20 November 2014

10 Powerful Benefits of Human Breast Milk

Human breast milk is
Jeevana – enlivening
Brumhana – nourishing, nutrition rich. Useful in Brimhana therapy
Satmya – congenial to human body
Snehana – unctuous, increases body oiliness, useful in relieving dryness.
Abhighata – it is useful in people suffering from injury with hemorrhage.
Breast milk for Nasya treatment – in cases of bleeding disorders (Raktapitta) – such as bleeding through mouth, nasal bleeding, ear bleeding etc, breast milk is administered as nasal drops. This helps to pacify Pitta and relieve bleeding.
Human milk as eye drops: It is useful as eye drops for eye irritation, excess eye secretions, redness, eye pain and discomfort. It is used in Tarpana and Aschottana type of eye treatments.
Effect on Tridosha – Balances Vata and Pitta Dosha
Human milk for leech therapy:Leech therapy is a form of blood letting therapy. Here is leech is made to bite a particular part of body, to let out vitiated blood. In the initial stages of leech therapy, to make the leech stick to the body part, breast milk is applied over the part, which attracts the leach. Other than this, even ghee and mud is also applied to attract leach.
How to enhance breast milk production?
is the best way to increase the breast milk production. The nipple suckling by the baby acts as a stimulant to mother’s brain to induce hormones which enhances breast milk. This is why, soon after the birth, mothers are encouraged to feed the baby, though the milk production will be very low initially. If they do not feed, then there will be no stimulation, leading to lack of production.
Herbs and treatments that decrease human milk production:If there is decrease in breast milk production, then usage of astringent tasting herbs like Haritaki, betel nut etc should be avoided. Astringent taste is drying in nature.
All sorts of Rookshana therapy – which causes increase of body dryness should be avoided.
Herbs and medicines that increase breast milk:
Dill seed 
paste is administered to mother for this purpose. 
Vidaryadi Kashayam, Stanya Janana Rasayanam, Padmakadi Kashaya, Stanya Janana Kashaya, – help in improving breast milk production.
Stanya Shodhana Kashaya – It cleanses and detoxifies breast milk. It is given to the mother, when baby starts getting frequent cold, cough, skin eruptions etc. It is also useful when the milk thickens causing plugging of milk ducts. Usually it is administered for a maximum period of 4 – 6 weeks.
Human milk usage in Ayurvedic medicines:It is used as an ingredient in Mrita Sanjeevini Sura, an alcoholic Ayurvedic preparation, wherein it is used to grind certain powders used in this medicine.
Kachuradi Churna – This is a powerful herbal powder for treating headache. This powder is made paste with breast milk and applied over forehead.
(Fun fact: Someone posted a comment on Kachuradi churna article  (the comment is there, alive)- how to get breast milk for using this powder, I replied – left to your own efforts and ideas).
Human milk vs Cow milkHuman milk is the best food for babies. In the absence of which, cow milk is the second best choice.
Of all the milks for the purpose of treatment, cow milk is the best.
For the new born baby, human milk is very easy to digest, compared to cow milk.
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29 September 2014

45 Health Benefits of Carom Seeds-Ajwain VAMU SEEDS

Stomach problem? Chew on some carom seeds. Apart from treating an upset stomach, it also has many other health benefits. It can either be consumed raw or in powdered form. Include carom seeds in your daily diet plan along with other herbs for reaping best benefits. Carom seeds are also known as Ajwain or Bishop’s weed. Carom seed is called omam in the southern part of India. They belong to the same family as fennel, anise, dill, and caraway. (Ask for this in any Ayurvedic shop)

Shape: Oval and ridged.
Size: Very small
Color: Yellowish-brown to greyish green
Taste: Hot and pungent taste
Leaves: Small feather like
Fragrance: Strong odor, like Thyme
Nutritional Value of Carom Seeds and Its Oil:

Carom seeds contains per 100 gms:

Protein …………………………………..17.1%

Fat …………………………………………21.8%

Minerals ………………………………….7.9%

Fiber ……………………………………….21.2%

Carbohydrates ………………………….24.6%

It also contains calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, phosphorus, iron and niacin.
Carom oil is obtained from its seeds that contain 2.5% to 5% of essential oil. Their leaves and flowers are also used to extract oil that contains 35-60% of thymol. This oil is either colourless or pale brown in colour. Carom oil is widely used as germicide and fungicide.

Let us quickly go through the health benefits of carom seeds:

Health Benefits Of Carom Seeds:

1. Acidity:

Mix one table spoon of carom seeds with one table spoon of cumin seeds. Consume them on a daily basis with some ginger powder. This natural remedy is a best way to cure indigestion problems. It is also useful in treating acidity and acid reflux problem.

2. Constipation:

Carom seeds are the best remedy to cure digestion related problems. Hence, it can also help you to get rid of constipation. Carom seeds don’t have any side effects.

3. Mouth problems:

Carom seeds have been proven to cure tooth pain. Floss your mouth with one part of clove oil, one part of carom oil and water for treating tooth ache, bad odor and decay. It is the best and effective way to maintain oral hygiene.

