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Not so Known Health Benefits of Mint Herb | Pudina

Mint Leaves
Mint Leaves
Mint/Pudina in Ayurveda is a herb which arouses the senses and decongests the orifices of our head. It is aromatic menthol and rich in many chemicals, vitamins and minerals. This herbaceous plant is antibacterial and antifibrile.

Mint can be used for the treatment of illness such as headache, rhinitis, cough with sore throat, colic, vomiting, etc. Mint is a good blood cleanser. It is also used as cardiac tonic in most of the pharmaceutical preparations. Mint’s antiseptic and antibacterial property makes it effective against most cases of oral infections like swollen gums, mouth ulcers and toothaches.

Surprising Health Benefits of Mint

  • Helps in treating stomachache and chest pains. Mint leaves soaked in water to make tea can ease stomach pain and as a sleeping aid. 
  • Used to whiten teeth. Boil 6 tablespoons of Mint leaves and 2 glasses of water for 15 min. Strain the water and allow it to cool. Divide this into two portions and take each portion after 3-4 hours. This is an excellent remedy for toothaches. 
  • Crushed and bruised Mint can be used for treatment of insect bites. 
  • The strong aroma of fresh Mint leaves can stimulate brain functioning which is helpful for nausea. 
  • For headaches, crushed Mint leaves are applied on forehead and temple. 
  • For treating coughs, boil 6 tablespoons of chopped Mint leaves in 2 glasses of water for 15 min. Strain the water and allow it to cool. Divide this into 3 portions and take it 3 times a day. 
  • Take some fresh Mint leaves and heat them on low flame. Pounding and applying on painful joints or muscles when it’s still warm, helps in the relief from arthritis. 
  • For a refreshing mouthwash, soak 2 tablespoons of chopped Mint leaves in 1 glass of hot water for 30 min and then strain the water. 
  • Mint is loaded with antioxidants that are excellent for abdomen. The menthol in it helps enzymes necessary for digestion. 
  • The mint extract causes a cooling effect on the hurting area, making it numb to an extent and so one can feel the pain reducing. 
  • You can also breathe in the vapors of mint extract as it calms down the nerves and gives a relaxed feeling to whole body. 
  • The anti inflammatory and anti bacterial property of Mint makes it an excellent remedy for skin with acne. The strong antioxidant in Mint leaves a natural blush on skin and also re-hydrates the skin that is dry and gloomy. 
  • Mint is very helpful in preventing skin from inflammation, patches and blackheads. It also helps in quicker removal of dry and gloomy skin. The removal of dry skin will help pores to open, allowing skin to breathe. 
  • To avoid bad breath or to kill bacteria in mouth, chew some mint leaves regularly. 
  • Mint is packed with many nutrients and so they help in improving body’s immune system. 
  • The aromatherapy from of mint extract is used to beat stress and revitalize the mind. 
  • Inhaling the fumes of mint helps in relaxing the body and soothing the mind. 
  • Mint helps in releasing small amounts of serotonin in brain that helps a person to beat stress or depression. 
  • Mint is a great remedy for expectant mothers to treat morning sickness or nausea. Eat few leaves of Mint or smelling few crushed leaves can be very helpful.
Mint is beneficial herb and we recommend you buy organic seeds and grow your plant at home.


Ayurveda Recommends Daily Supefoods

As per Ayurveda, watching what you eat is possibly the best way to start. “Ahaar (meaning dietary habits in Ayurveda) says that food eaten should have at least one of six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. “The right foods promotes sattva (purity), detox the body, and rejuvenate it as well, leading to an overall increase in immunity, physical and mental strength, and digestion."

So for overall well-being include these super-foods listed below in your daily regime.

Ginger is anti inflammatory that stimulates appetite, and reduces intestinal pain, gas and bloating. Fresh ginger is good battle to nausea, especially pregnancy-induced vomiting. Dried ginger root works well on joint pains (mix with almond oil and rub on painful areas), as well as migraines, and helps lower cholesterol levels. So enjoy fresh ginger boiled in water as your detox drink instead of tea. Add them to food while cooking to aid good digestion.

Ashwagandha Root (Indian ginseng)
Ashwagandha is popularly used in Ayurveda for fighting stress, anxiety and fatigue. Also used to relieve painful swelling or rheumatoid arthritis -- traditionally its leaves were applied to the painful area -- Ashwangandha is also considered beneficial for increasing sperm count in men. These are available as churna and supplements which you can make part of your daily regimen. Know more about Ashwagandha

Popularly known as the Indian gooseberry, this fruit is a powerful antioxidant and rich in Vitamin C and Calcium. “It also works as a digestive tonic, cleansing the colon, and removes excess heat from the body." Amla is also known for its anti-ageing properties. Amla oil is directly applied to the hair as it fights dandruff.
You can have amla candies as digestive popups after meals, you can have it in the form of chutney, pickles or murabba. Supplements are also available in the market.

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Turmeric is an all rounder, thanks to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. “It is used to treat skin conditions, detoxify the liver and is excellent for diabetics as it lowers blood sugar." While it can be applied directly to treat wounds, it is very beneficial when ingested, preferably when mixed in milk with some black pepper and honey. Make it a habit to drink lukewarm milk with few drops of ghee and a tsp of turmeric in it before going to bed. Helps in relieving stress, relaxes mind, good sleep and helps in regenerating fatigued body cells.

