The Healing Power Of Spices: Five Magic Spices!!

 

The Healing Power Of Spices
Five magic spices to help improve your respiratory and digestive health

Eating all the wholesome and healthy foods in the world is of little value if your body is not able to digest and absorb the nutrients in order to put them to good use. Therefore, we put together a list of top 5 healing spices to help improve both your respiratory and digestive health.

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Top 5 Healing Spices... 

1. Ginger called ‘vishvabheshaja’ - "Universal Medicine"
Ginger effectively works on digestive and respiratory systems and is therefore useful in managing cough, asthma, bronchitis, allergies and congestion. Ginger is also well known for improving digestion and helping to relieve abdominal cramps and indigestion. Ginger is also considered good for arthritic conditions and the local application of dry ginger paste is used for sinus headaches and painful joints (except burning sensation and redness).

2. Cardamom is the king of digestive stimulants.
Cardamom has well known beneficial effects on the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems. It's thought that cardamom helps to detoxify some of the undesirable effects of caffeine in coffee. Cardamom also helps to improve digestion, helps alleviate nausea and vomiting, belching, and even effective in relieving colic. Cardamom acts as an appetizer, deodorant, digestive and has expectorant properties therefore useful in cough and asthma.

3. Basil (especially Holy Basil, Tulsi)
Basil acts mainly on the respiratory system. Basil is an effective expectorant therefore useful for productive cough. It helps to removes excess mucus from the lungs and nasal passages. Similarly, Basil is effective for colds, sinus congestion, headaches and even has antibacterial properties. Of course, Basil also helps to stimulate digestion.

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Tulsi (holy basil) has been used for thousands of years and helps to support a healthy respiratory system, including lung health.

4. Black pepper called Marich in Sanskrit, the name for the sun.
Black pepper works mainly on the respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems. It helps to reverse sluggishness and reduces mucus secretions. Black pepper is a powerful appetite and circulatory stimulant. Therefore, black pepper is considered useful in loss of appetite, indigestion and sluggishness.

5. Pippali called Chapala (giving instant action).
Pippali works on the digestive, respiratory, reproductive system. It helps to improve appetite and metabolism while helping to rid the body from toxins. Pippali is useful in colic, indigestion, liver and spleen disorders (i.e. enlargement of liver). Pippali has expectorant actions and is considered beneficial in managing bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis and productive cough. It's used as a tonic in tuberculosis, works as an aphrodisiac, reduces seminal debility, and even eseful in painful labor; under the guidance of a qualified professional.

About The Author ...

Maryna Stasiuk
Maryna Stasiuk is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga counselor. She started her Ayurvedic journey more than five years ago. Experienced in management of chronic as well as acute health conditions, Maryna follows traditional Ayurveda in her daily life and professional practice. She believes in power of Ayurveda as a natural and comprehensive approach for health management.

You can contact Maryna Stasiuk through her Facebook page: Ayurvedic Way 

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


How To Reduce Stress & Improve The Sense Of Wellbeing

 

How To Reduce Stress 
There is no event in life which is intrinsically stressful. However, stress by which we mean psychological stress may not be any more “real” than any other thought within the mind. Likewise, not all stress is considered equal and not all stress need be harmful. For example, it’s only natural to feel the excitement about an upcoming event [i.e. your wedding] while at the same time feel nervous. Interestingly, this motivated yet stressful state of the mind is sometimes referred to as eustress, or “good stress” which may be beneficial for meaningful and purposeful action. However, if this state of stress or heightened state of arousal goes unchecked - we often can feel stressed out!

“Wherever a thought goes, a chemical goes with it.”
- Deepak Chopra

Tulsi - The #1 Ayurvedic Herb For Stress By David Wolfe

Tulsi
Tulsi, also known as "Holy Basil," has been used by many cultures around the world for thousands of years. Described in the Vedas as the most sacred holy plant of India, it was traditionally used in religious ceremonies, ayurvedic formulas, and called "the wonder herb".

