatment of wounds, bronchitis, digestive problems, arthritis, kidney problems, hair & skin and male reproductive conditions.

MUSTARD – They can help control asthma due to their anti inflammatory properties. It is a great source of flavonoids and caretonoid antioxidants that helps in slowing the aging process. To ease pain make a small bundle of the seeds in a muslin cloth, and add it to warm bath water. Either have a long relaxing bath, or soak your tired and aching feet for instant relief. Another great way is to apply the paste of the seed on the area for a few minutes.

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CUMIN – Also known as Jeera, is much more than simply a spice. It helps improve concentration, beats constipation, fights cancer, regulates blood pressure and your heart rate, relieves asthma and cold, prevents anemia, improves your sexual health, is great for pregnant women since it helps them with the symptoms of morning sickness, beats insomnia and enhances memory. Just pop a spoonful of it at the start of your day and see the difference.

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Refreshing green tea recipes, on ice!

On a scorching summer’s day, sipping on a hot cup of freshly brewed green tea isn’t that appealing, right? But who says green tea need only be had hot? Green tea is even more refreshing and nourishing, with all its numerous health benefits intact, when iced and mixed with some fruits, roots and honey!

Here are four exciting green tea recipes, on ice! Take your pick – Watermelon Green Iced Tea or a Green Tea and Ginger one or a frosty Green Tea Cinnamon Smoothie or the Mango Green Iced Tea. Whether you want to make it for yourself or for a summer party or just for your family, these iced green teas and smoothies are very delicious to drink and will make for some great summer memories with your loved ones!

Watermelon Green Iced Tea:

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Serves 2 

Ingredients:

  •          4 cups seedless watermelon flesh, cubed
  •          2 cups hot water
  •          3 green tea bags
  •          Juice of 1 lime
  •          Sugar to taste

 Directions:

  • Blend the watermelon cubes in a blender until pureed. Use a strainer to remove the pulp completely and keep the puree smooth.
  • In a sauce pan, boil the water and add the green tea bags  and allow to steep for 5 minutes, and then remove the bags.
  • Allow the tea to cool at room temperature before adding the watermelon puree, lime juice and sugar. You can also use raw honey instead of sugar, if you are counting calories.
  • Serve immediately over ice.

 Iced Green Tea with Ginger:

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This is an all day, any time refresher which is easy to make with ingredients that are readily available in every household. It takes about five minutes to make, but the effects of the antioxidants in the green tea are everlasting. Drink up for a healthier you!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 6 green tea bags
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 100 grams of fresh, unpeeled sliced ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • Fresh sprigs of mint
  • Lemon wedges (optional) for garnish

 Directions:

  • Add the water and ginger to a large saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Remove from the heat and add the tea bags. Allow the bags to steep for 15 minutes.
  • Carefully remove and strain the tea bags and ginger. Pour the tea into a pitcher, add the honey, lemon juice and stir.
  • Refrigerate until chilled.
  • Serve over iced cubes with lemon wedges and mint sprigs as garnish.

 Green Tea Cinnamon Honey Smoothie:

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Making a smoothie is an easy way to whip up something nutritious when you don’t have a lot of time. This low-calorie cinnamon, honey and green tea smoothie makes for a chilled caffeine break when the temperature rises. Not only will the caffeine in the green tea give you much-needed energy, but cinnamon and green tea have both been shown to have metabolism-boosting properties.  In addition, research has shown that honey may help regulate blood sugar levels, meaning you won’t feel sluggish after this afternoon snack. The next time you’re feeling like you could use a frosty beverage, forget the Frappuccino and make this 139-calorie smoothie instead.

For this recipe, use two or more green tea bags to brew a cup or two of  tea, depending on how strong you’d like it, then keep the tea chilled in your fridge until ready to use. You can also add greens of your choice, like kale or spinach, to add a few more nutrients to this smoothie without altering the taste.

Serves 1

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup brewed green tea
  • 
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • Half a banana

 Directions: 

  • Add one to two scoops of crushed ice to a blender, along with all ingredients.
  • Blend until smooth. Serve immediately.

Mango Green Iced Tea: 

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It isn’t summer if they are no mangoes! And a fresh mango and green tea on ice is just the drink to keep us happy and cool all summer long! Bring home those delicious Dusseris, Langdas, Chausas and Alphonsos and blend them into a tall glass of happiness!

Serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 4 mangoes, peeled and sliced
  • 6 cups water
  • 6 green tea bags
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Fresh mint to garnish

Directions:

  • Puree mango in a blender with 1/4 cup of sugar and set aside.
  • Pour water into a pot and bring to a boil. When water begins to boil, add tea bags, cover pot with lid and turn off heat.
  • Allow the tea bags to steep for about 10 minutes.
  • Remove bags from the pot and pour in mango puree. Add remaining sugar and mix well.
  • Pour mixture over ice, garnish with mint and serve chilled.