Holy basil, also known as Tulsi, is often considered the most venerable of all herbs. It is said to be the mother medicine of nature. Holy basil has great medicinal benefits and in Ayurveda, it is considered to have spiritual properties too. The such a varied range of medicinal value makes this herb highly significant.A sacred plant with many medicinal properties
The botanical name of holy basil is Ocimum tenuiflorum or Ocimum sanctum. It is an aromatic perennial plant that is common in the Indian subcontinent. Holy basil is different than the sweet basil (Ocimum basilicum) and the latter is mostly used for culinary purpose. In Sanskrit, holy basil has different names, such as surasa, bhutagni, and tulasi. In Hinduism, tulsi is a highly religious plant and worshipped as a goddess. Not just leaves, but its seeds, stems, flowers, and oil too are considered to be sacred. Holy basil is believed to effectively clean the air of its pollutants, repel mosquitoes and flies, etc.
Pacifies Kapha and Vata doshas
Holy basil provides many health benefits according to Ayurveda. It placates Kapha and Vata doshas. For Pitta constitution, it may however, can cause aggravation. It has two variants, light green to green one called Rama tulsi, and blackish green one called Krishna tulsi. They both have similar herbal properties.
The many health benefits of holy basil you should know about
Holy basil is an effective kapha pacifier since it checks the mucous release. It has antiviral properties, which makes it an important herb in Ayurveda for treatment of microbial infections. Owing to its hot potency and appetizing taste, holy basil can stimulate the digestive system, thus helping recover the lost or reduced appetite.
The kapha-relieving property of holy basil is also beneficial for the heart. It tends to decrease cholesterol accumulation in the arteries, toning the cardiac system in the process. Its properties as an adaptogen come instrumental in curing anxiety and stress problems. Cold and cough, even hiccups can be contained or treated with holy basil.
Holy basil balances Vata and hence it is beneficial in case of quelling the excess gas formed in the stomach and helps relieve the pain caused by that. The herb has antiemetic properties too and helps relieve the vomiting tendency too. In many skin diseases, the discomfort of itching is quite usual. Tulsi can help subside such an irritation. It is also a great detoxifier and helps the body get rid of of the toxins.
Holy basil is also used to treat kidney stone condition and eye infections. The herb is significantly curative for treating asthma patients as well as those who suffer from chronic respiratory diseases. The leaves, seeds, and roots of the holy basil plant are used for such medicinal usage. Holy basil is also used to treat headache, bad breath (halitosis), wheals, sinusitis, and fever.
The tulsi chai as the perfect immunity drink
A tulsi tea made with holy basil leaves, clove, and ginger is believed to be very effective against cold and cough as it boosts immunity. It should be noted that the tea should not contain any milk, since Ayurveda does not prescribe taking milk with tulsi as they are not compatible together.
Many scientific studies have found that holy basil is full of medicinal benefits. It is considered to be antimicrobial (bacteria and virii eliminating), anxiolytic(stress reducing), antilipidemic (lipid lowering), antidiabetic (glucose lowering), and antihepatotoxic (liver protective)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7), (8), (9), (10), (11).
Ayurveda, the ancient medicinal science is the most natural and effective treatment system for any disease. It also helps prevent the occurence of illnesses and helps you maintain a healthy living. Consult an Ayurveda doctor today and stay well.
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The best sort of ayurveda tea for you is the one that is best for your body type (prakriti). If you do not have the foggiest idea about your body type, let’s find out which tea type is the most appropriate for you.
Herbal tea that has a calming effect on your body and mind
For those who have the dominant Vata nature, nervousness, anxiety, dry skin, low weight, constipation, bloating, etc. are quite common. Women with this body type feel jittery during the PMS.
A decent kind of ayurveda tea for these sort of people should have a mix of chamomile, rose, and ginger. Taking these ingredients together exclusively placates the Vata dosha. Chamomile is viewed as a nervine that calms the nerves and rose is another cooling and sweet soother for the nervous system. Both help you relax the mind and the body. Rose is especially helpful as it has a rejuvenating effect too. It tones your heart and warms up the body in the process.
Herbal tea that has a cooling effect on your body and mind
People who have a dominant Pitta nature, often have to suffer from acidity, joints inflammation, irritability, bad breath, etc. PMS brings a mild anger or even outrage in women. A general feeling of dissatisfaction, stress, and pessimism can be seen in such people. But don’t worry for the right cup of tea can help you overcome these for sure.
Your ideal ayurveda tea type has herbs like gotu kola, rose, skullcap, and cardamom. Gotu kola and the skullcap herbs taken as tea induce a remarkable soothing effect. They calm down the sensory organs and cool the liver. The ideal way to have some tea is to make yourself home, have a natural surrounding such as your home garden or a place full of greenery. As you sip the tea, feel the taste, notice the flavors while you imbibe the nature around you. In short, be in the moment.
Herbal tea that has a stimulating effect on your body and mind
The third prakriti is the kapha type. According to Ayurveda, it makes you obese, foggy, lethargic, sentimental, and possessive. This type of people may have cough problems, sluggish bowel movements, and relatively thicker white coat over the tongue. For women, PMS may cause a feeling of nostalgia and misery, which can be a challenge in itself when it comes to the sense of wellbeing.