Ojas - The Chemical Of Bliss
According to Ayurveda, ojas is referred to as the source of vitality, immunity and provides the sense of well-being. Having strong ojas helps maintain optimum health and many diet and lifestyle factors can contribute to either depleting or nourishing one’s ojas. Low ojas and low immunity result from the same cause; excess physical and psychological stress. It is well established that the brain is the center for interpreting and integrating perception and that the autonomic nervous system modulates the stress response. Modern science also recognizes that chronic stress can cause cumulative effects of neural, endocrine, and immune stress mediators which may have adverse effects on various organ systems resulting in adverse health consequences.

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Blissful Joy nourishes the mind-body connection by helping to remove toxins that make you feel dull or sad, by supporting the memory of bliss in your cells, and by helping to balance hormones that govern emotions. The result is a renewed feeling of energy and happiness — and an overall sense of well-being. Situations that used to cause stress will be easier to handle. You’ll find yourself responding to life’s challenges — big and small — with a new outlook.

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Calming The Restless Mind
Research strongly suggests that people who suffer from “hurry-sickness” which is the anxious feeling of always rushing as if there’s never enough time may be more likely to develop health related problems such as high blood pressure and heart disease. According to Ayurveda, this sense of worry and stress arises because we lose connection with our true nature and innermost needs. The wisdom of Ayurveda states that once your body, mind, and heart all want the same things, a natural state of bliss and sense of wellbeing occurs spontaneously.

The Body
On the physical level, stress can generate free radicals. Free radicals are reactive, unstable, and damaging which can disrupt normal cellular activity. For example, free radicals can wreak havoc on the brain, nervous system, heart, and overall immunity. This stresses the importance and benefit of antioxidants!!

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The Mind
The science of Ayurveda speaks of vata as being the basis of all movement of the body and mind. When vata is in excess [within the mind] it can result in anxiety, nervousness, depression, insomnia and many other forms of difficulty handling stress. With nearly eighty percent of all diseases in the west being attributed to stress, it is no wonder why Shirodhara has been considered one of the most popular Ayurvedic treatments of modern day.

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Nourishing The Brain
The human brain contains about 100 billion cells which continuously require oxygen. Because of this oxygen demand, the brain is particularly susceptible to oxidative damage; i.e. free radicals. Antioxidants are therefore crucial for longevity and continued effective functioning of the brain.

Herbs – Enhancing The Mind
Ayurveda talks highly about a special class of herbs called “Medhya” herbs. Ultimately, by providing nourishment to the brain, these herbs are especially useful for balancing the mind, reducing stress, and helps to enhance learning.

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Benefits Of Meditation
It seems that research centered around the benefits of meditation have now been rolling in steadily validating the ancient wisdom common to both Ayurveda and Yoga. Ayurveda is an ancient science which literally means ‘the science of life’. A basic fundamental premise to both Ayurveda and Yoga is that – both a sound mind and sound body are integral to one’s overall health and well-being.

Just Some Of The Potential Benefits Of Meditation:
– greater clarity and inner calmness
– increased creativity and happiness
– improved sense of emotional stability
– reduced level of anxiety and depression
– improved brain function and memory
– reduced level of stress
… the list can go on and on …

 

Shirodhara – The Most Popular Ayurveda Treatment
Shirodhara is undoubtedly one of the most popular Ayurvedic treatments in the west. The word ‘shiro’ means head and ‘dhara’ means steady flow. Therefore, shirodhara involves pouring a steady stream of soothing oil over the forehead and acts as a method of relieving stress to the restless mind.

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Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


10 Health Benefits Of Tulsi ["Holy Basil"] - The Holiest Of All Plants!!

 

Health Benefits Of Tulsi 
Tulsi or “Holy Basil” is revered as the holiest of all plants and is considered a manifestation of Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth. According to legend, “All-Pervading” Vishnu comforted Lakshmi that she will be born on earth as Tulsi, but only part of her will stay there as a plant as she will eventually return to him as his wife. Tulsi which means “the incomparable one” is originally from India and is used in Ayurvedic medicine as an “adaptogen” to help counter life’s stresses. Medicine is made from the leaves, stems, and seeds of Tulsi and shown to possess healing benefits for a wide rage of health conditions such as the common cold, fevers, diabetes, asthma, bronchitis, heart disease and so much more. Even more impressive, research is beginning to suggest that Tulsi seed oil may slow progression and even improve survival rate in certain types of cancer.

