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Menopause: Basic Ayurvedic Fundamentals of Wellness

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Three key principles to long-term balance and wellness in Ayurveda are broadly summed up in three lifestyle tactics:

Reducing ama (toxins)
Balancing/strengthening digestion (agni)
Significantly lowering stress
Each of these plays a powerful role in supporting long-term, life-changing wellness, according to Ayurveda.
To accomplish these goals, Ayurveda offers you lots of enjoyable options. Each of these choices has the power, in the Ayurvedic model, to gradually, naturally support and restore Ayurvedic balance in mind and body. These lifestyle choices include changes to diet; stress-reduction practices like yoga, exercise and meditation; and traditional Ayurvedic herbals, to name just a few.

Digestion is a central long-term, priority focus of Ayurveda. Great emphasis is placed on keeping digestion (agni) balanced. In this sense, ‘balance’ means functioning at its absolute optimum. That’s because digestion (agni) is the engine of transformation and assimilation. This transformation ‘engine’…

Menopause As Per Ayurveda | Causes | Treatments | Herbal Remedies

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Menopause is a normal part of a woman's natural aging process and occurs as hormone levels in the body decline. It marks the end of a woman's menstrual periods and her ability to become pregnant without assistance from technology. Menopause is a process that usually occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 and begins 2 to 5 years before (perimenopause) a woman's last menstrual period. It is considered complete (postmenopause) when 1 full year has passed without a menstrual period.
The symptoms of declining hormone levels can occur before menstrual periods have ended. This 2 to 5 year period of declining hormones is called the climacteric or perimenopause. Perimenopause can last several years and often includes irregular menstrual periods and other symptoms, such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and mood swings.
What Causes Menopause? Menopause is caused by the natural declining function of the ovaries, which gradually produce lower and lower levels of the hormones estrogen, pro…

Menopause: Herbal Preparations | Herbal Formulas

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Introduction Ayurvedic preparations are completely different in their intention and their action. They are mixtures of natural substances which can correct an underlying imbalance. They promote an energetic adjustment which is at a level of intelligence higher than the molecular level. Reestablishing balance at this subtle energetic (i.e. doshic) level of human function removes the push at the physical (i.e. molecular) level toward discomfort and the symptoms are eliminated at their root.
Ayurvedic preparations are made from various materials in Nature: roots, rhizomes, seeds, flowers, stems, leaves, barks, minerals, resins, and even some metals.
Most Ayurvedic preparations are combinations of several different materials, sometimes up to fifty. Each root, leaf, or mineral component can be thought of as an “information bit” and when combined together form an “information bundle”. Applying the correct information bundle for your energetic imbalance in the proper dosage, at the right time, …

Suggested Lifestyle Changes for Menopause Treatment

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Mental attitude has a lot to do with how well a woman adjusts to menopause. If it is seen as a tragic end to youth, fertility and sexuality, it can cause significant disruptions in one's day-to-day life, and create the temptation to "solve" the problem with unproven therapies that promise eternal youth. If menopause is seen as simply the natural transition to the next phase of life, it can be readily accepted and more easily handled. The risks and benefits of estrogen replacement therapy should be carefully considered, and many women do quite well without any medical intervention for menopause treatment. Following an anti-inflammatory diet, getting adequate aerobic exercise, and relaxation practices can help address the many practical problems that menopause can bring. Menopause is not a disease, and there is no reason for it to decrease interest in or enjoyment of sex. Vaginal dryness can make intercourse more difficult, however, and an over-the-counter product such as …

Nutrition and Supplements - Herbs for Menopause

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Try the following natural remedies and herbs for menopause: 

Soy foods. The isoflavones in soy foods help balance hormone levels and have some estrogenic activity. There is ongoing research about the safety and efficacy of isolated soy isoflavone supplements. While the initial results look promising, we currently recommend using natural soy foods rather than supplements. Choose from tofu, soy milk, roasted soy nuts or tempeh.

Flaxseed. Substances called lignins in flaxseed are important modulators of hormone metabolism. Grind flaxseed daily in a coffee grinder at home and use 1 to 2 tablespoons a day.

Dong quai. Dong quai (Angelica sinensis) is known both in China and the West for its ability to support and maintain the natural balance of female hormones. It does not have estrogenic activity. This is one of the herbs for menopause that should not be taken if a woman is experiencing heavy bleeding.

Black cohosh (Cumicifuga racemosa). One of the best-studied traditional herbs for menopause…

Women Health: Menopause

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Once women reach the menopause years, typically around the age of 50, a variety of physiological changes and menopause symptoms occur that can have a profound impact on their lives. Menopause is a term that refers to the end of menstruation, the result of the natural decline in the hormones (estrogen, progesterone and others) produced in the ovaries. After years of preparing and releasing eggs, the ovaries eventually reach a point where they end their monthly routine. As hormone levels decrease, a number of symptoms may emerge, although their presentation and severity varies greatly from woman to woman. The most common menopause symptoms are hot flashes, depression, insomnia, vaginal dryness, irritability, mood swings and headaches.