4. Kidney disorder:

Carom seeds are very essential to cure kidney stones. They can also be useful to treat and reduce the pain due to kidney disorders.

5. Asthma:

Consuming carom seeds with warm water give instant relief from cold and expel cough and mucus from the body. It is also useful for treating bronchitis and asthma. It can be consumed with jaggery twice a day.

6. Liver and kidney:

Drink ajwain water for curing intestinal pain caused because of indigestion and infection. This herb is also very beneficial for curing liver and kidney malfunctions.

7. Cold:

 cold fact
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This seed is the best natural way to cure cold symptoms such as a blocked nose. Take a steam from ajwain seeds infused in hot water for best relief.

 8. Itching, Boils & Eczema:

Grind ajwain seeds with lukewarm water to make its paste. Apply this paste on any affected part of the face or body. Also, try washing the affected part with the ajwain water for best results. In case of swelling due to boils or pimples, make the paste of ground carom seeds with lemon juice. It will be helpful in removing the swelling.

[ Read: Benefits of Chamomile Tea ]

9. Excessive bleeding and irregular menses:

Women with this problem can drink ajwain water. Soak handful of carom seeds in earthen vessel filled with water at night. Grind them and drink it in the morning.

10. Digestion:

Carom seeds benefits digestive problems. Chewing 1 tbsp of raw carom seeds with sugar can help you get rid of indigestion. It can also be consumed without sugar.

11. Arthritis:

Carom seed oil is a very useful method to cure arthritis pain. Massage on affected joints regularly with carom seed oil to get relief from rheumatic pain.

[ Read: Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate ]

12. Diarrhea:

Carom seed is a natural remedy to cure dysentery or diarrhea. Boil a handful of carom seeds in one glass of water. Cool and strain this to consume twice a day. This is an orthodox remedy to cure indigestion and dysentery.

13. Viral infections:

Combine yogurt with carom seeds powder. Applying this paste on face for a whole night can help to lighten acne scars. Wash it with lukewarm water in the morning for best results.

14. Flu:

Boil carom seeds with cinnamon in water. Strain & drink 4 times in a day to cure flu.

15. Mosquito repellent:

Mix mustard oil with ground carom seeds. Dip cardboard pieces in this mixture and tie in the corners of your room. This will help you get rid of the mosquitoes from the room.

[ Read: Radish Nutrition ]

16. Lost appetite:

Mix and grind carom seeds, fennel seeds, dried ginger powder, salt and black cumin seeds. Add hot ghee to that mixture. Mix the mixture with cooked rice. This will surely increase lost appetite.

17. Piles:

Mix dried pomegranate flowers, poppy seeds and dried neem leaves. Consume this mixture with milk twice a day during bleeding piles. Drinking buttermilk with carom seeds powder and rock salt after lunch/dinner is useful for minimizing the condition.

18. Heals pain:

Mix carom seeds, onion seeds, fenugreek seeds with saboot isabgol. Grind them all and consume 1 tbsp of this powder everyday in the morning. Consume this on an empty stomach for best and positive results.

19. Sexual disability:

Roast carom seeds with some tamarind kernels and clarified butter. Grind them well, take 1tsp of this mixture and add to a glass of milk and honey. This is a proven method to reduce sexual disability. Consume this regularly at night for effective results.

20. Breastfeeding:

 breastfeeding tips
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Carom seeds with fennel seeds are used to make ajwain aur saunf ka pani. This is useful to cleanse uterus and increase milk production. Add 1 tbsp of fennel seeds with ½ tbsp carom seeds and 1 litre of water. Boil them for 5 minutes and cool it. Cool and consume this everyday for best results.

21. Menstrual cramps:

Carom seeds acts as a nerve tonic, hence it can lower menstrual cramps during menses. Thus, the benefits of carom seeds are quite wonderful. You can also apply the oil on your muscles for quick relaxation.

22. Stomach problems:

Soak three teaspoon of carom seeds in lime juice and dry it in shade. Grind this and mix some black salt. Consume this twice a day with lukewarm water. This is a useful method to cure loss of appetite, flatulence and other stomach problems. Do this daily till you get the results.

23. Belching:

Many gas related problems can be cured by a mixture of dried ginger, carom seeds and black salt. This is useful to treat problems like gas, indigestion, and belching. You can also try to add this in warm water with cardamom and drink it.

24. Migraine:

Wrap carom seeds in the tissue paper and smell this. It is useful to reduce migraine headache. Also they can be burnt and inhaled for other problems related to head.

25. Heart health:

Consume one tablespoon of carom seeds with warm water to stimulate the heart. It is also beneficial to cure chest pain. You can mix one teaspoon of jaggery with some carom seeds to get quick relief.

 26. Alcoholic:

This herb is also beneficial for the people who want to get rid of alcohol. Chewing carom seeds daily can help to get rid of alcohol craving.

27. Sperm count:

Roast ajwain seeds with some tamarind kernels and clarified butter. Grind all of these ingredients. Grind them well, take a tsp of this mixture and add to a glass of milk and honey.This is a proven method to improve sperm count and treat premature ejaculation. Consume this regularly at night for effective results.