For people with Kapha prakriti, the tea should be exceptionally fortifying. Include tulsi, the holy basil, with rose and some amount of cinnamon. Take this combination of green ayurvedic tea in a quiet place and reflect about things that you are going to do after you are done having the tea. For this nature type, physical exercises, walks, and even mental exercises are absolutely fruitful. These activities help channel the prana, the life force, to move more swiftly through the mind, body, and soul. Or else the vitality becomes too rigid to move through the entire physiology, making the individual tired, low on energy, and puzzled. Yoga and meditation can be equally helpful.
On the International tea day, follow this ancient ayurveda wisdom and see how a simple cup of tea can make you feel more alive than ever.
Today, the importance of ghee as a part of our daily nutrition is on a decline. Ghee or <i>ghrita</i>, a form of clarified butter, is considered to be harmful to our health and is a strict no-no for someone following a ‘modern’ lifestyle.So the important question is whether <i>gharita</i> can really be that bad for your health or the concerns about its effects on the body are simply made up? Ayurveda has all the answers to your questions.<b>Ghee is not bad for health</b>The mainstream health industry is against the use of <i>ghrita</i> and tout it as unnecessary fat. It is a very good source of nutrition, however, from an ayurvedic point of view. It is certainly a form of fat but if you trust the traditional wisdom of ayurveda, you can rest assured that you will not gain inches around your waist because of the consumption of this clarified butter.The underlying science is that ghee has short chain fatty acids and a very high boiling point. Because of this, these fatty acids do not break down into free radicals, even if you use <i>ghrita</i> for deep frying. Moreover, when it enters your system, it nourishes your body and contributes the wellness of your mind. In fact, many ayurvedic medicines are prepared with <i>ghrita</i> as the primary ingredient.<b>It all starts in the gut</b>If you face problems of the digestive system like constipation, pain, acidity, etc., ghee could be your best ally. When you consume ghee, it acts as suitable lubrication to help the movement of stools. Moreover, more ghee leads to more butyric acid in your system which would not only keep your digestion strong but also help in building your immunity.<i>Ghrita</i> is considered a <i>satvic</i> food as per ayurveda. Cow’s ghee has been given special importance in the traditional medicine.<b>What about lactose intolerance?</b>A growing number of people in the world are lactose intolerant. However, this condition has absolutely nothing to do with ghee. During the process of making ghee, milk solids or lactose parts are removed which make the final product fit for consumption by those whose guts do not react well to dairy products.<b>Weight loss with ghee</b>Ghee is good fat. It will not only provide your body nourishment but would also be helping you burn the stored fat in the body. <i>Ghrita</i> enema is a common practice amongst Ayurveda practitioners who claim that this process leads to detoxification in the body.Ayurveda brings thousands of years of knowledge to our doorsteps. This ancient yet effective method could be very helpful in healing as well as preventing diseases. It is suggested that you can safely consume about 3 teaspoons or 1 tablespoon of <i>ghrita</i> in a day. So trust the ancient science of Ayurveda. Start including at least 1 teaspoon of ghee in your diet from today and count your health benefits!Image Credit: Wikimedia
The ritucharya word derives from the word 'Ritu' that means season and 'Charya' that means the routine. Ritucharya is a practice in Ayurveda, which holds a great significance. According to ritucharya, there are four types of seasons in a year based on the sun’s position. The practice tells us to live our life keeping in perspective the change of seasons, something which affects our body as well as wellbeing.
We generally change our clothing and eating habits as per the season; in winters we wear warm clothes and in summers the light clothes. We also change our food habits a little bit. Our main aim is to benefit our body with this temperature change, keeping in mind that only daily practice of these precautions can benefit our body and lead us to a healthier life.
Purpose of Ritucharya
A great daily routine in winter helps achieve the balance in our doshas. Most of the people suffer from the kapha dosha in winter but this does not mean that the other two doshas, vata and pitta do not affect us. For best practices, you need to understand your body type so that you can identify your dosha type. This will help in following the seasonal routine that can help you avoid seasonal diseases, stress, etc.
Importance of Ritucharya in winter
This is the season when immune system is most vulnerable. Moreover, Ayurvedic experts recommend building more strength during this season. Winter is followed by spring season and it is the foundation when we need to take care of our immunity. Because in this season people may experience flu, cold, and other contagious diseases. This is not only limited to all that. Dry skin, occasional constipation, brittle nails, fatigue, etc. are some of the other issues that you might have to face.
As per ritucharya, by adopting a lifestyle and diet in the daily routine we can allow our body to cope with seasonal changes. Here are some dietary and lifestyle recommendations of ritucharya:
The digestion of body works well during the winter season that is why Ayurveda suggests taking heavy food, which must include sweet, salt, and sour tastes. This heavy food helps in Vata control.
Milk, cheese, slightly oily meal, wheat, sweet are also recommended.
Wear warm clothes and take hot oil massage.
Cover head and ears in winters and get adequate sun exposure.
In Ayurveda, sleeping during the day is strictly prohibited.