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Tulsi, also known as "Holy Basil," has been used by many cultures around the world for thousands of years. Described in the Vedas as the most sacred holy plant of India, it was traditionally used in religious ceremonies and ayurvedic formulas. Called "the wonder herb," it's a common ingredient in ayurvedic throat syrup to soothe the occasional cough. In ayurveda, it was traditionally used to support the colon's natural ability to remove parasites. American colonists used Tulsi to ease occasional head discomfort.

Properties Of Tulsi:
- Tastes: pungent, bitter
- Energetics: heating
- Post-digestive effect: pungent
- Qualities: dry, light

Health Benefits Of Tulsi - "Holy Basil"

10 Health Benefits Of Tulsi
1. Stress
The continuous production of free radicals in the body is inescapable and living in the modern world is a recipe for free radicals. Tulsi contains vitamin C and other powerful antioxidants which helps to repair damage done by free radicals. Even further, the essential oil of Tulsi also helps reduce inflammation, soothe nerves, and even lessen the tension of blood vessels; i.e. reduce blood pressure.

Stress Free Emotions supports natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue. Diet, daily habits and ongoing stress are key factors that can contribute to imbalances in mind and body, leading to feelings of sadness and physical fatigue.

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2. Immunity
Tulsi improves the immune system and provides protection against just about all infections. Tulsi has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Research is now suggesting that Tulsi is helpful in inhibiting the growth of HIV and carcinogenic cells.“Results of a comparative study showed that tulsi and shilajit gave better results than that of AZT drug on the enzyme. “When AZT was 70% effective in blocking the enzyme activity, tulsi and shilajit showed 80% to 90% activity,” said Kothari.”

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3. Anti-Aging
According to Ayurveda, Tulsi is considered an incomparable health tonic and contains essential oils and phytonutrients which allows Tulsi to retain youthfulness. Much of the anti-aging properties of Tulsi stem from being an excellent antioxidant and helping to prevent hazardous byproducts of cellular metabolism which is responsible for many health conditions which accelerates the overall aging process; i.e. oxidative stress.

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4. Heart Disease
Tulsi contains powerful antioxidants which are beneficial to help prevent inflammation and vascular disease [i.e. atherosclerosis]. The essential oil of Tulsi is also thought to possess the ability to reduce the tension of vessels and therefore beneficial in reducing the risk of heart disease.

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5. Respiratory Conditions
The phytonutrients and essential oils of Tulsi are very helpful in reducing congestion [“kapha”] in the lungs and therefore beneficial for respiratory conditions such as asthma and bronchitis. Some studies also suggest that Tulsi possesses healing benefits to lung damage caused by smoking, tuberculosis and even lung cancer.

Respiratory health products are combined in precise proportions and prepared in the traditional ayurvedic way. This aids the bioavailability and assimilation of vital nutrients. It also creates synergy — the collective benefit is much greater than that of isolated, individual herbs.

6. Kidney Stones
Being a mild diuretic, Tulsi helps to prevent the accumulation of uric acid and the formation of renal stones. Likewise, the essential oils of Tulsi help to facilitate the breakdown of preexisting renal stones.

7. Fever
The phytonutrients and essential oils of Tulsi have miraculous healing properties which protects the body from all sorts of infections. Tulsi has excellent antibiotic properties and helps to prevent fever. Fevers are commonly a symptom of the body fighting against an infection.

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8. Headaches
Certain components such as Camphene, Eugenol, and Cineol which are contained in the essential oils of Tulsi have both analgesic and sedative properties making Tulsi highly effective in relieving headaches caused by migraines, sinus pressure, cough and the common cold.

9. Oral & Dental Care
Tulsi is a wonderful mouth freshener and helps destroy bacteria that are responsible for dental cavities, plaque, tartar and bad breath. The astringent properties of Tulsi strengthen and firm the gums and therefore helps prevent gum disease and loose teeth.

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10. Skin Care
Once again, the healing benefits and antibacterial, antifungal, and disinfectant properties of Tulsi helps keep the skin free from skin infections. Likewise, bathing in a decoction of Tulsi or applying the paste of Tulsi leaves can help provide a cooling and soothing effect to certain skin lesions; i.e. inflammation. The use of Tulsi for any active lesion should be performed under the guidance of a qualified professional and your primary care physician.

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Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.