28. Insecticide:

They have many therapeutic uses as well as they are used widely in food preparations. Carom seeds are also used as an insecticide. Apart from this, this is an orthodox method for treating poisonous insect bites.

29. Used in cooking:

These seeds are widely used in Indian cooking as a spice. They can be roasted, fried in oil, or added in “panchphoran”. Ajwain is used in small quantity in making biscuits, snacks, sauces, soups, soft drinks and pickles for good digestion.

30. Pimple:

Apply powdered carom seeds with yogurt on your face. Keep it for half an hour and wash off with warm water. This remedy will help to lighten pimple scars.

31. Reduce weight:

Drink half glass of water with soaked carom seeds on an empty stomach. This will dissolve the fats. Consume 1tsp of carom seeds on an empty stomach every morning. It helps to lose about 4 to 5 kg in a month.

32. Bed Wetting:

Take 50 grams black sesame, 25 grams carom seeds and 100 grams of jaggery. Mix them well. Consume this mixture 1tsp twice a day. This will help in treating frequent urination and bedwetting.

33. Ear pain:

Heat 1tsp garlic and 2tsp carom seeds in sesame oil, till they are red in color. Cool it and strain to put some drops into the ears. This is also useful to treat boils in ears.

34. Flatulence:

Soak 3 tbsp of carom seeds in lime juice. Dry this in the shade. Powder and mix it with little black salt and consume 1 tsp twice a day with warm water.

35. Joint pains:

Mix shatavari, black cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds and carom seeds. Powder this and take ½ tsp every morning.

36. Greying of Hair:

Curry leaves – 2 to 3
Dry grapes – 2
Carom seeds – 1 pinch
Sugar– to taste

Add curry leaves, dry grapes, carom seeds in one cup of water and cook. Add sugar if required for taste. Drink 1 glass a day. This will stop greying of hair.

37. Colic:

Boil 1 tsp of fennel seeds and ½ tsp of carom seeds in ½ liter of water. Cook it on a low flame for 5 minutes. Cool and strain it. Drink a cup daily after meals.

38. Diabetes:

Dry few neem leaves in the shade. Powder and store in a jar. At night, mix 1 tsp of the powder in hot milk with ½ tsp of powdered cumin and carom seeds. Consume it for 30 days.

39. Paralysis:

Carom seeds soaked in water and consumed daily can be useful in treating paralysis, trembling and shaking.

40. Eye cleanser:

Boil handful of carom seeds in a water. Cool and strain. Wash your eyes with this water to clean it.

41. Deafness:

Carom seeds have been used in ancient times to cure deafness. Put few drops of this oil in your ears to get rid of this condition.

42. Body cleanser:

Consumption of carom seeds tea can help in cleansing body toxins. Thus, this can reduce many skin and health related problems. This helps to purify blood and improve the blood flow in body.

[ Read: Moringa Benefits ]

43. Calculus:

Consume 6 grams of carom seeds daily to get rid of this disease.

44. Menorrhagia:

Soak 25 gm of carom seeds in a mud pot filled with water for whole night. Grind this and drink in the morning.

45. Urticaria:

Consume 1 gram of carom seeds with 3 grams of jaggery. This is a useful remedy to cure this.

Facts About Carom Seeds:

1. Keep them away from humidity and also from direct sunlight.

2. Carom seeds cannot be stored for a long time.

3. Avoid over consumption. It can lead to nausea, vomiting, skin irritation, allergy and headache in some people.

5. Proper intake doesn’t have any side effects.

6. Store them in air-tight bottle in a cool and dry place.

7. People with liver disease and hyperacidity should avoid this herb.

Hope the article on carom seeds benefits was informative. Do leave us your feedback in the comments section below. Stay fit, stay healthy!

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21 September 2014

11 Home Remedies for Treating High Blood Pressure

What is High Blood Pressure?

According to the American Heart Association, nearly one in three adults in the United States has high blood pressure, also known as hypertension. The upper or first number in a blood pressure reading is the systolic pressure and the lower or second number is the diastolic pressure. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute guidelines:

Normal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mmHg.
Pre-hypertension is systolic pressure that's between 120 to 139 or diastolic pressure between 80 and 89.
Stage 1 hypertension is systolic pressure between 140 to 159 or diastolic pressure between 90 and 99 mmHg or higher.
Stage 2 hypertension is systolic pressure higher than 160 or diastolic pressure of 100 or higher.
Lower Blood Pressure Naturally

Lifestyle changes and natural remedies may help, although there isn’t enough evidence about any supplement to recommend it as a standard treatment. It's important to work with your medical doctor, because uncontrolled high blood pressure may damage organs in the body and increase the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and vision loss.

1) Garlic

According to the numerous studies in humans, garlic appears to lower blood pressure, particularly systolic blood pressure. In general, the magnitude of the reduction has been less than 10mmHg (less than 10%) in people with high blood pressure.

The active constituents in garlic are thought to be the sulfur-containing compounds including allicin, which may act on the body’s nitric oxide system which relaxes the arteries and lowers systolic blood pressure. Studies on the use of garlic in people with high blood pressure have used 600-2400mg of garlic powder or aged garlic extract in single or divided doses, taken for up to 12 weeks.