Now following these simple guidelines in the winter season you can pacify your vata, pitta, and kapha to stay healthy.
It is said and believed that eating chyawanprash safeguards from many ailments. The best and most important advantage of this is that it increases the immunity of the body. Chyawanprash is a mixture of 20-40 Ayurvedic ingredients. The number of ingredients can increase also. Originally, some Chyawanprash can have as many as 20 herbs mixed together, and some special ones contain as many as 80 herbs. These herbs and ingredients, which include Amla, Brahmi, ashwagandha, asparagus, etc., have great immunity-boosting properties. Let us tell you how the immune system is strengthened by taking Chyawanprash as a dietary supplement.It improves DigestionNowadays people usually intake lots of fast food and avoid natural green vegetable that is rich in minerals and vitamins. Being low in fiber, fast food causes constipation, which is a common problem these days. Chyawanprash with usually a combination of 20 to 40 herbs in it is beneficial helping the bowel movement and digestion. Hence, it can regulate the digestive system and catalyze the metabolism. In addition, Amla and Cinnamon provide the carminative property that prevents flatulence. It purifies bloodDue to the common unhealthy food habit, we tend to accumulate a lot of toxins in our body. These tend to accumulate in our body until we flush it out. But if the toxins stay for a longer period and it hampers the health of our cells and blood, causing bacterial infections. Furthermore, skin can lose its luster and the application of the beauty products can no longer make you look young and beautiful. Amla has a good quantity of Vitamin C that helps in blood purification and honey and ghee act as natural moisturizer for the skin. It prevents seasonal diseaseWhen weather drastically changes from cold to hot, rainy to cold, it may bring contagion and bugs and these are the times when most viruses are found active. This is because the air contains moisture that is a favorable for bacterial and germ growth. People with fragile immune system tend to fall ill so quickly. Therefore, taking chyawanprash can act as a buffer and prevent the body from such seasonal bacterial and fungal infection. It improves respiratory functionsHerbs present in the chyawanprash help in fighting bacteria and viruses that infect lungs. It facilitates the proper functionality of lungs with herbs present in it and maintains its moisture content. Its antioxidants and the antifungal properties give new energy to the respiratory system. Boosts memoryBrain is the part that coordinates between all body parts. It too needs proper care and nutrition devoid of which it can grow weak. You may tend to forget things which is not a sudden but a slow process when memory tends to get weak. Ayurvedic chyawanprash contains herbs that aids in boosting and sharpening the memory. It works for all age groups. In studies, it has been found that the use of chyawanprash increases the activity of immunization cells. So, with all these benefits, take a teaspoon of chyawanprash after your meals and enhance your immunity in many ways.
Honey is the wonder food of nature because it has various medicinal benefits. Basically, its Raw form is unadulterated, unpasteurized, and unheated, that is why it looks like paste. Being Raw, it is enriched with essential nutrients and free from chemicals. Today, it is used in various products just because of its overall benefit not only in food but also in beauty products and medicines. From healing to energizing, its medicinal benefit has made it popular among people. It contains the antioxidants that boost immune system and while extraction of the honey, it contains some of the bee pollen that is very nutritious for a human body. Due to a good source of vitamins and protein, amino fatty acids, and flavonoids, it is also very helpful for cardiovascular health, intestine, improves metabolism, and gives you glowing skin.In stores, it is available in either liquid or due to crystallization in cream form. Some experienced people say raw honey mostly available in black color but this is not true. Its color totally depends on the flower from which the bees extract juice. Here are some benefits that you will get after taking raw honey in your diet. Used as ointment for burns and woundsFrom ancient time, raw honey is used as home remedy for curing burns and wounds. It is full of antiseptic properties that kills the bacteria, also inhibits the bacterial growth. In case of burns, it can only cure the 1st and 2nd-degree burn but for a 3rd degree burn always consult a doctor. Do not try this remedy for severe burn. Cure for skin ailmentsAcne is the most common in this polluted atmosphere. Basically, it is a skin disease caused by the dirt, excess oil on the skin, and bacteria. As above discussed, it has an antibiotic feature that kill the bacteria and leaves the skin smooth, dirt free, and moisturized. Apply raw homey on the face and leave it for 30 minutes. After that, wash the face with lukewarm water then with normal water. Repeat this process until you get acne free face. Energy BoosterWe generally use sugar in tea and other drink that crashes the energy because it burns too quick and leaves us fat. As per Ayurveda, leave processed sugar and switch to raw honey because its glucose absorbed in the body too quickly and prevents fatigue throughout the exercise and another physical workout. In addition, it balances the blood sugar level. Cold SyrupThis is not a modern research for cold and cough but an ancient remedy used by our grandma. Just 2 spoons of honey can heal a persistent cough. All thanks to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial property. Mix raw honey with ginger and garlic paste and eat it regularly to cure cold. No more sleepless nightUse Honey with milk for a quick sleep. Boil the milk, add 2 teaspoons of raw honey in the milk, and consume it before going to bed. This home remedy is far better than sleeping pills. Because of all the qualities of honey, many scientists are only focusing on it for research.Image Reference: Source/ Link