Know more about TurmericHealth Benefits of Turmeric | Curcumin (Haldi)

Ghee is a wonderful source of healthy fat. It actually lowers cholesterol, thanks to its content of omega-3 fatty acids, and helps improve heart health." It also helps maintain healthy eyesight and skin, and trumps carbs as an excellent source of energy. 
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Tulsi is considered to be sacred plant. “In Ayurveda, tulsi leaves, ginger and cardamom boiled in water make for a healing potion to treat sore throats, headaches and chest congestion." Tulsi juice is also effective in treating acne, as well as other skin disorders such as ring worm infections, rashes and itchiness. Regular consumption of tulsi also helps purify the blood, reduce blood sugar and build immunity.

“Brahmi or Bacopa is used to balance the three body types specified in Ayurveda: Vata, Pitta and Kapha, " adding that this herb also helps sustain brain and nervous system functions. “It is traditionally mixed with sesame oil, and used to massage away stress and soothe the nerves”. Brahmi also helps improve memory power.


Shatavari- Best Herb for Women's Health

There are many Indian herbs that treat many diseases the natural way. Among many herbs, one herb called Shatavari is mainly used for treating women related health issues. The name Shatavari itself define it as the best friend of women. Shatavari is a Sanskrit term that means 'woman with hundred husbands'. It's meaning is enough to tell its usefulness for women's health. However, Shatavari is also used to cure many other diseases.

Uses of Shatavari
The herbal extracts obtained from the roots, stem, and leaves are applied to therapeutic uses of shatavari.

• Root extract is administered to the patients of diarrhea, chronic colic, and dysentery.
• Milk processed from shatavari root is given to patients having dyspepsia and diarrhea.
• Boiled leaves of shatavari dipped in clarified butter or ghee are applied to boils and small pox eruptions.
• Juice of the shatavari bark is mixed with milk and given to women for strengthening their reproductive system and as treatment for gonorrhea.
• The extract from the roots is boiled with ghee, milk and honey and given for treating seminal weakness and general debility.

How Shatavari Helps Women?
Shatavari is considered the best friend of womens health due to the following reasons.
• Shatavari is capable of curing all problems related to female reproductive system.
• It minimizes the complications related to menstrual cycles including pain, loss of blood and other fluids during menstrual cycle.
• It balances the female hormonal system.
• It helps in reducing inflammation of female sexual organs.
• It cures tiredness and morning sickness
• It is useful in issues related to infertility, leucorrhea, and in regulating ovulation which occurs during the menopause cycle.
• When combined with Kama Duba, it is a good treatment for women experiencing hot flashes.

• It may cause skin reactions and pulmonary allergic reactions in some people.
• Patients with edema due to kidney disorder or impaired heart function should not use shatavari.
• It is not advised for pregnant women.


Benefits of Neem

Benefits Of Neem

The benefits and value of neem tree and all its parts, does not require any introduction, its uses in curing and preventing many diseases not only in humans but also in animals have been known to mankind for long. It is also used to protect plants from pests and insects, neem is also used to stimulate the growth of plants as it is considered to be a natural manure without any toxic effects.

Neem Uses and Benefits

Neem needs no introduction in today's world. A very famous herb of India with worldwide fame and having magical properties known for its miraculous medicinal values from past 5000 years. Neem is known as free tree of India as it is found almost everywhere in India. It is considered as a magic tree, which has properties that not only relieves but also cures from illness.

Margosa tree attains a maximum height of 40 to 50 fts. It is an evergreen tree whose branches spread all over. It is a very densely crowned tree, which may reach to a diameter of 30 to 40 fts. The trunk is relatively straight. Bark is thick and rough with whitish to reddish brown in appearance.

Benefits of the Neem Tree

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Neem herb - Systemic purifier

Neem or Azadirachta Indica is a large, evergreen tree and has strong health maintaining properties. It has been used as a tonic and astringent that promotes wound healing. Neem's traditional use is based on its detoxifying benefits that help maintain healthy circulatory, digestive, respiratory and urinary systems.

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All the parts of the plant and active principles and extracts possess a lot of significant pharmacological properties. Neem is bitter and alterative. It is used as a poultice in boils, is antiseptic, demulcent, a tonic in catarrhal affections, stomachic, stimulant. It is useful in snake bite, scorpion sting, hypoglycemic.

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Medicinal Usages

The twig of this tree is largely used as a tooth brush in different regions of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. It is an oldest tradition used effectively in dental care. The oil extracted from the seeds and kernel of the Neem tree is used in the manufacturing of cosmetics such as soaps, shampoos, balms, and creams. It has the potentiality to use as a great carbon dioxide sink.

Horticulture Usages

This tree offers a great resource for environment-friendly biopesticides. Limonoids found in the leaves, seeds and bark are used as an effective insect-growth controlling substance. The uniqueness lies with its ability to alter the life-processing behavior of the insect in such a fashion that the insect becomes unable to feed, breed or undergo through metamorphosis process.

Neem fruits, seeds, oil, leaves, bark and roots have such uses as general antiseptics, antimicrobials, treatment of urinary disorders, diarrhoea, fever and bronchitis, skin diseases, septic sores, infected burns, hypertension and inflammatory diseases.

Economic Benefits of Neem Production

There have not been very many studies dealing with economics of neem trees. There are many tangible and intangible costs and returns from the cultivation of neem tree and processing of neem products which need to be estimated through experiments and surveys.

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