Garlic isn't safe for use with many common medications and conditions - learn about them in my article on Garlic for Health.

2) Fish Oil / Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that are found in fish and some plant foods. The available research in humans suggests that they may help lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure. The omega-3 fatty acid DHA may have greater benefits than EPA, or eicosapentaenooic acid.

Studies have generally found that the reduction in blood pressure has been small – in order to achieve clinically relevant effects, higher doses of omega-3 fatty acids may be needed, which can also cause an increased risk of bleeding in susceptible people including those with bleeding disorders or taking medications such as warfarin (Coumadin), aspirin, or ginkgo. Further research is needed. Studies have generally used 2-4 grams of omega-3 fatty acids daily for up to one year.  Find out more about Omega-3 Fatty Acids and how to use them.

3) Hibiscus

Hibiscus tea (from the plant Hibiscus sabdariffa) and supplements have been found to lower blood pressure in human studies. A systematic review of four randomized controlled trials found that in two studies testing the effects of hibiscus tea to black tea, hibiscus tea was associated with reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Two studies comparing hibiscus extract to angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors (captopril or lisinopril) also showed reductions for hibiscus tea groups, but the effects were generally less than those of the ACE-inhibitor groups. Additional high-quality studies are needed to confirm these findings. Caution is advised when taking hibiscus, as side effects including diuresis may occur.  More: Can Hibiscus Tea Help to Lower High Blood Pressure?

4) Chocolate / Cocoa Extract

Several studies in humans have shown that eating dark chocolate or chocolate or cocoa products enriched with flavonols may slightly lower blood pressure in people with high blood pressure or pre-hypertensive people. Consuming 50g cocoa per day is associated with a 2-3mm Hg reduction in blood pressure. Further research is needed, because not all human studies have found an effect.

Chocolate may affect the nitric oxide system resulting in vasodilation and lower blood pressure. It also may inhibit angiotensin-converting enzyme. One thing to keep in mind is that chocolate also contains caffeine and sugar, among other ingredients. Large amounts of caffeine (greater than 400mg day) can increase blood pressure and the sugar content may affect blood sugar levels. More: Cocoa Extract for Heart Health.

5) Magnesium

The results are mixed on whether the mineral magnesium may help lower blood pressure, with a number of studies suggesting a small but significant in reduction in blood pressure. A 2012 meta-analysis concluded that magnesium supplementation reduced blood pressure by 2-3mmHg for diastolic blood pressure and 3-4mmHg for systolic blood pressure. Magnesium may be of particular benefit to people with high blood pressure who are deficient in magnesium and intravenous magnesium sulfate is commonly administered for preeclampsia and eclampsia in pregnancy. Further research is needed.

6) Vitamin D

Found naturally in fish, eggs, fortified milk, cod liver oil and produced naturally during exposure to the sun, low levels of vitamin D may have a role in the development of high blood pressure.  Although research is very limited, studies note that blood pressure is often elevated when there is reduced exposure to sunlight/vitamin D (during the winter, greater distances from the equator, and dark skin pigmentation). The difference in systolic blood pressure is around 5mmHg. Learn more about Using Vitamin D for Health.

7) Green Coffee Extract

Green coffee refers to raw coffee beans (from the Coffea fruits) that have not been roasted. Some studies have found that chlorogenic acid, a component in green coffee extract, may lower blood pressure. Chlorogenic acid is also present in roasted coffee, but roasted coffee consumption has been found to increase blood pressure in some studies. Some researchers suggest that the different effects of roasted and green coffee on blood pressure may be due to a compound called hydroxyhydroquinone, which is formed during the roasting process and may block the beneficial effects of chlorogenic acid on blood pressure. Ferulic acid, a metabolite of 5-caffeoylquinic acid, may also be responsible for the hypotensive effects of green coffee extract.

Further research is needed particularly with respect to the side effects and drug interactions – for instance one study found that high doses of chlorogenic acid (2g daily) raised plasma homocysteine levels (a cardiovascular risk factor) whereas a much lower dose did not. Green coffee extract is also said to promote weight loss, which may help some people with high blood pressure. Find out more about Using Green Coffee Extract.

8) Diet and Weight Loss

Being overweight puts increases pressure on artery walls. If overweight, a weight loss diet to bring body weight into a healthy range may help to reduce blood pressure. In addition to a diet that emphasizes whole, fresh fruits and vegetables and lean protein, juicing vegetables may help to increase one's intake of vegetables.

Vegetable juice, particularly from green leafy vegetables, can increase folic acid, a B vitamin that may help to lower high blood pressure in some people, possibly by reducing elevated homocysteine levels. Dark leafy greens are also high in potassium. A meta-analysis of five trials indicated that potassium supplementation compared to a control resulted in a large but statistically non-significant reduction in systolic blood pressure (mean difference 11.2 mm Hg) and diastolic blood pressure (5.0 mm hg).

9) Tea / Reduced Caffeine Intake

Caffeine intake can result in a temporary but marked increase in blood pressure. It does this to a greater degree in people with high blood pressure compared with those with normal blood pressure. An alternative to higher-caffeine beverages is green tea, as green tea catechins have been found in some studies to reduce blood pressure. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that overweight or obese men given EGCG (a compound in green tea) extract had a reduction in diastolic blood pressure (-2.68mmHg) compared to those given a placebo.