Most women report that they experience hot flashes during pre- and perimenopause. Hot flashes typically begin to occur when women start to have irregular periods, and usually end one or two years after menstruation has ceased. Sometimes women will experien…

Health Benefits of Thyme

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Thyme has been used for centuries, not only as a herb, but for medicinal purposes too.  Fragrant and delicious thyme has a number of uses in the kitchen too. Learn more about the health benefits of thyme and add more thyme to your diet.
Rich in nutrients Thyme is packed with flavonoids that have antioxidant capacity. It is also a good source of manganese and vitamin K, which allow for antioxidant protection. Antioxidants protect against free radical damage and oxidative stress, which increase the risk of cancer and heart disease and accelerate the aging process.
Anti-inflammatory benefits
Several different studies have found that thyme contains anti-inflammatory properties and may help prevent chronic inflammation of the body. 
A healthy heart The antioxidant protection of thyme combined with its anti-inflammatory effects help to prevent cardiovascular disease as chronic inflammation is one of the leading causes of heart disease. 
Fight off bacteria Thyme has antibacterial properties whic…

How to make Aloe Vera gel?

Video on how to make Aloe Vera Gel at Home and Use for Various Skin Disorders.


Basil Herb, Holy Basil, Tulsi Health Benefits

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Basil herb is diaphoteric, anti periodic, stimulating, expectorant and anti-catarrhal. It is used in malaria, catarrh, bronchitis and gastric disorders. It also lowers blood sugar levels and its powder is used for mouth ulcers. Basil herb is widely worshiped in India. It is an aromatic herb and is often used in potpourri and sachets. The cosmetic industry uses basil oil in lotion, shampoo, perfume, and soap. It is also used in some skin ointments and promoted as a treatment for acne.

Herbal Uses of Basil


Basil Used as Culinary: Basil is a powerful herb with a fragrant aroma and adaptable taste. Its pleasant taste will allow you to add it to many recipes as a pleasant accent. This herb is a key ingredient for tomato sauces and pesto recipes. A favorite use of pesto in French cooking is in soups. Italians favor pesto mixed with olive oil and used as a sauce for spaghetti. Basil and tomatoes are a natural combination. Use this combination with Pizza. Another great recipe is to cut a …

Herb for Skin Disorders: Aloe Vera

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Aloe Vera is really quite an incredible plant. It fights against the skin allergies and heals all the wounds. It is useful for X-ray burns, dermatitis, cutaneous and disorders of skin. Aloe Vera Gel has the remarkable ability to heal wounds, ulcer and burns. It provides benefit in reducing triglycerides, total cholesterol, blood fat, lipid levels & helps in reducing extra fat. Medicinal Drugs made from the Aloe Vera juice is tonic and is used in jaundice, amenorrhea, atonic and piles. It also helps in healing blisters & also provides relief from itching.

It is also used for sunburns, insect bites, scrapes, and scratches. Aloe Vera leaves gel stops the bleeding of minor cuts easily. It moisturizes the skin and adds to its elasticity. It compensates the lost collagen and repairs the damaged skin tissues. It fades away the white lines or the marks and gradually removes them. It is an excellent choice to get rid of the wound & burn marks that are formed in around 5 years or s…

Health Benefits of Kale

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Strengthen Immune SystemHelpful During PregnancyGreat for Heart HealthLowers CholesterolAnti-CancerGreat for EyesRich in CalciumImproves SleepHigh Iron ContentAnti-inflammatory

Health Benefits of Ginger

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Ginger adds a special flavor to all the recipes of Indian culture. Ginger has been used for centuries in food and even as a household natural medicine and remedy for regular ailments.

Ginger is known to contain chemicals that can reduce nausea and inflammation, eases queasiness. It’s a natural pain reliever.

Ginger is a combination of many oils which include Citral, Zingiberol phenols, Eucalyptol, Linalool, Camphene etc. The spicy taste in the herb ginger comes from the chemical phenylpropanoid.

Nutritional Facts about Ginger
Ginger has loads of nutrition. The food has a low ratio of saturated fat, also low in cholesterol and sodium. Vitamin C, copper, Magnesium, Manganese and potassium are very good source of the herb Ginger.

Common Name :
Ginger in English. Srngaveram in Sanskrit. Adrak in Hindi and Urdu.

Botanical Name :
Zingiber Officinale

Forms :
Tablet~Powder~Capsules~

Ginger hasvarious medicinal health benefits from the ancient times.
The antihistamine property of ginger helps in tre…

Health Benefits of Apples & Bananas

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Kidney Cleansing with Cilantro | Benefits of Coriander Leaves

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The kidneys are the most important excretory organs within the human body. The word excretion means the removal of waste substances from the body. Metabolism produces a large variety of substances in addition to energy. This "metabolic waste" is the large number of chemical reactions that occur in the cells, tissues and organs. Of these substances some of the by-products and end-products of metabolism are toxic. Therefore they will have to be removed, before they will poison the body tissues. The wastes that are eliminated are "excretory" products. Kidneys play a major role in this task.