Find out more about Drinking Tea for Heart Health.

10) Reduced Sodium Intake

Too much sodium can lead to fluid retention which can raise blood pressure, especially in people who are sensitive to sodium. It is estimated that 60% of people with essential hypertension can decrease their blood pressure by reducing their sodium intake.

Low potassium can raise sodium in cells, because sodium and potassium balance each other.

11) Alcohol in Moderation

Some studies suggest that moderate alcohol intake, particularly red wine, is linked with increasing levels of HDL and a slight reduction in blood pressure, however excessive consumption may raise triglyceride levels and increase blood pressure.

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25 August 2014

12 Rules for Lifetime Happiness

"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're going to get" -Tom Hanks, Hollywood movie: Forrest Gump.

But for those who take critical decisions, life can be different. How true that is. Stare life in the eyes as you experience it like a roller coaster ride.

The meaning of your life is something you create day after day with your own actions and thoughts. Life is made up of choices and decision making is critical as each choice has both consequences and benefits; please weigh the latter and always choose life. Always ask what you can learn, and how you can move forward, and stop yourself from blaming other people if things aren't the way you would like them to be.


1. Carpe Diem or Seize the Day. Live each day as if it's your last and overall just do it! Like they say Yesterday is history, Tomorrow is a mystery but today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present. Life presents us with a lifetime of opportunities but the opportunity of a lifetime is got when right choices are followed. Be present to enjoy the moment. Each day is a fresh start with options just waiting to be explored, so what are you waiting for?

2.Full acceptance to the present. This is a great way to live life. It means accept your present the way it is, means anything from your habits to the people you come across in life, your thoughts to what people say, etc, Accept it and offer no resistance to it. There is a Zen saying All that arises, goes through, it means you cannot resist the flow with life, a true way to change things is not to offer any resistance to life. Think deeply it does not mean accept the things the way they and not trying to change them. It means to be truly yourself, accepting the things around you, and then trying to change them. It is a mark of pro-activity. Ask yourself 'Has my resistance helped me in anyway?' .

Remember 'Life goes on'.
Accept yourself. Don’t judge yourself. This is the very first step you must take if you really want to live your life to the fullest. Why? Because if you’re judging yourself, or making part of you wrong, you’ll limit yourself. And if you limit yourself you can’t live life to the fullest.

3. Be adventurous. Explore, live on the edge a little, and embrace new challenges. Visit new places with your loved ones. Take the road less traveled. Don’t stick to the same old, same old. Life is more exciting with adventure!

4. Keep a journal. Record your victories in life as well as your delights. Take time to reflect on what has been previously written. Be an inspiration to yourself and others.

5. Express Gratitude. Recognize daily the things you are grateful for. Let your family, friends, and other significant ones know how grateful you are to have them. Share and express love while you can.

6. Love everyone Love yourself. Focus on your inner and outer beauty to see the same in others. Acceptance comes from within. Don’t focus on the things you don’t like about yourself. Rather, find the things you love about yourself. Aren't you the closest person and most important person to you in the world?
Love others. Love the ones who treat you right. Give love without expecting it to be returned. Be selfless in your attitude towards others.

7.Accept everyone. Be kind and courteous. Enjoy the company of others. Acknowledge their goodness rather than the differences in their beliefs. Do not judge others. Treat others as you would like to be treated.

6. Find purpose in life. Find something that gives your life meaning, be it being a great friend, sibling, parent, grandparent, teacher, neighbor, etc. Once you have found something to live for, you’ll live better. If it's not your relationships as a central purpose, maybe it's your occupation or something that you do outside work that makes a difference to others. The meaning of your life is something you decide. Set goals and move toward them in small reasonable steps.

9. Give back. Be selfless in service to others. Begin with your neighbor. Do charitable service outside of your immediate community as well. Giving back will not only make you better as a person, it will help others.

8. Be realistic. Set attainable goals according to your abilities and talents. Consider each effort to be an attainment. Achieve one step before the other towards stability and security.

11. Seek balance. Understand the night and day, back and forth, good and bad in all things.

12. Be positive. Focus on good thoughts and good things will happen. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Beating yourself up won’t help anything. Be positive. Say, think, and do positive things. Always look on the sunny side of life. Remember that the glass isn’t half empty, it’s half full.

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02 March 2014

Garlic - A Great Herb from GOD- Health Benefits

You can increase the health benefits you receive from garlic by letting it sit after you've chopped it or crushed it. If you give your chopped/crushed garlic time to sit before changing its temperature (through cooking) or its pH (through the addition of acidic food like lemon juice), it will give the alliinase enzymes in garlic an opportunity to work on behalf of your health. For example, in the absence of chopping or crushing, research has shown that just 60 seconds of immediate microwaving will cause garlic to lose some of its cancer-protective properties. Immediate boiling of whole, intact garlic will also lower these properties, as will immediate addition of a very low-acid ingredient like lemon juice.
Some of garlic's unique components are
most durable in food (versus processed extract) form. Allicin—one of garlic's most highly valued sulfur compounds—stays intact for only 2-16 hours at room temperature when it is present in purified (extracted) form. But when it's still inside of crushed garlic, allicin will stay viable for 2-1/2 days.

  1. Garlic may help improve your iron metabolism. That's because the diallyl sulfides in garlic can help increase production of a protein called ferroportin. (Ferroportin is a protein that runs across the cell membrane, and it forms a passageway that allows stored iron to leave the cells and become available where it is needed.)
  2. In addition to being a good source of selenium, garlic may be a more reliable source as well. Garlic is what scientists call a "seleniferous" plant: it can uptake selenium from the soil even when soil concentrations do not favor this uptake.
  3. The cardioprotective benefits of garlic may partly rest on the production of hydrogen sulfide (H2S) gas. Our red blood cells can take sulfur-containing molecules in garlic (called polysulfides) and use them to produce H2S. This H2S in turn can help our blood vessels expand and keep our blood pressure in check. Interestingly, some processed garlic extracts cannot be used by our red blood cells in the same way and do not seem to provide the same level of cardioprotection that is provided by garlic in food form.
  4. While still in its very early stages, research suggests that garlic consumption may actually help to regulate the number of fat cells that get formed in our body. 1,2-DT (1,2-vinyldithiin) is one of the unique sulfur compounds in garlic that has long been recognized as having anti-inflammatory properties. But only recently have researchers discovered that some of our fibroblastic cells (called "preadipocytes") only evolve into full-fledged fat cells (called "adipocytes") under certain metabolic circumstances involving inflammatory system activity. 1,2-DT may be able to inhibit this conversion process. Since obesity is increasingly viewed by researchers as a chronic state of low-grade inflammation, the inflammation-related benefits of garlic's 1,2-DT may eventually be extended into the clinical area of obesity.

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25 February 2014

Loving Too Much is Worthless

Loving is caring, Loving somebody,
some entity without their love on us is always futile.
One side Love and affection is always waste of time and energy.
You will get hurt when they doubt you..
Really a miserable thing..
So limiting your love is always appreciable..

First Love yourself.
Set goals
Reach goals
Be selfish when you are growing..

Education should gives us good thinking and
taking wise decisions but not narrow mindedness.

Maturity should bring ultimate communication skill
but not filthy speaking.

With Money we can buy anything and everything
but there are some people around us who cannot be sold .

Lets Everyone comes to you
asks you what they need.
When you reach the goal.

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23 February 2014

Top Acts of Selfishness- One should remember

Top Acts of Selfishness. (spread these words and remove selfishness from the people around the world.)

1. Bad mouthing someone to look better.
2. Avoiding donating to charity.
3. Falling to let another driver in or give way. 
4. Not Contacting relatives
5. Being Sympathetic.
6. Making what you want for dinner without consulting.
7. Making only your own cup of tea in the office.
8. Giving a smaller portion. 
9. Falling to open doors
10. Not Clearing up your mess.
11. Picking a DVD without thinking about a partner
12. Borrowing something and not returning it. 
13. Not buying a round.
14. Blaming someone else.
15. Not helping out colleagues. 
16. Not handing back money when someone drops it.
17. Pushing into a queue.
18. Not offering a lift.

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Unselfish idea of the millennium!

In spite of the incurable differences of pleasure and pain, there has also been the struggle to alleviate them. Every period of history has given birth to thousands of men and women who have worked hard to smooth the passage of life for others. And how far have they succeeded?

We can only play at driving the ball from one place to another. We take away pain from the physical plane, and it goes to the mental one. It is like that picture in Dante's hell where the misers were given a mass of gold to roll up a hill. Every time they rolled it up a little, it again rolled down. All our talks about the millennium are very nice as school-boys' stories, but they are no better than that. All nations that dream of the millennium also think that, of all peoples in the world, they will have the best of it then for themselves.

This is the wonderfully unselfish idea of the millennium!

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07 February 2014

10 Important Health Benefits of Black Grapes

The black grape benefits are so many that for your convenience we have split them into health, skin and hair benefits. Enjoy!

Black Grapes: Health Benefits

1. Controlling Blood Sugar:

Several studies have shown that consumption of black grapes helps to cure diabetes. Resvertrol, present in these grapes are responsible for increasing insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity, thereby improving and maintaining blood sugar balance and insulin levels in the body. The blood sugar benefits rendered by black grapes are clearly associated with their low Glycemic Index (GI) Value. These grapes also help in controlling blood pressure by increasing the blood flow.

2. Improving Brain Function:

Regular consumption of black grapes helps to improve concentration, memory and also verbal and spatial recall. The polyphenol present in them also aid in curing migraine, dementia and preventing Alzheimer’s.

3. Improving Cardiac Health:

The phytochemicals present in them help in reducing damage of the heart muscles and also aid in reducing and regulating cholesterol levels in the body thereby preventing heart attacks and other cardio vascular diseases.

4. Prevention of Cancer:

Consumption of these grapes can be highly beneficial in preventing and treating skin, gastrointestinal, prostate, breast, lung and pancreatic cancer.