Kidney filters the blood by removing salt, poison and any unwanted entering our body. But with time, the salt accumulates and this needs to undergo cleaning treatments and there are some simple home recipes that can help in this cleansing process.

Parsley (Cilantro) is known as best cleaning treatment for kidneys and it is natural!
Take a bunch of parsley or Cilantro ( Coriander Le…

Guava Skincare

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Guava is very beneficial for your skincare since it is abound in vitamin C, antioxidants and carotene. The benefits of guava for skin are as follows.

Improves Complexion: Prepare a simple guava scrub at home to improve your complexion. Mash some guava flesh with an egg yolk and apply it on your face. Rinse off after 20 minutes with warm water. When used once or twice a week, this scrub will remove dead cells from your skin and lighten your complexion. It will also remove impurities, thus providing your skin a fresh and invigorated feeling.UV Protection: A guava provides about 2.9 grams of lycopene which is an antioxidant that protects your skin from being damaged by UV rays and environmental pollution.Anti-ageing Properties: Guava is a rich source of vitamins A, B, C and potassium which are good antioxidants and detoxifiers. They fight free radicals, thus keeping your skin glowing and free from premature signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines. Besides, lycopene protects the heal…

Health Benefits of Guava

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Besides its unique flavour and fragrance, guava has been hailed has one of the super fruits because of its numerous health promoting qualities. This humble fruit is known for its medicinal properties, thanks to the sugars, vitamins and minerals present in it. It is extraordinarily rich in vitamin C and also contains carotene and antioxidants that are beneficial for skin health.


Rich in Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Fiber, Vitamin A-B-C and Content Folic and Nicotinic Acid.Guava is rich in retinol, so if you don’t like carrots, you can try a guava for improving your eyesight/,br> Guavas contain a mineral known as folate. It helps promote fertility in humans.Potassium in guavas helps normalise blood pressure levels. A banana and a guava contains almost the same amount of potassium.Prevents Prostate Cancer and High Blood Pressure.Guavas are rich in manganese which helps the body to absorb other key nutrients from the food that we eat. When our food gets properly utilised, we get all the …

Home Remedies for Minor Burns

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Here are a few home remedies to treat minor burns at home:
As a first step w
ash hands with ice cold water or rub ice on the burnt area followed by following home recipes.

Apply toothpaste with the peppermint on the burn area to heal them fasterApply raw honey to seal the burns and heal them fasterApply fresh aloe vera gel to soothe and heal the burn quicklyPut a banana peel over the burn till the peel turns black for instant reliefApply olive oil over the burn with a clean cotton swab to relieve painApply Vinegar as this works as an astringent and antiseptic on minor burns and helps prevent infection. Dilute the vinegar with equal parts water, and rinse the burned area with the solution.Apply Raw potato as this can treat minor skin burns due to its anti-irritating and soothing properties. It will alleviate the pain and reduce the chance of having blisters. Simply cut a slice of raw potato and rub it on the burn, making sure the juice from the potato is releasing over the area. Use this …

How to get rid of Yellow Stains on Teeth

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Check out these simple home remedies which can make your teeth white naturally.

Eat Strawberries: Mashing a few strawberries and brushing with the mixture once or twice a week can show some magical results on your yellow stained teeth.Floss your Teeth Daily: Flossing is more important that brushing. So make this your daily routine.Baking Soda & Lemon: Brush with this solution once a week and see how the chemical reaction of baking soda with the citrus of lemon juice brings that brightening to your teeth.

Important: Avoid drinks that can cause serious damage to the enamel of your teeth such as coffee, tea, soda and wine, if not possible just make sure to brush after drinking these beverages.

Useful Tip:Green Tea Wards Off Tooth Decay.Green Tea contains a substance known as fluoride which builds and maintains strong, cavity-free teeth. Additionally, drinking green tea can also kill off bacteria and viruses that cause throat infections, and even eliminate bad breath!

Ayurveda for this cold season

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Though the earth is closest to the Sun during this time, it is the coldest month as the northern hemisphere is facing away from the Sun. To battle this cold season and its effects on the body,ayurveda provides some remedies.

In general, due to the change in season, the body's immunity becomes low. This causes some common illnesses and aggravates acute and chronic painful ailments.

According to ayurveda, the body comprises three doshas. The central concept of ayurvedic medicine is that good health exists when there is a balance between three fundamental bodily humors or doshas called Vata, Pitta and Kapha. In winters, Kapha dosha increases due to the chilly weather and leads to cough, cold, and may aggravate sinus or other cold-related problems. Attributes or qualities that define the Kapha constitution are cold, moist, sticky, oily, smooth and sweet. ayurvedic mantra professes that 'liking increases liking,' and to end that, it would be better to refrain from consuming fo…
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