5. Triggering Weight Loss:

Antioxidant properties of black grapes help in releasing the unwanted toxins accumulated in the body which results in loss of weight.

6. Protecting against infections and inflammations:

Resveratrol, in black grapes, is an excellent bactericide and fungicide and therefore helps to prevent pathogenic infections and inflammations. It has antiviral properties which are effective against diseases like polio and herpes. It also helps to cure asthma by increasing the level of moisture present in the lungs.

7. Relieving constipation, indigestion and treating kidney disorders:

These grapes are rich in sugar, organic acid and polyose and hence act as a mild laxative to help cure constipation. They are effective in curing indigestion and irritation of stomach, and preventing dyspepsia. They also help in reducing acidity caused by uric acid thereby minimizing pressure on the kidneys.

8. Improving Vision:

Black grapes are well known for their effect on the eyesight. These grapes contain Lutein and Zeaxanthin which help in maintain a good eyesight and proper vision.

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Black Grapes: Skin Benefits

9. Maintaining a Healthy and youthful Skin:

Antioxidants present in black grapes render anti ageing benefits like reduction of wrinkles, increase in elasticity of skin, proper blood circulation which lead to a healthy, youthful and glowing skin. Vitamin E present in these grapes secures the moisture of the skin and hence they are used as natural moisturizers.

The Vitamin C content of these grapes ensures rejuvenation of skin cells. Due to the presence of antioxidants, black grapes extracts can be used as natural sunscreen to protect against the damage caused by harmful ultra violet rays from the sun and thereby reduce the damage on the skin cells.

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Black Grapes: Hair Benefits

10. Maintaining long and healthy tresses:

Consumption of black grapes is an ideal way to battle the general hair related problems faced by everyone these days, be it dandruff, hair fall, split ends or early greying. The high antioxidant and Vitamin E content of these grapes, whether consumed or used in form of grape seed oil, helps to increase the blood circulation in the scalp, strengthens blood vessels and resultantly leads to healthy hair growth. It strengthens, softens, lengthens the hair, reduces flakiness, itchiness of the scalp and therefore reduces dandruff to render beautiful and shiny tresses naturally.

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Hope you found this article informative. Do leave us a comment!

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06 February 2014

8 Health Benefits of Drinking Wine

Every year, there is a flurry of headlines about the health benefits of wine. But can drinking wine really make a difference? Here, the news—very good news, indeed—from the latest studies. Note: The health benefits come from moderate wine consumption, defined by the American Heart Association as one to two four-ounce glasses a day.

The Benefit: Promotes Longevity

The Evidence: Wine drinkers have a 34 percent lower mortality rate than beer or spirits drinkers. Source: a Finnish study of 2,468 men over a 29-year period, published in the Journals of Gerontology, 2007.

The Benefit: Reduces Heart-Attack Risk

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers suffering from high blood pressure are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack than nondrinkers. Source: a 16-year Harvard School of Public Health study of 11,711 men, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

The Evidence: Red-wine tannins contain procyanidins, which protect against heart disease. Wines from Sardinia and southwest France have more procyanidins than other wines. Source: a study at Queen Mary University in London, published in Nature, 2006.

The Benefit: Reduces Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers have 30 percent less risk than nondrinkers of developing type 2 diabetes. Source: research on 369,862 individuals studied over an average of 12 years each, at Amsterdam's VU University Medical Center, published in Diabetes Care, 2005.

The Benefit: Lowers Risk of Stroke

The Evidence: The possibility of suffering a blood clot–related stroke drops by about 50 percent in people who consume moderate amounts of alcohol. Source: a Columbia University study of 3,176 individuals over an eight-year period, published in Stroke, 2006.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Cataracts

The Evidence: Moderate drinkers are 32 percent less likely to get cataracts than nondrinkers; those who consume wine are 43 percent less likely to develop cataracts than those drinking mainly beer. Source: a study of 1,379 individuals in Iceland, published in Nature, 2003.

The Benefit: Cuts Risk of Colon Cancer

The Evidence: Moderate consumption of wine (especially red) cuts the risk of colon cancer by 45 percent. Source: a Stony Brook University study of 2,291 individuals over a four-year period, published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, 2005.

The Benefit: Slows Brain Decline

The Evidence: Brain function declines at a markedly faster rate in nondrinkers than in moderate drinkers. Source: a Columbia University study of 1,416 people, published in Neuroepidemiology, 2006.

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31 January 2014


Everyone wants a flawless and clear- glowing skin. You are lucky if you have a fair complexion, but sometime a single spot on your skin might make you look unattractive. Don’t worry! Just follow some simple tips given below to get rid of dark spot.

Shea Butter :
  • Shea butter help to keep your skin hydrated.
  • Apply raw shea butter to the affected area.
  • Shea butter is also used as a main ingredient in many skin whitening and skin rejuvenation products. Try to choose shea butter based product for your skin.
Lemon Juice:
  • Lemon juice contains natural bleaching properties.
  • Apply lemon juice over the black spots regularly for a few days.
  • You can also make this remedy more effective by mixing 1/2 tsp lemon juice with glycerin and apply it over the black spots on skin.
  • Cucumber is fully loaded with skin bleaching properties.
  • Apply a paste of cucumber or use cucumber juice over the black spots.
  • Add a few drop of rose water to the cucumber juice for better results.
  • Saffron is well known for its skin whitening properties.
  • You can make a paste of saffron in rose water and apply it over the black spots to get clear skin.
  • Another effective remedy – mix 2 parts saffron with 1 part honey; apply it over the black spots on skin. 
  • Make a mixture by mixing honey and lemon juice.
  • Apply the mixture on black spots regularly.
  • Turmeric is also loaded with many skin whitening / skin lightening properties.
  • Make a paste by mixing turmeric powder with milk.
  • Apply this paste to your affected areas.
  • You can also use a paste by mixing turmeric powder, sandalwood paste and rose water and use it on the affected area.
  • Many oils including Vitamin E oil, coconut oil, olive oil, sandalwood oil or almond oil are known to be very effective in the treatment of dark spots on skin.
  • You can apply these as much as times you can during the day. Massage it well over the affected area.
  • Use these packs at least twice or thrice a week.
  • Make a mixture by mixing sandalwood powder + cucumber juice + tomato juice + few drops of lemon juice to form a thick paste and apply it on the affected area.
  • A paste of milk and oatmeal before bath is also a great remedy. 
  • Leave it for ten minutes and scrub it using a sponge or washcloth.

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13 January 2014

Avoid Jealous and Selfishness -By Vivekananda

Go on bravely.
 Do not expect success in a day or a year.
 Always hold on to the highest. Be steady.
Avoid jealousy and selfishness.
Be obedient and eternally faithful to the cause of truth, humanity, and your country, and you will move the world.
Remember, it is the person, the life, which is the secret of power--nothing else. Keep this letter and read the last lines
whenever you feel worried or jealous. Jealousy is the bane of all slaves. It is the bane of our nation. Avoid that always.

 -By Vivekananda

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09 January 2014

Top Quotes on Learning by Great men

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don't wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it's at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.
Earl Nightingale

A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.
Bruce lee

Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
Benjamin Franklin

The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you.
Tony Robbins

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Maya Angelou

"I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one's being, a satisfaction of spirit. One becomes, in some area, an athlete of God. Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.”

Everything is Rocket Science, until we succeed.

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04 January 2014

NAMES OF INDIAN SPICES IN Indian languages- Updated

Indian languages

Spices are sweet smelling, sharp-tasting substances used for flavoring and are the main ingredients for any tasty food. The use of spices have been steadily increasing all over the world due to increasing inhabitation of Indian community in developed countries and newly developed taste for Indian delicacies. Apart from whole spices, India exports lot of ground and ready to use spices too and India is emerging as a major exporter of spices in the world. India has been the world's most favorite spice land since the beginning of civilization.

AjwainTymol seedsOmamOmaVamu
AdrakFresh gingerInjiShoontiAllam
AmchoorMango powderMangay powderMavinkai powderMamidi kaya powder
AtaWheat flourGodime mavuGodi hitooGoduma pindi
BesanGram flourKadalaemavuKadale hitooSenaga pindi
Buna channaRoasted gramPottu kadaliHuri kadalaeGulla senagapappu
ChannaChick peasKonda kadalaeKonde kadalaeSenagalu
Channa dalBengal gram dalKadalae paruppuKadalae balaeSenagapappu
Dania pathaCoriander leaves/cilantroKothamalli elaiKothambri soppuKothimeera
DaniaCoriander seedsDaniyaKothambariDhaniyalu
HaldiTurmeric powderManjalArsinaPasupu
JeeraCumin seedsJeeragamJeerigaeJilakara
KuskusPoppy seedsKasa kasaKuskusGasagasalu
KaripathaCurry leavesKariveppilaiBaisoppuKarivepaku
MaidaFlourMaida mavuMaida hitooMaida pindi
Moong dalGreen gramPayatham paruppuHesuru belaePesaru pappu
PohaRice flakesAvalAvalakkiAtukulu
RavaSemolina/Cream of wheatRavaiSajeegaiUpma rava
SontDry gingerSukkuOna soontiSonti
SonfFennelPerumjeeragamSombuPeda jilakara
SabudanaSagoJawarisiSabakiSaggu biyyam
Sabut moongWhole green gramPasipayaruIdi hesaruPesalu
ThilSeasame seedsElluElluNuvvulu
Thil ka thelGingelly oilNallenaiEllanaiNuvvula nune
Tuvar dalToor dal/Yellow lentilTuvaram pappuTogiri belaeKandi pappu
Urad dalBlack gramUllutham paruppuUddina belaeMinapappu

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Good and Bad are Same depends on the attitude

In reality, good and evil are not different from each other. "Good" and "bad" are merely conventional terms. Depending on how it is used, the same thing can be "good" or "bad." Take, for example, this lamplight. Because of its burning we are able to see and do various works of utility; this is one mode of using the light. Now, if you put your fingers in it, they will be burnt; that is another mode of using the same light. So it is clear that a thing becomes good or bad according to the way we use it. The same is the case with virtue and vice. Broadly speaking, the proper use of any of the faculties of our mind and body is virtue, and their improper use is vice.

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